Galapagos: The Enchanted Voyage (1999)




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Part adventure, part scientific expedition, part personal quest, this stunning film takes us on a journey with marine biologist Dr. Carole Baldwin from the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History during her first trip to the Galapagos. Traveling to the terrestrial world of the islands which were first chronicled for science over 160 years ago by Charles Darwin, the audience dives with Dr. Baldwin and Ecuadorian naturalist Mathias Espinosa into the largely unknown waters surrounding the volcanic archipelago to explore the natural wonders of a realm that is a true living natural science laboratory. The film reveals a world that is still relatively new and evolving --- a place which provides scientists with a window into the past and a frontier for exploration. Along with other scientists, Dr. Baldwin utilizes the expedition's high-tech equipment, descending to depth of 3000 feet [915m] underwater, to study biodiversity and the processes of evolution as part of an on-going effort by scientists to understand the forces which may ultimately affect the survival of our own species.
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Critic Reviews for Galapagos: The Enchanted Voyage

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (3)

A few magnificent moments underwater can make it all seem worthwhile.

Full Review… | November 12, 2004
Boston Globe
Top Critic

A film worth seeing.

Full Review… | October 26, 2001
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

It's hard to resist the lumbering Galápagos tortoise, the skittering bright-orange crabs or the legions of proud black marine iguanas that sun themselves en masse on outcroppings of petrified lava.

Full Review… | April 24, 2001
New York Times
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The film is intellectually intriguing and visually exciting, but literally and figuratively only occasionally plumbs the depths of its subject.

Full Review… | June 25, 2002
Boxoffice Magazine

The film is mildly informative, but things only come alive when land lizards suddenly land in your lap and when red and blue footed boobies fly over the seats.

Full Review… | June 17, 2002
Big Movie Zone

For about the rental price of a snorkle and goggles "Galapagos" brings the experience to you - and you don't even have to get wet!

Full Review… | September 25, 2001
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Audience Reviews for Galapagos: The Enchanted Voyage


I busted the Galapagos a few years ago on a diving expedition. It's an awesome experience. The currents can be swift so always use caution and stay with your buddy. Wolf & Darwin Islands are the two best places to dive! We went to the Darwin Museum and saw Lonesome George before he passed away. Please support their work. I enjoyed the movie and hope you will too!

george booth
george booth

Took me a while to finish this one. Started in months ago and forgot it had a total of three parts. While this was beneficial for me because quite redundant in parts (so it helped refresh my memory of what I saw before), I think if this were viewed in one sitting it could be overly-long because of the re-iteration. I didn't care for the narration (would have liked David Attenborough). The cinematography is top-notch, and there is so much more I wanted to see. I learned so much that I didn't know before beyond the finches and tortoises that I usually associate with the islands. Did you know they have penguins there? Sea lions that eat water lizards? It just seems like such a wonderful place that I want to visit. But the end showed that 30,000 people live there now and have introduced an abundance of flora and fauna to the place, thus displacing those that have been there for eons. Makes me mad. Should stay pristine - at least somewhere should! On par with Planet Earth, Winged Migration, Microcosmos, Life in the Undergrowth, March of the Penguins, and Animals are Beautiful People for my favorite nature-oriented documentaries.


Interesting, but often carries on and on about one thing.

Isaac H
Isaac H

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