Fancy visiting the Galapagos islands aboard an exclusive luxury yacht with an awesome group of gay guys? You're in the right place!

Our first gay cruise in the Galapagos took place in October 2016 and was a resounding success. Each year, the awesome gay owned and managed Ishpingo Tour in Ecuador arranges an 8 days luxury adventure in the Galapagos archipelago where you will be able to swim with sea lions, snorkel with sea turtles, meet the giant tortoises and marvel at the most unique landscapes in the world. If you decide you want to come, here is a good packing list for a cruise, which we advise checking out when planning your trip.

Don't miss this unforgettable experience by joining us on an all-inclusive luxury gay cruise in the Galapagos islands on: 12-21 October 2017.

Galapagos gay cruise overview

1. Day by day summary

Day 1 : Arrive in Quito
Day 2 : Quito city tour | the Equator line
Day 3: Arrive in Galapagos: Baltra | Santa Cruz Island | Black Turtle Cove
Day 4: Galapagos: Genovesa Island | Darwin Bay | Prince Philips Steps
Day 5 : Galapagos: Bartolomé Island | Pinnacle Rock
Day 6 : Galapagos: Rábida Island
Day 7 : Galapagos: Santa Cruz Island | Darwin Research Centre
Day 8 : Galapagos: South Plaza and Santa Fe Islands
Day 9 : Galapagos: Española Island
Day 10 : Galapagos: Santa Cruz Island | Twin Craters | Disembark

2. Highlights

  • Experience the unique wildlife of the Galapagos on a luxury Yacht, the Passion
  • Snorkel with sea lions, turtles, rays and colourful fish
  • Meet the blue footed booby, one of the most charming bird species in the Galapagos
  • Hike the 300+ steps of Bartolomé island and take in the panoramic view of Pinnacle Rock and Santiago Island

3. Wildlife of the Galapagos

The Galapagos is an archipelago of volcanic islands in the Pacific Ocean, around 1,000km (600 miles) from Ecuador's coast. The variety of unique wildlife here not only inspired Darwin back in 1835, it completely captivated our group when we visited in October 2016.

This is one of the few places in the world where you can get so close to the wildlife because they are blazé to humans. You'll be so spoilt, no other safari ever be the same again.

It's not just above ground you get close with wildlife. There are many opportunities to go snorkelling and discover the rich underwater world surrounding the Galapagos Islands where reef sharks, manta rays, tropical fish and of course the many playful sea lions await you.

To read more, check out our article about the Galapagos Wildlife for Mr Hudson Explores.

Full itinerary of our Galapagos gay cruise

luxury cruise galapagos itinerary

International arrival and transfer to hotel:

Situated near the lively Mariscal neighborhood, Cultura Manor is Quito’s newest 5-star, gay-friendly boutique hotel that offers an authentic yet luxurious colonial setting with excellent services and elegant, well-appointed suites. The hotel has been booked exclusively for our group and is the perfect base from which to start our adventures in Ecuador.

Mitad del Mundo (the Equator line)

A day designed to give us a taste of our new environment. No trip to Ecuador is complete without a visit to the Equator line, so we will first visit the Mitad del Mundo for a unique photo opportunity with one foot simultaneously in both the northern and southern hemispheres. We will then head to El Crater for lunch, a restaurant perched spectacularly above the extinct Pululahua Volcano.

Quito Old Town city tour

In the afternoon we head to Quito’s picturesque historic centre, which is the best-preserved colonial centre in Latin America and declared an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978. We will spend time exploring the cobbled streets, squares and churches of this fascinating area. Afterwards we return to our hotel to relax before heading out to dinner on our own. An early night is suggested as it’s an early rise tomorrow for the flight to the Galapagos Islands!

Baltra Island

Our gay luxury cruise to the Galapagos begins with an early morning flight from Quito to Baltra Island. Our naturalist guide will greet us in the VIP lounge of Baltra airport before transferring to the dock where we will board the Passion yacht. After the welcome reception and cabin assignments, lunch will be served.

Black Turtle Cove (Santa Cruz Island)

After lunch we set sail for Black Turtle Cove, a large mangrove lagoon on the northern coast of Santa Cruz island and home to baby sharks, turtles, blue footed boobies, pelicans and herons. After this visit, we return to the Passion and start the navigation to Genovesa island. After dinner we will have our first evening briefing with our naturalist guide.

Darwin Bay (Genovesa Island)

Darwin Bay is 1.5m (2.5 km) wide natural harbour formed by the collapse of a volcanic caldera. We start our excursion from Darwin’s beach where we encounter many different species of animals, in particular red footed boobies and marine iguanas. After the excursion, we snorkel from the beach where we can see sea lions and many tropical fish.

Prince Philips steps (Genovesa Island)

After lunch, we disembark at Prince Phillip Steps, known locally as El Barranco. This is a series of steep, rough hewn steps carved in the cliff face, which we will climb to follow a path through many seabird colonies. Here we will get up close with red footed boobies, mockingbirds, blue footed boobies, swallow-tailed gulls, storm petrels, red-billed tropicbirds, finches, nazka boobies and many more.

Bartolomé Island

In the morning, we will visit Bartolomé island, which is formed by an extinct volcano. Here we will see unique red, orange, black and green volcanic formations. The island is also home to the Galapagos penguin. We climb up the 375 wooden steps and enjoy the most breathtaking panoramic view of the island’s well-photographed Pinnacle Rock. Afterwards we will snorkel in the clear waters of Bartolome Islands and hope to meet some playful sea lions.

Sullivan Island (Santiago Island)

Our afternoon excursion is to Sullivan Bay on the eastern side of Santiago island. We will walk through a unique baron landscape of black lava flows and pyroclastic cones, which have some really impressive shapes.

Rábida Island

We will first explore Rábida island’s deep-red beaches and saltwater lagoon. This is one of the best places to see pelicans nesting, as well as sea lions and iguanas. The coral reef around Rábida island is perfect for snorkelling and here we will hope to see sea lions, turtles, garden eels and even a few reef sharks.

Dragon Hill (Santa Cruz Island)

After lunch, we will navigate to the northwestern tip of Santa Cruz island to visit Cerro Dragón (Dragon Hill), a saltwater lagoon, home to pink flamingos, black-necked stilts and white-cheeked pintails. Further inland, we will visit a land iguana nesting site.

Highlands of Santa Cruz Island

This is the home of the giant tortoise. We start the day by heading to the highlands of Santa Cruz island to explore the exuberant vegetation and see giant tortoises in the wild. Meeting the giant tortoise will be one of the most memorable moments of your Galapagos trip.

Charles Darwin Research Centre (Santa Cruz Island)

After lunch, we visit the Charles Darwin Research Centre where we learn more about the giant tortoise and meet celebrity resident, Diego The Professor. Diego is famous for fathering over 2,000 giant tortoises, thanks to the successful breeding programme! The rest of the day will be spent docked at Puerto Ayora, which is the best time to go shopping for Galapagos souvenirs.

Plaza Sur Island

Upon arrival on Plaza Sur island, we will be greeted by the resident sea lions colony. The island is also home to the coppery-orange land iguana and the red sesuvium plant. We will then head to Santa Fé Island for snorkelling where sea lions are the principal underwater attraction, along with sea turtles and rays.

Barrington Bay (Santa Fe Island)

We begin our excursion at Barrington Bay where we will observe sea lions basking in the sun and others riding the waves. We then go in search for the endemic land iguanas, whose population is estimated to be around 7,000. We may also spot a few of them on the prowl, hunting for their evening meal.

Gardner Bay and Osborn Islet (Española Island)

We start the day by visiting the 1.3m (2km) white sandy beach of Gardner Bay located on the eastern side of Española island, where we can sunbathe with the resident sea lions. We will then head to the Osborn islet for a chance to swim and snorkel with playful sea lion pups, a moment you will never forget.

Punta Suarez (Española Island)

Our afternoon excursion will begin with a spectacular walk in Punta Suarez where we will observe the nesting site of the blue footed boobies and watch the fascinating breeding ritual of the waved albatross. We can also spot sea lions, large marine iguanas and many more bird species like oystercatchers. Our walk will culminate at an impressive blowhole
where water sprays some 75ft (25m) into the air. This is one of the most popular visitor sites in the Galapagos.

Twin craters (Santa Cruz Island) 

This is our final day in the Galapagos islands. After breakfast we will disembark at Puerto Ayora and take our transport
to Baltra airport. Along the way, we will make a short stop to visit the Gemelos Twin Craters. The Gemelos are two deep craters holes, most likely created in a volcanic explosion or by magma chambers underneath the island’s surface.

Fly to Ecuador mainland

After this visit we will head to Baltra airport for our flight to mainland Ecuador. As our plane will make a quick stop in Guayaquil on the way back to Quito, international flight connections can be made in either city.

The Yacht

The Passion is a 48.5 metres (159 feet) long luxury yacht with 4 decks, originally a private family vessel, which was recently refurbished and adapted to cruise in the Galapagos islands. It is simply everything you dreamed of, with an exceptional amount of space for only 12 passengers. All six cabins on board are fully air-conditioned and incredibly spacious. There’s no wonder why CNN rated it as one of the top 6 best exclusive charter yachts in the world.

  • First class service
  • Crew-to-guest ratio is 1:1
  • Cabins with private bathrooms and air-conditioning
  • Panoramic Sky Lounge
  • Secluded sun deck with Jacuzzi
  • Stabilisers to minimise motion at sea

Included in the cruise

  • 8 days / 7 nights all-inclusive cruise exploring the Galapagos Eastern Islands
  • All meals on board the Passion yacht
  • All alcohol and soft drinks included
  • All activities and excursions described in the itinerary
  • Bilingual naturalist guide
  • Snorkelling equipment
  • 2 nights in a luxurious 5 star boutique hotel in Quito
  • Quito city tour and Middle of the World tour visiting the Equator line including lunch
  • Roundtrip domestic airfare to/from the Galapagos
  • All transfers in Quito and in the Galapagos
  • Galapagos Park fees and Transit Card
  • VIP lounge at Baltra airport

Why choose this Galapagos gay cruise

#1 Exclusivity

The Passion yacht is very exclusive. It is the largest charter yacht in the Galapagos, yet designed for only 12 guests. With a passenger crew ratio of 1:1, you're ensured a first class and highly personalised service.

Having a smaller group compared to other charters also means that excursions and activities are more involved, allowing closer interaction with your guide and the wildlife. Everyone is guaranteed to have an amazing time.

#2 Gay friendly staff

The staff on board the Passion are all male and extremely gay friendly. They made us feel completely at home and at no stage did we ever feel out of place or uncomfortable.

Within the first few days the crew will know your name, how you like your eggs cooked, how you take your coffee and your choice of drink.

#3 High level of service

Exploring the Galapagos is an experience which will stay with you for the rest of your life. But what makes is even more special is the high level of service on board.

Pampering starts from the moment you step on board. After every excursion, you are welcomed back on board with a fresh hand towel, refreshing drink and snacks. Each time we entered and left our rooms, even for a second, the staff would somehow magically go in after you and make it spotless without you realising.

They truly will do everything possible to ensure you have a memorable and unforgettable experience with your partner. In our case, they arranged our own al fresco romantic dinner underneath the star light.

#4 Gourmet food and fabulous cocktails

Without doubt the gourmet food is worth the cruise in itself. Every meal was thoughtfully prepared and expertly served. The chef will cater his menu to the tastes and needs of the group, serving a mix of international and local Ecuadorian food.

The bar is stocked up with every alcoholic beverage you can imagine. Fancy a Margarita? Pisco Sour? Old Fashioned? They've got you covered!

#5 Help protect the Galapagos islands

The Passion yacht is not only one of the most exclusive highly rated charter yachts in the world, the owners, Angermeyer Cruises have teamed up with WildAid to create the Galapagos Conservation Fund. The aim of this fund is to try to stop what has become the greatest threat to the Galapagos islands: illegal fishing and invasive species.

As part of this arrangement, they guarantee that $100 from each booking is donated to this fund. Therefore, by booking our cruise, you will not only be enjoying a once in a lifetime experience, you'll also be helping to preserve this incredible but delicate environment.

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