Galapagos – FAQ’s – Travel Tips

Galapagos – FAQ’s – Travel Tips

Packing tips?
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sandals
  • Sneakers
  • Swimsuit
  • Umbrella (for sun protection during island hikes)
  • Waterproof Sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher)
  • Binoculars
  • Flashlight/head lamp
  • Water bottle
  • Dry bags (to keep things from getting wet)
  • Snorkel and mask (if you wish to use your own instead of the boats’)
  • Windbreaker jacket
  • Light sweater
  • Extra memory cards
  • Extra batteries

Will I need binoculars? What kind of binoculars is best for Galapagos wildlife viewing?
Our naturalist guides always have a pair of binoculars that they will pass around when there is something interesting to see. Do feel free to bring your own if you are really into wildlife viewing.
What shoes do I need to bring?
A good pair of walking shoes, ideally with a good level of traction and grip on the bottom.
What additional photographic equipment should I bring on my trip?
Batteries, weatherproof camera bags, and extra memory cards will come in handy. Waterproof housings will be necessary if you wish to take your camera underwater. Tripods are handy too if you want to take pictures of the night sky.
Are there any restrictions on photographing or filming the islands?
Flash photography is not permitted when taking photos of wildlife. Professional photography and videos recorded for commercial purposes must be authorized by the Galapagos National Park. Drones can only be used with a special permit.
Can I SCUBA dive in Galapagos? Can I get my diving certification or a license upgrade in Galapagos?
Galapagos is considered one of the world’s top SCUBA diving destinations. However, guests should be aware of National Park Rules that define two different options for diving: live-aboard or land-based day cruises. As of 2017, there are only 9 live-aboard ships exclusively dedicated to SCUBA in the archipelago. Other types of cruise ships cannot, by regulation, provide this service. There are diving outfitters in San Cristobal, Santa Cruz and Isabela islands. Galapagos is a great place to get your certification or upgrade your current license level, but check which outfitters offer this service. This could also make for a fabulous extension to your cruise.
Will I need my own snorkelling gear?
Snorkelling gear will be provided to you on board all of our cruises so that you can enjoy the aquatic beauty throughout the Galapagos. If you have your own snorkelling gear however, definitely feel free to bring it along.
Can I fish in the Galapagos?
No. Sports fishing is prohibited inside the Marine Reserve. Local fishermen are allowed to fish, however.
Can you recommend at least three-four good books for reading prior to this trip?
Of course! Check out this blog on our Top 7 Galapagos Books.
Is it easy to purchase media thumb drives/digital memory?
Yes. We sell these on our ships and you can find them on the inhabited islands.
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