On your fully-crewed, overnight Galapagos Islands yacht charter, experience the archipelago’s iconic landscapes and wildlife in a tailored and exclusive way. 

Read on for details on booking your private yacht charter in the Galapagos Islands, or skip straight to our below selection of Galapagos charter yachts, including catamarans, each uniquely suited to a Galapagos private cruise at 20 or fewer guests (contact us for larger Galapagos boat charter options). Let our Galapagos travel and planning experience help you find and book your group’s ideal private yacht charter in the Galapagos Islands.

Why Book a Galapagos Islands Yacht Charter?

A full-boat private yacht charter in the Galapagos Islands offers an exclusive, flexible vacation tailored specifically to your group’s interests. Think snorkeling with sea lions, kayaking, scuba diving, glass-bottom boat tours, longer hikes, gourmet meals—whatever experience your group wishes, we can find you a match on our large selection of Galapagos cruises.

All of our Galapagos charter yachts are outfitted with an experienced and professional captain and crew. Bareboat charters in the Galapagos Islands are not a feasible option, as permits are required for shore landings.

Sailing crew of Elite catamaran standing on deck during a Galapagos Islands yacht charter.
Crew of Elite

Tips on Selecting Your Galapagos Private Cruise

Galapagos cruise yacht itineraries are set in advance by the Galapagos National Park, so it is important to align your interests and dates with the ship and its scheduled route during your travel. Our Galapagos private cruise experts are intimately familiar with the islands and the various itineraries and can help you select the perfect route.

We may be able to add custom experiences like Galapagos Islands sailing tours and vacations, SCUBA diving, surfing, meeting with a group of local kids or taking a behind-the-scenes tour at the Charles Darwin Research Station on Santa Cruz. Read a review of AdventureSmith founder’s private yacht charter in the Galapagos Islands to see how he customized a trip for his family: Expert Review: My Family Galapagos Charter.

When to Book Your Galapagos Yacht Charter

Galapagos charter yachts are typically contracted at least one year in advance of the cruise departure date, but as long as space is available, a Galapagos cruise yacht can still be chartered. A Galapagos Islands yacht charter over a holiday—including Christmas, New Year’s and Easter—should be booked two years in advance. Learn more about the best time to visit Galapagos.

Galapagos Islands Yacht Charter vs. a Group Booking

A private yacht charter in the Galapagos Islands secures an entire ship for one group and offers all the advantages outlined in this Galapagos charter guide. Bookings for groups of 10 or more travelers can offer additional savings but not the privacy or customization of a charter. Consider a Galapagos Islands yacht charter if your group is large enough and you want the intimacy of a Galapagos private cruise, otherwise consider a group booking.

Galapagos Luxury Charters

Galapagos luxury charters feature the most upscale service. Think private balconies, deluxe amenities, the finest cuisine, top-rated naturalist guides with excellent crew-to-guest ratios and even butler service. Browse our selection of Galapagos luxury cruises, all of which are available as Galapagos luxury charters.

Covered Beachclub lounge area aboard Aqua Mare on a private Galapagos cruise, with partial open-air view, large white sofa & veneer everything.
Aqua Mare

Galapagos Private Cruise Savings & Deals

In addition to exclusivity, price is a big advantage of a Galapagos sailing yacht charter. Each guest will save 10-30% off the regular per-person rates reflected on our site. Combine these savings with charter-specific offers among our Galapagos cruise deals for an even better rate on your Galapagos Islands yacht charter.

Galapagos Yacht Charter Terms & Conditions

Terms and conditions can be more strict for a Galapagos Islands yacht charter. Expect to pay a charter rate that remains the same, whether or not you have enough travelers to fill your Galapagos cruise yacht. A nonrefundable deposit and payments as the cruise date approaches are also common. Some Galapagos private cruise agreements place responsibility with one person. Group travel insurance policies are highly recommended when considering a Galapagos private yacht charter. Our experts will ensure your Galapagos yacht charter booking process is seamless and transparent.

Trip Extensions, Land Arrangements, Group Flights & Fees

Our experts can help beyond booking your Galapagos private cruise. We can arrange ground transfers, flights between mainland Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, paying the Galapagos National Park Fee and INGALA tourist card in advance, pre- and post-cruise hotel bookings and group rates. Our custom travel planning can also extend your trip to mainland Ecuador, Peru or the Amazon.

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More Options for Your Galapagos Islands Yacht Charter

Search Galapagos charter yachts on the list below, or view all Galapagos ships for larger vessels and our Galapagos 2023 & 2024 cruise page for the latest about what’s new in the archipelago each year. Our team has sailed aboard nearly every Galapagos cruise yacht that we work with, so we’re your best resource for booking your private yacht charter in the Galapagos Islands. Contact us for a free quote on Galapagos charter yachts and for sample Galapagos cruise itineraries.