In search of an extra special place to spend a romantic vacation? It doesn’t get more much more exotic, unique or mind-blowing than the Galapagos Islands. From luxury cruise vessels to indulgent lodges, timeless landscapes to iconic wildlife, here at Rainforest Cruises we’ve gathered all the relevant information you need for an unforgettable stay in this truly honeymoon-worthy destination.
Why Honeymoon in the Galapagos Islands?
1. A Once-in-a-lifetime Destination
The Galapagos Islands are the sort of place most people only get the chance to visit once. So what better time to travel to this truly inspiring archipelago than during the extra special honeymoon period? Whether you’re cruising the easterly or westerly islands or planning a lodge-based island hopping itinerary, you’re bound to create memories together to last a lifetime. Highlights of any Galapagos adventure include hiking, snorkelling and taking in the stunning coastal and volcanic landscape, as well as witnessing an incredible array of endemic wildlife, from the comical blue-footed booby, to giant tortoises, sea lions, penguins and iguanas.
2. Luxury and Romance Guaranteed
Luxurious and spacious honeymoon suites can be found aboard most Galapagos cruises. These include a super comfortable queen or king-sized bed complete with luxury linen, an ensuite bathroom (and sometimes two!) filled with quality toiletries, generous windows to admire the passing Galapagos scenery, along with a private balcony on selected cruises. And, of course, the comfort and intimacy of a cruising experience extends well beyond your private cabin. Attractive decks with loungers are perfect for enjoying a romantic sundowner, whilst soothing Jacuzzis and massages help you relax and unwind.
3. First-Class Facilities
After returning from an exhilarating day of adventure, there’s nothing like having a wide array of top-notch amenities at hand to enjoy during downtime. Vessels contain plenty of inviting social spaces in which to kick back or meet fellow passengers, including a sundeck, dining room, alfresco eating area and lounge. Plentiful entertainment options, well-serviced bars and complimentary drinks for newlyweds heighten the experience. The food on board a Galapagos cruise is also a real treat. Menus are designed by world-class chefs and offer a wealth of exciting flavours, along with quality wine or champagne to enjoy over a romantic candlelit meal or privately in your honeymoon suite.
4. Outstanding Service
To top it all off, on a Galapagos cruise you’ll be assured an impeccable level of service from the crew and guides travelling with you. On a honeymoon, we know it’s especially important that every detail is attended to and any special requests are accommodated, and the friendly and knowledgeable cruise team will be sure to deliver. Cruise testimonials report that the specially trained naturalist guides and excellent passenger-to-crew ratios are what ensure an unforgettable adventure.
Galapagos Cruises and Tours
The best way to experience the Galapagos is undoubtedly to take a multi-day cruise between several of the islands. This is a particularly great choice for those travellers with limited time and for those wanting to gain a broad overview of the archipelago, including the chance to visit some of the more remote and wilder islands.
On a Galapagos cruise, you’ll live on board the vessel, have access to excellent facilities, cuisine, entertainment and services, all whilst being effortlessly transported between each island destination each night as you sleep. Every day, you’ll disembark to explore the otherworldly beauty of each island and to get up close and personal with some of the planet’s most fascinating wildlife.
We offer a wide range of 4, 5, 6 and 8-day cruises on a variety of boats, with plenty of flexibility to suit all preference and budgets. For honeymooners looking for some extra special, we’ve highlighted five fantastic Galapagos cruises. These range in style from luxury to comfort options, and include everything you could want for the ultimate honeymoon vacation. If you’re interested in learning more about one of these cruises or want to make a reservation, simply follow the links below or get in touch with us directly.
Galapagos Boat Descriptions
1. Passion (Luxury)
This Passion Galapagos cruise, completely refurbished in 2016, is arguably the best option for honeymooners looking to indulge in the ultimate luxury on their Galapagos cruise. It offers everything you’d expect from a state-of-the-art vessel, including exuberant suites, impeccable service, the finest gourmet cuisine, along with multiple cosy, spacious areas to relax and socialise. The Sky Lounge with its panoramic windows, a secluded Jacuzzi area and the option of indulgent massages on board are particular highlights of this cruise. The Passion boasts the lowest passenger-to-crew ratio of any Galapagos cruise (at 1:1) which ensures an impeccable level of service and attention.
The features and facilities in each of the 6 cabins are second to none, including an Italian marble ensuite complete with bathtub, teak-wood desks, and plenty of floor space. For couples looking to splash out, the VIP and Master suites offer all of the above along with a king-sized bed and his and hers bathrooms. For those guests staying in the luxury suites, free use of the VIP lounge in Baltra is also included. Finally, the Passion is attached to the charity WildAid and for every passenger on board, $100 USD is donated towards their worthy conservation cause.
2. Cormorant (Luxury)
Couples in search of a touch of extravagance should look no further than the chic catamaran vessel, Cormorant. It’s one of the newest boats to tour the Galapagos, boasting a sleek modern design and enviable range of top notch facilities. The Cormorant features two luxurious suites on the main deck that are perfect for honeymooners, featuring queen-sized beds, a comfy seating area and all the mod-cons you’d expect (including an extensive home entertainment system). There’s also your own private balcony for watching the spectacular Galapagos scenery drift past. Also on board are several handsomely-appointed stateroom cabins, with fine wood finishing and all decked out with an impressive range of resources. The boat features a lounge/library, two well-serviced bars, as well as a relaxing sun deck and Jacuzzi that makes the perfect spot to spend a romantic evening.
3. Majestic (Superior)
The Majestic Galapagos cruise offers one of the most unique cruise options in the Galapagos, with an impeccably-designed interior and quality facilities, along with first-class service and some of the archipelago’s best guides. Cabins brim with modernity and luxury, featuring private bathroom, air-conditioning, super luxurious bedding, and with the option of double twin or king rooms. Notably, most cabins boast nearly floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows, ensuring you’ll never miss a moment of the stunning scenery passing by. Other stand-out features on board include an attractive top deck – perfect for soaking in the sun and panoramic views – along with a soothing Jacuzzi, beautiful dining room, two bars and an inviting social area.
4. Anahi (Superior)
The Anahi catamaran offers great stability, a superior level of comfort and service, along with a fantastic range of amenities to ensure a relaxing and enjoyable cruising experience. The boat features 8 cabins, including two impressive suites on the upper deck, with a king-sized bed, private bathroom and elegant wood floors in each. The Anahi has ample outdoor space and several attractive social areas, including a well-stocked open-air bar, alfresco dining area, glorious sundeck, a 6-person Jacuzzi, and an entertainment room complete with TV, DVDs and board games. With only 16 passengers and a highly attentive crew you’ll be guaranteed first class, highly personalised service. Environmentally-conscious passengers can also relax in the knowledge that this is the most ecological of Galapagos vessels, ensuring responsible cruising.
5. Nemo II (Comfort)
The Nemo II is a sailing boat that provides an alternative to Galapagos catamaran cruises, whilst still offering all the stability and comfort afforded by the latter. This cruise promises a romantic and character-full sailing experience, and at a great value. With a small passenger intake of just 14, the Nemo II provides plenty of space and time for couples looking for privacy. The low passenger-to-guide ratio also means service is extra attentive and personalised. Guests can choose from a selection of 7 wonderful cabins, all unique in size and layout and featuring en-suite bathroom and ample storage space to ensure maximum comfort. The large salon, outdoor dining area to the rear and open sun deck up top are wonderful places to kick back, meet fellow travellers and marvel at the views.
Before or after your Galapagos honeymoon cruise, why not add an extension to your vacation and experience more of what these stunning islands have to offer? Independent travel in the Galapagos is another popular way to get around the islands. This style of travel offers more freedom than a cruise schedule, gives you the chance to try adventure Galapagos activities such as scuba diving, surfing or kayaking, as well as to explore the port towns and immerse yourself in island life. It is also a cheaper option and perfect for couples wanting more personal space and flexibility on their honeymoon.
Or why not combine the two – a luxury cruise and a land-based itinerary – to ensure the best and most well-rounded Galapagos experience? There are plenty of lodge-style accommodations scattered throughout the islands, with a wide range styles to suit a variety of tastes and budgets. For honeymooners in search of the ultimate romantic retreat, we’ve picked out two of our favourite luxury Galapagos lodges.
1. Pikaia Lodge
The breath-taking Pikaia lodge is located on Santa Cruz island and rightly renowned as one of the most memorable places to stay in the Galapagos. The lodge occupies a unique and remote setting, perched high up on the slopes of an extinct volcano, 450 metres above sea level. It offers a jaw-dropping 270-degree perspective over the surrounding mountains, forest, savannah and ocean, with views extending from the Southern coastline all the way up to the Northern trip with Sante Fe Island just visible on the horizon.
The lodge does a fantastic job of combining modern architecture with a design with melds effortlessly with the surrounding wild natural landscape. There are 14 beautifully-appointed spacious rooms, each with panoramic floor to ceiling windows and private terraces that make the most of the enviable natural setting. Guests are also treated to an exquisite bathroom, featuring a large bathtub, dual sinks and walk in closets.
Both the facilities on offer and the level of service are of the highest quality, with staff striving to attend to every small detail and cater to any special requests. The lodge is also home to an excellent restaurant, serving gourmet fare that draws on fresh locally-sourced ingredients paired with a wonderful wine list. The property boasts a stunningly-situated infinity pool, stylish bar and a heavenly spa that take the experience to the next level.
You also won’t need to venture far to witness some of the islands’ most iconic creatures. Pikaia has its very own giant tortoise reserve, and these huge slow-moving reptiles can be found roaming the grasslands around the lodge. For those newlyweds wanting to explore further afield, the lodge operates a fantastic range of guided excursions around Santa Cruz island. They also offer small group trips aboard their private yacht, journeying out to some of the surrounding islands and with the opportunity to kayak or snorkel en-route.
2. Scalesia Lodge
Situated in the highlands of Isabela Island, this eco-friendly lodge has borrowed the traditional African safari concept and adapted it to the wild Galapagos environment, resulting in a truly unique and unforgettable experience. It’s a high-tech, stylish, yet incredibly inviting and unpretentious resort set on a 16 hectare plot perched on the slopes of a volcano and surrounded by lush forest. The property boasts spectacular views of the coastline and of several other Galapagos islands off into the distance.
Guests are invited to stay in one of 16 luxurious tents, sleeping under canvas with a feeling of full immersion with nature, whilst being safely cocooned in truly modern and comfortable surrounds. Tents feature full queen size beds, beautiful furnishings, an ensuite bathroom and large windows, along with a stylish deck from which to enjoy a sundowner and take in the panoramic vistas. The staff are incredibly welcoming and accommodating, greeting guests with complimentary drinks and appetisers. The lodge also demonstrates a strong commitment to ecological principles throughout.
All-inclusive 3, 4 or 7-day programmes are on offer incorporating a wide range of daily activities, including trips to a giant tortoise breeding centre, hiking active volcanoes and visiting Las Tintoreras, a famous site to spot reef sharks. Scalesia lodge can also organise excursions that combine Santa Cruz, Floreana and San Cristobal Islands.