Guests often claim life onboard National Geographic Islander is like being on a private yacht. It’s a good comparison, given the ship’s small size and extreme manoeuvrability, which makes it ideal for exploring the Galapagos. The Islander reaches places other ships simply can’t.
Mahogany and brass fittings add to the yacht-like atmosphere, as do the wide decks strung with hammocks. The Islander might enjoy sophisticated lines, but is built for intrepid expeditions, with all the necessary tools available to make the most of the incredible habitats of the Galapagos archipelago, including undersea cameras, kayaks and zodiacs.
With just 48 guests in 24 outside cabins, life on ship is intimate, informal and warm, but with impeccable service and delicious dining. A large lounge hosts the traditional evening Recap, where guests join naturalists to talk through the day just enjoyed and the day ahead, as cocktails are served. Cabins are filled with light and every convenience, decorated in cosy nautical style.
Food and Drink
1 Dining Room and 1 Bar
Fitness centre, wellness treatments including massages and facials available
A stylish dining room wrapped around the stern enjoys large windows and a welcoming ambience. Breakfast is buffet-style, with eggs cooked to order, and features a vast array of tropical fruit. On balmy days, light breakfasts and lunches are served on deck. Dinners are delightful, based on local ingredients and flavours, and the barbeque evening held on deck is always a special affair. Guest speakers and naturalists attend lunch and dinner, and their stories and expertise add to the convivial atmosphere onboard.
Lectures, presentations and photography talks take place in the sociable lounge, an airy venue with windows over the stern and a skylight. Here is where the daily Recap takes place too, when naturalists answer questions about the day’s events and encounters with extraordinary wildlife.
Nature-inspired treatments, including massages and body treatments are available, and there is a small but well-equipped fitness centre on board.
Each stop provides the opportunity to hike among the wildlife of the Galapagos, to stroll along beaches or paddle a kayak into waterline caves and secret coves. Several Zodiac landing craft take guests on shore swiftly after dropping anchor, making the most of the time available for exploration.