The Galapagos Islands are a feast for the senses, offering magnificent wildlife encounters in a volcanic landscape of desolate beauty. With so much to see and experience, a luxury yacht charter provides the ultimate adventure, a true immersion in nature with the comfort and trimmings of luxury hospitality.
Far off the coast of South America, the Galapagos Islands rise out of the remote Pacific, a lunar landscape of volcanic rock and red vegetation contrasting vividly with the deep blue sky.
Fur seals rest on white sandy beaches, and birds in their thousands - albatrosses, hawks, mockingbirds and gulls - circle the skies above and nest on crowded cliffs over empty bays.
From the vantage of a superyacht the beauty of the islands and its native species lie all around. Lining the shore giant cacti stand like sentinels over a sparkling sea, and giant tortoises lumber slowly across the rolling hills. Lava lizards scurry across the rocky flow of lava frozen in time, while iguanas rest motionless in the shade of trees where noisy red-footed boobies roost in their hundreds.
These colourful sights and sounds imprint in your mind forever; the bright pink of flamingos, picking their way through a turquoise lagoon, gulls diving for food in the crystal clear waters around your yacht, and the barking cacophony of sea lions ashore.
The underwater landscape is shaped by volcanic activity, creating a watery world of caves and tunnels and ancient lava cones where the hammerheads, white tips, and the elusive Galapagos shark come to feed. Whales are drawn here too - orcas and sperm whales, humpback and blue - with their vast forms and soulful calls enchanting all who see them.
The nutrient-rich waters attract an explosion of sea life. Snorkeling on the surface or diving at depth, you’ll see seals playing and hunting, transformed in the water into sleek, shiny creatures of extraordinary grace. The tiny Galapagos penguin darts and flits in the sunlit waters, while sea turtles and spotted eagle rays drift slowly in the currents.
Visiting the Galapagos is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and the archipelago can only be truly experienced by boat, and a luxury yacht is the ultimate experience in every sense, a total immersion in nature with the privilege of supreme comfort and hospitality.
From your yacht you can kayak along the coasts, hike the undulating hills and volcanic craters, get up close with whales and seals, and picnic and sunbathe on sugar-white beaches. When it’s time to return to the yacht, you can relax in the Jacuzzi with a panoramic view of a sleepy volcano, or watch dolphins frolic as you enjoy a gourmet lunch on deck.
There are several charter yachts available in the Galapagos, some for private charter and others offering shared occupancy.
For complete privacy, the 124ft/38m charter yacht Stella Maris is the only option based permanently in the Galapagos. Stella Maris sleeps up to 14 guests in seven palatial staterooms, including an upper-deck master suite with private access to an outdoor lounge. She has a stunning interior and outdoor spaces, including a large sundeck with a Jacuzzi and a stylish aft deck bar. Designed to be light on the environment, she offers comfort, stability and safety.
If you would like to charter by the cabin, one great option is the 209ft/63m motor yacht La Pinta which can accommodate up to 48 guests. La Pinta has a reputation for excellent service and is very popular with family groups year-round. She has 20 comfortable double or twin staterooms, plus four triple cabins (where the third person must be under 12 years of age), all with an ocean view, private bathroom, individually controlled air-conditioning and personal safe.
Another shared option is the 113ft/34m mega-catamaran Ocean Spray which accommodates up to 16 guests. She boasts a huge sundeck and Jacuzzi, and spacious cabins each with a private balcony with the stability and speed that only catamarans can provide. Itineraries for Ocean Spray range from four to 15 day cruises, allowng you to explore the Galapagos from end-to-end.
Whatever your preference, these beautiful and nature rich islands are guaranteed to delight and surprise you every day, creating beautiful memories from the trip of a life-time!