A fantastic place for a Galapagos Islands Honeymoon, the islands offer a perfect destination to celebrate your wedding.
Enjoy many beautiful island beaches, incredible wildlife and spectacular natural features paired with luxurious hotels and cruises.
Explore the islands to create fantastic memories as you walk with giant tortoises, snorkel with sea lions and penguins, dive with manta rays, and relax on the pristine beaches.
Visit fascinating coves as you follow in the footsteps of famous explorers, pirates, and scientific pioneers.
The Galapagos Islands, Activities, Restaurants & Tours
An archipelago of 21 islands 550 miles (900 km) off the coast of Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands have astounded explorers & visitors for centuries.
Each island offers its unique charm and each one is often home to different animals and plants, which helped inspire Charles Darwin’s famous work, the Origin of Species.
The largest islands in the Galapagos are Santa Cruz, Santiago, Isabela and San Cristobal. These are also the most populated and where you can find different restaurants, hotels, shops and galleries.
Many of the surrounding islands and wildlife hotspots are best enjoyed on guided tours, and because of national park restrictions some require a guide to visit.
We will go over some of the tops things to do on the Galapagos to give you some examples. If you would like a more in depth list, you can see our article on the top 100 things to do on the Galapagos Islands or focus on the top Galapagos points of interest.
Here, we will mention three main islands and some of the surrounding smaller islands to help you plan your honeymoon.
Note that these luxury Galapagos cruises offer different itinerary options to choose from. You can pick the best all inclusive itinerary for both of you to make the most of your Galapagos honeymoon. To find out more, send your message direct to each cruise using their pages on TourTheTropics.com.
Even from the Red Mangrove Hotel, which offers a beautiful accommodation for a honeymoon vacation, you can enjoy different Galapagos package tours to surrounding islands and fantastic cuisine in the hotel’s own Restaurant Almar.
We will mention all of these cruises, tours, and package options more in depth further down the page.
Santa Cruz Island
A favorite island to base yourself, Santa Cruz is where you find some of the best cafes, restaurants, spas, chocolate shops, souvenir shops, galleries, and hotels on the Galapagos.
This is also where you will find the Charles Darwin Research Center to see the work the Charles Darwin Foundation is doing to preserve the islands and wildlife. See giant tortoises and the baby tortoises in the breeding program, which was started to recover the island’s population.
Another of the favorite things to do is to snorkel, kayak and simply relax on the beautiful sands of Tortuga Bay.
Named after the green turtles you are sure to see, after a walk through native vegetation you will pass marine iguanas and some incredible scenery before arriving at the bay itself.
Enjoy the bay’s warm water and beautiful sand, or paddle and snorkel around the bay to see the wildlife, such as colorful fish, sea turtles, friendly reef sharks and rays.
A beautiful accommodation option to enjoy Santa Cruz Island, which also offers package tours for Galapagos exploration, is the Red Mangrove Hotel.
San Cristobal Island
On San Cristobal Island, you also find some great things to do. There is a large tourism industry offering tours to see surrounding islands and some of the incredible wildlife.
Located near San Cristobal is the Leon Dormido Islet, which is one of the most famous landmarks of the islands. You can also walk among giant tortoises at El Chato Reserve, visit Punta Carola for a fantastic sunset, and snorkel Playa Mann to see colorful fish and sea lions.
If you would like a cruise to explore surrounding islands, bays, landmarks and wildlife, we recommend the Ocean Spray Cruise. The Ocean Spray offers different itineraries, so you can choose the best one to make the most of your Galapagos Islands honeymoon.
Isabela Island is another favorite island in the Galapagos archipelago. This is the largest island in the Galapagos, which pirates, whalers, and explorers would use to moor their vessels when setting foot on the islands.
Isabela is also lucky to be home to more giant tortoises than any other part of the Galapagos.
Explore Vicente Roca Point near the island to see Nazca boobies, sea lions, sea turtles, blue-footed boobies, rays and more. You can also snorkel with penguins at Concha de Perla.
As many of the best attractions are on smaller surrounding islands, the best option is to book a cruise. If you’re celebrating your honeymoon, we recommend the luxury Galapagos cruises to make the most of the experience.
The Petrel Galapagos Cruise is a luxury-class catamaran, which offers you more stability as you cruise between islands to enjoy some of the best wildlife spectacles of the Galapagos. Send a message directly to the cruise using their page on TourTheTropics.com to ask for example itineraries for how many days you have available.
To make the most of your time in Ecuador, you can also enjoy the combination Amazon Rainforest & Galapagos package tour, including the luxurious La Selva Lodge and luxury Galapagos Cruise.
We will mention some recommended tours, cruises and hotels below. Each of the following tours offers a highly comfortable experience to enjoy some of the best places of the Galapagos.
The Red Mangrove Hotel
The Red Mangrove Hotel offers a very comfortable hotel on Santa Cruz Island. The hotel is conveniently positioned next door to the Charles Darwin Research Center. The Red Mangrove is also close to some of the island’s best galleries, cafes, attractions, and restaurants, including the Red Mangrove’s own Almar Restaurant by Isla Grill.
Even from the Red Mangrove Hotel, you can see incredible wildlife. Enjoy the resident sea lions that have had their own area on the property. They are accommodated as this was their home before the hotel’s foundation. With their own access to the ocean, the sea lions now enjoy lazing on the hotel deckchairs and benches.
You will also see many marine iguanas that don’t seem to mind sunbathing nearby as you enjoy your breakfast or morning coffee. Even Darwin’s Finches and pelicans are easily seen.
However, to enjoy some of the other wildlife and natural spectacles of these incredible islands, the Red Mangrove Hotel offers some fantastic package tours to nearby islands and islets.
In addition to luxurious accommodation, nearby wildlife spectacles and Galapagos tour packages, you will also have the hotel’s own Almar Restaurant, which is operated by the excellent Isla Grill.
The restaurant specializes in fresh seafood and meats prepared with an Argentinean and Galapagos-Ecuadorian influence. This is where you will enjoy your breakfasts while at the hotel as you enjoy incredible morning views.
The Ocean Spray Luxury Cruise
To make the perfect honeymoon, the Ocean Spray offers a fantastic luxury cruise of the Galapagos Islands.
Designed for comfort and performance, the Ocean Spray provides a stable and comfortable way to cruise between different islands. Enjoy large living areas, the sundeck, jacuzzi, and the spacious modern cabins with ensuites and private balconies.
You can choose an itinerary for how many days you have available to explore the islands. There are cruises from 4-days to their 15-day mega cruise for in depth exploration of the Galapagos archipelago. As the cruise provides kayaks and snorkeling equipment, you can explore the land and water environment on guided excursions.
The Ocean Spray 4-night Cruise
Here is an example of a 5-day / 4-night itinerary aboard the Ocean Spray, but note that there are alternative itineraries.
You will arrive at the Baltra Island Airport where you will be briefed before boarding the Ocean Spray vessel itself. You will then begin your adventure as you head to Bartholomew Island for the most famous view of the Galapagos Islands. If you like, you can also enjoy snorkeling to see different colorful fish.
The following day, you will visit Genovesa and Darwin Bay. You will have guided walk on the island’s trails to spot sea birds and enjoy a beautiful coral beach.
You will then visit the Santiago and Espumilla Beach where you can see many resident marine iguanas and Sally Lightfoot crabs. Nearby is where British buccaneers would seek refuge, which has led to the name of Buccaneer Cove.
See the black sands of Puerto Egas as you walk another trail where you can spot Galapagos hawks, lava lizards and Galapagos fur seals.
The next day, you will visit North Seymour Island where you can spot magnificent frigatebirds, sea lions and the famous blue-footed boobies.
You will also have a guided walk in the highlands of Santa Cruz where you can see the iconic giant tortoises as they roam the island. There will also be more snorkeling opportunities to see reef sharks, turtles, and colorful fish.
The last day will be spent on Mosquera Island with its beautiful beaches and island views. Occasionally, guests are also lucky enough to spot orcas. This is also where you can find the largest population of sea lions on the Galapagos Islands.
The Petrel Cruise
The Petrel Galapagos Cruise offers a fantastic luxury cruise of the Galapagos Islands. The luxury catamaran provides stability and comfort as you cruise from island to island.
Aboard the vessel, you will have access to kayaks, snorkeling equipment and will be assigned expert naturalist guides for wildlife exploration.
You will then explore both the marine environment and trails to see spectacular wildlife and beautiful scenery.
The Petrel Cruise provides a very comfortable base to explore the islands. Enjoy spacious suites, a jacuzzi, and comfortable relaxation areas. You can choose from the Petrel’s 5-day, 6-day and 8-day itineraries.
Here, we will mention the 8-day itinerary as an example.
The Petrel Cruise 8-day Itinerary
The Petrel Cruise offers different itinerary options. To give an example, the 8-day itinerary ‘B’ starts off on San Cristobal Island.
Explore the island to find iconic giant tortoises that have intrigued visitors and explorers alike for centuries.
The next day, explore Gardner Bay and Española Island to enjoy a trail walk by a beautiful beach. Snorkel the turquoise waters to find sea lions and colorful fish.
You will then enjoy a visit to Suárez Point and Osborn Islet, which are also found on Española. These are great places to spot other iconic wildlife, including lava lizards, blue-footed boobies and the incredible waved albatross.
The next day, you will cruise to Floreana Island and Cormorant Point. This is a great place to spot the flamingos at the lagoon as well as many other Galapagos birds. Nearby, you will also visit a beautiful beach of green olivine crystals and another of white corals.
You will then visit one of the most wildlife-rich areas of the Galapagos Islands, which is known as the Devil’s Crown. The area offers some of the best snorkeling on the islands to see a high diversity of colorful fish, sharks and many different rays. You will also visit a site called Post Office Bay where early sailors would leave letters for loved ones in the hopes that a passing vessel would deliver their message.
After a night’s sleep, you will visit Santa Cruz and the Charles Darwin Research Center. This is a great place to learn what the Charles Darwin Foundation is doing to help protect and restore the islands and wildlife. You will see the giant tortoises and the babies in the breeding program, which are released onto the island to help the giant tortoises population.
You will then visit Bartholomew Island, which offers an incredible landscape of lava fields showing the patterns of vegetation that grew here long ago. You will also enjoy some incredible views of the Galapagos.
Next, it’s time to head to Genovesa Island for Darwin Bay with its beautiful coral beach. See many different birds, including the iconic red-footed boobies.
You will then visit Santiago Island to see Buccaneer Cove, which was once where pirates, whalers and explorers would moor their vessels to visit the islands.
The last day will be spent exploring Mosquera Island and Santa Cruz. We will visit Carrion Point, which is another wildlife-rich snorkeling site. Enjoy spotting many colorful fish and rays.
Galapagos & Amazon Combination Tour
As a highly recommended add-on to your Galapagos honeymoon cruise, you can enjoy the Galapagos and La Selva Lodge combination tour.
Combine both of these excellent tours to cruise the Galapagos Islands to find the iconic marine iguanas, playful sea lions, blue-footed boobies, and giant tortoises. For exploration, you will be assigned an expert naturalist guide for both the Galapagos Islands and Amazon Rainforest.
On the Galapagos cruise, enjoy exploring the top wildlife areas on guided trail walks, kayaking experiences, and snorkeling. In the water, see a diversity of colorful fish, sea turtles, friendly reef sharks and different rays.
To rest between activities, enjoy the luxurious vessel in your spacious suite or comfortable relaxation areas.
At the award-winning La Selva Lodge, you will then enjoy a very comfortable suite. You will then head out to explore the Amazon Rainforest led by your skilled naturalist guide. See many different monkeys, parrots, toucans, and caiman while exploring the waterways. At La Selva Lodge & Spa, you can also relax with a massage listening to the sounds of Amazonia.