Kayaking in the Galapagos

Kayaking in the Galapagos: First Time Kayaker? We Got You!

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Kayaking in the Galapagos can be an amazing experience. You get to enjoy the beauties of the islands from a distance and at the same time have close encounters with marine life. Despite how magical the experience may sound, not everyone turns into a professional kayaker as soon as they hit the water. Like everything in life, it requires practice and a little dexterity. But fear not: we hereby present you with some very useful tips that will help you make the most of your first kayaking experience in the Galapagos.

Kayaking in the Galapagos

Kayaking right in front of Yacht La Pinta!

Safety First

Before getting on your kayak, make sure you are wearing your personal life jacket. These are always available to all our guests aboard Yacht La Pinta. No helmets are necessary, since they are only needed when kayaking on rocky waters.

Given the occasionally choppy waters and the fact that your hands are going to constantly be busy with the paddles, there’s a high chance you might drop your camera or phone in the water. If you have a GoPro camera or any other similar model with a waterproof feature, feel free to take it with you (but always keep it tethered to yourself, just in case!). Don’t hesitate to ask your guide to take a picture of you from the safety of the dingy or the boat.

Kayaking in the Galapagos

Kayaking along the shores

Also, before getting on the kayak, remember to wear plenty of sunscreen lotion. We recommend you wear a t-shirt if you don’t mind getting it wet. It will definitely protect your back and shoulders. The sun at the equator is really strong and burns the skin faster than at other latitudes. A hat and sunglasses are also recommended.

  • A properly adjusted kayak allows for greater comfort and more efficient paddling. Think about maintaining 3 points of contact at all times: The small of your back is tight against the bottom of your seat. Sit in the cockpit and adjust your rear so that you’re sitting up and not completely hunched.
  • The balls of your feet brace against the foot wedges. Adjust your feet so that your knees are slightly bent.
  • Your bent knees are in firm contact with the either side of the cockpit. Once you’re on the water, this is how you’ll control the side-to-side motion of the boat (if you should experience any).

In finding your comfortable position, don’t wedge yourself too tightly into the boat. Your body should be snug enough to give you control of the kayak, but loose enough that you can exit smoothly if the need arises.

Got It! When Do I Start Kayaking in the Galapagos?

On Yacht La Pinta you’ll get to jump in the waters throughout the islands pretty much every day, if you’re up for it. Kayaking in the Galapagos will be reserved to specific days and are also entirely optional. All three of our Galapagos cruise itineraries on Yacht La Pinta offer kayaking on the following days:

7 days / 6 nights Western Islands Tour
Sunday afternoon: Tagus Cove (Isabela Island)
Wednesday morning: Post Office Bay (Floreana Island)

5days /4 nights Northern Islands Tour
Tuesday morning: Eden Islet (Santa Cruz Island)
Thursday morning: Darwin Bay (Genovesa Island)

5 days /4 nights Eastern Islands Tour
Friday morning: Santa Fe island (Santa Fe Island)
Sunday afternoon: Gardner Bay (Española Island)

Bartolome Island, galapagos penguins in bartolome

Swimming About: A Day With Galapagos Penguins in Bartolome

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20 to 24 February 2017 – Encountered Galapagos Penguins in Bartolome

Our cruise aboard the Yacht La Pinta took us on a journey to the island of Bartolome.

This island is famous for several reasons, one of which is the monumental tower of Earth that pokes out into the sky and is known as “The Pinnacle of Bartolome.” Leading up to this pinnacle is a relatively wide stretch of sandy beach. Opposite the pinnacle, and on the other side of the beach, is a volcanic cone that one can climb up to get some fantastic views of the island and the surrounding scenery.
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The Fame Behind the Name – Charles Darwin Foundation

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The Charles Darwin Foundation (CDF) — we’ve all heard about it, we all know it’s something socially pos itive, but what’s the story behind it exactly? Ever since it was founded back in 1959, the CDF has been at the forefront of conservation efforts in the Galapagos and seeks to provide scientific knowledge and support for the archipelago, its wildlife and its communities. All of this of course, with the main goal of protecting the biodiversity that exists today. Be aware that the Charles Darwin Research Station is part of one of our Galapagos itineraries for Yacht La Pinta.

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In Awe at Punta Suarez: Feathery Creatures Abound

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16th to 20th February 2017

Today while sailing aboard the La Pinta Galapagos cruise ship, we visited Punta Suarez on Española Island, which is located on the southeastern side of the Galapagos archipelago. Española Island is one of the oldest islands of the archipelago, and even though it has suffered from erosion, it offers amazing cliff-side landscapes along with an overwhelming diversity of wildlife. This island takes up the morning portion during the 4th day of the Yacht La Pinta Eastern Itinerary.
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Guests during Darwin Day

La Pinta Darwin Day Celebration: Fun on Board for Guests and Crew

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On February 12th, our guests and crew celebrated International Darwin Day aboard Yacht La Pinta. The date marks what would have been Charles Darwin’s 209th birthday. The La Pinta crew organized a day of events in honour of the legacy of the famed English biologist and his connection with the Galapagos archipelago. Darwin’s 1835 visit to the Galapagos would later come to change scientific inquiry and intellectual history forever. The La Pinta Darwin Day celebrations included costumes, lectures, and birthday cake!
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White Tip Shark

Sharks, Sea Turtles, and Rays, Oh My! A Day in the Galapagos

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During our trip aboard Yacht La Pinta we reached the island of Santa Fe, which is located in the central zone of the Galapagos archipelago (try to find the island on one of these Galapagos maps!). Its location is ideal for Galapagos sea lions. These animals have established reproductive colonies all over the archipelago, and take advantage of its rich waters and calm shores.

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Punta Vicente Roca

Punta Vicente Roca: Marine Iguanas, Flightless Cormorants, and More!

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Yacht La Pinta
13th to 20th January 2017

Our visit to Isabela Island begins early in the morning. We are aboard Yacht la Pinta. Traveling from Seymour Island to Punta Vicente Roca (Isabela Island), took us almost 10 hours of navigation. This visitor site is known for hosting colonies of Galapagos fur seals, the nesting sites of Nazca boobies, not to mention flightless cormorants, penguins, and marine iguanas.

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