Galapagos boat cruise
The Galapagos are a group of islands in the Pacific Ocean that fall on either side of the equator and are part of the country Ecuador. Made famous by Charles Darwin, the archipelago is a hot tourist destination for naturalists and wild-life enthusiasts today.
The best way to visit the islands and experience its treasure of wildlife is through a boat cruise. There are many options available and one can choose either a small or a large boat.
Small yachts are recommended for people who want a more private experience. These boats carry around a maximum of 40 people on board. This helps in developing a close relationship with fellow passengers and let the guides provide more attention to each tourist. These boats often have the advantage of entering shallow waters and anchoring at places where large ships cannot go. The options range from high-end yachts to low priced small boats. A small group is also recommended for the fragile eco-system of the island. The visitors get enough space for personalised photographic experience.
Large cruise ships can carry up to 100 persons and are loaded with amenities like swimming pools, separate dining hall and large deck space etc. This is recommended for people who want a more luxurious and comfortable experience and prefer a social environment. These ships generally serve buffet meals. They also have a flexible disembarking option at visiting points for snorkelling and scuba-diving etc. The travel plan for the day is announced in advance through the intercom system so that the guests can plan their trip accordingly every day. At the visiting points, the tourists are generally divided into groups of 20 people as the islands have many restrictions for preservation of the ecosystem. Large boats also provide larger cabin space and are more stable in the water for a comfortable cruise.