Galapagos Islands Information — What will I see?
What will I see?
The Galápagos National Park strictly controls all yacht cruising/sailing routes. We are very fortunate to have two of the strongest possible cruising routes approved by the Galápagos National Park. One focuses more on the western islands, the other focuses more on the eastern islands.
Both Integrity and Reina Silvia sail on similar routes. They sometimes explore visitor sites in a different order to preserve the intimacy of the experience.
Each route is a one-week cruise. To experience all the visitor sites on both routes, we recommend our 18-day Ultimate Galapagos adventure.
What you will likely see on the Eastern Route that you are not likely to see on the Western Route:
Waved Albatross, Red-footed Boobies, Large-beaked Ground Finch, Large Cactus Finch, dense colonies of land iguanas, the largest giant opuntia cactus, El Junco—the fresh water lake on San Cristóbal, more opportunity to swim with penguins and see sharks while snorkeling, more nesting frigatebirds, more Swallow-tailed Gulls, more Red-Billed Tropicbirds, swarms of petrels at Genovesa and Short-eared Owls hunting them, iconic Bartolomé peak at sunset.
What you will likely see on the Western Route that you are not likely to see on the Eastern Route:
Flightless Cormorants, Flamingos (3 possible sites), Mangrove Finch, Medium Tree Finch, fur seals sleeping that you can approach closely, more human history (Wittmer's Cave on Floreana, Post Office Barrel, ancient mariner graffiti, salt mine ruins), possible giant tortoises in the wild, greater variety of lava flows, younger islands, giant uplifted coral beds, more Brown Noddy Terns, higher likelihood of seeing marine iguanas feeding, more variety of beaches, higher likelihood of whales and dolphins, possible giant sunfish.
What you'll likely see on both routes:
Santa Cruz and Puerto Ayora (tortoises in the highlands, lava tubes, Los Gemelos, Charles Darwin Research Station), marine iguanas, land iguanas, frigatebirds, Nazca Boobies, Blue-footed Boobies, penguins, mockingbirds, finches, flycatchers, Yellow-crested Night Herons, American Oystercatchers, Swallow-tailed Gulls, Lava Gulls, Galápagos Hawks, Brown Pelicans, aa and pahoehoe lava, Sally Lightfoot Crabs, lava lizards, Galápagos Sea Lions, reef fish, sea turtles, sharks, and many more animals, plants and geologic features. Almost daily snorkelling opportunities.