Caroline Maber journeys around the world’s most famous wildlife-centric archipelago aboard a very stylish yacht
In January this year, I was fortunate enough to cruise the Galápagos aboard the MV Evolve, a beautiful 20 passenger yacht, and one of three near identical sister ships. On arrival into the archipelago, our mandatory Galápagos National Park entry ticket and Ingala tickets were checked before a rendezvous with our Evolve guides and drivers for the short journey to the ship. Amazing wildlife sightings started right away. At the dock, we were greeted by enthusiastic, baying sea lions – a group of mothers were watching their teeny pups swim and flap around, whilst some lazed around and refused to move out of the way, meaning we almost had to step over them. The wildlife in the Galápagos is remarkably confident and curious around humans.
It was a short Zodiac ride out to Evolve, which was anchored just outside of port amongst several other small yachts and its sister ships. We were greeted by Captain David and the crew, and quickly settled into our beautiful cabins, all of which are identical, meaning no squabbling over who has the better room and making it a perfect choice for groups of family or friends looking to charter. The cabins have huge windows, so you can take in the beauty of the islands and spot wildlife from your cabin – and there’s even a large window in the bathroom, which meant I could watch the world go by whilst singing my favourite tunes in the shower!