Galapagos Islands boat Tours
Traveling in a sailing boat in the Galapagos Islands comes with factors that, while very normal, need mentioning. An important factor is that the only way to navigate the full itineraries is by the use of engine power. For this reason, Galapagos is not a true sailing destination. While some of the yachts are rigged for sailing and do hoist sail during voyages when there is a good wind, sails on these vessels should be considered primarily for show and not for navigation.
Sailing vessels seek to hoist sails two to three times per voyage. The best time for wind in the Galapagos is during the summer months of June through September.
At times during your cruise, you will hear the sound of the engines. This is more noticeably when the engines are being started up for a night crossing. You may also hear the sound of waves slapping the hull depending on the sea condition. Also, you may hear generators or temporarily smell diesel, but not for prolonged periods. In heavier seas, which are infrequent in the Galapagos, you may experience sea sickness, especially during open ocean crossings. Please report any inconvenience you are experiencing during your voyage immediately to the Captain or crew. Often there are solutions to any inconvenience you may experience.