Underwater photo of two divers and a bus-sized whale shark with schools of fish.

The Five Best Sites to Snorkel or Dive in the Galápagos

The Galápagos may be the best destination worldwide for watching wildlife on land, but the marine marvels underwater are beyond belief. From snorkeling with playful sea lion pups and nonchalant sea turtles to diving with hammerheads and whale sharks, the Caribbean and Red Sea simply pale in comparison.

View overlooking the city at night where the Bayok Sky Hotel towers into the sky.

A Budding Travel Writer in Bangkok

When traveling independently for the first time, Ben Westwood visited Thailand, a country that encapsulates some of the best tourist experiences the world has to offer—as well as some of the worst. During this trip, he realized that travelers need advice from experts in order to navigate their way through unfamiliar countries, and he decided he wanted to be one of those experts someday.

Clouds cast dramatic shadows over a narrow peninsula with a tall triangular rock formation.

The Five Best Hikes in the Galápagos

Bring your walking shoes, because rocky trails in the Galápagos are not best tackled in sandals. There are trails along pristine beaches, through forests of cacti, and along unworldly blackened lava trails, offering close encounters with wildlife and sweeping views over the archipelago.

A giant tortoise with people gathering fairly close to view it.

Tortoises and Turtles of the Galápagos

Visitors to the Galápagos Islands will marvel at the amazing array of wildlife. For those interested in turtles and tortoises, Ben Westwood explains the different types and where to spot them.

Soft waves lap on a light sand beach with rocks jutting out of the water at a distance.

The Five Best Beaches in the Galápagos

Most travelers don’t come to the Galápagos to lie on beaches but rather to watch animals lying on beaches. However, many of the visitor sites are located around beautiful sandy stretches, and you may welcome the chance to sun yourself like a lazy iguana after a hard day of watching wildlife.

A sea lion on the rocky shore raises its head into the late afternoon sun.

The Wonder of the Galápagos Islands

A visit to the Galápagos Islands changes you, as it changed Charles Darwin. You will return from these islands filled with a sense of wonder, and a clearer view of nature’s fragile beauty. The Galápagos is a glimpse of what life was like before humans threw their weight around, and a reminder that when we seek out perfection, we throw a wrench in nature’s works.