It’s the start of Quasar Week and JG Black Book is looking forward to taking you to the land of beautiful vistas, exotic animals, and exciting adventures—the Galapagos. Our friends at Quasar Expeditions help adventurers, young and old, discover the Galápagos much the way Darwin did aboard luxury yachts. Just imagine a day full of tracking giant tortoises and trading stares with unconcerned marine iguanas. If you’ve ever wanted to venture to unknown lands and have tons of fun with family and friends then look no further as we share the Top 5 Must Do’s when in the Galapagos:
1. Walking and Hiking
The best way to see Galapagos wildlife in these islands is on the walks and hikes that are scheduled each day on the different Islands. Every visit to each island involves an easy or an intermediate walk or hike, which last between 1 to 3 hours and are usually not strenuous at all. On these walks you will be led by one of our expert naturalists who will guide you along the clearly marked trails in each of the Islands and show you all the wonders of each of our carefully selected Visitor Sites.
Snorkeling in the Islands is the highlight of the Galapagos cruise for many of our guests. The great thing about this activity is that it requires no special training and anybody can do it. It only requires the ability to swim and to breathe through the snorkel. At the beginning of the cruise you will receive a brief orientation discussion from your highly experienced naturalist, which will cover equipment usage, basic safety, what to look for when snorkeling, what to look out for, and conservation instructions (fragile organisms such as coral are easily damaged by snorkelers). As with scuba diving it is always recommended that one not snorkel alone, but rather with a “buddy” or a group.
Quasar Expeditions’ cruises provide 2 double, “sit on top” kayaks for our guests to enjoy while on their Galapagos cruise at the kayaking spots designated by the Galapagos National Park. “Sit on top” kayaks, as the name suggests, involve sitting on top of the kayak in an open area. You require no previous experience to enjoy this activity and with a quick 5 minute lesson from your Galapagos naturalist you are off on your own to explore and venture to shores and coves. At our kayaking spots you will be able to see Galapagos penguins, sea lions, blue-footed and Anzac boobies, pelicans, marine iguanas and a dozen other magnificent creatures. Not to mention the fact that you will see amazing marine life underneath!
Kayaking is also a great way to get some exercise while you enjoy the incredible scenery of the Galapagos. The Island’s turquoise waters are great to go kayaking on, and because the seas are not rough at all, this activity can be enjoyed by people of all ages.
Dinghies, or “Pangas” as they are known in Galapagos, are inflatable zodiacs that serve as the main transportation method from our Galapagos yachts to the visitor sites. At several times during your week-long Galapagos travel adventure, you will have the chance to enjoy dinghy (or panga) rides in shores, mangrove estuaries, coves and caves. This activity is great to photograph Galapagos wildlife on shores and mangrove estuaries.
During our visit to Fernandina Island, we will take a dinghy ride out to the Bolivar Channel where you will have a great opportunity to see whales (such as Orcas and humpback whales) as well as
dolphins, sun fish and many other large fish and Galapagos mammals. You will also have the opportunity for an excellent dinghy ride on a mangrove estuary where we will turn off the engines and paddle around the mangrove as we look for green sea turtles mating, golden ray schools, sleeping reef sharks and many other wonderful creatures that inhabit these areas.
Scuba diving is offered as an additional activity for those guests who are looking to take a peek at the underwater world of the Galapagos. On the day your yacht visits the port town of Puerto Ayora, you can choose to go on a day diving trip instead of the visit planned for that day. If you do not want to miss the activities planned for the day at Port, you can also choose to go diving either by arriving a couple of days before the start of your cruise or by staying on the islands a couple of days after the cruise. Please inquire with us for more information on our Galapagos diving adventures.
– JG Black Book Team