Explore one of the world's most stunning natural environments and discover the incredible biodiversity of the Galapagos National Park and Galapagos Marine Reserve
Swim with sea lions, marine iguanas, sea turtles, manta rays and an incredible range of fish and other marine life
Complete a breathtaking swim in and around the iconic volcanic crater of Tortuga Island
Learn about the critical work being carried out on and around the islands by a dedicated team of local and international conservationists
Join us on a once-in-a-lifetime swimming holiday in one of the most breathtaking locations on the planet: the Galapagos Islands! Lying on both sides of the equator in the Pacific Ocean, this vast volcanic archipelago is home to an abundance of plant and animal species not found anywhere else on Earth.
This trip offers the opportunity for some true ocean swims with a stunning array of marine life, including sea lions, sea turtles, manta rays, dolphins, marine iguanas and countless rare and exotic fish species. Sharing the water with these beautiful creatures is a truly life-changing experience - something which is only possible in this tiny spot of our vast planet.
With its incredible level of biodiversity, the Galapagos National Park and Galapagos Marine Reserve form a fascinating treasure trove of flora and fauna. Charles Darwin visited the islands in 1835, and, from his observations, developed and wrote his opus: On the Origin of Species.
This trip is a real wildlife exploration both above and below the water, as we swim in crater rims, around isolated islands and across beautiful bays. If you love the idea of getting up close and personal with stunning wildlife then this trip is definitely for you!
Who is this trip for?
This trip offers a fantastic combination of exploration, observation and swimming. It is ideal for anyone who is as keen to swim along remote volcanic coastlines as they are to tread water and spot exotic wildlife beneath the waves. Due to conditions of Ocean swims we recommend that swimmers are experienced in open water.
Swimmers should be capable of completing the average swim distance of 2½ km, prior to the start of the trip. The average daily swim distance is around 4½ km (split over two swims).
We have given this trip a 'Moderate' grading. Most swimmers comfortable in the open water will be able to take part and enjoy one of our Galapagos trips.
- Fully guided swimming holiday in Galapagos Islands with full safety escort and support boats
- Full permissions for open water swimming supplied by the Galapagos National Park
- Qualified Galapagos Naturalist Guides, with in depth knowledge of the archipelago and its wildlife, to accompany guests on all swims
- Six nights' accommodation (three nights on Santa Cruz and three nights on Isabela islands)
- All breakfasts and lunches (Days 1-6) and dinner on the first night (Day 1)
- VIP service at Baltra Airport on arrival and departure
- Transfers to and from the airport at the start and end of your trip
- Transfers between Santa Cruz and Isabela islands on Day 4 and return on Day 7
- Isabela Island Entrance Tax
What's not included?
- Travel to and from the start of the tour
- Alcoholic beverages
- Evening meals (except for Day 1)
- USD$100 National Park fee (cash payment)
- USD$20 INGALA Transit Control Card (cash payment)
Please note that the below daily itineraries are an example of the swims that may take place during the course of your trip, however, actual swim locations and distances will vary according to local weather and sea conditions. Your SwimTrek guides and local boat pilot will determine the most suitable swim locations each day and will communicate the plan with all guests as soon as possible.
Arrival and Departure Information
This trip wet my appetite for more adventure travel. It was life changing.Annie G - 2022
Magical!!!Keith P - 2022
I hoped this trip was going to be good but this really did exceed all my expectations! A really special way to experience the very best of nature with guides who are passionate about the extravagance of wildlife and respectful of the privilege we have to experience it. Incredible trip - thank you SwimTrek for making it possibleSheenagh M - 2022
Chance of a lifetime to swim with marine wildlife in an unforgettable setting, and all of it with full confidence in the staff to keep us safeAmy K G - 2022
This vacation was pure joy - a literal swim safari!!!Jane D - 2022
SwimTrek is the best way to see and interact with the environment of Galapagos. Truly an opportunity of a lifetime.Karen Hanson - 2020
Everything about the Galapagos trip exceeded my expectations. Words and pictures don't do the experience justice. Life changing!Amy Cole - 2020
The water and marine life was spectacular and organization was perfect!Candace Savoie - 2020
My trip was an unforgettable once in a lifetime vacation that all of my friends are jealous of!Siri - 2020
This trip will make you the happiest person in the world.Suzanna Trindade - 2020
My mind was in a state of 'blown' for a week!Steven William Thurlow - 2020
I had never done a Swim Trek before but had been looking at the trips for a year or more. The Galapagos stood out and it was the most incredible experience. To swim with sea lions , turtles, sharks, fish of all colours , penguins and sea horses in a landscape like no other - unbelievable and something that will stay with me. The guides and support team were fabulous. Thank youGinny L, UK - 2019
I'll have life-long memories of sharing the water with sea lions, penguins, dolphins, turtles and much more. An utterly outstanding SwimTrekSimon W, UK - 2019
Swim Trek's trip to the Galapagos Islands is like swimming in the most beautiful and diversified aquarium in the world. A truly unique and extra-ordinary experience!Jean-Francois V, USA - 2019
Truly the trip of a lifetime that exceeded all my expectations.Catherine L, USA - 2019
I did not know it was possible to experience life in the sea so "up close and personal" with such like-minded people and in such a fun way... very glad to be swimming and building bridges of friendship.Jose Luis M, Mexico - 2019
In the Galapagos, the sea creatures seem to welcome you to join them in their beautiful habitat!Brenda L, USA - 2019
The Galapagos Swim Trek was the ideal vacation for my husband and me. Swimming is the activity that we both enjoy. Learning the ecology of the islands, seeing all the fauna , flora, fish and reptiles was amazing. The pace was perfect, the meals nutritious, the company fantastic.Gale M, USA - 2019
It was a great way to see the Galapagos in a way many others did not. I will never forget the beauty of the islands and the wonderful swimmers on the trip.Mary M, USA - 2019
Galapagos SwimTrek adventure was a most wonderful experience with a great group from around the world visiting an environment unmatched on the planet.Dick M, USA - 2019
The Galapagos SwimTrek was an eye opening experience into the vast beauty and array of ecosystems the islands offer! But the people on this trip made the memories unforgettable. Love our new Swim Family! Thank you for the opportunity to connect with such wonderful people in astonishing places.Kaila P, USA- 2018
I love wildlife, you can't fail to be impressed with SwimTrek in the Galápagos Islands.Brian P, Aus- 2018
Beyond my wildest dreamsSue P, UK- 2018
An extraordinary experience: gorgeous setting, intimate contact with sea life including sea lions, iguanas, turtles, birds and fish, terrific Swim Trek staff and wonderful travelling companions. A perfect journey.Lois D. USA- 2018
Sealions, penguins, rays, mantas, turtles, tortoises, pelicans, iguanas....and then there's the swimming! Treat yourself to this trip. It will enrich your life.Aedín C. CHE- 2018
A wonderful, unique week of swimming amongst abundant sea-life.Joseph C. China- 2018
Swimming in the Galápagos Islands is a dream come true - it is a magical trip and the wildlife is extraordinary. I overcame my fear of swimming with rays and saw a manta ray as big as the boat and loved the adventure. The wildlife was mesmerising and having sea lions, pelicans and penguins swimming with you is truly unforgettable....it has to be top of every swimmer's bucket list - thanks so much to Kelly, Marlys and Fernando, all the boat crews and Chad and the office team!Tan L. UK- 2018
Extremely well organized and thoughtfully choreographed swims in exotic locations all over the world.Elizabeth R. USA- 2018