Excursions on the Islands - All inclusive program



The islands are visited twice a day and the groups are guided by their own naturalist guides, allowing for a close encounter with nature.

Upon arrival passengers are divided into groups of 16. Each group is guided by a naturalist guide authorized by the Galapagos National Park. The guides are bilingual and have a vast experience regarding island matters.
Each visit lasts approximately one hour and a half and is carried out on different types of terrain.

In order to go on these excursions passengers should be in good physical condition and should have the desire to discover this paradise, while respecting the environment and keeping it as natural as possible.

You can participate in the following activities:

Elevations and treks: You will have the opportunity to explore the islands following the official trails and led by your guide. Good physical condition and a good pair of walking shoes are recommended. Walking canes are available upon request.

• Snorkeling: You’ll have the opportunity to discover the pristine marine reserve of Galapagos This activity requires a minimum of training and should not be attempted by people who can’t swim. Snorkeling gear and wetsuits are available for rent upon request.

Photography: The magnificent flora and fauna and breathtaking landscapes will be your inspiration for the most creative and real pictures that no other destination could offer 

Interpretive or thematic discussions: Your program includes attendance to topic discussions imparted by our naturalist guides such as “The El Niño phenomenonandWhales”, among others.

Glass bottom boat: All our passengers have the opportunity to observe the Galapagos Marine Reserve. We have a glass bottom boat that offers comfortable rides. It’s an experience that can’t be missed. (subject to availability on four-night cruises, not available on three-night cruises).

Diving: activity managed by Sub-Aqua: For our more adventurous guests who want to discover the marine world underneath we offer the Sub-Aqua service, one of the most renowned tour operators in Galapagos. Experience and diving insurance is mandatory. For more information about the diving center, the program and the itinerary please click here.




Part of the experience of being onboard the Galapagos Explorer II is sharing our Ecuadorian culture, that is why we have prepared several onboard activities (not all of them are available on each cruise, please contact the public relations officer for availability):

During the day:
Cocktail Classes:

Our creative bartenders will teach you, step by step, how to prepare delicious cocktails in the elegant bar aboard the Galapagos Explorer II.

Conferences about the islands:
Our guides, who are certified by the Galapagos National Park, will share all their knowledge about the islands’ natural history, wild life, vegetation and geology.

Naturalist program:
On board the Galapagos Explorer II you will find a “Research Log book” a book where the naturalist guides register unique events of the marine and land life of the islands. You can also find literature about Galapagos’ natural history.

Spanish lessons:
During your trip you can learn basic Spanish that will allow you to communicate with our crew and with the inhabitants of the Galapagos. 

Towel Folding:
A fun and creative activity is learning towel folding techniques. Our personnel will show you how to create the beautiful puppies and island birds that you will find everyday in your room.

Ecuadorian Chocolate making:
Cocoa is known in Ecuador as “The Golden Beandue to its exquisite flavor and quality. There’s an exhibition on the history of Cocoa in Ecuador and you can taste the different and unique varieties of cocoa that exist in our country.This is a joint program with Corpei (Corporación de Promoción de la Exportación e Inversión)

Whale watching: It’s always worthwhile to be alert for whale sightings while traveling from island to island. However, Isabela’s northwest coast (where we sail to on Mondays) is the best place for seeing these mammals. Whale watching season:June to September. 

At night:
• Karaoke nights: 
You can relax in our bar and sing any of our more than 1500 songs in different languages.

Theme Parties:
During your stay you will participate in a wonderful celebration while crossing the equator: The Pirate Attack party takes place once during the cruise. These original parties have been created by the Galapagos Explorer II staff.

The Galapagos offer cloudless skies most of the year making this activity an unforgettable experience. The crew offers conferences with audiovisual aids for stargazing. (Best time for stargazing: December to April).

Briefing for the next day’s activities:
Since Galapagos offers cloudless skies most part of the year, and making this a unforgettable experience. The crew offers at night an interpretation  conference with the support of audiovisual media that increases the possibilities of star gazing (available from December to April)

Briefing for next days activities : 
Before dinner our coordinator guide will give you information regarding the activities planned for the following day. Information includes, what to wear, type of terrain, weather, species to look at, etc.




All inclusive program

06:30 Wake up call.
07:00 Breakfast Buffet.
08:00 Disembarkation, morning excursion.

Return to ship

11:30 Optional conference or video presentation of next visit.
12:30 Lunch Buffet in the main restaurant or in the Jacuzzi area if the weather permits.
15:00 Disembarkation, afternoon excursion (second visit of the day), return to ship at 18h00.

Return to ship

19:45 Briefing regarding next day’s visit.
20:00 Dinner.
21:30 Lectures and activities.

* (Information subject to change)



Galapagos Explorer II Ship Especifications :

On board Facilities
Conference room
• Piano Bar
Coffee station/ Play room
Naturalist program
• Solarium
• Marine life observation deck
• Bar at the jacuzzi area
• Boutique
• Medical Center
• Jacuzzi
Massage suite
• 1 glass bottom boat


Facilities in the cabins

1.      Convertible double beds

2.      Extra sofa bed for triple configurations

3.      Mini-bar with several local and international snacks and drinks.

4.      Flat TV with three channels

5.      Marble bathroom with shower and biodegradable amenities for you using

6.      Safety deposit box with key inside your suite

7.      Large closets

8.      Satellite communication frorm your suite

9.      Wireless internet

10. 110/220 volt outlets

11. Hair dryer

12. Vanity dresser

13. Room service

14. Maximum occupation per suite is 3 persons

15. For the use of the passengers on the cruise: walking sticks, beach towels, rain coats.



Technical Features
Vessel built in La Spezzia (Italy).
• GRT: 4077 Tons,
length 88.16 m, 
Beam 15.3 m, Draft 4. 2 m
Design speed 15.5 Knots
• Cruise speed 10 Knots
Main engine MAN – B & W
Bow Thruster: Brunvoll

Vessel Certificates of Safety and Navigation
• ISM Certificate
• ISPS Certificate
• SOLAS Passenger Safety Certificate
• International Load Line Certificate (ILLO)
Marpol (Prevention of pollution) (IOPP)
Classification: RINA  (Registro Italiano Navale)

Electronic Equipment
• Radar: Furuno FR-1510 Mark III
• Radar Arpa : Furuno FR-2125
• GPS: Furuno
Sat. Navegador: Shipmate
Gyro Compass: Anschutz
Fire Alarm: Salwico
• Radio: GMDSS Raytheon
• SATCOM C.: Fax
Sat Phone: Trane & Trane
Phone: 874-762014651
• Fax: 874-762014652


Average size of the cruise; 70
Crew’s nationality; Ecuadorians
Officers: Ecuadorians
Hotel personnel and guides: Ecuadorians


















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