Galapagos Islands
By Small Boat Charter

Enjoy a private adventure around the epic islands taking in the spectacular wildlife that needs to be seen to be believed.


About Galapagos Boat Charters

For families or groups of friends looking for a once in a lifetime experience, it’s hard to compete with sailing from island to island in the Galapagos with your own private yacht.

Because of the long distances involved, the only practical way to explore the Galapagos is by live-aboard boats which travel between islands. The journey is mostly at night and the boat makes different stops each day; usually two landings with plenty of time for swimming and snorkelling.

The importance of the size of the boat can’t be overstated. The smaller the boat, the more able she is to access the shallow anchorages that the large boats cannot, thus meaning island visits are relatively untroubled by other visitors.

The 12-berth Beagle is a long term favourite of ours. A rather beautiful 105 foot steel hulled brigantine with teak decks and comfortable interiors, an excellent chef and super guides. Cabins have a double lower and single upper bed and private shower, wash basin and toilet. The majority of her cruises are one week, either the northwest islands or the south and central – and scattered through the year are two week itineraries visiting both sets of islands.

Diving can be organised and snorkel gear is always on board. She is ideal for a private charter for a group of friends or a couple of families or booked as a shared charter.

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Nowhere else on Earth comes close to the intense wildlife experience the Galapagos Islands can offer, and to take this in on-board your own private yacht is truly a special thing to do with your family.

The smaller boat allows access to anchorages that larger boats – and the crowds they bring – can’t get into.

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Being situated on the equator, Galapagos is a year round destination without a pronounced temperature change through the year.

However from around July, the cold Humboldt current, which comes up from Tierra del Fuego, moves in closer to the islands reducing the sea temperature. Wet suits are generally needed from July to November. 

December to June is the slightly warmer and wetter time period with warm waters. Showers, if they come, are short and this is the main breeding period for the birds and animals.




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“When you visit the Galápagos Islands you are left in no doubt as to who owns them – the residents. By residents I mean the thousands of birds, sea lions penguins and marine iguanas who call the Islands home. It is a place like no other.
– J Wilson-Lee – Natural High client

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Choose your vessel wisely. For small groups or families after a wildlife experience, the Galapagos seen by small yacht charter is hard to beat.
The Beagle

A rather beautiful 105-foot steel-hulled brigantine with teak decks and comfortable interiors, an excellent chef and superb guides.

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The mainland destinations of Peru and Ecuador offer something completely different to the wildlife experience in the Galapagos, but it works really nicely.

If you are going to combine a trip to South America make sure you take enough time. It is a long way so invest the time and the rewards will be huge. 

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