The Galapagos Islands are probably the most famous wildlife-watching destination in the world
The environment beneath the ocean surface is extraordinary, with large tropical and cold water fish found swimming together. Pacific green sea turtles, Galápagos penguins and rays are underwater passers-by while dolphins, whales and whale sharks are frequent visitors to the archipelago.
Set along the equator, some 600 miles off the South American coast of Ecuador, is a crown jewel of the natural world.
The Galapagos Archipelago consists of seven major islands (San Cristobal, Espanola, Floreana, Santa Cruz, Santiago, Isabela and Fernandina), six smaller ones (Darwin, Wolf, Pinta, Marchena, Genovesa and Baltra) and dozens and dozens of rocks and islets. Sometimes the smaller the island, the bigger the effect it has on the visitor. The archipelago stretches roughly 270 miles (430 km) from Darwin in the northwest to Espanola in the southeast.
That's just for starters. What will make your visit here truly exceptional are the many opportunities for close encounters with wildlife. The islands and surrounding waters are quite literally teaming with exotic and colorful creatures that have never learned to fear humans. This translates into a series of daily peak experiences including snorkeling with playful sea lions, tracking giant tortoise and trading stares with unconcerned iguanas.
Bird life is abundant, varied and fearless. You may have to give way as a blue footed booby crosses your path, or have the opportunity to observe a Galápagos hawk perched just a few steps away, as an albatross launches itself off a cliff on a journey that will encompass thousands of miles.
The Galápagos seas tend to be very calm, making travel by yacht the ideal and only way to experience the full spectrum the islands have to offer.
The Scuba diving is spectacular. If you're a diver, you can't miss this. Seals, turtles, penguins, mantas, whale sharks, hammerheads - go make a few dives..
The most spectacular pelagic diving on the planet!
This journey is an opportunity to walk in the footsteps of the Captain and to rediscover the unique underwater world in the Galapagos Islands. Our mission is to continue to inspire the future generations with the Cousteau legacy, and hope you join us to make this happen !