I’ve never seen so many turtles. Or so many iguana. Or sealions. Or blue-footed boobies. Or, or or. The variety and quantity of the animals I saw on my cruise with Haugan was amazing!
Seeing Galápagos by cruise is ideal because it allows you to explore the islands in a way that is impossible by staying on land. The islands are too spread out and many of the sites with interesting geology and an abundance of animals are accessible only by boat.
And an ideal cruise to see them with is Haugan Cruises.
Haugan has two catamarans, the Coromorant and the Ocean Spray (and a new one, the Petrel, starting in 2015). I spent a delightful six days aboard the Ocean Spray exploring several islands. Each boat has only 16 guests and cruises range from 4 to 8 days. Haugan provides boats in the luxury category, the top category in Galapagos (but keep in mind these are luxury by Galápagos standards — boats are designed yes for comfort, but also to cross the rough seas between Galápagos islands).
Cabins are large, beds are comfortable, there is good storage, as well as a couch and a desk to sit at. Each has a private bathroom with shower (and L’Occitance amenities, my favourite) and a large balcony. The dining room has two separate tables, so you’ll have a chance to talk to all your fellow passengers. You’ll spend time at the bar, on the top deck near the jacuzzi, at two outdoor dining areas, and in the indoor briefing room to learn about the next day’s agenda.
On each cruise you’ll be treated to tours on foot, by zodiac boat, kayak, and underwater via snorkel (kayaks, wetsuits and snorkelling gear provided). Your guide will help you spot flora, fauna and geology and understand why what you’re seeing is so unique. Haugan’s guides are really excellent (other guides I met on the islands all knew of Javier, Ocean Spray’s naturalist, and agreed he was one of the best).