Top 5 Things to Take With You to the Galapagos Islands

Julia Wong March 26, 2014 9

The Galápagos Islands are one of those rare places in the world where nature presents itself at its finest. You get to see how nature has evolved without the influence of man and witness the playful characteristics of the unique species that inhabit these remote and well-preserved islands. And when you’re exploring an otherworldly destination like this, it’s important to know that you’ve got all the things you’ll need to enjoy yourself while you’re there:

A sea lion sleeps the afternoon away.

A sea lion sleeps the afternoon away.

1. Day Pack

Your days will be jam-packed as you hop from island to island and from one activity to the next. Ease and convenience are key when you’re readying for a shore landing. Be prepared like a good Boy or Girl Scout and bring the essentials – water bottle, hat, sunscreen, camera(s), sunglasses, etc – in a day pack.

Your day pack will come in handy for shore landings.

Your day pack will come in handy for shore landings.

2. Good Waterproof Camera/Video Camera

While there are plenty of amazing images to be captured on the land and in the sky, there are just as many to be found underwater. A quality waterproof camera will help you capture the water at its bluest and the vibrant colours of the coral. Whether it’s a sea lion dancing through the water around you or a sea turtle gracefully gliding past, these are the moments you’ll want to have captured on film.

Bring an underwater camera so you don't miss out on capturing moments like this one.

Bring an underwater camera so you don’t miss out on capturing moments like this one.

3. Knowledge that you’re entering a preserved national park

The Galápagos Islands environs and ecosystem have all been protected as a national park. Conservation efforts and sustainable tourism are a constant balancing act. It is here that we must remember what Charles Darwin wrote about in On the Origin of Species on his theory of evolution and where the phrase “survival of the fittest” was coined. You might happen upon baby sea lion pups nursing, but you might also witness frigate birds feeding on newly hatched baby sea turtles. Be prepared to see nature in its rawest form. You might also get the opportunity to visit research centres to learn more about animals like the Galápagos giant tortoise and learn about how they evolved and the efforts that are being taken to bring them back from near-extinction.

A Galapagos hawk over its pray.

A Galapagos hawk over its pray.

4. Sturdy walking shoes

You will find yourself walking and hiking over some rocky terrain and slippery lava fields, so do yourself a favour and bring a pair of waterproof hiking sandals. The semi-closed toed variety will both protect your toes from the jagged rocks you’ll encounter while hiking about the islands and keep your feet comfortable as you walk along the shore (and occasionally dipping your toes in the water). Pack these shoes as a two-in-one and save some space in your luggage.

5. Sense of Adventure

Hopefully you will be well prepared when you head to the Galápagos, but be ready for the unexpected. Nature is unpredictable and you never know when you will get the chance to happen upon a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Spotting a whale? Snorkelling with dolphins? Feeling a penguin brush up against your leg? All in a day’s adventure if you’re open to new experiences!

A dolphin speeds along side our boat.

A dolphin speeds along side our boat.

Getting There

Want to pack your bags and head off to the Galápagos Islands yourself? G Adventures has a number of options on offer. And, with small sailing yachts, you’re free to get up close to the amazing wildlife found no where else on this planet.


  1. Margaret Campbell March 27, 2014 at 10:28 pm - Reply

    Loved your comments and photos. They brought back wonderful memories of my time on the Galapagos Islands.

  2. Tanya Schramm April 29, 2014 at 7:59 am - Reply

    I’m looking forward to my Galapagos visit in December 2014. But I was a bit puzzled by what you meant by a two-in-one. Is this just packing one shoe inside the other?

  3. Deanna Hunter July 11, 2014 at 11:19 pm - Reply

    Take two bathing suits. One can be drying (takes a long time due to the humidity) while you are enjoying the snorkeling in the second suit!

  4. Kerry July 14, 2014 at 8:49 am - Reply

    Definitely the sunscreen! The sun is brutal out there and they want double the price you would normally pay anywhere else. They’ve got the market cornered and they know it. :)

  5. Julia Nurmi July 17, 2014 at 4:18 pm - Reply

    We are planning a trip for 2015, and wondered if Galapagos is an appropriate trip for an 11yr old?

  6. Sacha Mlynek July 18, 2014 at 11:27 am - Reply

    Hi Julia,

    They really are! We do have Family style trips to the Galapagos. Please check them out here. And, with further questions about the trip feel free to reach out to our res team at :)

  7. Brenda Dew July 21, 2014 at 2:02 pm - Reply

    Can’t decide on which islands to see, would like a 7 day trip with lots of snorkeling, any suggestions. Thanks.

  8. Sacha Mlynek July 22, 2014 at 9:59 am - Reply

    Hi Brenda,

    No matter which trip you decide on, there will be daily snorkeling excursions (weather permitting.) We’ve got plenty of 7 day itineraries that will take you to some of the best highlights. Have a look at them here ( and feel free to connect with our res team at with booking questions.

  9. Anna October 11, 2014 at 3:31 pm - Reply

    Hi was thinking of booking a tour in 2015 and was wondering if you get many people going solo and what the average age is?

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