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Cruises

Ocean Spray (4; Sat to Tue)

Ecuador, Galapagos Islands

4 days

Summary

Itinerary includes San Cristobal, Floreana & Santa Cruz Islands

About the vessel:
Constructed in 2011, the Ocean Spray catamaran has capacity for just 16 guests in nine spacious cabins, each with its own private balcony. Due to its unique catamaran design it is the most stable yacht for travelling around the Islands. Its elegant design includes a huge sun deck, jacuzzi, and spacious cabins each with private balcony. Kayaks are also available for use.

Highlights

  • Navigate in this luxurious cruise and travel in style through the Galapagos.
  • Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station and interact with the older turtles that are accustomed to humans, stretching out their heads for a pat.
  • Enjoy swimming with Sea Lions, observing Blue-footed Boobies and snorkelling with colourful tropical fish.
  • Observe all the different sea birds, including the famous Blue-footed Boobies, Nazca Boobies and Frigatebirds.
  • Visit Post Office Bay and continue the island’s centuries-old tradition of passing on mail.

ITINERARY

Day 1 San Cristobal Isl./Galapagos Islands

Your Galapagos Cruise include: Accommodation in selected cabin, all meals with soft drinks and juices, Island sightseeing, Naturalist guides and lecture services in English, wet suit and snorkelling gear and transfers in the islands.

Please remember that the exact route and program may vary according to weather and ocean conditions and the wildlife we encounter.
There are two types of landings throughout your Galapagos tour:
Dry landing: guests step from the dinghy onto rocks or a dock.
Wet landing: as the dinghy edges onto a sandy beach, guests step into knee-deep water and wade ashore.

On arrival in San Cristobal you will be picked up at the airport by your naturalist guides and taken to the pier to board the Ocean Spray where you will have lunch.

PM: Lobos Island & Kicker Rock
Lobos Island is named after the sea lions that rest and play on its rocky shores. It is also home to blue-footed boobies, great frigate-birds, brown pelicans, lava gulls, common noddies, yellow warblers and small and medium ground finches. There is good snorkelling in the clear waters of the channel and this is one of the best sites at which to swim with sea lions underwater.

Day 2 Floreana Isl./Galapagos Islands

AM: Pitt Point
Pitt Point, situated on the north-eastern tip of the island, hosts Frigate birds, Storm Petrels, and all three types of Booby Birds: the Nazca, Blue-footed and Red-footed Boobies. A steep trail goes up a cliff and through a ravine leading visitors to an area with an abundance of birds. This site is also great for snorkelling and scuba diving.

PM: Cerro Brujo (Whitch Hill)
Located on the northern coast, this eroded hill and its surroundings present one of the most picturesque beaches in the Galapagos with its white powdery sand and the abundance of animals. Wildlife includes Sea Turtles, Rays, and various types of Booby Birds. The clear water provides an excellent opportunity to enjoy swimming and snorkelling.

Day 3 Santa Cruz Isl./Galapagos Islands

AM: Post Office Bay
In the 18th century whalers passing through the islands placed a wooden barrel on Floreana Island for use as an unofficial mail box. The tradition continues today as visitors leave addressed postcards in the barrel and sort through left mail to deliver at home.

PM: Cormorant Point and Devil’s Crown
This site hosts a large flamingo lagoon where other birds such as common stilts, White-cheeked Pintails can also be seen. The beaches on this island are distinct: The “Green Beach” named so due to its green colour, which comes from a high percentage of olivine crystals in the sand, and the “Four Sand Beach” composed of white coral.
Devil’s Crown is one of the best snorkelling sites in the Galapagos, this volcanic crater has been eroded by the waves leaving the northern and southern sides poking out of the water. The coral reef in the middle is perfect for attracting marine life. Snorkelers enjoy the variety of marine life and exciting currents that rush through the crown, creating an exhilarating experience.

Day 4 Santa Cruz Isl.

AM: Black Turtle Cove
Black Turtle Cove is situated in the northern part of Santa Cruz. This inlet is surrounded by mangroves and is only accessible by dinghy. The shallow cove is a safe haven for young marine life. Blacktip and whitetip reef sharks, sea turtles, and a variety of rays are often spotted here.
Afterwards you will be transferred to Baltra airport to catch your flight back to the mainland.

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