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Number of Reviews: 25 Overall score: *****
Flying over Kicker Rock, Ecuador
***** Written
Galapagos Wildlife Cruise

Galapagos on the Cachalote

4
We spent two weeks on the Cachalote exploring the many islands of the Galapagos. Overall, the trip was very good with a couple of exceptions. 1. We had one afternoon in a town with nothing to do except sit in a bar - we were told we could swim in the sea, but it was very rough. (According to the trip notes, we could have visited a Giant tortoise breeding centre, but we were not given that option). 2. On the changeover day (between itineraries) we had to waste a few hours in Puerta Ayora. However, we did expect this.
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Flying over Kicker Rock, Ecuador
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Galapagos Wildlife Cruise

Galapagos Wildlife Cruise

5
Non stop wildlife experience with so many different islands that it felt much more than just too weeks. Lovely breaks cruising between the islands relaxing in the warm sea breeze. Very helpful friendly passengers and crew. Great food. Snorkelling is a must. Essential to have a small boat 16 max to enjoy the islands in peace. The Western Islands were quieter than the eastern Islands. A trip to be repeated!!!
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Flying over Kicker Rock, Ecuador
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Galapagos Wildlife Cruise

AWESOME!

5
If you have ever dreamed of going to the Galapagos, then don't hesitate in booking this trip. It was truly awesome. The West side of the Islands were quieter, so less likely to see other boats. There is a lot of snorkelling which was truly amazing and we stayed in the water for as long as we wanted most times. Captain/Guide were very flexible and if weather/landings weren't in our favour, they would make sure we had other options so we got the most out of seeing as much wildlife as possible.
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Flying over Kicker Rock, Ecuador
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Galapagos Wildlife Cruise

A voyage of discovery

5
Ok, it took many years for me to actually get round to booking my trip to Galapagos, and eventually I decided to do the deed this year. I did my research, and decided that March / April seemed to be the best time to go - low winds, calm water, warm water, clear weather, etc. as it's not a cheap trip, and most of the cost is in the travelling, I wanted to see all of the islands, and experience the diversity, but there were no 2 week trips available at the time I wanted to go., so I contacted Exodus and asked if they could put 2 separate trips together, and they arranged this without fuss or unnecessary expense. The service was exceptional. It turns out that the dates listed for the "wildlife cruise" are just weeks where the boat has been fully commissioned by exodus - you can go for 2 weeks anytime, and will still see all the wildlife, but there will be other operators' clients on the boat as well. For my trip, that wasn't a problem, and we had a great mix of people from UK, Canada, Italy and Israel. The trip was led by a local company, and depending when you go, you may get different leaders; both of my weeks were led by Darwin who, as others have said, is amazingly knowledgeable on all things Galapagos, wildlife and geology. Accommodation on the Cachalote is great, if a little cramped in the cabins, but the food is second to none, and the chef would put many hotel chefs to shame with what he manages to produce in a small galley. I'm not specifically a wildlife enthusiast; I generally treat the wildlife as part of the scenery, and that's exactly what you get on Galapagos - sealions, marine iguanas, boobies (with all their foot colours!) and weird fish are everywhere, along with penguins, rays, turtles, tortoises and all sorts of other creatures. Each day is both active and relaxing, in a strange kind of way. A topical day starts after breakfast with a 2 hour panga ride to the beach, where you may only walk a few hundred yards, but you get to take in an enormous wealth of wildlife and information. Then it was back to the boat, collect snorkelling kit and go for a swim with turtles, penguins, sealions, rays, sharks and weird fish; after about 1.5 hours in the water, it was back to the boat for lunch and onward journey to our next port of call. Then, later in the afternoon, we would have another 1.5 hours in the water, followed by another trip on land. Some people, especially on the second week, couldn't swim and while that's not necessarily a problem, it will mean you miss out on half the activities, as you can't go very far without the guide, and as most of the snorkelling trips were in open water from the panga, it's not always possible to sit on the beach. I wouldn't say I'm a strong swimmer, but I was easily able to snorkel for several hundred meters, so give it a go - you'll miss so much if you don't. On the subject of snorkelling, if, like me, you wear glasses, consider investing in a prescription mask and a good snorkel; although you can use the boat's masks, snorkel and fins, I would always want my own snorkel, and the prescription mask was amazing. In spring, you won't need a wetsuit, but can hire one on the boat if you want. I've written an article about my trip, which you can find at http://www.ksheard.plus.com/travel/galapagos/galapagos.html (assuming the link isn't removed from my post)
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Flying over Kicker Rock, Ecuador
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Galapagos Wildlife Cruise

GALAPAGOS WILDLIFE CRUISE

5
A fantastic experience aboard the Cachalote visiting so many of the Islands and coves;  seeing all the wildlife for real that I had seen on the David Attenbrough programme. The most amazing thing was the wildlife's attitude to us. It was so 'laid back' about us being there that they just ignored our presence. We were told to not go too close but nobody told the wildlife that! It was as f we were invisible.
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Flying over Kicker Rock, Ecuador
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Galapagos Wildlife Cruise

GALAPAGOS WILDLIFE CRUISE

5
This trip whole heartedly exceeded my expectations. For those of you who love animals this is certainly the right trip for you. Being able to go around all the islands and be there for two weeks was breath taking and definately worth going for the two weeks, there is so much to see and the west islands were personally better for me. Getting so close to all the animals without feeling as though you were invading their space was so special, nothing was bothered you were around them it really was magical and my idea of heaven.
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