SIZE IS EVERYTHING
"If you prefer small groups and a more private experience, a small boat is recommended"
Boats are then further classified by size. The smallest boats, often called yachts, typically carry between 12 and 20 guests. They have the advantage of speed and manoeuvrability, allowing you to visit multiple places in one itinerary. They can cater better to personal requests and offer a level of exclusivity and intimacy that larger boats don’t, but mean you’re sharing the experience with just a few other guests. While this might suit some, it won’t necessarily suit others.
Fewer people mean you’ve less time waiting to get on and off the ship, and more opportunities to do popular activities like snorkelling and sea kayaking (larger ships don’t always offer kayaking). These smaller yachts are also perfect for private charters.
PERFECT FOR DIVERS
For scuba divers who want to focus on underwater adventures, there are dedicated 7-night dive expeditions available. These journeys are designed specifically for scuba divers and they ply the waters all the way to the little-visited northernmost islands in the archipelago, where deep, cold, current-filled diving offers manta rays, whale sharks, schools of hammerhead sharks and sunfish.
Note, these expeditions are for experienced divers only. You will need your PADI open water certification; Nitrox certification and a minimum of 50 registered dives, with your most recent dive being inside of 6 months from embarkation. Due to a limited number of dive boats operating in the Galapagos Islands, you will likely need to plan 12 -18 months in advance, longer if you want to dive with the gentle filter-feeding giants of the sea, the whale shark.
A TYPICAL DAY CRUISING
“When was the last time you saw something for the first time?”
Days typically include morning and afternoon landings at different sites. You’ll be taken ashore in a small panga or dinghy, which may take you to a dock (a dry landing) or might drop you at a beach where you’ll need to paddle ashore (a wet landing).
You’ll always be accompanied by an expert naturalist guide, who’ll point out the flora and fauna, explain the island’s history and regale you with stories about working and living in these strange, enchanted lands.
Cruise New Waters: Luxury Boats
There’s something particularly special about taking in the sights of the world aboard a luxurious vessel. We’ve put together a selection of boat trips in four very different water worlds. What they do have in common is an extremely high level of luxury and service.
Booking with Bailey Robinson means access to the finest travel experiences. When planning your holiday we do all the hard work – in-depth research and meticulous organisation. You can be confident in the individual care for your holiday from your dedicated and experienced Personal Travel Designer and Concierge.