Planning your honeymoon is an exciting part of your wedding plans. Undoubtedly, you’ll want it to be memorable long after your return home, so finding the right destination is essential. Whether you’re looking to completely relax or take on your first adventure together as a married couple, the Galapagos Islands off the coast of Ecuador have everything you need and more for a perfect honeymoon.
Whilst the islands offers honeymooners incredibly close natural encounters with its unique animals such as the giant Galapagos tortoises, blue-footed boobies, flightless cormorants, and amazing penguins, you might be surprised to know that the Galapagos also offers some of the most secluded and best beaches in the world to explore and relax on.
Romance abounds as you sit back and enjoy the dramatic sunsets together – perhaps with a sundowner in the jacuzzi on the Sun Deck of a luxurious yacht – hold hands on moonlit strolls around its quaint port towns, or enjoy a candle-lit meal at a special island restaurant with incredible regional and international fare.
Adventure awaits as you have the chance to snorkel with marine iguanas, hammerhead sharks, manta rays, sea turtles, and more, kayak together around secluded bays whilst playful sea lion pups frolic around you, and hike across the islands’ incredible landscapes, from the heights of its volcanic craters, to the depths of its lava tunnels, and all their visit fascinating historical sites and landmarks
Because the islands are encased within a national park, the number of visitors is limited, so it will never feel overcrowded, and you can always find a quiet spot to enjoy alone. And because they are located on the equator, the Galapagos Islands offer perfect temperatures year-round. Expect it to reach down into the 60s most nights and rise to the 80s during the day. The warmer, tropical rainy season falls between December and May, and the dryer season is between June and November. Water temperatures remain pleasantly warm throughout the year and are perfect for swimming, snorkeling, or scuba diving any time.
The ideal blend of adventure and romance, Galapagos honeymoons are for many the perfect way to start your new life together. Embark on an unforgettable Galapagos honeymoon cruise aboard a romantic yacht, or a choose from carefully curated Galapagos Islands Honeymoon packages such as our popular honeymoon-themed Papallacta Hot Springs and Galapagos or Ecuador Safari tour. A slightly cheaper alternative could be to stay at a luxurious Galapagos honeymoon resort, but many opt to do both with some down time at a resort after their cruise.
The majority of the islands are uninhabited, so the most popular option for honeymooners are Galapagos cruises of various sizes and types. Modern expedition cruise ships, catamarans, and yachts accommodate guests while sailing through the islands and stopping off for daily excursions on and around the archipelagoes remote islands.
It should be noted that some ships are more suited to those on honeymoon than others, and it is a good idea to ask your destination specialist which vessel is most suitable to your desires. Some of our favorites include the smaller and more luxurious Cormorant II, Infinity and Elite vessels.
These cruises are a carefree way to experience the Galapagos and a great choice for honeymooners. One of the few downsides, however, might be the lack of overall privacy. For more seclusion, a land-based honeymoon might be considered instead of, or in addition to, your cruise.
Explore the islands from a cozy hotel or romantic bungalow on one of the four inhabited islands here. You can plan this on your own or select a honeymoon-designed packaged tour option. Either way, you won’t regret it.
Hotels, restaurants, and shops exist on the islands of Santa Cruz, San Cristobal, Isabela, and Floreana. You can also take guided tours to the other uninhabited islands to explore the wildlife and natural scenes located there. Whichever island you choose for your honeymoon stay, its own unique charm will work its magic on you long before your stay is over.
The isle of Santa Cruz provides honeymooners with the most choices when it comes to hotels, spas, restaurants, special shops, and galleries.
The most populated of the islands, San Cristobal serves as the administrative capital of the Galapagos. In and around the town of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, you will find several hotels, bars, restaurants, and shops to while always the afternoons.
While the largest in size, Isabela Island is a less crowded location to relax and spend a memorable honeymoon. You’ll find hotels and restaurants within the town of Puerto Villamil.
If you’re looking for true seclusion and quiet, Floreana Island is a perfect honeymoon getaway. The small town of Puerto Velasco Ibarra offers all you need if staying put or returning from a guided boat tour.
Whether you opt for a cruise-only, cruise with land-based stay, or solely land-based vacation, a Galapagos honeymoon is the perfect way to go to immerse yourself in nature and relax on the pristine, unspoiled beaches of this remarkable and romantic set of islands.
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