We are two adventurous naturalist types. We've always wanted to go to the Galapagos but always thought it was out of our price range. I did some searching around and it seems like there are some pretty decent budget land based options.
We figured out when we'd go (August 10-18), air to Ecuador then to the Galapagos but anything past that we're lost. Would we be missing the wildlife by not taking a cruise? What islands would / could we visit through ferry? What islands can we stay on? What islands have budget options? We prefer a room to ourselves as opposed to a dormitory hostel type situation (though if the price difference is too much, would sacrifice this extra comfort). Also, what are costs of living such as food in the Galapagos? Any suggestions as to the islands, accommodations, resources etc. would be helpful.
I am also an avid diver (my travel companion doesn't dive, only snorkels), and would love to do a dive (but realize it's very expensive, so probably wouldn't do more than one/two).
Thanks a lot,