Exploring Galapagos with Children
family with children on boat with rock rising up out of ocean

Exploring the Islands with Come to Galápagos: A Transformative Journey for Kids

Family travel to the Galapagos Islands is an absolute must

Traveling to the Galápagos Islands with kids is a journey unlike any other, where adventure, education, and discovery converge to create an unforgettable experience. Nestled in the Pacific Ocean, this remote archipelago is a haven of biodiversity and natural wonders, offering a wealth of opportunities for families to explore, learn, and connect with nature. From encounters with unique wildlife to immersive educational experiences, a trip to the Galápagos Islands with kids is sure to inspire a sense of wonder and curiosity that will last a lifetime.

The Galápagos Islands are renowned for their extraordinary wildlife, much of which is found nowhere else on Earth. From the iconic giant tortoises to the playful sea lions and colorful iguanas, the islands are teeming with fascinating creatures that capture the imagination of children and adults alike. Exploring the islands with kids provides an opportunity for close encounters with wildlife, whether snorkeling alongside sea turtles, observing blue-footed boobies perform their courtship dance, or marveling at colonies of frigate birds soaring overhead. These encounters not only spark curiosity and wonder but also foster a deeper appreciation for the natural world and the importance of conservation.

toddler walking amongst giant Galapagos tortoises

One of the highlights of visiting the Galápagos Islands with kids is the chance to explore the underwater world through snorkeling and swimming. The waters surrounding the islands are home to vibrant rocky reefs, teeming with a dazzling array of marine life. Children can snorkel alongside colorful fish, graceful rays, and even playful sea lions, immersing themselves in an underwater wonderland unlike any other. Guided snorkeling excursions led by experienced naturalists ensure a safe and educational experience for children of all ages, allowing them to learn about the importance of marine conservation while marveling at the beauty of the underwater world.

In addition to snorkeling, the Galápagos Islands offer a wide range of outdoor activities and adventures that are perfect for families. Hiking to volcanic craters, lava tunnels, and scenic viewpoints provides opportunities for exploration and discovery, allowing children to learn about the geology and natural history of the islands firsthand. Kayaking along mangrove-lined coasts offers a chance to observe wildlife up close while experiencing the tranquility of the island’s coastal ecosystems. These outdoor adventures not only encourage physical activity and exploration but also foster a sense of connection to the environment and an appreciation for the natural beauty of the Galápagos Islands.

One of the most educational aspects of traveling to the Galápagos Islands with kids is the opportunity to learn about the ongoing conservation efforts to protect the fragile ecosystems of the islands. Visiting the Charles Darwin Research Station provides insight into the groundbreaking scientific research being conducted in the Galápagos, as well as the efforts being made to conserve and restore the islands’ unique biodiversity. Children can learn about the importance of preserving endangered species such as the giant tortoise and the Galápagos penguin, as well as the role that they themselves can play in conservation efforts.

Finally, traveling to the Galápagos Islands with kids offers a chance for cultural immersion and experiential learning. Interacting with local residents and learning about the history and culture of the islands provides children with a deeper understanding of the human connection to the environment. Visiting ports, exploring local markets, and sampling authentic Ecuadorian cuisine offer glimpses into the rich cultural heritage of the Galápagos Islands, allowing children to learn about the customs, traditions, and way of life of the island’s inhabitants; and for children who are learning Spanish at home, Galapagos is a wonderful place to practice with native Spanish speakers.

father and son fishing from boat in Galapagos

Choosing the best agency to travel with for your family

When choosing an agency to plan and carry out your trip, it is important to consider what kind of experience they have. At Come to Galapagos, we specialize in family trips for kids of all ages. With our extensive stock of high quality snorkeling gear, family-oriented naturalist guides, emphasis on local engagement, and scavenger hunt program for kids, Come to Galapagos is particularly qualified and outfitted to carry out the perfect Galapagos trip that you and your family will never forget.

With snorkeling being one of the most important activities your family will enjoy while in the Galapagos Islands, it is critical to choose an agency that has extensive experience with kids in the water. Our staff has years of training and experience with snorkeling with kids of all ages. Our objective is primarily to make kids of all experience levels safe and comfortable. To enhance safety and wildlife spotting, we always have at least two staff members in the water at all times when we have kids snorkeling. We are often delighted to find that the most nervous snorkelers at the beginning tend to be the most excited to get in the water by the end of the trip. Another important component of a fantastic snorkeling excursion is proper equipment.  

Snorkeling gear for children should prioritize safety, comfort, and ease of use. At Come to Galapagos, we pride ourselves in our equipment collection. We have a variety of gear sizes that will fit children of all ages; that includes fins, masks, snorkels, wetsuits and flotation devices. Come to Galapagos only provides gear from the most trusted brands to ensure quality and durability. What is more, families can save on precious luggage space and weight by using equipment that we store at our office in the islands. 

At Come to Galapagos, our trips are designed with locals in mind. We organize tours at family run farms, work with family run boat operations and encourage our guests to dine at locally owned restaurants. As local residents of the islands, our naturalist guides are eager to impart their knowledge about Galapagos culture; they have acquired a plethora of personal stories and experiences to share from the many years that they have lived in the islands. Many of our naturalist guides have children of their own and all of our staff members treat our guests like family. One of our tour leaders has been known to offer childcare for our youngest guests during excursions that might be more suited for older kids.

woman, man and two girls sitting near frigate birds

Finally, our naturalist guides and staff encourage our younger explorers to learn more about the islands through play. Our scavenger hunt program for kids keeps them engaged, excited and learning throughout the trip. Whether it’s searching for Steven Spielberg’s inspiration for ET or a booby that lays two eggs, kids will soak up so many of the fascinating aspects of this unique archipelago with our signature educational game. Of course, our adult guests can play along as well.

Traveling to the Galápagos Islands with kids is a transformative experience that combines adventure, education, and conservation awareness. From encounters with unique wildlife to immersive educational experiences, the islands offer a wealth of opportunities for families to explore, learn, and connect with the environment. By immersing themselves in the natural beauty and cultural heritage of the Galápagos Islands, children gain a deeper appreciation for the environment and the importance of preserving and protecting it for future generations. At Come to Galapagos, we relish the opportunity to facilitate your family adventure of a lifetime. Contact us to plan your trip today!

About the Writer:

Alexandra is a naturalist guide and marine scientist in the Galapagos Islands. She has spent the past 12+ years working in marine conservation in the islands. Her experience as a naturalist guide runs the gamut, from large liveaboard vessels and yachts to island hopping trips and daily tours. Alexandra has guided groups comprised of various demographics, including children and families, younger couples, and individual travelers. Her perspective on tourism in Galapagos is informed by her passion for conservation and maximizing visitor experience.