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Expert Galapagos Ratings

Throughout this website you will see Galapagos boats, hotels & tours ranked with either 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 bubbles and a numeric value. Our team has gathered tons of information and talked to many Galapagos professionals in order to create a detailed and accurate ranking system so you can find your perfect Galapagos tour. This is how it works:


Overall Rating Overall Rating:

The overall rating is based on the combined average score of Accommodation, Itinerary & Service.

Accommodation Accommodation:

The accommodation was rated according to a number of criteria, including:

  • Passenger feedback
  • Cabin size
  • Social areas size
  • Window design (porthole, portrait window, or picture window)
  • Boat area per passenger
  • Balcony
  • Date of last major refurbishment
  • Onboard amenities
  • Stability
  • Year of construction
  • Trip advisors’ overall opinion

Itinerary Itinerary:

The quality of the itineraries were rated according to a number of criteria, including:

  • Flora and fauna at visior sites
  • Variety of landscapes
  • Passenger experience
  • Feedback from expert naturalist guides and trip advisors

Service Service:

The quality and level of service provided on-board was rated according to a number of criteria, including:

  • Overall service provided by the ship and crew
  • Passenger feedback
  • Guide/guest ratio
  • Guide quality
  • Onboard doctor
  • Cruise Director
  • Professional and experts’ overall opinion
  • Quality of food
  • Wifi

How the Ratings are Calculated

We created these ratings to give you helpful and accurate information so you can make the best choice for your Galapagos adventure.

Galapagos Ratings

We have formulated our own rating system using a vast range of reliable sources, which includes:

  • Galapagos Naturalist Guides with 20+ years of experience
  • Trip advisors who are specialists in Galapagos as a destination
  • Vendors who have expert knowledge of the boats, tours, and hotels
  • Feedback collected from surveys from thousands of travelers just like you!

These ratings are to help you find your perfect match! The stars () will first help you determine the overall category of the boat, which is determined by the owners. Then, we calculated our own rankings (of the itineraries, accommodation, and service) based on independent research, with bubbles ().

These ratings are measured on a scale from 1-5 bubbles that is accompanied by a numerical value, where 5 indicates more luxury with all the bells and whistles you could imagine, 1 indicates something more simple, with the bare minimum for a Galapagos adventure, and 3 is somewhere in between the two.

It’s your choice how you want to travel in the Galapagos! You may choose to explore the Galapagos in luxury, with some extra amenities, or cruise around the Galapagos Darwin-style, it's all a personal preference depending on how you want to explore these beautiful and ruggedly remote islands.

We have tons of products to choose from and our trip advisors have expert knowledge of Galapagos in order to help you easily find your dream vacation. We guarantee that we can help find the perfect Galapagos tour for you!

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