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A Guide To The Perfect Galapagos Islands Honeymoon

Galapagos Giant Tortoise And Tourist Couple

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.

Home to unique animals, like the giant Galapagos tortoises, indigenous sea lions, blue-footed boobies, flightless cormorants, and amazing penguins, the Galapagos also offers secluded beaches to explore and relax on. Romance abounds as you sit back and enjoy the dramatic sunsets together, hold hands on a moonlit dinner cruise, or enjoy a candle-lit meal at a special island restaurant. 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.

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 Galapagos honeymoon cost will vary depending on where you stay and what you plan to do. Join a cruise of the islands on a packaged tour, or design your stay on one of the inhabitable islands. Whichever you prefer, a Galapagos Islands honeymoon is a perfect way to start your new life together.

A Blue Footed Booby Im Front A Galapagos Cruise

A Blue Footed Booby Im Front A Galapagos Cruise

Enjoy a Galapagos Honeymoon Cruise

The majority of the islands are uninhabited, so a popular option for travelers here is cruises of various sizes and types. Modern midsize cruise ships, catamarans, and yachts accommodate guests while sailing through the islands and stopping off for occasional land-based tours.

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, consider a land-based honeymoon instead.

Choose a Land-Based Honeymoon

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.

Consider adding a few of these to your Galapagos honeymoon itinerary:

  • Relax on secluded sandy white beaches
  • Swim with frolicking sea lions
  • Snorkel with marine iguanas
  • Kayak around secluded bays
  • Hike among lava caves to enjoy the sight of penguins and nesting seabirds
  • Visit historical sites and landmarks
  • Take guided tours to the surrounding islands
  • Enjoy incredible regional and international fare

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.

Santa Cruz Island

Santa Cruz Island

Santa Cruz Island

The isle of Santa Cruz provides honeymooners with the most choices when it comes to hotels, spas, restaurants, special shops, and galleries.

Where to Stay on Santa Cruz:

  • Ikala Hotel: Surrounded by cozy gardens and trees, this hotel will be your honeymoon oasis. Located at the center of Puerto Ayora, the rooms at the Ikala Hotel are modern with clean lines. Choose between the two-level duplex suite or a spacious suite with its own private balcony. Both offer spectacular views. Enjoy meals in the La Terraza bar and restaurant or walk to nearby offerings. Relax and enjoy a cocktail or glass of wine at the poolside bar or sway in a nearby hammock.
  • Finch Bay: For a luxurious stay while on your honeymoon, choose the Finch Bay boutique hotel. Its modern and contemporary décor extends to its wide terraces. Everything you need can be found here, including an award-winning restaurant, spa, and more. You can schedule a yacht day-tour from here or walk out to the beach for a swim or snorkel.
  • Pikaia Lodge: Spend your honeymoon at this luxury boutique hotel. Rooms include floor-to-ceiling windows for spectacular views. You’ll enjoy floating leisurely in the infinity pool and scheduling massages at the on-site spa.
  • For a truly unique honeymoon experience, stay in one of the luxury tents at the Galapagos Magic Lodge or the out-of-the-way Safari Camp.

What to do while on Santa Cruz:

  • Spend a day or a few hours enjoying the Charles Darwin Research Station and learn how the center’s efforts continue to offer ways to preserve the wildlife and islands themselves. Roam through the garden and admire the displays in the museum.
  • Make your way to Tortuga Bay, a quick walk from the town of Puerto Ayora, for a day of relaxing on the beautiful, white sandy beach, or snorkel and kayak around the bay.
Beach On The Island Of San Cristobal In Galapagos Islands

Beach On The Island Of San Cristobal In Galapagos Islands

San Cristobal Island

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.

Where to Stay on San Cristobal:

  • Galapagos Sunset: You’ll enjoy gorgeous ocean views from the rooms and terraces of this cozy, luxury hotel. Featuring modern comforts and exceptional service, this is the ideal place to relax on your honeymoon.
  • Golden Bay Hotel & Spa: Experience paradise within the confines of this world-class luxury hotel. Swim in the pool, relax with a massage in their spa, and enjoy candlelit dinners at their restaurant.

What to do on San Cristobal:

  • Spend a day at Leon Dormido, also known as Kicker Rock, which is a prominent landmark of the islands. Relax on the beach. Snorkel or kayak around the bay.
  • Stroll among giant Galapagos tortoises at the El Chato Reserve and learn more about them and their natural habitat.
  • Settle in for a romantic sunset at Punta Carola.
  • Snorkel with sea lions and various fish at Playa Mann.
  • Relax on the finely grated sand of Cerro Brujo, a timeless romantic beach.
Tourist Sitting With Sealion

Tourist Sitting With Sealion

Isabela Island

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.

Where to Stay on Isabela:

  • Isamar Boutique Hotel: Stroll to the quiet, white sandy beach outside your room for a day of relaxing and reveling in your new life together. Enjoy spectacular views or venture to other natural attractions nearby. Sit down to delicious meals in their restaurant and bar.
  • Scalesia Lodge: Treat yourselves to a stay in the highlands area of the island in a safari tent cabin, complete with its own private bath and screened-in deck. Located on a 40-acre private reserve, you’ll have plenty of space to explore.

What to do on Isabela:

  • Seek out the numerous giant Galapagos tortoises on the island.
  • Visit Vicente Roca Point to see blue-footed boobies, sea lions, rays, sea turtles, and various colorful fish.
  • Snorkel with penguins at Concha de Perla.

Floreana Island

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.

Where to Stay:

  • Floreana Lava Lodge: Enjoy the uniqueness of this luxury, eco-friendly lodge while staying in dollhouse villas or cabins situated throughout the property. Return to the lodge for meals and enjoy hanging out on the expansive hotel deck.

What to do on Floreana:

  • Enjoy a walk on the black lava shoreline
  • Enjoy the quiet and serene nature of the island

Whether you want to immerse yourself in nature or relax on pristine, unspoiled beaches, a Galapagos honeymoon is the perfect way to go.


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This entry was posted June 28, 2021