An insight from our guide in the Galapagos

Naturalist guide Klaus takes us through the running of a typical day aboard a Galapagos cruise ship:

Insight from our guide in the Galapagos

A regular day starts with a wakeup call of soft music and some location information, from the weather conditions to the coordinates. Some days an optional earlier wakeup call may be chosen so you can watch the sunrise over the ocean and see the passing sea birds from the observation decks. Then a buffet breakfast is served before disembarking for the morning's walk. Knowledgeable guides will lead their small group, frequently stopping to talk about the natural history of Galapagos wildlife, to observe up close natural behaviour of the animals, as well as to talk about the incredible geology and landscapes on the islands. Mid-morning, the guests will have all returned on board to gear up for the aquatic activities, when temperatures are also a bit warmer. Some guests may go snorkeling, with beginner's snorkeling from the beach and the more confident snorkellers can opt to snorkel at sites that require a Zodiac boat transfer further out to see wildlife from Green Turtles or Reef Sharks. Others may choose to sign up for kayaking where approved by the park, or simply enjoy lying on a white sandy beach enjoying the sunshine. By mid-day, all guests have returned to the boat and lunch is served. During the cruise, the expedition leader will organize special naturalist lectures and these generally take place before lunch in one of the lecture rooms. Lunch is a superb buffet, with different culinary flavors each day.

For the afternoon, the ship will have relocated to another island. We flip the order of activities, starting with a beach or snorkeling before preparing for the afternoon walk. Before sunset, all groups will be back on board and a sunset cocktail can be enjoyed before a briefing by the head naturalist. Then dinner is served, this time not a buffet but à la carte, with enough options to please different diets and interests.

After dinner, if conditions are favourable, some guests may join one of the naturalist guides on the outer decks for some spectacular stargazing. This is the end of yet another magical day in Galapagos.

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