Ultimate Galapagos

Ultimate Galapagos
August 11, 2016
13 Days
Aboard the Isabela II
38 Guests
From $11,980
Ultimate Galapagos

Expedition Highlights

  • Witness numerous endemic species; giant Galápagos tortoises, marine iguanas, flightless cormorants, Galápagos hawks, and Darwin's finches, to name a few.
  • Photograph a wide variety of wildlife that has grown astonishingly fearless in the absence of humans and large predators.
  • Discover fascinating geology—lunar-like lava fields, eroded volcanic cones, and active shield volcanoes.
  • Snorkel and swim among playful sea lions as well as sea turtles, rays, and, with luck, Galápagos penguins.
  • Explore during frequent Zodiac cruises, by kayak, glass-bottom boat, and snorkel excursions.

Zegrahm expeditions are simultaneously adventurous, educational, and fun, all while being very well organized and managed. If you try one trip, you will want to do them all!

Lewis B.

Expedition Team

Isabela II

The 38-guest Isabela II, with 20 ocean-view staterooms, is one of the most luxurious yachts cruising the Galápagos. All guest staterooms are spacious and include private bathrooms. The Isabela II is fully air-conditioned and has the amenities of a larger vessel, including a bar, dining room, and sun deck. She carries sea kayaks, Zodiacs, and a glass-bottom boat.

Gear Up!

  • UPF Rash Guard & Snorkel Top
UPF Rash Guard & Snorkel Top

Protecting you from the occasional encounter with “stingy things” and keeping you comfortable while getting up close and personal with the Galápagos’ playful sea lions, sea turtles, rays, and penguins, this UPF 50-rated, versatile top is a must for your marine adventures in Darwin’s living laboratory.

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Beyond the Destination

Interesting Perspectives from Previous Expeditions to the Galapagos

  • Zegrahm Cofounder, Jack Grove, on Change in the Galapagos

    October 19, 2015 | Video

    Zegrahm cofounder, Jack Grove, recently gave a TEDx Talk about "A Shifting Paradigm in the Galapagos," and we are thrilled to share it with you! This is a great example of the in-depth knowledge you will be exposed to when traveling with Jack in the Galapagos. 

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    Santa Cruz Island

    Ultimate Galapagos 2015 Field Report

    August 31, 2015 | Field Report

    Our Ultimate Galapagos

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    San Cristobal Island

    Wild Galapagos 2015 Field Report

    July 28, 2015 | Field Report

    Our Wild Galapagos expedition earlier this year was an incredible success; enjoy some of our favorite images from Las Ilas Encantadas. 

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  • Humpback Whale, Fernandina Island, Galapagos

    On Location: The Galapagos

    July 27, 2015 | Blog Post

    To experience the exhilaration of a humpback whale breeching is an experience of a lifetime, a moment never to be forgotten. But to see this awe inspiring behavior near the shores of Fernandina Island, one of the few truly virgin islands in the world…. is in fact other-worldly.

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    Chan Chan, Peru

    The Evolution of...Charles Darwin

    May 27, 2015 | Blog Post

    You’re exploring some of the most wildlife-rich regions of Mother Earth, in particular the nutrient-rich Humboldt Current, and have been schooled in the remarkable research and discoveries of Alexander von Humboldt.

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    Wild Galapagos

    Inspiration in the Galapagos

    April 25, 2015 | Blog Post

    In 2012 Zegrahm cofounder, Jack Grove, led our annual journey to Las Islas Encantadas, Ultimate Galápagos. The trip was spectacular in every way, but Jack made a special connection with one of our passengers—10-year-old Ben Perez.

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  • Baltra Island, Galapagos

    Ultimate Galapagos 2014 Field Report

    August 22, 2014 | Field Report

    Our recently completed Ultimate Galapagos expedition returned with some incredible images from Las Islas Encantadas. Check out these pictures from the archipelago, courtesy of Zegrahm cofounder Jack Grove, leader Greg Estes, and several adventurers along for the ride.  

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    Inspiration in the Galapagos

    The Galapagos: A Living Laboratory of Evolution

    August 6, 2012 | Blog Post

    The Galápagos Islands have been referred to by Herman Melville as ‘enchanted,’ and by Charles Darwin as ‘a living laboratory of evolution.’ I was privileged to live there for seven years and carried out marine research in the archipelago for more than three decades.

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    James Island, Galapagos Islands

    The Best of All Possible Trips

    July 10, 2012 | Blog Post

    Can't say enough good things about the trip. Jack, Socratese, and Antonio were fantastic guides. They went out of their way to make our experience the best it could possibly have been. Jack and I even did a rendition of Ernie Ford's 16 Tons, though truth be told we may have enjoyed it even more than our audience!

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  • Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos Islands

    Imprinting in the Galápagos

    September 30, 2010 | Blog Post

    The Isabela II has just crossed the equator and has anchored off the shallow cliffs of Genovesa in the Galápagos Islands. It’s 6 a.m. and a partial eclipse is devouring the moon like a giant wafer. Jack Grove springs into a yogic shoulder stand as he does every morning, despite the rocking movement of the boat.

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    Ultimate Galapagos

    On Location: A Non-Birder's New Favorite Bird

    June 25, 2010 | Blog Post

    As a person who identifies as a non-birder, I don't usually go over-the-top when it comes to seeing a bird for the first time. I've seen magnificent frigatebirds on the covers of brochures, and in our image library. I've seen them in books and on Blu-ray DVD. But I had never seen the bird in the wild until yesterday on our first Galapagos My Way expedition.

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    James Island, Galapagos Islands

    News: Jack Grove contributes to climate change report on Galapagos Islands

    December 16, 2009 | Blog Post

    Dr. Jack Grove, Zegrahm Expeditions’ cofounder and expedition leader, recently contributed to a report that outlines how climate change, overfishing, and tourism have negatively impacted the Galapagos Islands’ delicate ecosystem. In just a few decades, 45 Galapagos species are thought to have already disappeared or are teetering on the verge of extinction.

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