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Number of Reviews: 21 Overall score: *****
Flying over Kicker Rock, Ecuador
Review posted by Kev Sheard
***** Written

A voyage of discovery

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
Review posted by Andrew Barnes
***** Written

The Islands & Wildlife Awesome, the Rest !!!!

I would recommend everybody to visit the Galápagos Islands (5 Stars) , on this trip we visited both the East & West islands, meaning we got to view the different landscapes, plant life and of course the endemic Galapagos wildlife which was superb especially at such close quarters, whether it be walking along the set paths or snorkelling along the cliff faces,
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Exodus Response

We have been working with the owners and crew of the Cachalote for over 10 years and we consistently receive excellent feedback about the standard of accommodation, food and on board service both from clients and Exodus staff who have been to the Galapagos, so it is really disappointing to read that Andrew did not enjoy his time on the Cachalote as much as we would have expected. Since receiving Andrew’s feedback, we have amended the prices of drinks in the trip notes as we acknowledge that they were slightly out of date, and the air-conditioning and all of the life jackets have been thoroughly checked, so we are confident that they are in good working order.
Flying over Kicker Rock, Ecuador
Review posted by Emmanuelle Rolland
***** Written

Enchanted Islands

Stunning landscapes and abundance of wildlife but with some discomforts. Go for the two week trip to visit all the islands. They are really different from each other. I still couldn't decide between West or East itinerary, just do both!
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Exodus Response

We are really sorry that Emmanuelle experienced some issues with her party’s booking. Our Customer Services team have investigated what happened and have been in touch with this group to apologise for the oversights that were made in regards to rooming requests. We are sorry that on this occasion Emmanuelle felt the level of service provided by Exodus was not up to our usually high standard, but we are pleased that despite this, Emmanuelle enjoyed her time in the Galapagos.
Flying over Kicker Rock, Ecuador
Review posted by Susan Netherton
***** Written

Galapagos 14 day cruise

The trip fulfilled all my expectations and more. A very well organised cruise with good food and an exceptionally good guide in the shape of Juan Tapia.
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Flying over Kicker Rock, Ecuador
***** Written

GALAPAGOS WILDLIFE CRUISE

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
***** Written

GALAPAGOS WILDLIFE CRUISE

What a wonderful experience.  Quito city on the mainland and the Galapagos islands are such a contrast to each other but both extremely interesting. 
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Flying over Kicker Rock, Ecuador
***** Written

GALAPAGOS WILDLIFE CRUISE

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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Flying over Kicker Rock, Ecuador
***** Written

GALAPAGOS WILDLIFE CRUISE

The cruise we went on was March 2012,it was a once in a life time holiday.Wonderful memories and I would advise any one who is thinking of going to just do it.I went with my husband and we had planned to go for a couple of years.We very much wanted to see as many islands as possible and of course wildlife.What a fantastic trip we had and found it difficult to fault anything about the holiday.
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Flying over Kicker Rock, Ecuador
***** Written

GALAPAGOS WILDLIFE CRUISE

One can always count on Exodus to provide the best way to discover new territories, and the Galapagos wildlife cruise aboard the "Cachalote" was awesome! The captain & crew are fantastic, I was even able to steer the yacht at Latitude 0! Our guide Darwin was exceptionnal, and the wildlife was..... WILD!!!!!!
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