We've hosted three previous trips to the Galápagos with Peregrine, but this is our first trip that encompasses the newer, western islands, home to roaming giant tortoises, active volcanoes, and much more besides.

​Travelling by catamaran with a group limited to 14 guests, we'll explore a landscape rich in natural history. The endemic (found nowhere else in the world) wildlife there can be seen in flocks of thousands, and the trip offers the chance to meet and greet the three booby species that make their home in the islands, the elusive Galapagos flamingo, the flightless cormorant, and of course a plethora of sea lions, marine iguanas, green turtles and myriad other marine wonders.

​The 2014 expedition will visit Isabela and Fernandina islands. Isabela is the largest island in the Galápagos and has three active volcanoes. In addition to the chance to see the lava formations and flamingos that make their home here, the island hosts the Galápagos' largest marine iguanas. At Fernandina, the youngest island, wildlife is everywhere: marine iguanas, sea lions, penguins and the Galápagos hawk all competing for space and attention. In the clear offshore waters turtles feed, and recent eruptions have lifted the sea floor, forming striking geological features.

​The trip will also travel to the flooded caldera of Genovesa island in the northwest, which is a stronghold of the red-footed booby, as well as other birds such as lava herons, swallow-tail gulls, mockingbirds and the vampire finch. At James island and in Puerto Egas you’ll need to take care not to trip over the marine iguanas as they snooze and sneeze, and at Dragon Hill the land iguanas bask among curious yellow warblers and the endemic Galápagos flycatcher. A stop at Santa Cruz allows a visit to the Charles Darwin Research station, the science and research hub of the archipelago, and a trip to the highlands to get face to face with giant tortoises following their 'highways'.

Every day brings chances for snorkelling in the plankton-rich waters, interacting with the curious young seals who enjoy playing, following schools of many species of fish, and in some places watching turtles and penguins feed. Sally Lightfoot crabs scuttle among the rocks and around marine iguanas. Boobies fire themselves at the water for food as we explore, and frigate birds land on the rigging. Many of the bird species we’ll see on the trip are endemic and have no fear of humans, darting up to examine water bottles, landing on shoes and collecting seeds underfoot.

​Peregrine will make a donation to Australian Geographic Society for each passenger aboard. The archipelago is an extraordinary place and we’d love to have you along – click on the menu on the left to read more detailed trip notes, click here to go to Peregrine’s website to book or click here to have a chat to either Ian or Gail.

Galápagos Panorama 2014

15-24 November, 2014

From $4950 per person, twin share.