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Owners and Operators of Endemic, Elite and Petrel

in the Galapagos Islands

Golden Galapagos Cruises is a full-service luxury cruise and tour operator headquartered in Quito, Ecuador, with operational branch offices on Santa Cruz Island and San Cristobal Island.

Not only are we the proud owners and operators of the Galapagos Endemic, Elite and Petrel, the newest luxury yachts operating in the islands.
We are specialists on bespoke charters and we also arrange luxury tours and experiences in mainland Ecuador.

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One of the most important Parks on earth, it hosts 13 main islands, 6 smaller ones and dozens of volcanic islets, and 97% of the archipelago is protected

The Galapagos National Park was declared Natural World Heritage site for Humanity in 1978 by UNESCO.

The Archipiélago de Colón or Galapagos Islands is also a Biosphere Reserve since 1984

The islands served as Charles Darwin’s inspiration for the Theory of Evolution


On the Endemic, Elite and Petrel

The modern motor catamarans like the Endemic, Elite and Petrel are safe, comfortable and have all the amenities you would expect from a luxury cruising vessel.

The Endemic, for example, features optional satellite internet service for guest use, top-shelf cuisine that can cater to special dietary requests, flat screen tv in the briefing area for nightly briefings, complimentary snorkeling equipment, clear-bottom sea kayaks, and standup paddleboards.

Our luxury cruises in the Galapagos Islands spend time cruising through the sea as well as stopping at must-see island locations. A typical day on a luxury Galapagos cruise ship like the Endemic Elite or Petrel might include breakfast and a morning expedition to a visitor site.

At the site, you may see Frigate Birds, Blue-footed Boobies, sea lions, tortoises, iguanas, or Galapagos Penguins. A delicious lunch onboard the ship will follow, as well as an afternoon trip to a spectacular snorkeling spot and then another gourmet meal for dinner. Cap this off with a cold drink on the deck while watching a dazzling sunset and you have the perfect Galapagos day!


Wildlife Encounters | Guided Expeditions | Unique Species

The Endemic and Elite have been custom designed especially for cruising the azure waters of the Galapagos Islands and are two of the most modern and luxurious vessels in the archipelago. Spacious, comfortable, steady, and eminently seaworthy, the Galapagos Endemic & Elite have set the new standard for luxury cruises in the Galapagos Islands.

The Endemic features a hand-picked staff of officers, hospitality staff and crew to make your trip perfect. The top naturalist guides are well-trained, friendly and knowledgeable about the Islands and all of them have years of experience.

The Galapagos Elite began operating on June 15th, 2019. When this new addition to our high-end cruise line reached the Galapagos Islands as the newest luxury yacht in the islands, it reinvented luxury, comfort, and class.

The Galapagos Elite’s design allows for smooth sailing on the sapphire waters of the Enchanted Islands. A sleek, twin-hulled catamaran, provides its guests with a steady, safe cruise without the rocking and swaying common to the older, single-hulled yachts that dominated the island cruise industry for decades.


Cruises around the islands from 3-Nights to 7-Nights


Luxury Galapagos Extensions & Tours


The marvelous Galapagos Islands are clearly the one spot in Ecuador you should not leave without seeing, but the islands are only one of the worthwhile attractions that Ecuador has to offer. Ecuador is a friendly country rich in culture, history and natural beauty. While planning your Galapagos cruise vacation, plan on spending some time on the mainland, too!



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