A Galapagos honeymoon is the perfect blend of adventure, romance and natural beauty. With over 19 islands and a rich array of wildlife, the Galapagos offers endless opportunities for exploration. Take a romantic hike to witness giant tortoises in their natural habitat, snorkel with sea lions and colourful tropical fish, or relax on pristine beaches. In this article, we share what a Galapagos honeymoon could look like for you, and offer some of our best tips for your special vacation of a lifetime.
A honeymoon for the adventurous
Your honeymoon in the Galapagos will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience that you’ll treasure forever. Whilst some people might organise a honeymoon to Mexico, the Caribbean or another tropical beach destination, a trip to the Galapagos is more than a vacation; it’s an incredible bucket-list adventure.
Besides admiring incredible wildlife, hiking, sampling local seafood, kayaking and more, add an extra touch of romance, by planning a sunset sail on a private catamaran, or book a couple’s massage. At night, relax in luxury and enjoy a cocktail by the ocean. A Galapagos honeymoon is all you’ve been looking for, and more!
To fully experience the unique beauty of the islands, we recommend booking a stay in a luxury eco-lodge, where you’ll be able to admire the stunning landscapes and wildlife from the comfort of your room. At the end of this article, find out where to stay during your once-in-a-lifetime visit.
Explore the real world, learn a little and avoid noise and large crowds. Your Galapagos honeymoon awaits!
When to visit for a Galapagos Honeymoon?
The best time to visit the Galapagos depends on what you’re hoping to experience. So, there’s no clear answer. For optimal wildlife viewing, the cooler and drier months from June to November are ideal. During this time, sea lions, marine iguanas, and whales can be easily observed, and the Galapagos penguins are also easier to spot.
However, for bird enthusiasts, the months from December to May offer a chance to see the many migratory bird species that visit the islands. Plus, if you’re interested in snorkelling and scuba diving, the warmer and wetter months from December to May offer the best conditions.
It is safe to say that no matter what time of year you choose to visit, the Galapagos is an unforgettable destination with something to offer every traveler.
However, if you’re looking to visit the Galapagos Islands for a particular animal or season, check out our recent article which outlines when you’d need to plan your trip.
Which islands should I visit during my Galapagos Honeymoon?
Of the 127 islands in the Galapagos archipelago, 19 are large and 4 of these are totally uninhabited. Visitors to the Galapagos Islands should know that not all islands are available for visitation. So when planning your trip, you’ll want to learn about a few, and select the ones which best suit your interests.
Typically, visitors to the islands head to only a handful of the islands in archipelago since only a small number are easy to navigate and offer infrastructure for tourism.
Santa Cruz, Isabela, San Cristobal and Floreana are some of the most popular. You might be interested to know that Isabela Island is the largest and perhaps offers the largest variety of natural landscapes. Meanwhile, Santa Cruz is a more popular tourism destination.
To match your interests with the islands in the Galapagos archipelago, learn more about the individual islands here.
Things to do during your Galapagos adventure
When it comes to a honeymoon, the Galapagos offers visitors a perfect combination of romance, seclusion and activity. Nature lovers flock to the Galapagos, thanks to their intriguing remoteness, mountainous, white-sand beaches and large protected areas (part of Galapagos National Park). As a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Galapagos offers couples access to unique and endemic species while enjoying active days exploring untouched nature reserves. Luxurious evenings in hotels, at local rustic bars or seafood restaurants offer a romantic feel to any stay.
Depending on which island you stay, you’ll be able to enjoy a large variety of activities. However, below we share a number of the most popular things to do across the archipelago.
- Enjoy a romantic sunset kayak
- Book into a luxury ecolodge
- Spend lazy days on the beach
- Enjoy local food overlooking the ocean
- Hike to a world renowned volcano
- Snorkelling with incredible marine life
- Scuba diving with whales, sharks and rays
- Enjoying sunsets and sunrises from various viewpoints
- Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station
- Explore the Galapagos giant tortoise breeding center
Hopefully this has given you a good idea of what your Galapagos honeymoon might look like!
A romantic stay at Chez Manany Galapagos
Accommodation is an integral part of a fantastic Galapagos honeymoon. During a stay on the islands, make sure to check into Chez Manany Galapagos Ecolodge. The quiet and relaxing atmosphere of the ecolodge – located only minutes on foot from Puerto Villamil – is the perfect base for your exploration on Isabela Island.
To book your honeymoon at Chez Manany, click here.