Your telephoto lens is hardly necessary. As you crouch in the sand and focus on the seal colony, one of its junior members flops up and inquisitively sniffs at your camera. Your guide leads you to the best spot for seeing marine iguanas, close up. The giant tortoises plod steadily towards you, like a welcoming committee of slow-moving octogenarians. Your ocean-going yacht takes you to the most secluded white beaches, and the best vantage points for seeing the astonishing wildlife that inspired Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution.

Make Pikaia Lodge the focal point of your luxury, tailor-made holiday to the Galapagos Islands and you will experience the outstanding wildlife, in a completely eco-sensitive, environmentally safe and socially responsible manner – staying in one of the world’s most advanced green lodges.

Don't just take our word for it... read Lisa Grainger's review of Pikaia Lodge in The Telegraph here >>

Pikaia Lodge, at a glance

  • Luxurious yet ecologically advanced lodge on Santa Cruz Island, in the heart of the Galapagos
  • Choice of pool and garden suites, balcony and terrace rooms
  • Suites typically have floor to ceiling windows giving astounding views, private plunge pools and shaded terraces with gardens
  • Large bathrooms with ocean views for an ‘al fresco’ showering experience
  • Rooms typically nestle on top of the crater, with uninterrupted views of the park, ocean, islands and volcanic cones
  • Balconies to second floor rooms
  • Cool, designer white décor throughout
  • Evolution Restaurant, DNA Bar and Explorer Lounge

For leisure and pleasure

  • Close to the protected wildlife sites of the Galapagos National Park
  • Infinity pool plus immaculate white beaches for sunbathing, swimming and snorkelling
  • Ocean-going, stable yacht for cruising to the most advantageous wildlife sites
  • Guided tours by naturalists to see seal colonies and marine iguanas
  • Small group, specialist day and night programmes
  • Diving to see hammerheads, tuna, dolphins, sea lions, manta rays and species found nowhere else in the world
  • Tortoise reserve attached to the Lodge
  • Sea kayaking and mountain biking
  • The whole organisation from Heathrow and back was seamless and first class. Our thanks to Ultimate yet again

    DC, Spain, 2014


  • 24/7 emergency contact
  • Established for 25 years
  • ATOL, ABTA, IATA protected


  • First-hand experience to every destination
  • Only the best guides and local partners used
  • All holidays designed to suit individual needs


  • 70% repeat and referral business
  • Support local charities world-wide
  • Access to senior directors 24/7