We just got back from a cruise aboard the Beluga, a very comfortable “Premium Class” motor yacht. With panoramic windows in the saloon and great deck space, Beluga is a fantastic way to cruise the islands in speed and style.
Our route took us on the “Fernandina” itinerary, focusing on Western Isabela and Fernandina Islands. Also included was: Highlands of Santa Cruz, Charles Darwin Station, Floreana Island, James (Santiago) Island and North Seymour Island.
We started off on Santa Cruz Island and took a quick trip up to the the highlands and saw some Galapagos giant tortoises in the wild. Then we were off to the Charles Darwin Station for a short stop to look at the tortoise and land iguana breeding program.
After boarding the Beluga and getting settled in our rooms, we had an orientation by our naturalist guide Silvia, who was extremely knowledgeable on all areas of the islands. She explained everything we needed to know about what we would be seeing and doing on our trip. We visited several different sites where we were able to observe all the unique animals and fauna that are endemic or native to the Galapagos Islands.
The snorkeling in the Galapagos is also amazing since the islands are an oasis for marine life. This was definitely a big highlight! We saw lots of penguins, sea turtles, rays, sharks, marine iguanas and dolphins! There are too many animals to list. So make sure you check off all the things you see with the brochure you are given at the start of the trip.
All in all this was a trip of a lifetime. With so much to see and do, the Galapagos has something for everyone.0