The Galapagos Islands

Some people are content to travel on their own, and have adventures bumbling around and finding out all of the interesting things about the local areas. But if you choose to take this approach, then you may miss out on some of the greatest sites. If you choose to go on a guided tour of the Galapagos Islands, you will be taken to the greatest places that you can possibly see. The tours are designed to give the visitor the greatest experience possible, and they have been refined over the years. So by going on a guided tour, you are ensuring that your time spend in the Galapagos Islands is worthwhile. In the Galapagos Islands, you may choose from a variety of tour activities.

The educational tours allow you to board a ship and travel around the entire Galapagos Islands and soak in tons of very interesting facts about the islands. The tour guide will speak about the discovery of the islands and any important history following its discovery. The guide will also speak of the wildlife, such as the famous, endangered, Giant Galapagos Tortoise, land iguanas, marine iguanas, lava lizards, Galapagos snakes, land mammals, and other species that dwell in the islands.

You will also get to find out about the active volcanoes in the islands Fernandina and Isabella, as well as inactive and dormant volcanoes on other islands that have already erupted in years passed. The guide will inform you of the ocean and the waves surrounding the islands for you to dive, swim, snorkel, and surf. The guide will give you weather and wave information so you’ll know if the waves are decent enough to surf on and so you’ll know if it will be nice enough to partake in any of the activities you may have planned for your trip.

Going on a tour of the Galapagos Islands is definitely something you should do if you plan on visiting. It can make the trip very interesting and you will have fun learning about the islands firsthand. After the tour, you will have the opportunity to check out all of the things you had witnessed and try them out for yourself, such as looking at the animals up close, looking at the active volcanoes, and getting into the water and experiencing the surf for yourself.

The central appeal of Galapagos Islands holidays is the wonderful variety of wildlife to be found there. Because the creatures on the islands have evolved with relatively little interference from man, they do not fear humans. This means that on your Galapagos tour, you can get up close to the following creatures for an unforgettable experience, and some good photos.


Boobies spend a lot of time out at sea, returning ashore to find a mate and nest, and this is when you'll find them in the Galapagos. With a long beak and webbed feet, Boobies come in three varieties: masked, blue-footed and red-footed. Although the latter is the most famous (because it is the variety you see most frequently on Galapagos island tours) the red-footed species is the most colourful. As well as its bright red feet it also has a turquoise beak and ring to its eye. You can see these on Tower Island, Wenman Island, Punta and a few others.

The mating dance of the blue-footed booby is frequently the subject of Galapagos Islands holiday videos. The dance involves the birds ceremonially lifting their bright blue feet while swaying, bowing, and stretching their wings; it can be seen on several of the islands around the months of May to July.


Another strange sight for your Galapagos tours will be the iguanas taking to the water. Marine iguanas are an unusual breed of lizard that will find food in the sea before returning to land to warm up again. Believe it or not, there are also Pink Iguanas here. They were discovered in the 1980s on volcanic Isabela Island, but scientists have only been trying to track the origins of these distinctive and striking creatures within the last ten years. The numbers of these remarkable lizards, which are the colour of strawberry ice cream, are estimated to be less than a hundred.

Equatorial Penguins

It may seem strange to think of a penguin away from the Polar regions, but here you can see them clambering on the rocks Because they have less need for winter insulation, the Galapagos penguins appear thinner than the ones you'll find towards the South Pole. Penguins are curious by nature and will sometimes approach snorkelers to investigate the new arrivals that come with Galapagos island tours.

In the Water

As well as the colourful fish you would expect, the water around the islands is also a good place to find hammerhead sharks, rays, and several species of dolphin.

If you are a qualified diver, you should be able to enjoy the water on Galapagos Islands holidays all year round; however, there are cold currents locally so the best time of year for snorkelling and scuba diving is between December and May when the sea is warmer and clearer. Because of these changeable currents, Galapagos diving tours are not recommended for beginners. Luckily, there are a number of locations suitable for snorkelling. In shallow waters you can see all sorts of exotic fish, and perhaps something larger, like a seal pup!

These are just some of the animals you can find on Galapagos island tours. A quarter of all species you come across can’t be found anywhere else in the world. This makes everything you see on Galapagos Islands holidays special.

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