Unleash your inner explorer and satisfy the spirit of adventure within you by embarking on a Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic Expedition Cruise to the Galapagos Islands by FBI Travel.
We sat down for an interview with Deborah Hilton, one of our esteemed independent travel managers, to discuss her trip to the Galapagos Islands onboard this Expedition Cruise. Her tales were both thrilling and tranquil – perhaps this kind of excursion is precisely what you need to fulfil your wanderlust!
"In the Galapagos Islands you are part of nature, where there is no human interference and you witness nature in its purest form," says Deborah.
Enhancing the serenity of this experience are the vibrant sights all around you. You'll be getting up close to boobies, frigate birds, iguanas, sea lions, Galapagos tortoise and other wildlife in their natural habitat and in abundant numbers. Deborah reminisced about a highlight – a wet landing by Zodiac boats on the red sandy beach of Rabida Island at sunset, surrounded by frolicking sea lions, sally lightfoot crabs and frigate birds. Bliss.
Spirit of adventure
From kayaking and swimming alongside marine life such as Galapagos tortoise to hiking and walking through rare, exotic vegetation, you'll be treated to genuinely thrilling activities with superb guidance.
When you crave some relaxation time to balance out the exploration, you can indulge in glass-bottom boat rides and glimpse the kaleidoscopic variety of marine life from the comfort of your seats, including sting rays and penguins. It's a trip for the whole family.
Indeed, as Deborah stated:
"The Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic team of experts along with their fleet of purpose-built craft offer the ultimate Galapagos experience for all ages and abilities."
All you'd need are comfortable all-terrain shoes, lightweight clothing, a hat, a good walking stick and above all a camera with a good telephoto lens to capture the paradise around you.
Deep understanding of flora and fauna
An experienced and knowledgeable team of naturalists and expedition leaders passionately offer informative lectures on the wildlife and botany onboard the ship.
"The expedition leaders, the naturalists, the video and photographic team enhance each of your seven days onboard the National Geographic Endeavour II by sharing their knowledge and experience while also providing insight into the valuable research they are undertaking," explains Deborah.
"I was particularly impressed that all the guides are natives of Ecaudor, which makes the entire experience more authentic, while also providing employment to the local community."
Immerse yourself in fascinating talks on bird migration, animal conservation, survival and more – then see the flora and fauna in person!
A truly unique place
"Galapagos is unique. Where else can you understand how Charles Darwin developed his theory of evolution?" says Deborah.
"Even for those of us who are not the most adventurous travellers, Galapagos is a must see and highly memorable destination. After visiting the island, I now understand why the Galapagos is designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site."
Book your trip and enjoy living onboard the National Geographic Endeavour II, complete with meals and drinks, as you take multiple trips ashore for dry and wet landings in the spectacular, vibrant Galapagos Islands.