Deron Shields: Kicker Rock Eric Rock: Hikers at South Plaza
Andrea Izzotti: Underwater sea lion
Fred Bennett: Woman photographing sea lion
Jessica Cardelucci: Red footed booby
Mario Rosero: NHA'sTortoise Camp
Emily Supernavage: Fun girl with sea lions
Our Exclusive Catamaran-Based Odyssey is the Most Exciting Way to See the Islands!
It’s no wonder Herman Melville called the Galapagos the "Enchanted Isles.” This far-flung archipelago is unique on Earth. Giant tortoises roam misty meadows. Sea lions loll, nonchalant, on pristine beaches. Iguanas bask on sun-baked lava while sea turtles, rays and penguins swim with snorkelers in turquoise waters. Paddling this primeval paradise is a privilege few visitors get to enjoy. Our Galapagos kayaking permit allows us access to remote places that most visitors never see. Our deluxe catamaran whisks us between anchorages and provides comfortable accommodations. Each day we explore a different island, either on foot or by kayak, or sometimes both. The islands are surprisingly diverse, with new discoveries at each spot we visit.
"If there's one nature destination you must see, it is
the Galapagos. And in the Galapagos, there is no more
hands-on, eye-level adventure than this one."
-- Olaf Malver, PhD, Nat Hab CEO (Chief Exploratory Officer)
A one-of-a-kind active adventure in the world’s most unique wildlife destination—plus, hike among the scenic volcanoes and lakes of the Andean Highlands
Enjoy a diverse mix of nature hikes, snorkeling and tropical sea kayaking—we hold a special paddling permit from Galapagos National Park
Sleep comfortably aboard our exclusive chartered sailing catamaran in private en suite cabins as we travel overnight between the islands
The Most Immersive Galapagos Itinerary Available!
The Galapagos Islands are a “must-see” destination for any nature traveler. But how you see them is another question altogether. The vast majority of those who visit the Galapagos do so aboard cruise ships with dozens (and dozens!) of other passengers, all going ashore together and exploring in large groups. For more adventurous travelers who prefer an active experience focused on nature rather than fellow travelers, this trip offers a secluded, eye-level encounter with the Galapagos. In fact, with our kayaking permits and small group size, this active Galapagos adventure is truly in a class by itself. Here’s how:
Kayaking Permits = An Exceptional Itinerary!
Through permits originally arranged by Dr. Olaf Malver, Nat Hab's Chief Exploratory Officer who pioneered kayak expeditions in the Galapagos decades ago, we have permission from Galapagos National Park for guided kayaking exploration that goes far beyond the standard land- and sea-based excursions most Galapagos visitors participate in. Kayaking lets us discover the water and shoreline at eye-level—and along with our unparalleled experience in Galapagos kayaking, this is the key to ensuring the most immersive Galapagos adventure available!
The Smallest Groups in the Islands
With a maximum of approximately 14 guests led by two highly trained NHA Expedition Leaders, this trip boasts the smallest group size offered by any major Galapagos tour operator. And that's all the more vital when considering the up-close wildlife experiences we enjoy on this unique itinerary.
Peaceful Snorkeling Experiences
With inquisitive sea lions, sea turtles, dolphins and playful penguins abundant in the islands' waters, there's no place on the planet better suited for wildlife snorkeling encounters than the Galapagos. If you're traveling on board a large ship, it can thus be disappointing to enter the water only to find yourself surrounded by more snorkelers than local marine life. With our small groups, secluded snorkeling encounters are guaranteed!
An Active Itinerary Shaped By World Wildlife Fund As WWF’s travel partner, we are privileged to work with some of the world's most accomplished environmental scientists to develop the best nature travel adventures on the planet. This small-group itinerary, arranged in conjunction with WWF, features walking, hiking and kayaking excursions for close-up wildlife viewing in the most personalized manner.
A Private Stay in Our Highlands-Based Treehouse & Safari Camp
Unique to Nat Hab's Galapagos adventures is a stay at our "safari camp" located on private land in the volcanic Santa Cruz highlands. Here amid subterranean lava caves and wandering wild tortoises, we stay in raised walk-in safari-style tents and treehouse cabins overlooking the Pacific Ocean. There's nothing like a stay at our Tortoise Camp to enhance a sense of remoteness and exclusivity during your Galapagos experience!
Hiking & Kayaking Throughout Our Entire Itinerary
We don't wait until we get to the islands to get out into nature. Our nature adventure kicks off with a privately guided hike in the foothills of the Andes above the historic market town of Otavalo. Then, enjoy the thrill of specially permitted explorations in the Galapagos by kayak and on foot, getting a perspective on the islands' flora and fauna that simply can't be attained without such special access.
See More of Ecuador with a Hacienda Stay in the Andean Highlands
Ecuador, though small in size, is one of the world's most geographically and culturally diverse countries. As a complement to your Galapagos immersion, we include a visit to the Andean highlands with a two-night stay at an authentic colonial hacienda, set amid lavish gardens, near the scenic mountain town of Otavalo. And for those who don't want to miss Quito's historic highlights, we can arrange an optional Quito city tour before or after your trip—inquire with an Adventure Specialist for details.
The World's Finest Naturalist Guides
Natural Habitat Adventures is known worldwide for employing the finest naturalists on the planet. In the Galapagos, our elite Expedition Leaders each average more than 15 years' guiding experience and receive additional resources from WWF’s renowned scientists, an advantage that further enhances our guests' experience. See Expedition Leader bios and traveler comments regarding the quality of our leaders.
The Best Gear for Comfort & Safety
If you've ever tried kayaking in basic (cheap) kayaks with subpar equipment, you'll surely agree that it is uncomfortable and, frankly, not very fun. Since Nat Hab Expeditions has pioneered many nature trips by kayak around the world, we know what equipment is required for the best kayaking experience...and we've invested in that equipment specifically for our guests' comfort and safety. You can count on us.
Our Quality-Value Guarantee Ensures Your Special Galapagos Experience
With Natural Habitat Adventures, you receive our exclusive guarantee: that we will meet the lofty expectations we establish in our promotional materials. To our knowledge, this is the most ambitious guarantee made by any adventure travel company. Read our important promise.
Feel Good About the Way You Travel
We all care about the planet, and when you travel with us, you can know that the emissions from your trip are 100-percent carbon-offset—Natural Habitat Adventures is the world’s first carbon-neutral travel company.
Natural Habitat Adventures is World Wildlife Fund's Travel Partner
Because of our commitment to environmentally conscious travel, as well as the outstanding quality of our worldwide adventures, World Wildlife Fund—the world's leading environmental conservation organization—has named Natural Habitat as its worldwide travel partner, a designation that makes us exceedingly proud!
Small-group journeys aboard a choice of private yachts, led by our outstanding naturalist guides. Snorkel and swim with sea lions and sea turtles on this incomparable nature odyssey. 9 or 10 Days / Year-Round, From $6695