My Family and the Galapagos

In 1978 the Galapagos Islands were designated a UNESCO World Heritage site, signifying their unprecedented importance to the world.
Forty years on, biologist broadcaster and conservationist Monty Halls returns to his ‘favourite place on Earth’ to investigate the wonders and challenges that both define and threaten this awe-inspiring jewel of nature.
But for the first time he will not be adventuring there on his own…
Broadcaster: Channel 4
Transmission date: 28 July 2018
Length: 3×60 min
Executive producer: Monty Halls
Producer: Ben Roy

    In a place where animals and humans live side by side like no other, marine biologist Monty Halls will be accompanied by a unique research team; his wife Tam and daughters Isla and Molly, who for three months will experience this utterly unique way of life.

    As a family, they will have extraordinary wildlife encounters and life-changing experiences, living alongside creatures that can be found nowhere else on Earth.

    But at a time when the islands are at a crossroads – with the human population, invasive species and illegal fishing threatening the islands more than ever before – they will also learn first-hand what is being done to protect the Galapagos, one of the most extraordinary places in the world.


    As the Halls family settle into their new home, they quickly realise that the Galapagos Islands are like nowhere else on Earth, a place where the remarkable wildlife views them as just another animal.

    While the kids get used to sharing their world with unique creatures, Monty joins scientists revealing hidden worlds, and Tam discovers Galapagos’ dirty secret – that even these pristine islands aren’t immune from the perils of the plastic age.


    Monty investigates whether the Galapagos can cope with the demands of all the people who live and visit here, uncovering the effects so many people are having on its delicate ecosystems. The family visit Isabella Island, where they meet Juan Pablo, a local guide who describes the changes the islands have gone through in recent years.

    After joining an eye-opening local beach clean up, the family work out how they can reduce their own footprint on the islands, and start growing their own food and introducing chickens to their garden.


    In their last few weeks on Galapagos, the family investigate the fate of the ocean’s most infamous creature – the shark – and the children go in search of one of Galapagos’ most peculiar but compelling inhabitants, the marine iguana.

    With Isla and Molly are due back at school in England, Monty waves good-bye to his family and embarks on a mission to find out why the shark is worth saving, and what is being done to do so.


Say 'No' to Single Use Plastic

Tam talks about what she and the Halls family have done to reduce their consumption of single use plastic.


How to Grow Your Own

Tam uses what she learned in the Galapagos to start growing vegetables for the whole Halls family.


Visiting the Galapagos?

Being prepared and informed will help you get the most out of your trip whilst ensuring that you are not having a negative impact on the islands.