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A guide to Galapagos Islands Day Trips

Day trips are a popular way to see the Galapagos Islands. Perhaps you’re visiting the Galapagos independently, or you have a few extra days before or after your cruise and you’re keen to fit in some extra wildlife-watching opportunities. You won’t be disappointed – there are a wide variety of destinations and itineraries on offer.

Day Tripping

  • You can book day trips directly in the islands themselves, but note that you may have to wait a day or two depending on availability. If you don’t want to wait, then you can book in advance – many tour agencies offer this option, enabling you to pre-book by phone or online.
  • Day trips run between $80-150 per person.
  • You can take day trips from the towns of Puerto Ayora (Santa Cruz island), Puerto Villamil (Isabela Island) and Puerto Baquerizo Moreno (San Cristobal Island).
  • Day trips include tours to one or more sites on the island you are on (without the need to travel to another island), or a boat trip to one or more sites on a different island.
  • Puerto Ayora offers the most choice in terms of day trips to other islands, with destinations including Bartolome, North Seymour, Floreana, Santa Fe and Plaza Sur, as well as Isabela and San Cristobal.
  • Day trips to other islands generally last the whole day, with round-trip boat travel totaling anywhere from three to six hours.  A packed lunch is usually included, but be sure to bring snacks and plenty of water, as well as sun block, a hat, swim wear, sturdy shoes for walking, and motion sickness tablets if necessary.
  • Many day trips include snorkeling, and equipment is usually provided; check this in advance with the tour agency.
  • Remember that you get what you pay for – the cheapest option isn’t always the best.
  • Be sure to outline with the tour agency exactly what the trip will include before booking.


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