Cruising and Scuba in the Galapagos

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Find the right cruise and scuba vacation for your clients with these options in the Galapagos Islands.

Romantic Ceremonies with Sightseeing Ecoventura is catering to couples with its romance cruise options, allowing couples to get married, renew vows and hold mock ceremonies while on board.

Romance celebrations can be held on the sundeck at sunset, with the captain officiating and decorations, music, wedding cake and champagne available to guests. After the ceremony and throughout the cruise, guides will help guests appreciate other budding romances in the area, as they point out mating rituals of blue-footed boobies, frigate birds, waved albatross and Galapagos penguins.

Ecoventura has three identical 20-person yachts to cruise the Galapagos: the Eric, the Flamingo and the Letty. The 16-person M/V Galapagos Sky tours the northern islands of Wolf and Darwin as well.

Seven-day cruise rates start at $3,550 pp dbl and include three meals daily, snacks and beverages, cocktail parties, guided excursions and complimentary snorkeling equipment. For more information, call (800) 633-7972 or visit ecoventura.com.

Adventure Cruises Operating a range of itineraries aboard three separate vessels, Metropolitan Touring explores each region of the Galapagos Islands. And while cruising, guests can also take advantage of dinghy rides, glass-bottom boat rides, snorkeling and kayaking opportunities.

The Metropolitan Touring fleet is made up of the 40-person Yacht Isabella II (rates starting at $2,940 pp dbl), the 48-person Yacht La Pinta (rates starting at $2,427 pp dbl) and the 90-person M/V Santa Cruz (rates starting at $3,402 pp dbl). Each ship sails three separate itineraries visiting areas in the northern, southern, eastern, western, and central Galapagos regions, putting travelers in contact with wildlife, active volcanoes and adventure.

In addition, each vessel’s itineraries can be combined to create a longer journey joining two geographic areas and providing a more thorough exploration of the area’s history and wildlife. For more information, call (888) 572-0166 or visit metropolitan-touring.com.

Diving in the Galapagos Red Mangrove Galapagos and Ecuador Lodges offers year-round PADI certification programs and vacation packages to appeal to would-be divers. And what better place to get that certification than the Galapagos?

“Many beginning divers look to warm and exotic waters, so they can combine their requirements with an extended vacation,” says Hernan Rodas, founder and director of Red Mangrove Galapagos and Ecuador Lodges.

To accommodate, the property/dive center offers the 6-day Darwin’s Land and Sea Adventure, packaging overnight accommodations with eight dives. Rates start at $2,291 pp dbl, with the option for diver’s certification starting at an additional $350 pp.

Divers who are just starting out can take advantage of the PADI Discover Scuba Diving Experience, which starts at $250 pp and includes introduction, equipment, in-water instruction and an open-water dive.

For more information, call (888) 254-3190 or visit redmangrove.com.