Entries by Martha Crowley

Galapagos Spotlight: Diving at Academy Bay

This week we put our Galapagos Spotlight on diving at Academy Bay. The bay’s convenient location on the island of Santa Cruz and its four sites of varying levels of difficulty make it a popular diving spot for beginner, intermediate and experienced divers alike. Academy Bay is located close to the town of Puerto Ayora. It’s […]

Man arrested for attempted smuggling of Galapagos iguanas

The Ecuadorian Ministry of Environment has reported that a man has been arrested for attempting to smuggle 11 iguanas out of the Galapagos Islands.  The man, who has not been named but is said to be Mexican, was caught with the iguanas in his vehicle in Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island on Sunday 6 September. Officials believe he […]

Galapagos Islands in September

To read an updated version of this article click here. We take a look at what’s going on in the Galapagos Islands during the month of September. September is the start of the breeding season for sea lions so you’ll be sure to see a lot of sea lion activity – males can often be observed aggressively patrolling their territories […]

Galapagos Spotlight: Santa Fe Island

Santa Fe is one of the Galapagos’ oldest islands: underwater rock formations here date back a rather impressive 3.9 million years. It’s most famous for the Santa Fe Land Iguana, which is endemic to the island. Santa Fe is also known for its enormous prickly pear cacti.  Thanks to its convenient location just south-east of the Galapagos’ main island, Santa […]

Galapagos penguin population on the increase

It’s good news for Galapagos penguins. Thanks to shifts in wind currents – possibly due to climate change – the penguin population has doubled in size over the last thirty years . Endangered species Threatened by the El Nino weather phenomenon (when sea temperatures increase), as well as pollution, fishing, and introduced species such as dogs and […]

Best islands in the world? The Galapagos!

The Galapagos Islands have been named the best islands in the world in Travel + Leisure’s 2015 World’s Best Awards. Hall of Fame The awards – which have been running for two decades – gave the Galapagos a score of 90.82, placing the islands in the top spot and beating other exotic destinations such as the […]

Spotlight: Tortuga Bay, Galapagos Islands

A vast expanse of brilliantly-white sand. A perfectly preserved beach, unspoiled by man. Curious sea lions, marine iguanas, white-tipped reef sharks. Where in the world is this dreamy place? The answer? It’s the Galapagos Islands’ beautiful Tortuga Bay. It’s a must-see for anyone visiting the island of Santa Cruz, or for anyone visiting the Galapagos for that matter […]

Galapagos Islands: a guide to putting together your budget

Many people’s biggest question when planning a trip to the Galapagos Islands is: just how much is this going to cost me? Figure out your budget by considering the following: The cost of a round-trip flight from your home country to either Quito, Ecuador’s capital, or Guayaquil Round-trip ticket from Ecuador to the Galapagos: between $420-600 […]