I had the most wonderful time on the Mary Anne in May 2018. I took the 7-day eastern route on this fantastic, beautiful boat with just 15 other passengers and 10 crew. Every day was amazing and packed with activities. Hiking/walking over boulders, looking at all the wild life SO CLOSE UP, EYE-TO-EYE. The huge sea birds including blue footed boobies, “red bloaty” mating male frigates and enormous albatross’s just sit in front of you, fearless and staring you right in the eye. Sometimes they blocked our path and we had to carefully sidestep around them. I snorkeled, kayaked, kayaked and had panga rides every single day, sometimes more than once.
I got up close and personal with a beautiful sea lion UNDER WATER. One of my snorkeling experiences was life changing, it was so beautiful, flying over so many millions and millions of sardines, cardinal fish and surgeons, I also got the chance to scuba dive one day and saw many things I'd rarely seen elsewhere including sharks, rays, sea turtles, and brilliantly colored stars. Our final afternoon was at what has been named one of the top 10 most beautiful beaches in the world, and it was scattered with hundreds of adorable, playful sea lions, relaxing and playing games in the sea.
This vacation is ideal for photographers, and nature lovers. All the passengers, including myself, were fairly adventurous travelers and pretty active people.
It may sound like the vacation was a lot of work and tiring, but we had plenty of time to relax, and without the distractions of everyday life (TV, cell coverage) we all went to bed fairly early and got plenty of sleep. We arose each day to a wonderful breakfast and relaxed each mid-day over a hot lunch. Every evening we sprawled out on the deck over cocktails and snacks, our laundry flapping colorfully in the wind, followed by a wonderful dinner. Every aspect of the vacation was great - the food, the accommodations, the ambiance, the crew, the guide, and the other passengers. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
If the Galapagos Islands aren’t already on your bucket list, then you definitely must add them—it’s an once-in-a-lifetime adventure that you will never forget!
You can fall in love with the Galapagos.