Kids in Galapagos Islands, Family Trips, Marine Iguanas

Image Credit: Emily Supernavage

Would you actually consider taking your kids to one of the most renowned “living” natural history museums on Earth – and then cut them loose? Well, if it’s the Galapagos Islands then…heck yeah you would!

Ok so you wouldn’t really cut them loose completely, as this is one of the most sensitive and diverse wildlife refuges in the world. But there is absolutely nowhere else in the world where you can experience such incredible nature, wildlife and conservation educational opportunities, along with loads of super fun activities. In fact, you’d be hard pressed to find anywhere on Earth for as intimate an encounter between wildlife and children than the Galapagos.

In order to make the most of your trip to the Galapagos Islands with children, here are a few tips to help you prepare:

1. Sun screen, sun screen, and more sun screen.

After all you are on the equator, literally, and the sun is very strong here, even during the foggy season. So lather up while on the water and wear appropriate protective clothing on land.

Teenagers in the Galapagos

Image credit: Cassiano (Zapa) Zaparoli

2. Gear up to get wet!

Chances are your tour guides will have snorkel, masks and fins, but you can’t go wrong bringing your own well-fitted snorkel gear. And even though the Galapagos Islands are on the equator (or nearly on depending on the island), the water can still be cold depending on the time of year. While wetsuits will be provided you may want to bring along your own “rash guard” shirt under – or instead of – the wetsuit.

blue-footed booby blue feet in the Galapagos Islands

Image credit: Natural Habitat Adventures

3. Water shoes.

These, or good water sandals, are a definite must, especially for children. Not only are there often “wet landings” on the islands where you will be getting off of the boat in shallow water, but they are also great for walking around the volcanic islands. Take them off and run around in bare feet when you get to the nice sandy beaches!

4. GoPro yo.

Underwater cameras, or even better water proof video cameras like GoPro, is a great way to capture both your on land and seafaring adventures.

5. Local motion.

The Galapagos Islands have descent size swells, so if you or any of your family members are prone to motion / sea sickness, be sure to talk to your physician in advance and get preventative remedies. If you are not sure then it’s better safe than sorry so bring something along just in case.

Family in the Galapagos Islands

Image credit: Ben Bressler, Natural Habitat Adventures

6. Read up.

In general, children of all ages absolutely love the Galapagos Islands, and anything you can do in advance of your trip out there to nurture that enthusiasm will be more than worth it. There are loads of great books out there, from Galapagos coloring books for young children to more advanced wildlife field guides for the curious teenager (or Dad!).

Don’t miss out on a once in a lifetime Natural Habitat Adventures opportunity to visit the Galapagos Islands on a family journey to the most enchanted isles in the world. Your children will remember it for a lifetime.

This guest article was written by Good Nature contributor Peter Davis Krahenbuhl.