Coronavirus Puts Travel to Sleep in Galapagos

Coronavirus COVID-19 has of course brought a temporary end to travel to the Galapagos Islands and mainland Ecuador. BBC presenter and naturalist Mike Dilger, was due to be hosting an Aqua-Firma Wildlife Yacht Safari cruise this week, stepping onto the island of Española today.

Whilst this comes as a disappointment, safety first and we look forward to the same trip, hosted by Mike, a year from today.

Like many wilderness areas, protection of the Galapagos Islands National Park relies upon funds generated from sustainable tourism. As Corporate Sponsors of the Galapagos Conservation Trust, we are acutely aware of this and hope you can join us, with Mike, 19 - 26 April next year. In the meantime, we can take you on a virtual version of this Wildlife Yacht Safari, cruising through our Galapagos Island Guides. Here they are in the order Mike will be sailing to them: 


Baltra (South Seymour) is fundamentally a start and finish point for many of our Galapagos voyages, as there are no real visitor sites or attractions, nor is there any visitor accommodation.


Bartolomé (Bartholomew) is a volcanic islet situated just off the east coast of Santiago Island and is one of the youngest islands in the Galapagos archipelago. It is characterised by its fascinating geology and volcanic formations.


Santiago (San Salvador or James) is situated just west of the central part of the Galapagos Islands and is the fourth largest in the archipelago. It is an island rich in wildlife, history and geology, dominated by its phenomenal lunar landscape.

Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz  (Indefatigable) is the second largest of the Galapagos Islands, situated in the centre of the archipelago proving a wealth of wildlife, geology and vegetation. It is the starting point for many of Aqua-Firma's Wildlife Yacht Safaris.


Española (Hood) is the southernmost Galapagos Island, situated at the extreme southeast of the archipelago. Together with Santa Fé Island, Española is the oldest of the Galapagos Islands, at approximately 4 million years old.

San Cristobal

San Cristobal (Chatham) is home to the second largest human settlement in the Galapagos. The assets Aqua-Firma makes greatest use of on San Cristobal are its offshore islets and its coastline, perfect for sea kayaking,


  • Mike Dilger is a regular presenter on the BBC One Show whose roles have also included the BBC's Nature's Top 40, Inside Out & Nature's Calendar
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