Swimming with lions in the Galapagos Islands | Original Senses


Swimming with lions in the Galapagos Islands

Galapagos Crab

Looking for a multi-generational trip of a lifetime? The Galapagos Islands are a natural playground for all kinds of incredible wildlife you won’t find anywhere else on earth. Located 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador, these isolated volcanic islands are a pristine habitat for rare species that have barely changed since prehistoric times.

Sea Lion

Best of all? These animals aren’t remotely disturbed by the presence of human interlopers. In fact, their curiosity often leads to close encounters and playful interactions that will delight young naturalists. Kids can paddle with sea lion pups, swim alongside giant sea turtles, go snorkelling with tiny Galapagos penguins, and be entertained by blue-footed boobies performing elaborate mating rituals.


It’s not just the variety —the sheer numbers of wildlife are awe-inspiring too. Hundreds of marine iguanas bask on lava rocks, colonies of albatross descend on white sand beaches, schools of red-throated frigate birds swoop through the skies. A 200-year-old tortoise might lumber over to greet you as you disembark on the same shore once trod by Charles Darwin, who spent 19 days studying the local flora and fauna in 1835. Journey in Darwin’s footsteps and your kids will instantly become lifelong conservationists.


With a new fleet of luxury vessels available to charter in the Galapagos Islands, now you can encounter endangered species without sacrificing creature comforts like hot tubs and five-star chefs. Luxury lines also feature sophisticated gadgetry, such as glass-bottom speedboats, underwater cameras and listening devices. Every day you’ll wake up on a different island, ready for a full day of educational adventures. Ask us about a private charter, and we’ll tailor the entire trip to amaze and delight your little explorers.