Eco-Luxury at Sea: Navigate the Galapagos with &Beyond

by | Feb 27, 2024

Embark on an unparalleled &Beyond adventure aboard the Galapagos Explorer yacht, exclusive suites, immersive nature encounters, and conservation at heart.

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Embarking on an adventure to the Galapagos Islands is akin to stepping into another world, where the majesty of nature unfolds in its most pristine and untouched form. Recognizing the uniqueness of this unparalleled destination, &Beyond, a leading name in conservation-led luxury travel, has announced an expansion of its South American portfolio with the launch of an exclusive expedition yacht in the Galapagos Islands.

&Beyond Galapagos Explorer

Named “&Beyond Galapagos Explorer”, this venture promises to offer an intimate and immersive exploration of one of the planet’s most extraordinary ecosystems. This 38-meter (124 ft) yacht is designed to navigate the enchanting waters of the Galapagos, offering guests a unique opportunity to island-hop across the archipelago over seven captivating nights. With just six air-conditioned suites and cabins, the yacht ensures an exclusive and personalized adventure for a maximum of 12 guests, guided by two expert guides who bring the islands’ stories to life.

Aboard the &Beyond Galapagos Explorer, guests are treated to luxury and comfort. The yacht boasts an open-air dining deck for al fresco meals under the stars, a luxurious sundeck for basking in the Pacific sun, a soothing hot tub, and comfortable loungers perfect for relaxation after a day of exploration. The yacht operates on two distinct 7-night routes, covering the east and west of the Galapagos Islands, allowing for a comprehensive exploration of this unique destination.

Navigate the Galapagos with Beyond

Navigate the Galapagos with Beyond

What to see & do when at the Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands, designated a World Heritage Site in 1978, are an archipelago of volcanic islands located in the Pacific Ocean, off the west coast of Ecuador. This remote and isolated group of islands is famed for its extraordinary biodiversity, with 97% of its land area forming a protected national park. The Galapagos are home to a remarkable variety of flora and fauna, many of which are endemic species found nowhere else on Earth.

Visitors to the Galapagos can expect to encounter the iconic giant Galapagos tortoise, land and marine iguanas, playful sea lions, graceful green sea turtles, and a plethora of bird species, including the Galapagos penguin, waved albatross, and the various types of boobies. Each island offers a unique ecosystem with its own distinct wildlife, making every stop an opportunity to witness the natural world in its most unspoiled state. Highlights include the magnificent rock formations of Kicker Rock, the critically endangered waved albatross in Gardner Bay on Española Island, and close encounters with the rare Santa Fe land iguana on Santa Fe Island.

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Learning about conservation when at The Galapagos islands

The Galapagos Explorer not only promises unparalleled access to these natural wonders but also places a strong emphasis on conservation. &Beyond extends its Oceans Without Borders initiative to the Galapagos, reflecting its commitment to the protection and preservation of the marine environment. Through this initiative and the educational efforts of its skilled guides, &Beyond aims to inspire guests to become advocates for conservation, ensuring the continued protection of these magical islands for generations to come.

Navigate the Galapagos with Beyond

Navigate the Galapagos with Beyond

Embarking on a journey with the &Beyond Galapagos Explorer is an opportunity to connect deeply with nature, learn about the delicate balance of ecosystems, and be part of a meaningful conservation effort. As &Beyond Executive Chairman & CEO Joss Kent says, “We have long believed that the best way to encourage our guests to help protect the world’s wild places is for our skilled guides to help travellers not only fall in love with those places, but also to gain an understanding of the threats that they are facing.”

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For those seeking an exclusive and impactful way to experience the Galapagos Islands, this expedition yacht promises an unforgettable journey into the heart of one of the most biodiverse and ecologically significant places on Earth. ◼

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© This article was first published online in Feb 2024 – World Travel Magazine.

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