In case you haven’t heard, the Galapagos SUP Adventure is a nine-day luxury standup paddle vacation in the Galapagos Islands coming up November 30 through December 8. The best part? You’re invited! Guests of this one-of-a-kind SUP expedition will be able to escape into a land teeming with marine life existing nowhere else in the world. It’s a rare place on earth that feels frozen in time from an era long past.
To help you get a better sense of what this incredible adventure entails, we selected a few highlights from the trip’s dreamy itinerary. With only two spots left, time is running out to secure your spot on this trip of a lifetime. Sign up now!
Paddle in Darwin Bay
Your journey in the Galapagos Islands will fittingly begin where Charles Darwin landed his HMS Beagle back in 1835. You’ll start out by hopping on SUPs and paddling along the coast of San Cristobal. As you pass the likes of pelicans, sea lions, sea turtles and various nesting sites along the rock coast, we’ll continue along the coast to Darwin Bay, where you will have the ability to explore the site where the HMS Beagle landed when Darwin first arrived to the Galapagos.
Speedboat Ride to SUP and Snorkel at Isla Lobos
You’ll feel the wind in your hair during a short speedboat ride to visit Playa Ochoa and then continue to Isla Lobos. From there we will paddle along the beautiful coastal bays and beach coves of Isla Lobos. That same afternoon, we’ll take a boat ride to a world-class snorkeling site, Kicker Rock, the final remains of a tuff cone rising almost 500 feet out of the ocean. You’ll get the opportunity swim and snorkel amongst both reef fish, nesting birds and impressive but harmless shark species including hammerheads, Galapagos, Silky and Black tips.
Paddling Amongst Galapagos Penguins in Las Tintoreras
After a quick flight over to Isabela Island, Dream Retreaters will be able to standup paddle along the coastline and explore its many coves, islets and mangroves -all home to the endemic Galapagos penguin.
From there, we will continue on to paddle through the many small islets known as Las Tintoreras, where participants will gawk at the hundreds of marine iguanas, reef sharks, scenic beaches and lava formations.
Hike and Bike Through Several Different Ecosystems
While we love paddling, some of the islands’ natural wonders are only accessible on land. Not to worry, GDR attendees will also be able to go on both hiking and biking excursions amidst the immense natural beauty on Isabela Island.
The easy bike ride will pass through a number of ecosystems, including white sand beaches, mangrove forests and a lava tube cave. Spot giant tortoises, flamingos and other wildlife and birds on the way. The ride will end at the Muro de las Lagrimas – Wall of Tears – a wall built by prisoners when the island was a penal colony.
After a relaxing afternoon spent lounging on Isabela’s white sand beaches, attendees will travel by car the following morning to Sierra Negra. At six miles in diameter, this crater is the second-largest active caldera in the world. From there we’ll go on a gorgeous hike through vibrantly colored mountaintops full of sulfur deposits, fumaroles and lava formations. After enjoying the panoramic views along the perimeter of the caldera, the group will traverse through the vast lava fields of Volcan Chico and eventually arrive at a lookout featuring breathtaking views reaching north of Isabela.
SUP Through Lava Channels & Hike With Giant Tortoises
After another speedboat ride to Santa Cruz Island, we will paddle and explore the unique landscape near Punta Estrada and Divine Bay. Paddling along towering lava walls, we’ll be able to peer below our feet at the rays and white-tipped reef sharks in the serene, turquoise water. Meanwhile, above the surface we’ll be able to paddle next to fearless blue-footed boobies, lava gulls, herons, sally lightfoot crabs and marine iguanas perched along the cliffs.
That afternoon, the group will head up the Santa Cruz highlands to El Chato nature reserve, home of a giant species of Galapagos sea tortoise. Here you’ll have the magical opportunity to walk amongst these gigantic, gentle giants, some of which could be up to 175 years old! You’ll round out your hike by walking through lava tunnels formed by hot magma. And as an added bonus for you treasure hunter out there, rumors say pirates once hid gold stolen from Spanish ships in these caves and channels.
Paddle in Pristine Tortuga Bay
The following morning, our group will take a short hike to the spectacular Tortuga Bay, home of one of the most beautiful beaches in the Galapagos. The soft, white, fine sand and pristine turquoise waters will make for a most beautiful day at the beach. Our SUPs will be waiting for us at the cove on the far side of Tortuga Bay where we’ll have the opportunity to paddle around a mangrove ecosystem and lava rock formations to see rays, baby sharks, herons, shorebirds and marine iguanas.