The Galapagos islands offer unparalleled opportunities for us photographers. During this intense exploration of some of the most beautiful islands photography will be our main goal: we go on land before sunrise, spend a lot of time on the wildlife that inhabit the volcanic islands and we use the last light in the evening. This is a photographic adventure not to miss !
13th to 23rd November 2018
Easy to moderate
1st March 2018
Day 1 : Arrival in Santa-Cruz (from Quito in Ecuador). Afternoon: Bachas
Day 2 : Genovesa. Morning: Darwin Bay. Afternoon: Prince Phillip’s Steps
Day 3 : Marchena. Morning: Punta Mejia. Afternoon: Playa Negra
Day 4 : Isabela. Morning: Punta Abermale. Afternoon: Punta Vicente Roca
Day 5 : Fernandina/Isabela. Morning: Punta Espinoza. Afternoon: Urbina Bay
Day 6 : Isabela. Morning: Elizabeth Bay. Afternoon: Punta Moreno
Day 7 : Floreana. Morning: Asilo de la Paz/Cerro Alieri. Afternoon: Snorkling and navigation to Puerto Ayora
Day 8 : Santa Cruz. Morning: Highlands. Afternoon: Charles Darwin Station
Day 9 : Floreana. Morning: Punta Cormorant Champion. Afternoon: Post Office Bay
Day 10 : Espanola. Morning: Punta Suarez. Afternoon: Gardner Bay
Day 11 : San Cristobal. Morning: Isla Lobos and Kicker Rock. Afternoon: return to airport
Sir David Attenborough already made us mouthwater with his wonderful BBC documentaries about the Galapagos islands: Waved albatrosses, Marine iguanas and Flightless cormorants against a spectacular backdrop of volcanoes, dramatic coastlines and many small islands. Sounds like music? Add on top of that two experienced photographic guides, a fantastic Galapagos know-it-all naturalist, and unique photography on the best spots of the archipelago, and you are guaranteed to have a once in a lifetime experience.
The Galapagos islands offer an amazing collection of spectacular wildlife and flora and impressive landscapes. 95% of the archipelago is designated as a national park since 1968 and is protected by Ecuador. Each island has his own evolved species to offer that are only be found here. Climate is hot and dry, while the Humboldt sea current brings in cold and nutriënt rich water straight from the Antarctic. This creates an ecosystem that brings food for an array of wildlife under and above water. And of course we will explore both worlds: early mornings and late evenings we explore land, and around noon we go snorkelling, with warm wetsuits that is!
We made a careful selection of islands we will visit, that offer the best photographic opportunities.
On of the most famous creatures only to be found here in Galapagos, is the Marine iguana. The iconic Blue-footed booby is one the symbol species of the islands. Each island has one or more species of so called Darwin finches, that helped Darwin create his evolution theory.
The beautiful Lava gull is the rarest gull of the world. During our crossings we will continuously be followed by gigantic frigatebirds.
The Galapagos tortoise is the biggest living species of tortoise.
While snorkeling we will be investigated by the curious Galapagos sea lions and Galapagos penguins, and if we are lucky we might even spot some Hammerhead sharks.
The list is pretty long, and since most animals show no fear, we will be able to observe up close and very long, since we made our program to be able to have long photographic sessions.
Everybody is welcome on this photo-tour, wether if you are a beginner or a pro. You don’t even need to take pictures, as long as you have a good taste for adventure and a lot of patience! There are no specific needs for photographic gear, because here you can use any kind of lens, anything from wide-angle lenses till long telelenses will do the job. Important is to keep it light, we will be walking on rough terrain, and shooting from spot to spot.
Since we will spend quiet some time snorkelling, you should bring an underwater camera or housing for your dslr, but even a small action-camera can give you great results.
We will be travelling with the MS Samba, a strong and fast ship that is very stable, even on windy days. Deck is very spacious, so it is a perfect platform to observe and photograph from. There is space for 13 people, which is a very small group to explore the Galapagos islands. You will experience enough privacy on board and freedom to move around with cameras. Our professional crew is very friendly and very experienced in Galapagos waters and will guarantee us a trip of a lifetime. We have chartered this ship exclusively, so we will only be on board with like minded people, and photography will be our main target!
Our chef will serve us three delicious meals a day, most of the products are organic and locally grown by the way!
The combination of our carefully selected itinerary and this perfect ship makes it a unique offer to explore the Galapagos.
You will need light summer clothes that can dry quickly, so preferably no cotton. Sun rises straight above us, so it’s good to be protected against sunburn. We usually do wet landings on beaches, and sandals or light walking shoes work perfect, as long as they are durable enough to walk on sharp lava rocks. Hats, sunscreen and sunglasses are essential.
Prepare for chilly early mornings and late evenings.
Although we have quite an amount of different sized wetsuits (and fines and goggles) on board, we advise to bring your own gear, so you know you have the perfect size for you. 3-4mm wetsuits will do fine, unless you get cold quickly. Sometimes we spend up to 1,5 hour in the water while snorkeling!
Walks will be pretty easy, but temperatures will change fast on land. Water will be quite chilly and swims can be rather long if you want to see everything. However, there will always be rubberboats following us, that can take you out of the water if you wish to finish swimming.
Professional guidance, booking fees, all local transport, all meals and nights
on board of Samba, snorkeling gear, non-alcoholic drinks, all land excursions,
entrance fee for the national park entrance.
Flight(s) to Baltra Airport, hotels in Quito before and after boat trip,
alcoholic beverages, cancellation insurance, travel insurance,
purchases of personal nature, gratuities for guides and crew.