As we recently mentioned Brad and Angelina travelled with their brood to Galapagos this has resulted in growth in interest for family travel. A select few of the boats that we offer have special family departures. “Our surveys show that parents want to give their children authentic experiences over hedonistic escapes,” said one operator spokeswoman Doris Welsh. “We help them do this by providing accommodations on 20-passenger, environmentally certified motor yachts and then adding to the mix eco-sensitive programs led by top naturalist guides.” Welsh said that in particular its family departures for teenagers, which began in 2003, have withstood the recession. It also helps that at least one of their yachts (Eric, Flamingo or Letty) is designated exclusively for families on every school break. On family teen departures guides offer longer, more challenging guided walks on the trails and take advantage of every opportunity to snorkel from the beach and also in deeper water. Several companies in Galapagos do offer family departures; however these are often geared towards younger children and they offer limited departure dates. Please contact us for details of discounts for families.