1. EXPERIENCE MATTERS
Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic has more experience than any other operator in Galapagos, and more experience in the expedition travel business. In 1967, Lars Eric Lindblad led the first non-scientific expedition to the Galapagos. They been travelling there in one form or another ever since.
2. THE MOST KNOWLEDGEABLE AND EXPERIENCED NATURALISTS
A core group of naturalists work exclusively for Lindblad-National Geographic, providing in-depth knowledge. They also provide one of the best naturalists-to-guests ratios in Galapagos.
Guests are never 'herded,' they are offered options at every opportunity. Ingrained in Lindblad's expedition DNA, this flexible, choice-based approach to experiencing the islands is uniquely theirs. Swim, snorkel, walk, hike and kayak almost every day. Take advantage of their onboard certified photo instructor and Zodiac cruise the islands' fascinating shorelines.
4. CONSERVATION COMMITMENT
Since 1997, Lindblad-National Geographic has worked with its guests to raise funds for local conservation projects. More than $5.5 million has been raised for projects such as fostering the restoration of native plants throughout the islands and tracking giant tortoises. They work closely with the Galapagos National Park and/or the Charles Darwin Research Station on all conservation initiatives.
5. OWN AND OPERATE TWO SHIPS
They are the only U.S. Company to own and operate two ships in the Galapagos, National Geographic Islander and National Geographic Endeavour II, giving them oversight and control that many others just don't have.
6. YEAR-ROUND DEPARTURES
Our Ships operate year-round, each offering full-week itineraries, with National Geographic Endeavour II departing every Friday, and National Geographic Islander departing every Saturday.
7. TOOLS FOR EXPLORATION
No other company can match their range of technological tools for exploration: video microscopes, plasma screens, undersea specialists, hydrophones, video chronicles, splash cams and daily expedition reports. All of these tools make exploring Galapagos with them a uniquely 360 experience.
8. THE UNDERSEA, ILLUMINATED
Both their ships carry complete snorkelling gear, yours for the duration of the voyage. An undersea specialist further brings underwater Galapagos to life through onboard video presentations. National Geographic Endeavour II is equipped with both an ROV for deeper ocean views, and a glass-bottom Zodiac for dry undersea exploring.
9. IDEAL FOR GROUPS & FAMILIES
All departures include staff members who are specially trained and skilled in organising activities for, and inspiring curiosity in, young people.
Their comprehensive wellness program features nature-inspired spa treatments, daily stretching under the guidance of an instructor, well-equipped air-conditioned gyms, exquisite cuisine, guest internet service, and seamless handling throughout your journey.