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Cruises

Ocean Spray (B; 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 and appreciate firsthand the wildlife in the Galapagos Islands.
  • Observe all the different sea birds, including the famous Blue-footed Boobies, Nazca Boobies, Frigatebirds, and the spectacular Albatross.
  • Spot Black-tip and White-tip reef sharks, Sea Turtles, and a variety of Rays from black turtle cove.
  • 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: 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.

Also in the afternoon is Kicker Rock. It is a small, distinctive island comprised of two rocks that jut out of the ocean and is home to a large colony of sea birds. Kicker Rock is an excellent dive site where you can see many reef fish as well as Hammerhead and Galapagos Sharks. Sightings of large Rays and Sea Turtles are common but not guaranteed.

Day 2 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: Witch 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 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
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.

Day 4 Galapagos Islands

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. Black-tip and White-tip reef sharks, Sea Turtles, and a variety of Rays are often spotted here.

PM: Bartholomew Island
Home of the famous Pinnacle Rock, Bartholomew consists of an extinct volcano with a variety of red, orange, black and even green volcanic formations. A trail of stairs leads to the summit of the volcano, boasting one of the best views of the islands. The beach is perfect for snorkelling and possible sightings of the Galapagos Penguin.

Day 5 Santa Cruz Isl./Galapagos Islands

AM: Darwin Bay
This white-sand coral beach heads a 75km trail that winds through mangroves filled with land birds. Nazca Boobies, Red-footed Boobies, and Swallow-tailed Gulls can be spotted here. Further down the path are tidal pools where Sea Lions swim playfully. At the end is a spectacular view off a cliff.

PM: El Barranco
Also known as Prince Phillip’s Steps, El Barranco’s steep, rocky paths leads up to a high cliff-face. A marvellous view can be appreciated from here. This site is also home to Palo Santo vegetation as well as Red-footed Boobies, Short-eared Lava Owls, Galapagos Swallows, and Galapagos Doves.

Day 6 Galapagos Islands

AM: Espumilla Beach
Espumilla Beach is a popular place for Marine Iguanas and Sally Lightfoot Crabs. The crabs attract the hunting herons, performing the dance of predator and prey. With an abundance of marine life including Octopi, Moray eel, and Sharks, snorkelling is highly recommended.

PM: Egas Port
Also known as James Bay, Egas Port is home to the curious Galapagos Hawks and Quick-footed Galapagos Lava Lizards. The trail leads to a coastline with gorgeous tide pools and grottoes full of fauna. Here the Galapagos Fur Sea Lions bathe in the sun. This is also a great snorkelling site.

Day 7 North Seymour/Galapagos Islands

AM: North Seymour Island
Galapagos Sea Lions, Blue-footed Boobies and Magnificent Frigate birds are abundant on North Seymour Island. The island was formed by a series of submarine lavas containing layers of sediment that were uplifted by tectonic activity. The island is characterised by its arid vegetation zone.

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.

Day 8 Galapagos Islands

AM: Mosquera Islet
Located between the islands of Baltra and North Seymour, this reef of rocks and coral (the result of an uprising) is only 160 meters across at its narrowest width. This island has one of the largest populations of sea lions and is home to many shorebirds. There have been occasional reports at this site of Orcas feeding on Sea Lions.
Afterwards you will be transferred to the airport to catch your flight back to the mainland.

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