Boat-Based Trips are the Best Way to Go

There is absolutely no doubt in our minds: boat-based trips are the only way to experience the Galápagos. Don’t be lured by the promises of land-based operators; you simply cannot experience the full wonders of the islands from a hotel. On our boat journeys, you’ll wake each morning to a completely new island to explore, and move to a second fascinating spot while you enjoy lunch on board. This allows you to experience the greatest variety of wildlife, scenery, and certainly the best snorkeling sites. Step on board our elegant yacht, unpack just once, and let us bring you to the enchanting Galápagos as only WT can.

Choosing the right yacht makes all the difference to your experience, and we’ve selected three of the absolute best in the islands for our adventures, each offering a completely unique experience. Whether you want a luxury yacht to travel in comfort, a small private charter to go with your family and friends, or a classic sailboat for an unforgettable experience—we have the boat for you! Learn more about each below.

The Mary Anne: Our Classic Sailing Yacht


The three-masted Mary Anne hosts just 16 guests in great comfort. On board, you’ll enjoy an inviting air-conditioned wood-paneled lounge, library stocked with great books and videos on the history and wildlife of the Galápagos, comfortable en suite staterooms, and delightful cuisine. On deck you’ll have lots of room to relax and be treated to the truly romantic ambiance only a classic tall ship can provide. Traveling solo? There’s no extra charge for the single cabins, but availability is limited—book early!

The Galápagos Islands were amazing, and doing it in great style on the Mary Anne made it even better! The ship experience was fantastic, like being on a beautifully maintained private yacht.
— Janet K., Danville CA

The Passion: Our Luxury Yacht


Originally a private mega-yacht, the Passion has been completely refurbished for cruising the Galápagos in chic, sophisticated style. Boats this size usually take three times as many passengers, but the Passion welcomes just 14 lucky guests. If you want to experience the islands in style, this is the way to go! Beautifully furnished public areas include a panoramic sky lounge and bar, and nearly 2,000 square feet of wonderful teakwood decks with multiple places to lounge, including a sundeck hot tub. Gourmet meals are served both in the formal dining room or on the upper deck.

This trip was wonderful. The ship staff were exceptional in their service, professionalism, and interaction with the tour members. The Passion was comfortable, larger than expected and exceptionally clean.
— Mary Lou B., Moraga, CA

The Vision: Our Small Private Yacht


Built in 1977 and fully refitted in 2016, the 143-foot motorboat Vision has a cruising speed of 9-10 knots. She carries just 8 guests (plus the option for 2 young children) in elegant style and comfort—perfect for families or small groups of friends. Relax in the ample and comfortable outdoor lounge areas and watch the scenery go by, and enjoy delicious meals in either the indoor or outdoor dining area. The tastefully designed cabins are all air-conditioned. The master cabin has large windows with panoramic views, a king-size bed, private sitting area, desk, TV, and his and her bathrooms (one with shower and one with bathtub). The VIP cabin has a king-size bed, TV, and bathroom with shower and bathtub. The three remaining cabins have a full-size bed, TV, and bathroom with shower. A launch bay stores all the personal watercraft and recreational equipment and there is a swim platform for easy access to the water. The Vision has a highly trained crew to ensure your every comfort and safety, and a naturalist-guide who will show you the wonders of the Galápagos.

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Galápagos Specialists

Our Galápagos Specialists know every detail about our itineraries, boats, and trip extensions, and will be happy to help you choose the journey that’s right for you!

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View our The Galapagos Islands 2023 Brochure to learn more about our day-to-day itineraries, prices and dates, yachts, and when to go.