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Galapagos AlterNATIVE Inter-Island Transportation

Palmas and Nameless Island Tour - Galapagos AlterNATIVE Tours

By air or by Sea?

You can travel by water or air between the inhabited Galapagos Islands of Santa Cruz, Isabela and San Cristobal. There are pros and cons of both modalitites and your itinerary specialist will be able to give you advice on the options for your itinerary.

The best choice of inter-island transfer depends on many factors. Fortunately, Galapagos AlterNATIVE tours include all logistics so you don't have to worry about the details. Below are descriptions of the different transfer options.

Feel free to contact one of our itinerary specialist for more details.

 
Galapagos Inter - Island Transportation Options
Inter-island Watercraft
Galapagos Inter-island highspeed boat - Galapagos AlterNATIVE Tours
High Speed Boats - High speed outboard motor boats are the primary mode of transfer between Santa Cruz and Isabela or San Cristobal islands. These ~30ft vessels are faster and more nimble than the uninhabited island motor yachts and accommodate up to 20 passengers. The 2-3hr trip between islands can be rough and bumpy, specifically between June and November, so it is great to bring medication if neede.
 
Galapagos Ithabaca Cannal Ferry - Galapagos AlterNATIVE Tours
Ithabaca Canal Ferry - If you arrive in the Galapagos via Baltra Airport you will cross the Ithabaca Canal en route to Puerto Ayora. The Ithabaca ferries are not high speed in nature.These open-air vessels are the perfect introduction to the islands and chances are you will be greeted by some form of marine life in the short crossing to the Santa Cruz mainland.
 
Inter-island Aircraft
Galapagos Islands Inter-island Aircraft

Propeller Plane - Two dual propeller planes with 5 or 9 passengers are available for inter-island flights. Inter-island flights save over an hour in travel time when departing from Baltra (Santa Cruz). Flights between Isabela and San Cristobal can save almost three hours of travel time, perfect for spending more time on the beach in Isabela.

 
For more information on transportation options contact one of our Itinerary Specialists.

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