Explore a remote string of islands filled with vibrant and exciting experiences when you choose a Silversea Galapagos cruise. Walk in the shoes of Charles Darwin, learning about the animals, observing them in their natural habitats, and learning about the preservation efforts that are currently taking place. Walk across the lava fields to spot the colorful lava lizards, or snorkel in the beautiful crystal clear waters that surround the island. The views will be magnificent as you gaze upon everything from volcanic craters to lush gardens of green. Trot alongside the Galapagos Turtles with a Silversea Cruises Galapagos Islands expedition.
Things to Do on a Galapagos Cruise with Silversea Cruises
The Galapagos Islands may be small, but they claim a huge abundance of rare animals and unique landscapes that any animal or nature-lover is sure to relish. You’ll have both land-based activities like nature hikes and research station tours, as well as water-centric adventures like snorkeling trips and kayak tours. Listed below are a few of the memorable experiences to be had while cruising to the Galapagos Islands with Silversea Cruises:
Giant Tortoises and More (Santa Cruz, Galapagos)
Head to El Chato Reserve where nearly 3,000 giant tortoises make their homes. You’ll be guided through the varied regions of Santa Cruz – including mangroves, arid deserts and humid forests – while naturalists point out land iguanas, tortoises and other marvelous species unique to the Galapagos.
Bird Island Tour (Bahia Darwin, Genovesa Island, Galapagos)
Visit Genovesa Island, a bird watcher’s paradise like none other, to marvel at the colonies of red-footed boobies, yellow-crowned night herons, swallow-tailed gulls, Nazca boobies, frigatebirds and more. After this impressive showcase of the birds of the air, you’ll have an opportunity to go snorkeling or kayak around the protected coves.
Eden Islet Kayak Adventures (Santa Cruz, Galapagos)
Sail to Eden Islet for a kayaking or Zodiac sightseeing exploration. This is home to a plethora of both sea and land-dwelling creatures, including sea lions, green turtles, great blue herons and the famous blue-footed boobies. Paddle around the islet while snapping photos of these species and taking in the unique Galapagos landscape.
Wet Landings and Panoramic Views (San Cristobal, Galapagos)
Approach the eastern end of San Cristobal Island to make a wet landing near the dramatically landscape and naturally eroded cliffs of Punta Pitt. Hop off your Zodiac vessel to hike up the windy volcanic terrain towards one of the most rewarding panoramic views in all of the Galapagos Islands. Along the way you’ll likely spot sunbathing sea lions and all three species of boobies.
Fausto Llerena Breeding Center (Santa Cruz, Galapagos)
Tour the Fausto Llerena Breeding Center to see land iguanas and both dome-shaped and saddle-backed tortoise, along with baby giant tortoises. The land iguanas and tortoises are being bred as part of the restoration program championed by the Charles Darwin Foundation. Enjoy this rare opportunity to see these species up close and personal.
Rabida Snorkeling (Santa Cruz, Galapagos)
Hike along the red cliffs and maroon sands of Rabida, one of the smallest islands in the Galapagos chain. After this short but colorful trek, you’ll have the opportunity to grab some snorkel gear and swim with the bright tropical fish in this vibrant underwater scenery.