Key to our operation is our fleet of Zodiacs, which we use to land on remote islands that would otherwise be inaccessible. These sturdy inflatable rubber boats are the same craft that 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 outboard engines, and are capable of carrying 12 to 14 people with ease.
Kayaks and stand-up paddleboards
Kayaks and stand-up paddleboards provide one of the best means for personal exploration in the areas we travel. They are very stable and easy to master for novices and experts alike. There is something special about being alone, or with a partner in our double kayaks, paddling along a remote coastline, or paddling aboard one of our specially designed boards. Lindblad pioneered kayaking from expedition ships in both the Arctic and Antarctic, and Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic is the first company of its kind to be awarded unique permits for kayaking in the fragile Galápagos environment. The Galápagos National Park designates where kayaking and paddling, like snorkeling and other activities, are permitted.
Undersea tools for exploring
Our undersea specialists photograph marine life to share in the lounge. Cameras and other tools allow us to go further and get closer to nature’s wonders. For more information on our Undersea Program, see Tools for Exploration.
Snorkels, masks, fins, buoyancy vests, and wetsuits are available on board our ships. To ensure a perfect fit, we encourage you to bring your own mask and snorkel (no full face masks, please). For your convenience, we will provide “shorty” wetsuits for snorkeling. Our goal is to ease packing restrictions and provide added comfort in the water. Wetsuits will be available on board in a range of adult sizes including XS, S, M, ML, L, XL, XXL, and XXXL. Kids are harder to fit, so please consider bringing your own child-size wetsuit, especially for smaller children. We advocate the buddy system for everyone, at all times. It is highly recommended that children 14 years of age and under be accompanied by an adult and wear an inflatable snorkel vest while snorkeling.