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Beach Of Santa Cruz Ss By Jess Kraft
Beach Of Santa Cruz Ss By Jess Kraft
An Island with a Fascinating Geology

Santa Cruz Island

Why Santa Cruz?
Santa Cruz Island is right in the centre of the Galapagos archipelago. Though not the largest of the islands, it is the most populated; the town of Puerto Ayora is lively, with well developed infrastructure and a thriving cultural scene.

Travelling around the Galapagos, you will see the importance of conservation work firsthand. But to meet the scientists and learn in detail about their research, you need to come to Santa Cruz. The Charles Darwin Foundation and the Galapagos National Park both have their headquarters here, and you can also visit the Charles Darwin Research Station.

Santa Cruz is a dormant volcano with a giant lava tunnel 2 km long. You can walk through this natural tunnel, and if you are interested in the island’s geology, you should also stop to see Los Gemelos, the two huge holes formed when the magma chamber collapsed.

Black Turtle Cove is within a mangrove estuary on Santa Cruz, and it is strictly protected by environmental regulations. You can sail here in a dinghy so long as the engine is switched off, and will be surrounded by pelican, sea turtle, and ray. The island is also home to the El Chato Tortoise Reserve, part of the national park, where you can see giant tortoise in the wild.
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Hero Image Exterior Of Catamaran Elite Bartolome Island
Elite
One of the few catamarans operating in the Galapagos, and specifically designed for these islands, Elite offers its 16 adventurers a high staff ratio, very spacious and well-proportioned living and communal spaces and an extremely stable ride. It’s a good option for those who worry about sea sickness.
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Hero Image Exterior Of Yacht Petrel Bartolome Island
Petrel
The Petrel’s catamaran design creates the advantages of large, well proportioned spaces on board, along with excellent stability and speed. You will glide swiftly, silently and elegantly – just like a real petrel – between the islands of the Galapagos.
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View From Bartolome Island Istock 470028282
The Galapagos Explorer
Lunched in 2024, The Galapagos Explorer offers guests an exclusive island adventure on board a refined and stylish yacht. The crew to guest ratio is larger than usual, promising excellent service, welcoming hospitality and a trip tailored to your interests. When you step off the boat to explore the islands, you can expect the highest standard of guiding too.
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Galapagos Istock Evolution Galapagos
Evolution
Evolution, possibly the most charming of the large yachts in the region, plies the waters of the fantastic Galapagos islands on 7 day itineraries from either Baltra or San Cristobal.
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Hero Image Pool Galapagos Safari Camp Santa Cruz Galapagos
Galapagos Safari Camp
A stay at the Galapagos Safari Camp is an authentic immersion into the wonderful landscape and ecology of this globally significant archipelago. You will find that the guests here are united in their desire to have a comfortable and active yet low-impact journey of discovery.
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Hero Image Lodge Exterior Pikaia Lodge Santa Cruz Galapagos
Pikaia Lodge
The Galapagos Islands are strongly protected by the Ecuadorian Government, which limits the amount of development and foot-traffic on the islands. Pikaia Lodge therefore offers a rare opportunity to stay on dry land and explore the island of Santa Cruz in depth. An island stay is ideal for those who suffer from sea sickness.
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View Evolve Galapagos
Evolve
MV Evolve, along with its identical sister ships, MVs Origin and Theory, are the only cruise yachts operating in the Galapagos under the affiliation of Relais & Chateaux. There is no doubt that these ships assure their guests the highest standards of comfort, service and cuisine whilst experiencing this unique environment.
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Hero Image Exterior Theory Galapagos
Theory
MV Theory, along with its identical sister ships, MVs Origin and Evolve, are the only cruise yachts operating in the Galapagos under the affiliation of Relais & Chateaux. There is no doubt that these ships assure their guests the highest standards of comfort, service and cuisine whilst experiencing this unique environment.
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Exterior Aerial Aqua Mare Galapagos
Aqua Mare
Let Journeysmiths take you on a breathtaking voyage of discovery aboard this luxury superyacht in search of iguanas, whales and flamingos. Unique Aqua Mare will take you through the spectacular volcanic islands of the Galapagos in utmost luxury. Complete with sun deck, outdoor barbeque areas, jacuzzi and panoramic lounge area, this is the ultimate Galapagos experience.
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Hero Image Ship Silver Origin Galapagos
Silver Origin
With one of the highest crew-to-guest ratios in the Galapagos fleet, the Silver Origin provides its guests with “big ship” levels of luxury and service whilst also ensuring that they have an intimate and immersive experience of the wonders of the archipelago. This vessel, specifically designed for the waters of the Galapagos, sets the standards that others attempt to follow.
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Hero Image Ship Silver Galapagos Galapagos
Silver Galapagos
Combining small yacht charm with big ship facilities, a journey on Silver Galagos is an experience of personalised luxury whilst being introduced to this amazing landscape and ecosystem of the Galapagos Islands.
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Hero Image Ship Exterior Mv Origin Galapagos
MV Origin
MV Origin, along with its identical sister ships, MVs Theory and Evolve, are the only cruise yachts operating in the Galapagos under the affiliation of Relais & Chateaux. There is no doubt that these ships assure their guests the highest standards of comfort, service and cuisine whilst experiencing this unique environment.
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Hero Image Exterior Of Ship Isabella Ii Bartolome Island
Isabella II
The unique size and scope of Isaballa II – 55m long but with just 40 guests – gives it an individual character that stands out in the Galapagos fleet. Combining the size and amenities of a ship with the relaxed intimacy of a yacht, you will have the best of both worlds as you journey through the teeming waters around the Galapagos Islands.
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Hero Image Exterior Of Yacht La Pinta Bartolome Island
La Pinta
La Pinta is a truly luxurious yacht; it is the ideal choice for travellers seeking to cruise the Galapagos in style. The yacht’s extensive crew are on hand to cater to your every need, and the facilities on board are exceptional.
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Hero Image Exterior Of Yacht Ocean Spray Bartolome Island
Ocean Spray
We love the fact that Ocean Spray is unashamedly nautical in its styling; it’s a no-nonsense boat designed to help you see the wonders of the Galapagos Islands. That isn’t to say that you will compromise on comfort, particularly as its catamaran design inherently makes the cabins and communal areas spacious and well-proportioned.
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Hero Image Exterior Endemic Bartolome Island
Endemic
The MC Endemic is one of the newest vessels operating in the Galapagos and certainly one of the most luxurious. You’ll enjoy the highest standard of hospitality, food, service and guidance delivered by a first-class crew.
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