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Cruises

Ocean Spray (A; Sat to Sat)

Ecuador, Galapagos Islands

8 days

Summary

The new Mega-Catamaran Ocean Spray offers the best performance and comfort in Galapagos Cruising. The elegant design includes a huge sun deck, jacuzzi, and spacious cabins each with private balcony. Kayaks are also available for use. Cruise itineraries on the Ocean Spray range from a 4-day introduction to the Galapagos to a 15-day mega cruise where you’ll thoroughly explore the Galapagos from end-to-end.

Highlights

  • Explore the Galapagos islands in a luxury Catamaran.
  • Keep an eye out for Seahorses, Sea Turtles, and the strange yet fascinating Mola-Mola (sunfish).
  • Explore the Charles Darwin Research Station and interact with the older turtles that are accustomed to humans, stretching out their heads for a pet.
  • Admire the incredible life under the sea, while snorkelling with Rays, Sea Lions and sharks.
  • Enjoy and relax at the beautiful beaches that Galapagos offer. Magnificent long white sandy beaches.

ITINERARY

Day 1 Galapagos Islands

Your Galapagos Cruise include: Accommodation in selected cabin, all meals, Island sightseeing, Naturalist guides and lecture services in English, snorkelling gear, shared transfers in the islands and from main hotels in Quito and Guayaquil.

Please remember that the exact route and programme 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, you will be greeted by your naturalist guides and transferred to the Ocean Spray for boarding, cabin assignment and briefing.

PM: Chinese Hat
Sombrero Chino is named after its shape formed by volcanic rock giving it the name, Chinese Hat. Since it was given a maximum visiting capacity by the National Park Service it offers rare, up close viewing of Galapagos wildlife and well preserved remnants of fragile volcanic rock that can’t be found in such a unique condition anywhere else. The islet is home to a colony of Sea Lions on the white coral sand beach. Here you can see American Oyster catchers, Galapagos Penguins swimming along the shores, and Sally-Light foot Crabs in bright contrast to the dark volcanic rock.

Day 2 Isabela Isl./Galapagos Islands

AM: Isabela Island- Vicente Roca Point
The largest in the archipelago, this sea horse-shaped island is also one of the youngest and most volcanically active. The morning visit is to Vicente Roca Point. Comprised of two separate coves, this site is a large bay with spectacular sea life. Keep an eye out for Seahorses, Sea Turtles, and the strange yet fascinating Mola-Mola (sunfish).

PM: Espinosa Point
No foreign species have ever invaded Fernandina Island and therefore it is one of the world’s most pristine island ecosystems. The volcano “La Cumbre” dominates the landscape with lava fields reaching the ocean. The island’s highlight features the flightless cormorant nesting site. This area provides a great opportunity to see the Galapagos Hawk.

Day 3 Fernandina Isl./Galapagos Islands

AM: Tagus Cove
Tagus Cove is located across from Fernandina Island, near the Bolivar Channel dividing the two islands. This spot has been frequented by ships since the 1800s, using the area as an anchorage site. Trails winding by Lake Darwin up to a ridge display wonderful views. Punta Tortuga, just north of Tagus Cove, is another lovely beach surrounded by mangroves.

PM: Urbina Bay
Urbina Bay is located at the base of Alcedo Volcano on the west coast, between Tagus Cove and Elizabeth Bay. This area experienced a major uplift in 1954, causing the land to rise. The coast expanded half a mile out, leaving marine life stranded on the new shore. This area is also a great place for snorkelling.

Day 4 Isabela Isl./Galapagos Islands

AM: Elizabeth Bay
Elizabeth Bay is located on the east coast of Isabela Island. The bay contains many islets, which can be visited by dinghy. Penguins and Blue-footed Boobies can be spotted on the rocky islets. With an abundance of marine life and clear water, the area is perfect for snorkelling and viewing schools of colourful fish, Sea Lions, and perhaps even Sharks.

PM: Moreno Point
Moreno Point is located near Elizabeth Bay on the west coast of Isabela Island. The plethora of birds seen during a dinghy ride along the striking rocky shores or a hike along path through lava rock leading to tide pools and mangroves create a bird watchers delight. In the tide pools green Sea Turtles or White-tip sharks can be spotted.

Day 5 Santa Cruz Isl./Galapagos Islands

AM: Charles Darwin Station
The Charles Darwin Research Station is home to the famous Galapagos Turtles. Subspecies of turtles interact with one another and many of the older turtles are accustomed to humans, stretching out their heads for a pet. The babies are kept until they are about four years old and strong enough to survive on their own.

PM: Santa Cruz Highlands
Here at the Highlands, you can walk along a path, observing the hills, ferns, volcanoes, and rich wildlife. This area is home to giant tortoises, forest, mockingbirds, Bahama ducklings, White-cheeked Pintail ducklings, Darwin finches, and many other species. You will come upon the underground lava tubes, which are more than one kilometre long. Local guides are will provide information and flashlights. Walking through the lava tubes is a unique and surreal experience.

Day 6 South Plazas Isl./Galapagos Islands

AM: South Plaza Island
In the morning, you will head to South Plaza Island. This small island with steep cliffs was formed by rising lava and is now covered by Opuntia cacti. It is also home to one of the largest Sea Lion colonies as well as colourful yellow and red Land Iguanas. The most characteristic plant is the Sesuvium. During the rainy season its colour is a greenish to yellowish tone and in the dry season (end of June through January) a bright red.

PM: Santa Fe Island
Santa Fe (Barrington) is home to the small picturesque bay and anchorage on the island’s Northeast coast. The bay has two visitor trails, one leading to a scenic viewpoint atop a cliff, and the other spanning from a small beach to a tall prickly pear cactus forest.

Day 7 Galapagos Islands

AM: Suarez Point
This area is great for spotting Blue-footed Boobies, Albatrosses, and Nazca Boobies. A beautiful site on the ocean front where the large Waved Albatrosses uses the cliff as a launching pad. The famous attraction is the magnificent blowhole, spurting water high into the air. This site presents wonderful photograph opportunities.

PM: Gardner Bay
Gardner Bay, on the eastern side of the island, is the breeding site of the Waved Albatross. It has an ample white sandy beach with a myriad of Sea Lions, perfect for relaxing. Its rocky shores make this site a great place for diving and snorkelling.

Day 8 Galapagos Islands

AM: Interpretation Centre & Galapaguera
The Interpretation Centre was opened in 1998 as a phase of the project “Interpretation and Environment Education Project.” Visitors enjoy expositions on natural history, human history, and conservation. The conservation efforts represent the movement to protect the wildlife and natural environment through means of population and tourist control. The Interpretation Centre has an outdoor stadium, audio-visual equipment, and meeting rooms.
Afterwards you will be transferred to the airport in time to catch your flight back to the mainland.

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