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and Galapagos exploration

Galapagos Activities

All activities offered throughout our itineraries adjust themselves to the personal needs and interests of our guests. We offer a range of Galapagos National Park-approved activities each and every day. These can range from hiking, biking kayaking, paddle boarding, snorkeling, panga rides, all the way to glass-bottom boat excursions – all of them free of charge!

The benefit of a multi-guided vessel, such as the Santa Cruz II Galapagos Cruise, is that guests will have the ability to choose from a variety of activities offered at each site (as opposed to just one activity). This is because the Galapagos National Park rules require guests to be accompanied by a Naturalist Guide at all times when exploring the National Park. So, more guides = more activity options.

Activities for your Galapagos Family Vacation

  • Activities

    The Santa Cruz II Galapagos Cruise offers a fantastic array of fun and exciting activities to allow its guests to experience the archipelago. These are all very safe and family-friendly activities that have been approved by the Galapagos National Park and include: kayaking, snorkeling, paddleboarding, hiking, and panga and glass-bottom boat rides.

  • Snorkeling

    Dip into the breathtaking waters of the Galapagos Islands and gain even deeper insight into why this fantastic destination is a Marine Reserve that forms a part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Snorkeling in the Galapagos will amaze you with all the vivid fish, curious sea lions, mesmerizing sharks, placid sea turtles, fascinating marine iguanas (and more!) that surrounds you.

  • Kayaking

    Paddle across the Galapagos Islands’ beautiful waters in a kayak and admire everything that lies above and below the surface of the water! Gorgeous scenery and curious creatures – from playful sea lions all the way to soaring frigatebirds – await to make this a highly fun activity to partake in.

  • Paddleboarding

    Paddleboarding in the Galapagos allows our guests to enjoy the mesmerizing, turquoise waters of the Galapagos from an even more unique vantage point. With this enjoyable and soothing activity, you’ll get to look directly into the ocean from a standing position and admire all of the life that circles around you, above and below.

  • Glass-bottom boat

    Curious about the underwater life but on the fence about getting wet? Our glass-bottom boat is available to all guests that wish to resolve that conundrum! All you need to do is take a seat, lean a little bit forward, and watch as all of the underwater creatures swim right underneath your feet. It’s like gazing into an open aquarium!

  • Island Exploration

    Prepare to become an astronaut (sans space suit) and venture across otherworldly terrain in the Galapagos. Throughout our hiking excursions on the islands, you’ll get to encounter Galapagos iconic species that doesn’t exist anywhere else in the world! And the best part? They’re completely fearless, meaning you can admire them from just a couple of steps away!

  • Coastal Exploration

    Get ready to ride along the coastlines of the Galapagos aboard our pangas (dinghies)! These small yet convenient vessels allow our guests to get that much closer to parts of the islands that are home to unique topography and wildlife.

Must-see Galapagos Iconic Species

American flamingos spotted through our Western and Northern Galapagos Itineraries.

If you’re looking for highly unique wildlife, the Galapagos Islands is a one-of-a-kind destination. It’s no small wonder they’re often referred to as a living laboratory of evolution!

The iconic Galapagos giant tortoise feeding in its natural habitat.

Here, visitors travel back in time as they experience life the way it was before humankind, granting them the ability to walk alongside fearless giant tortoises, ever-curious sea lion pups, and sublime volcanic landscapes.

Sea lions are part of our Big15 Group of Galapagos Iconic Species.

It might feel like a daunting task to know where to start when it comes to experiencing the wildlife, but don’t let it be. With the help of our seasoned guides and Expedition Leaders, we managed to narrow down the most iconic, must-see species that are found in the Galapagos Islands.

Galapagos penguins spotted through Santa Cruz II's itineraries.

The best part? The Santa Cruz II Galapagos Cruise guarantees that you will see a considerable portion of these iconic species on any one of its three different itineraries. We call them the BIG15 Group of Iconic Species in the Galapagos.