We’re almost embarrassed to tell you this, but we’ve now been to the Galapagos Islands twice. In early 2014 we fulfilled a travel dream and explored Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands for a week on board the M/Y Grace (honeymooned on by Grace Kelly) to produce a feature about the historic boat and iconic islands for the Biography Channel’s website. We felt privileged to have those nine days in one of the world’s top dream destinations under our belts, then this!

Nazca Booby - Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

We miss the Nazca boobies of the Galapagos.

Our return to the Galapagos

This year we returned to the Galapagos for an additional two weeks in order to cover another week-long cruise, this time on board one of the yachts operated by Ecoventura. Then we’re getting on the M/V Galapagos Sky live aboard dive boat (run by diving legend Peter Hughes) to produce this travel feature about a week of SCUBA diving in the Galapagos way out at Wolf Island and Darwin Island.

That’s one dream destination, three different boats, 24 days in total and two very, very lucky, grateful, and hard-working travel journalists. Here are some of the friends we made.

Blue-footed Booby - Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Blue-footed booby.

Seal Lions - Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Galapagos sea lions.

Marine Iguanas - Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Marine iguanas.

Giant Galapagos Tortoise

Galapagos tortoise.

Galapagos Penguin - Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Galapagos penguins.

Going to the Galapagos

We’ve now spent more time in the Galapagos than Charles Darwin did. That doesn’t mean we’ve come up with a revolutionary scientific theory, but it does mean that we know our way around the place. For more insights and inspiration about going to the Galapagos, check out the stories we’ve reported and written about traveling to the Galapagos Islands.

How to Travel to the Galapagos Islands published by Travel + Leisure

Galapagos Islands Dive Boat Luxury published by Luxe Beat

Going Greener in the Galapagos published by The Toronto Sun

This is the Most Luxurious New Way to Tour the Galapagos Islands published by Bravo Jet Set

Cruising the Galapagos with Grace Kelly published by Bio.com

Pikaia Lodge luxury hotel review published by Luxury Latin America

How to Cruise Through the Galapagos published by Travel + Leisure

28 Important Facts about Galapagos National Park published by Travel + Leisure

12 Animals You May See in the Galapagos Islands published by Travel + Leisure

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