Tools for Exploration

Outfitted to discover the islands & undersea

National Geographic Endeavour II is outfitted to connect you with the wildest places in Galápagos.

Snorkeling gear & wetsuits
On the first day of your expedition you’ll be fitted with a mask, snorkel, fins, wetsuit, and, if you choose, a snorkel buoyancy vest. These are yours to use for the duration of the expedition—so there’s no need to pack and tote your own gear. The 3mm shorty wetsuits allow you to stay in the cool water of Galápagos longer, and protect your skin from the equatorial sun. Guests who own masks with prescription lenses, or prefer to use thicker, full-length wetsuits are welcome to bring their own gear.


Key to our operation is our fleet of Zodiacs, which we use to land on remote islands that would otherwise be inaccessible. With eight of these boats used every time we disembark, we’re able to transfer everyone off the ship quickly, so you can be out on adventures, not idly waiting. These sturdy inflatable craft are the same time-tested brand Jacques Cousteau used in his expeditions for over 30 years. They are widely recognized as the safest and most versatile small boats afloat. The Zodiacs we use are 19 feet long, powered by four-stroke outboard engines, and are capable of carrying 12 to 14 people with ease.

Kayaks and stand-up paddleboards
A fleet of kayaks and stand-up paddle boards allow you to explore scenic shorelines—where you might encounter sea lions, penguins, and more. Our naturalists will help novices with technique, while experts have the opportunity to explore further afield.

Glass-bottom boat
Explore the undersea while staying dry aboard our glass-bottom boat. A naturalist is always aboard to identify reef fish and other wildlife.

Underwater camera
Your undersea specialist will dive at snorkeling sites, shooting video to share during Recap in Endeavour II’s lounge—it’s when you find out more about the vibrant undersea you’re exploring.

Video microscope
See the tiny flora and fauna that lives in the rich waters surrounding Galápagos. Your naturalist will collect plankton using a special net, and then you’ll be able to view this fascinating microscopic life on the high-definition screens in the lounge as your naturalist explains it.

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