Tui De Roy is a world-renowned, award-winning wildlife photographer and writer, as well as an acclaimed conservationist and founding fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers.

Tui has lived in the Galapagos since the age of two, when her artist parents decided to leave their native Belgium to become pioneers in the little known archipelago in 1955. Home taught with a keen interest in nature, she became the first naturalist guide when tourism began to reach the islands in 1969, but soon turned to wildlife photography and writing as her lifelong profession. 

Taking up residency in New Zealand in 1992, Tui travelled the world for 20 years, producing large format books on topics as varied as the world’s albatrosses and penguins, a natural history of the Andean mountain chain, and an ecosystem-based exploration of New Zealand.

After working on all seven continents, Tui has now returned full time to Galápagos where she is dedicating herself to re-capturing the wonders of these islands with a new eye, and spreading the word about their fragility and need for protection. 

Tui’s work has been published in over 40 countries. She has authored 20 natural history books illustrated with her images, including a line of Galapagos guidebooks and recently released children’s books. In 2020, Princeton University Press published her landmark photographic anthology covering her 50 years of Galapagos photography, "A Lifetime in Galapagos". 

Only very rarely does Tui lead a photo tour – this really is a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience the islands through her eyes! 

 

Daniel Fitter is a distinguished naturalist guide and photographer renowned for his extensive work in the Galapagos Islands. Born and raised in the islands, he’s a grandson of one of the famous Angermeyer brothers – who had the foresight to leave Germany for Galapagos just before the onset of World War II.  Daniel developed an early passion for the islands' extraordinary biodiversity and ecosystems. His intimate knowledge of the Galapagos, combined with his deep commitment to conservation, has made him a respected figure in the field of natural history. 

His career as a naturalist guide began with his desire to share the beauty and significance of the Galapagos with visitors from around the world. His guided tours are celebrated for their educational depth and immersive experiences, allowing travelers to gain a profound understanding of the islands' flora, fauna, and ecological dynamics.

In addition to his work as a guide, Fitter is an accomplished photographer. His stunning images capture the essence of the Galapagos, from its iconic giant tortoises and marine iguanas to its vibrant underwater life. His photography not only showcases the visual splendor of the islands but also serves as a powerful tool for raising awareness about the importance of preserving this UNESCO World Heritage site.

Fitter's contributions extend beyond guiding and photography. He actively participates in conservation initiatives and collaborates with researchers and environmental organizations to protect the fragile ecosystems of the Galapagos. His dedication to environmental education and sustainability continues to inspire both locals and visitors, fostering a greater appreciation for the natural world.

Through his work, Daniel Fitter has become a vital ambassador for the Galapagos Islands, combining his expertise as a naturalist with his artistic vision to promote conservation and a deeper connection to nature.

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Our family holiday on the Samba rates as one of the very best we have ever had!  We loved that every day was filled from before dawn to bedtime with a combination of activities that everyone enjoyed.  Our guide Santiago Moran was exceptional and worked out very quickly what we all enjoyed.  The crew were brilliant and made our stay on board really comfortable.  I had thought the Galapagos would be a once in a lifetime experience but I am now inspired to go  back and explore the NW having loved the SE itinerary.

Abigail Church, Nairobi

Active Galapagos on the Samba, March 2016

(Abigail and her husband run a high end safari outfit in Eastern Africa - please contact if you would like to be put in touch!)

Abigail Church
Kenya

 

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