Evolving like no other
Located near the west coast of Ecuador, the Galápagos is the birthplace of Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution. These volcanic islands began emerging from the ocean millions of years ago, and it’s here that you can find the highest level of endemism in the world.
The Galápagos is known for its anomalies. Red-footed boobies, swimming marine iguanas and the northernmost penguin are species that have developed like no other. Its wildlife is fearless of human presence, so you can expect fur seal pups and other curious creatures to get within close proximity to you.
As shark numbers drop globally, our scientists can show you how to tag scalloped hammerheads or other species to monitor their movements and behavioural patterns. They will invite you on board a research vessel to watch footage from underwater cameras or release tagged sharks back into the deep blue waters.
Our submersible pilot can take you underwater to where few have been. As dives of this sort are infrequent in the Galápagos, you could be the first to discover a new species or hidden cave.
Just an overnight sail from the main archipelago, the distant islets of Wolf and Darwin are rarely visited by explorers, with uncovered wonders and the best dive sites in the world.
Thanks to our expert contacts in the Galápagos get involved in exclusive and hands-on conservation experiences and gain insight into the important work that goes into protecting and restoring this precious ecosystem.
Diving & snorkelling
Renowned for both its diving and snorkelling, the Galápagos offers locations to suit all levels of experience. Aquatic life is vibrant and rich, so you may find yourself surrounded by schooling sharks, gliding above graceful rays or swimming alongside playful dolphins.
The Galápagos has the highest level of endemism in the world, with numerous birds, reptiles, land mammals and plants not to be found anywhere else on the planet. For birdwatchers, a walk between nesting colonies of albatross, frigate birds and blue-footed boobies is a must.
Schools of hammerheads
The Galápagos Marine Reserve is one of the few places on Earth where scalloped hammerhead sharks can be seen gathering together in large schools of up to several hundred.
Numerous beaches, bays, islets and mangroves make the Galápagos an idyllic setting for sea kayaking and paddle boarding. Take to the water as curious sea lions swim by your side.
An evolutionary tale
Waves crash against Darwin's Arch
The Galápagos tortoise is the largest living species of tortoise
A marine iguana basks in the midday heat
The Galápagos sea lion is a species that exclusively breeds on the archipelago
A diver greets a one-eyed seal
The Galápagos green turtle is the only turtle species to breed and nest on this archipelago
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