Welcome to the Galápagos Islands, home to some of the world’s most unique wildlife. And what better way to explore these remote islands than aboard a Silversea expedition cruise?
Thanks to their secluded habitat, the islands’ animals are as mysterious as they are fascinating. Silversea Cruises provides guests with a front-row seat to encounter the furry, feathery, and funny faces of the Galápagos.
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Meet the Marine Iguana! Also know as the only iguana species in the world that can swim. These remarkable creatures are adapted to the harsh coastal environment, feeding on underwater algae. Silversea Cruises takes you to Fernandina and Isabela Islands, where you can snorkel alongside these unique iguanas as they gracefully glide through the crystal-clear waters.
The Galápagos Islands are famous for their birdlife, and the blue-footed booby is a star attraction. These quirky birds get their name from their vibrant blue feet, which they use in a mesmerizing courtship dance. Silversea Cruises offers expert-guided birdwatching excursions to prime nesting sites on North Seymour Island, where you can witness the blue-footed boobies’ fascinating mating rituals and catch a glimpse of their adorable chicks.
Galapagos Sea Lions
With Silversea Cruises, you’ll have the chance to share the beach with these playful and curious creatures. Galápagos sea lions are a common sight on many of the islands, and they are known for their friendly demeanor and acrobatic antics. Snorkeling and swimming with these sea lions is an unforgettable experience that Silversea Cruises ensures you won’t miss.
Sally Lightfoot Crab
Named for their vibrant red, orange, and blue hues, Sally Lightfoot Crabs are a sight to behold. Their striking colors serve both functional and aesthetic purposes. While they may seem delicate, these crabs are incredibly agile and swift, making them experts at navigating the rocky shoreline. With Silversea, you’ll have the opportunity to spot Sally Lightfoot Crabs along the shores of Santiago to San Cristóbal islands.
Believe it or not, the Galápagos Islands are home to a population of penguins, making them the only penguins to live near the equator. Silversea Cruises will take you to Bartolomé Island, where you can spot these pint-sized penguins as they dive and swim in the surrounding waters. With the guidance of naturalists, you can also explore the island’s iconic Pinnacle Rock and breathtaking vistas.
One of the most iconic species in the Galapagos, the giant tortoises are a must-see. These massive reptiles can weigh up to 900 pounds and live for over a century. Silversea Cruises takes you to the Santa Cruz Island, home to the Charles Darwin Research Station, where you can witness these incredible creatures up close. Here you can learn about the conservation efforts to protect and restore the tortoise population.