Rethink the cruiseThe absolute cheapest way to explore the Galápagos is by basing yourself on land. Another way of seeing the islands is on a cruise. Though I don’t have personal experience with seeing the islands this way, we met both travelers who had great experiences and terrible ones. Remember that you can see everything you would on a boat, by basing yourself on the islands and taking day trips to sea. If you are on a cruise, you’re stuck.