Straight out of National Geographic, the journey to the Galapagos Islands must be on your bucket list. Charles Darwin's was inspired by this region to come out with his theory of evolution and the wonder of these islands pull innumerable visitors every year. Come armed with your camera as every moment here presents a photo opportunity!
Cruises to Galapagos:
Celebrity Cruises is the only major cruise line to sail year round in this fascinating region. The Celebrity Xpedition is a 94-passenger ship that is luxurious and easygoing at the same time. Come on board and get ready to see and experience nature at its best in this eco-fragile region.
A team of naturalists who are highly qualified are at hand to share their knowledge of this archipelago. Explore the islands and get a chance to view some fantastic wildlife including the Galapagos tortoise. Watch seals and iguanas sunning themselves ashore and focus on the natural wonders that surround you.
Baltra is where you can embark on your journey of discovery. A US military port during the World War II, Baltra is just a precursor to what the next week holds. So get ready.
Bartolome Island is a photographer's dream come true. The fantastic setting, moonscape land and odd shaped rocks and cones makes it unique. Add to it the Galapagos penguin and the wonderful snorkeling opportunities and you have a winner!
Cormorant Point, Floreana is home to flamingoes and white-cheeked pin tailed ducks. Walk to the lagoon, check out the sea turtle nesting beach and notice the green tinged sand on the beach. Snorkel and swim in the clear waters.
Daphne Island is where the famed blue footed boobies roam. There is limited visitor access so as not to disturb the ecological balance, and the islands are known for its sea bird life that include finches, Galapagos Martins, Masked Boobies, and Short Eared Owls among other species. A bird watchers delight!
Elizabeth Bay is the largest island in the Galapagos and the cool waters are perfect for the Galapagos penguins. Take a scenic Zodiac ride to catch them up close and personal.
Gardener Bay is the ideal spot for indulging in some swimming and snorkeling and the clear blue waters only add to the experience. Spot tropical fish in all hues and colours, sea turtles and rays. Sea lions routinely appear on the shores.
Post Office Bay in Floreana was so named after a post office barrel and was the drop off and pick up point for mail from the days of 1793. Till today it maintains its position so if you want to write a letter to someone back home, do so and post it here!
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is a little waterfront town from where one can take excursions to the local interpretation center or stroll along and admire the scenic beauty of the islands.
Victoria, the capital city of British Colombia in Canada, is an appealing city replete with history and colonial building that add to its charm. A picturesque harbour skirts this very cosmopolitan city!
Puerto Ayora is where the Charles Darwin Station is and this is also the tortoise breeding centre, where one can observe these gentle creatures. Gape at giant tortoise in the open and then walk through a lava tunnel. Shop for some souvenirs to take back home.
Puerto Egas on Isla Santiago offers the chance to snorkel and swim. Spot the Galapagos fur seals sunning themselves on the shore and go for long walks on the shores.
Puerto Espinoza in Fernandina is where you can spot the flightless cormorant and truly wonder at the theory of evolution while you walk on lava from the nearby La Cumbre volcano.
Punta Moreno gives you a feeling of having travelled back in time. Locates strategically between two volcanoes, the island is covered in black lava that you can walk over. Wildlife abounds and one can spot blue herons and flamingoes, the Galapagos penguin as also the flightless cormorant.
Punta SuarezIsla Espanola is known for the variety of wildlife one can see here. Marine iguanas, sea lions, blue footed boobies, the Galapagos hawk and if you are really lucky you may spot the albatross in flight!
Punta Vicente Roca is located in a spellbinding setting. High cliffs soar over the blue waters and the marine life is interesting. Zoom across in a zodiac and spot some marine iguanas sunning themselves look for sea turtles and fur seals, albatross and the flightless cormorant too.
Rabida Island is distinguishable by it red coloured sand and is home to pelicans and penguins, sea lions and other marine life. Take a zodiac ride, swim or snorkel and take in the wonder of it all.