We Aren’t Going to Galapagos

Sea Lion Sleeping Galapagos

We aren’t going to Galapagos on Sava. We thought we would go but plans change. Fortunately, we flew and ferried to some of the islands in 2015, and loved our time there. The photos in this post are from that memorable visit.


It’s a new rule but Galapagos doesn’t allow cats, and we have Domino. Galapagos is a protected National Park with endangered indigenous animals, so they won’t admit potentially invasive animals.

Blue footed booby
Blue footed booby in The Galapagos

Since Domino is a respected crew member on Sava, we have no choice but to skip it and sail somewhere else. Domino is 13 years old, and she’s spent more time on the boat than we have since she doesn’t leave it.

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Domino is very comfortable on Sava

I haven’t posted any photos of Domino lately so here’s a few for those who love her!

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Look at that face! Domino

A stopover in Galapagos would have been great to break up our Pacific passage, but we can’t abandon Domino. She’s really been a gem since we plopped her out of her peaceful Toronto existence onto this crazy boat life.

You Should Go to Galapagos

Fortunately we already spent some time in The Galapagos. If you take anything away from this post it’s to add it to your bucket list, especially if you like animals. Visiting here is unique, because the animals are so well protected, they are treated as the owners of the land and everything on it. We humans are just borrowing it.

Galapagos penguins
Galapagos penguins

The world is changing all the time, species evolve, and The Galapagos is like nowhere else on Earth. Fortunately, we’ve been there already so aren’t too bothered by this hitch in our plans.

tortoises in the road
Tortoises in the road Galapagos
Flamingos in a lake in Galapagos
Flamingos in a lake in Galapagos

If Not Galapagos

Since before we sold our house, we’ve discussed what to do and where to go next. We’ve batted around multiple ideas. One option included selling Sava and buying a newer boat in Europe, others involved sailing Sava to Guatemala or Mexico. We didn’t buy a newer boat, because Sava is well outfitted for our lifestyle and we keep making her better. Every time we discuss where to go next, we come back to the South Pacific. Neither of us has been, and we look forward to visiting the islands, meeting the people, and exploring the underwater world.

The trip is daunting, especially without the stop in Galapagos, which is almost a third of the way to French Polynesia. The trip to Nuku Hiva, where we can check in to the country, will take us between 20-30 days.

Over the next couple of weeks we’ll be provisioning (which should be easier than during a lockdown), planning, getting visas, and making other arrangements before sailing the 3000+ nautical miles to French Polynesia. It’s a long trip considering Antigua to Bonaire is our longest voyage yet. But after 3 years in the Caribbean, it’s time to stretch ourselves.

giant iguana on beach in Galapagos
Giant iguana on a beach in Galapagos

Have you been to The Galapagos? And if not, why? Let me know in the comments.

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Author: Mel

Living aboard a sailboat, scuba diver, cat parent, cyclist, blogger, love the water and exploring new places.

11 thoughts on “We Aren’t Going to Galapagos”

  1. Domino or The Galápagos…no brainer????????????????
    That sounds like a very long trip ahead…be safe you guys. ????

  2. I didn’t get to go to the galapagos on my most recent trip (and only trip lol) to Ecuador because it was a bit out of my budget, happy you got to make it there at some point!

    1. Wow Katie that’s too bad. We got lucky with a real deal on flights and found really affordable hotels! Good for you for sticking to your budget.

  3. Galapagos is definitely on my bucket list as well, havent been able to go there yet. Sounds like you have a long trip ahead, hope it goes well and Domino enjoys it too

  4. The Galapagos are very, very high on my bucket list. However, I can completely understand why you would not visit. I wouldn’t be able to abandon Domino either.

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