Galápagos 2024 Snorkeling Liveaboard

7 nights (cruise only)/9 nights (cruise + island)/11 nights (cruise + island + Quito)


From $6,020 pp.


8 Days, 7 Nights


12-19 March 2024

Max Group Size


Embark on an epic snorkeling liveaboard to the Enchanted Islands and experience the fascinating wildlife, both above and below the surface.

Make your Galápagos expedition the trip of a lifetime by joining our privately-chartered liveaboard in partnership with CNH Tours! This spectacular trip is tailored to snorkelers and led by a Top Galápagos Naturalist Guide and Snorkeling Report’s experts. You will enjoy an adventure-filled program, both on land and underwater. We will explore these enchanted islands and experience close encounters with their unique and inquisitive wildlife. This once-in-a-lifetime tour gets you up close and personal with sea lions, sea turtles, iguanas, penguins, tortoises, sharks and many more of the distinctive residents of the Galápagos islands.

Snorkeler with sea turtle Galapagos

Discover some of the most biodiverse wildlife on the planet! Due to the seclusion and unique climate conditions, the Galápagos Islands are home to some of the highest levels of indigenous species on Earth. About 80% of the land birds and 97% of the reptiles and land mammals living in the archipelago are endemic to the islands.

Marine Iguana Isabela Island

Our itinerary will feature stops near 7 islands spread over the archipelago, including the isolated Marchena Island. There are 6 stops in Isabela and Fernandina, the only islands where the flightless cormorant is found and where  80% of the Galápagos penguin population is concentrated. The many land excursions included in the trip will allow you to encounter giant tortoises, land iguanas, and a diversity of birds.

Galapagos reef fish

Enjoy a unique trip tailored to avid snorkelers! Our cruise will include 16 snorkeling locations all over the archipelago giving you ample opportunity to spot all the unique Galápagos marine life. Common sightings in the Galápagos shore waters are the Galápagos sea turtle, the Galápagos sea lion, the Galápagos penguin, the marine iguana, the flightless cormorant, the blacktip reef shark, stingrays, and eagle rays. You will also encounter diverse, colorful reef fish and the occasional sea horses! Rare (but possible) encounters in the open sea are orcas, whale sharks, and mola mola.

Galapagos cruise ship

We will privately explore the archipelago aboard the Samba, a 14-passenger yacht fully chartered for our group by CNH Tours. CNH Tours are experts in the Galápagos with over 16 years living and working in among the islands. All cabins have private bathrooms and showers, with hot water and air conditioning. The voyage will be led by a Top Galápagos Naturalist Guide and a member of Snorkeling Report’s team.

Our Itinerary

Sun, 10 Arrival in Quito (for option 1)
Mon, 11 Quito City day tour (for option 1)
Tue, 12 Flight to Galápagos, embarkation, 1st snorkel in Mosquera
Wed, 13 Genovesa: Darwin Bay / Prince Phillip’s Steps
Thu, 14 Marchena: Punta Espejo or Punta Mejia / Playa Negra
Fri, 15 Isabela: Punta Albemarle / Punta Vicente Roca
Sat, 16 Fernandina: Punta Espinosa / Isabela: Urbina Bay
Sun, 17 Isabela: Elizabeth Bay / Punta Moreno
Mon, 18 Floreana: Post Office Bay / Baroness’ Lookout / Devil’s Crown
Tue, 19 Santa Cruz, disembarkation, free afternoon in Puerto Ayora
Wed, 20 Free day in Puerto Ayora
Thu, 21 Flight back to Quito
Galapagos 2024 Snorkeling Trip map

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Guillaume, the cofounder of Snorkeling Report, is well known as the snorkeling expert in the Snorkeling Report community. His passion is to find new, virgin snorkeling spots and spread the word to the whole world.

Galápagos 2024 Snorkeling Liveaboard


Option 1 (LEISURE): US $6,848 /person, 11 nights / 12 days

7 nights on the Samba
2 nights on land in Puerto Ayora (Santa Cruz Island) in a comfortable boutique hotel
2 nights in Quito in a comfortable boutique hotel
Quito World Heritage city day tour
Transit control card
Domestic flights, cruise, transfers and more included
Emergency medical evacuation insurance (US $200,000)
Carbon offsets – making your trip carbon neutral – Click here for more details


Option 2 (BREEZE): US $6,388 /person, 9 nights / 10 days

Same as for option 1, less the nights on land in Galápagos post cruise. Fly back to Quito after the cruise.


Option 3 (JUST THE CRUISE): US $6,020 /person 7 nights / 8 days

7 nights on the Samba
Domestic flights
Transit control card
Emergency medical evacuation insurance
Carbon offsets – making your trip carbon neutral – Click here for more details.


Prices are based on double occupancy. All-inclusive from Quito.


Services Included

  • 8 day cruise on an upscale tourist superior ship (all meals, top quality naturalist guide, private double occupancy rooms, private bathroom, hot water, shower, air conditioning)
  • Return flight: Quito to Galapagos and back to Quito + Transit control card
  • 2 nights' accommodation in an upscale boutique hotel in colonial Quito (Mama Cuchara) with breakfast, on the continent (pre-cruise)
  • Two nights accommodation in Puerto Ayora in a well-located, luxury boutique hotel (Ikala) with breakfast (post-cruise)
  • Full day tour: Quito - World Heritage colonial Andean city.
  • Host in Quito to help with airport check-in for flight to Galapagos
  • Airport transfers (domestic flights to and from Galapagos)
  • Free use of kayaks (6) and paddle boards (2) on-board the ship (used only at dedicated visitor sites)
  • Free wetsuit, snorkel, mask and fins
  • Most meals, as indicated in the itinerary
  • A gift from Planet Snorkeling Expeditions and Snorkeling Report
  • A comprehensive Galapagos Voyage Guide (electronic version)
  • Carbon offsets for in-country carbon emissions (domestic flight / cruise) provided by CNH Tours
  • Emergency medical evacuation insurance (US$200,000) provided by CNH Tours
  • A donation from CNH Tours to the International Galapagos Tour Operator Association (IGTOA) Traveler Conservation Fund on behalf of each guest

Services not Included

  • Tip for naturalist guide and ship's crew
  • Alcoholic beverages, soft drinks
  • International arrivals and departures transfers
  • Galápagos National Park entrance fee ($100 - subject to change)
  • Trip insurance - emergency medical / cancellation
  • Personal expenses
  • Corkage fee ($10/bottle)
  • Some meals, as indicated in itinerary
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