Galapagos Islands
by Yacht

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


About Galapagos by Yacht

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.

Monserrat is a superb example of a mid range yacht and one of our favourites.  Fully refurbished in 2021, she offer 10 light and airy cabins and larger than average communal areas. Aligning with some of the luxury category yachts, Monserrat also carries two Galapagos guides, a great advantage over other boats in a similar price range, meaning that there are never more than 10-11 in a group on the excursions at any one time.

There are three sun decks with shaded and unshaded areas, paddleboards and kayaks for guest use when not on island visits, as well as snorkelling gear.  Monserrat offers cruises of six and seven nights duration.

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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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  • Swim with sea lions playing in the water
  • Watch the Frigatebird’s mating display
  • See Giant Tortoises
  • Watch Marine Iguanas Basking
  • See the Blue Footed Booby & Galápagos penguin
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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

Our Favourite Camps & Lodges

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

Nemo ii strikes a wonderful balance of being a working sailboat while offering accommodation that is generous, comfortable and equipped with all mod-cons.

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Built specifically for cruising in the Galapagos islands, the Motor Catamaran Anahi is an extremely comfortable yacht offering the stability inherent in a twin hulled catamaran.

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Aqua Mare

Aqua Mare is the first superyacht to make permanent berth in the volcanic archipelago.

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Monserrat is a superb example of a mid range yacht and one of our favourites. Fully refurbished in 2021, she offer ten light and airy cabins and larger than average communal areas.

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Motor Yacht Bonita

The 4 star Bonita Galapagos yacht offers a first class cruise in comfort to 16 passengers at a very affordable price point. She is refurbished every year, meaning she is one of the best presented boats in her class. 

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Origin, Theory & Evolve

Origin, Theory and Evolve are amongst the most luxurious expedition yachts cruising the Galapagos Islands. Each of the identical 142 foot yachts has ten cabins, taking a maximum of twenty people in spacious twin or double staterooms with panoramic windows. 

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Cormorant II

Launched in 2023, The Cormorant II is the largest luxury catamaran in the Galapagos. Guests are given snorkelling gear and a wetsuit for the duration of the cruise. She is well equipped with kayaks, paddleboards and two glass bottomed boats for those who prefer not to snorkel.

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Galapagos Infinity

This beautiful 161ft ship  was designed with families and small groups in mind, having two large suites and eight cabins, some of which are interconnected.

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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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