- Explore the Galapagos Islands with Sue Flood, a photographer, author and wildlife filmmaker
- Visit nine islands including remote Genovesa with red footed boobies
- Travel in May when days are clear, water at its warmest and islands are green
- Spend eight days sailing on Natural Paradise, a yacht purpose built for cruising the Galapagos
Join our exclusive Galapagos cruise on the Natural Paradise motor yacht, travelling with wildlife and travel photographer, Sue Flood. Sue will accompany the group on all excursions during the cruise giving tips, advice and workshops aimed at improving photography skills.
Spend eight days on our private charter, the Natural Paradise, and visit islands such as San Cristobal, Rabida, Bartholomew, Santa Cruz and remote Genovesa. The Galapagos Islands with an abundance of wildlife, seemingly unafraid of humans, is a place few others can rival. There will be daily opportunities to explore and get close to the islands' unique wildlife, either on foot, by kayak, by panga (small boat) or when snorkelling in the warm seas. With a naturalist guide on board as well as Sue Flood, be assured of receiving personalised and insightful narrative on all the wildlife seen. Wildlife highlights include all three types of booby (blue-footed, red-footed and Nazca), giant tortoises, frigate birds, Galapagos penguins and sea lions.
Steppes Travel is a Gold Corporate member of the Galapagos Conservation Trust, which means anybody joining this Galapagos holiday will receive a year's membership to the Galapagos Conservation Trust.
A TYPICAL DAY WITH SUE FLOOD IN THE GALAPAGOS
"As a wildlife photographer, filmmaker, and nature-lover, I am incredibly excited about this trip to the Galapagos, which will afford us some incredible photographic opportunities. Being based on board our yacht Natural Paradise will allow us to make the most of this archipelago as we cover many miles around the islands. As with any great wildlife photography trip, the wildlife will sometimes dictate our agenda. Early morning light and stunning sunsets can be great times for photography, but a great photo opportunity can occur at any time of day and I’ll be on hand to ensure we make the most of every wildlife encounter. Whether you’ve a simple point and shoot or a more sophisticated SLR, you’’ll pick up tips on how to improve your photography, whatever your level of expertise. Composition, framing, use of light, and simply “capturing the moment” - how do you turn the scene in front of you into a stunning photo? I’ll be giving lectures on photo tips throughout the voyage, but will be available for informal one-to-one advice and feedback throughout so that you come back from this wonderful trip with images that do your memories justice. The Galapagos is a once-in-a-lifetime journey that should be on every bucket list! Please join me on what is bound to be an unforgettable adventure"
WHY SHOULD I JOIN THIS TOUR?
This is a unique opportunity to travel around the Galapagos archipelago with experienced wildlife photographer Sue Flood. The Galapagos Islands are a wildlife photographer's dream, combining the world's most fascinating animals living in the world's most beautiful archipelago. Time will be spent at each landing and at each point of interest to give photographers all the time they need to capture memorable images. Sue will be on hand throughout the trip, to offer one-to-one advice, tips on composition, use of light and framing.
DO I HAVE TO BE A PHOTOGRAPHER TO JOIN THIS TRIP?
No, not at all as the Galapagos Islands are a special place for anyone to visit. The experienced naturalist guide will accompany each excursion and give evening lectures on the natural history and fascinating geology of the islands. Activities other than taking photographs include the chance to swim and snorkel, exploring the islands by kayak as well as taking panga rides and guided walks.
WHAT WILDLIFE WILL I SEE?
Whilst not guaranteed, you are likely to see a huge number of both land and sea birds and an eclectic mix of mammals and marine life. Some of the sea birds likely to been seen are magnificent frigate birds, Nazca, red-footed and blue-footed boobies as well as the endemic Galapagos penguin, the only penguin to nest in the Tropics. Land birds such as the Galapagos hawk, the curious mockingbird and most of the 13 species of Darwin finches are likely to be seen during the cruise. Marine creatures may include rays, turtles, marine iguanas and playful sea lions that love to swim with snorkellers. On both Santa Cruz and San Cristobal islands giant tortoises can be found - synonymous with the Galapagos and a poignant symbol of the islands since the passing of Lonesome George.
WHAT IS THE BOAT LIKE?
The Natural Paradise is a spacious and stylish yacht, purpose built to sail around the Galapagos islands. The boat can accommodate 16 people across nine cabins so there will be plenty of space on board. There is a lounge, both indoor and outdoor eating areas and a generous sundeck with loungers and a Jacuzzi.
WILL THE SEA BE ROUGH?
In May the waters are usually calm, especially as this Galapagos cruise will focus on the eastern and central islands which are generally protected from the winds.
IS MAY A GOOD TIME TO TRAVEL TO THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS?
May is a lovely time of year to travel to the Galapagos islands. The days are generally warm, with clear skies and temperatures averaging 25 C. Sea temperatures are also at their warmest at this time so snorkelling can be more enjoyable.
KEY WILDLIFE PHENOMENA ON THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS, IN MAY
- Blue footed boobies put their comical feet to use in courtship displays (they aren't shy so expect numerous opportunities to capture this endearing display on video and still photography)
- Baby marine iguanas hatch from their eggs found in nests on Santa Cruz Island
- Sea turtles continue hatching on Gardner Bay, Punta Cormorant and Puerto Egas.
For a detailed itinerary or to book your place on this tour, please contact us.