M/C Ocean Spray Galapagos

Destination: Ecuador

Galapagos Islands (3 - 14 Nights) | From $1032++/night

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M/C OCEAN SPRAY Quick Pitch

The M/C Ocean Spray offers guests comfort and luxury as they explore the Galapagos. The two-hull design of the vessel ensures that guests can enjoy the spacious amenities such as a sundeck with a jacuzzi, the dining area, and the salon. The M/C Ocean Spray is the perfect vessel for guests to relax as they enjoy exploring the Galapagos.

 

Location

Guests traveling with the M/C Ocean Spray can arrive at the San Cristobal Airport or the Baltra Airport depending on their itinerary. 

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Accommodations

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M/C OCEAN SPRAY Accommodation Details

The M/C Ocean Spray offers guests luxurious and comfortable accommodations in their Golden Suites. The Suites are the perfect place to relax after a day of adventures and exploring the islands. All suites can be configured with one king-sized bed or two single beds and come complete with ensuite bathrooms. The highlight of these accommodations is the panoramic windows which showcase the amazing ocean and lead to the outdoor balcony. A single cabin is also available on the upper deck, perfect for guests on a solo adventure.

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  • Semi-covered sky deck
  • Alfresco dining area
  • Cozy salon
  • Jacuzzi
  • Cocktail bar

  

Food & Drinks Aboard the M/C Ocean Spray

Guests are served breakfast and lunch buffet-style aboard the Ocean Spray, while dinner is served based on a delicious menu and buffet. Guests also can make specific food requests before the trip. The Endemic and its crew is always eager to cater to guests' food preferences and tastes. 

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Schedule, Rates & Availability

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Schedule:  2021  -  2022    Rates:  2021  -  2022

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2021 schedule

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2/10/20215/10/20213B
5/10/20219/10/20214B
2/10/20219/10/20217B
9/10/202116/10/20217A
16/10/202123/10/20217B
23/10/202130/10/20217A
30/10/20212/11/20213B
2/11/20216/11/20214B
30/10/20216/11/20217B
6/11/202111/11/20215A
11/11/202116/11/20215B
16/11/202120/11/20214B
20/11/202127/11/20217A
27/11/202130/11/20213B
30/11/20214/12/20214B
27/11/20214/12/20217B
4/12/20219/12/20215A
9/12/202114/12/20215B
14/12/202118/12/20214B
18/12/202125/12/20217A
25/12/20211/1/20227B

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2022 schedule

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1/1/226/1/22Sat - Thu (A)
5 - Night Cruise
6/1/2211/1/22Thu - Tue (B)
5 - Night Cruise
11/1/2215/1/22Tue - Sat (B)
4 - Night Cruise
15/1/2222/1/22Sat - Sat (A)
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25/1/2229/1/22Tue - Sat (B)
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3/2/228/2/22Thu - Tue (B)
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8/2/2212/2/22Tue - Sat (B)
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12/2/2219/2/22Sat - Sat (A)
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22/2/2226/2/22Tue - Sat (B)
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12/3/2219/3/22Sat - Sat (A)
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3/9/226/9/22Sat - Tue (B)
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3/9/2210/9/22Sat - Sat (B)
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1/10/224/10/22Sat - Tue (B)
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13/10/2218/10/22Thu - Tue (B)5 - Night Cruise
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22/10/2229/10/22Sat - Sat (A)7 - Night Cruise
29/10/221/11/22Sat - Tue (B)3- Night Cruise
1/11/225/11/22Tue - Sat (B)4 - Night Cruise
29/10/225/11/22Sat - Sat (B)7 - Night Cruise
5/11/2210/11/22Sat - Thu (A)5 - Night Cruise
10/11/2215/11/22Thu - Tue (B)5 - Night Cruise
15/11/2219/11/22Tue - Sat (B)4 - Night Cruise
19/11/2226/11/22Sat - Sat (A)7 - Night Cruise
26/11/2229/11/22Sat - Tue (B)3- Night Cruise
29/11/223/12/22Tue - Sat (B)4 - Night Cruise
26/11/223/12/22Sat - Sat (B)7 - Night Cruise
3/12/228/12/22Sat - Thu (A)5 - Night Cruise
8/12/2213/12/22Thu - Tue (B)5 - Night Cruise
13/12/2217/12/22Tue - Sat (B)4 - Night Cruise
17/12/2224/12/22Sat - Sat (A)7 - Night Cruise
24/12/2231/12/22Sat - Sat (B)7 - Night Cruise
31/12/225/1/23Sat - Thu (A)5 - Night Cruise

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rates 2021

 7-Night Cruise5-Night Cruise4-Night Cruise3-Night Cruise 
Staterooms$7,225$5,510$4,595$3,4101032.142857
Charter$107,825$82,320$68,575$50,8901136.666667

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rates 2022

 7-Night Cruise5-Night Cruise4-Night Cruise3-Night Cruise
Staterooms$7,550$5,790$4,820$3,580
Charter$113,220$86,450$72,000$53,440

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Inclusions

  • Transfers airport/yacht/airport in Galapagos
  • Airport reception and assistance 
  • Double or single accommodation
  • Guided expeditions according to the itinerary
  • Top bilingual National Park guide (English / Spanish)
  • Cruise Service Officer
  • Activity daily briefing
  • All meals and snacks
  • Soft drinks and juices
  • Captain’s welcome and farewell cocktail
  • Use of sea kayaks and paddle-boards 
  • Expedition Gear

 

Exclusions

  • Round trip to Galapagos
  • Galapagos National Park Entrance fee ($100 - subject to change)
  • Transit Control Card ($20 - subject to change)
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Gratuities for guide and crew 
  • Travel and health insurance 
  • Mask and snorkel (personal use)

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RATES & AVAILABILITY

For more information on other departure dates, rates, and on availability email us at info@bluewaterdivetravel.com or call us at +1-310-915-6677 and we will gladly help you plan your dream dive vacation!

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ITINERARIES

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3-Night cruise

  • Saturday AM: Upon arrival, reception, and assistance at the airport, transfer from San Cristobal Airport to the M/C Ocean Spray.
  • Saturday PM: San Cristobal – Lobos Island/Kicker Rock
  • Lobos Island is aptly named after the many sea lions that reside here resting and playing along the rocky shores. It is also home to many different birds like pelicans, frigate birds and their nests, yellow warblers, and more. Within the small channel, the waters are very clear, making it easy to find sea turtles, sea lions, stingrays, and perhaps even white-tipped sharks.
  • Kicker Rock is one of the most extraordinary sites in the Galapagos Islands, made of two eroded volcanic cones that tower over the sea at about 104 meters in the middle of the open water. It is a nesting place of sea birds and a nice spot to take pictures while the vessels circumnavigate around the rock.
  • Sunday AM: San Cristobal – Pitt Point
  • When arriving at Pitt Point, it will feel as if you’ve landed on an extraterrestrial planet.  You can see the many different developments over time of how volcanic activity formed this island.  A hike up to the top beholds amazing views of the surrounding waters.  Watch out for blue-footed boobie nests on the ground and keep an eye out for the red-footed boobies nesting in the trees once you reach the top of the island.
  • Sunday PM: San Cristobal – Witch Hill
  • Witch hill has awesome crevices and eroding rocks along the shoreline where you will first pass in panga.  Afterward, be prepared to visit a powdery white sand beach with teal and turquoise waters.
  • Monday AM: Floreana – Post Office Bay
  • Ask the Cruise Manager for one of our complimentary postcards to write a message and address it home.  Leave it in the barrel used before by pirates and sailors. While you are there, see if there are any other postcards you can take home with you to send to fellow travelers who have already left their messages!
  • Monday PM: Floreana – Cormorant Point / Devil’s Crown
  • Cormorant is an interesting visitor site. Two beaches can be visited here, just beyond the first beach is a saltwater lagoon with flamingos. One of the beaches looks green because of the olivine crystals, and the other is appropriately called Flour Beach because of the powdery white sand, made from fine, pulverized coral. Watch your feet if wading in the water, stingrays love to hang out here as well.
  • Devil’s Crown boasts one of the finest snorkeling opportunities.  Below the surface are amazing volcanic structures that have submerged over time.  Hundreds of colorful fish species can be seen along the reef, along with sharks, rays, sea turtles, sea lions, and rays.  It’s a beautiful underwater spectacle that cannot be missed.
  • Tuesday AM: Santa Cruz – Black Turtle Cove
  • Black Turtle Cove is located on the north side of Santa Cruz Island. This shallow inlet is surrounded by mangroves and provides natural protection for a variety of marine life, attracting the vulnerable juveniles of many species. Below the surface of the water, you can see both black-tip and white-tip reef sharks, sea turtles, golden cow-nose rays, and spotted eagle rays. Pelicans and blue-footed boobies hunt here, diving gracefully into the water.
  • Depart from Baltra airport.
  • After this last visit, transfer to Baltra airport for your return flight to mainland Ecuador.
  • Assistance and farewell at the airport.

 

4-NIGHT CRUISE

  • Tuesday AM: Upon arrival, reception, and assistance at the airport, transfer from Baltra Airport to the M/C Ocean Spray.
  • Tuesday PM: Bartholomew – Pinnacle Rock
  • Pinnacle Rock is a volcanic cone formed by magma expelled by an underwater volcano. The sea cooled the hot lava and as it exploded from contact, the pieces formed together this huge rock of many, many layers of basalt. The huge rock also has a beach where a small population of green sea turtles will nest during the breeding season. Galapagos penguins gather here and swimming can offer beautiful sights of colorful schools of fish and curious sea lions.
  • Wednesday AM: Genovesa – Darwin Bay 
  • Darwin Bay used to be a shield volcano, now you can see where one of the sides of its caldera collapsed after hundreds of years of erosion.  It is known for the wide variety of birds that can be seen.  Over 20,000 red-footed boobies are estimated to call this island home within the trees and bushes of Genovesa Island. 
  • Wednesday PM: Genovesa – El Barranco
  • In English, this visitor site is also known as Prince Phillip’s Steps.  It leads to a rocky path up a cliff that rewards guests with a remarkable view.  It is also home to a Palo Santo forest that is home to the nesting red-footed boobies and other shorebirds.
  • Thursday AM: Santiago – Espumilla Beach / Buccaneer Cove
  • As the second Island Charles Darwin discovered, it was originally named after King James of England.  Buccaneer Cove is an excellent opportunity for snorkeling and was once a refuge for passing sailors and pirates.  The underwater formations provide an amazing home for the many different tropical species of fish that can be found here.
  • Thursday PM: Santiago – Egas Port
  • Egas Port is also known as James Bay, home to quick-footed Galapagos lava lizards.  There are grottos and tide pools housing all kinds of different marine species.  This is also one of the best snorkeling sites in the Galapagos.
  • Friday AM: North Seymour Island
  • The island was named after English nobleman Lord Hugh Seymour. Formed by uplifted submarine lava, the island is home to a huge colony of about 2,500 land iguanas and large populations of sea lions, blue-footed boobies, common noddies, and frigatebirds. Along the coast, it is possible to see land and marine iguanas and the biggest colony of Magnificent Frigatebirds.
  • Friday PM: Santa Cruz – Highlands
  • The Highlands of Santa Cruz is a very interesting site due to the rich wildlife, hills, ferns, volcanoes, and lava tubes present. Exploring the lava tubes is a surreal and unique experience. Here you can see all the different agricultural zones that are present in the Galapagos in one place. The variety of birds makes this a bird watcher's delight.
  • Saturday AM: Mosquera Islet
  • This visitor site is located between the islands of Baltra and North Seymour. It is a reef of rocks and coral (the result of an uprising) and a great white sand beach. Its narrowest width reaches about 160 meters and has an estimated length of 600 meters. In most of the perimeter, there is a base of lava rocks, as evidence of the lava uprising, except in the southwest side where the landing occurs. This island has one of the largest populations of sea lions. You can also observe several species of shorebirds. There have been occasional reports at this site of Orcas (Orcinus orca) feeding on sea lions.
  • Depart from Baltra airport. 
  • After this last visit, transfer to Baltra airport for your return flight to mainland Ecuador.
  • Assistance and farewell at the airport.

 

5-NIGHT CRUISE A

  • Saturday AM: Upon arrival, reception, and assistance at the airport, transfer from Baltra Airport to the M/C Ocean Spray.
  • Saturday PM: Chinese Hat
  • This site 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 island is named after the similarity of an Asian type of hat.  Here you can see American Oystercatchers and Galapagos Penguins swimming along the shores.
  • Sunday AM: Isabela – Vicente Roca Point
  • Vicente Roca Point has outstanding geological formations and is a great place to see various bird species.  Because this visitor site is located on the western area of the island, the Cromwell Current provides cold water that carries many nutrients for both land and aquatic species, offering the chance to see amazing feeding frenzies. 
  • Sunday PM: Fernandina – Espinosa Point
  • As one of the most pristine islands in the archipelago, Fernandina has never had a foreign species invade.  It is also the most active island and farthest west.  Espinosa Point is the only visitor site on the entire island.  Here you can see marine iguanas, Galapagos hawks and enjoy a hike and/or snorkeling activity at one of the most natural, unspoiled sites in the entire world.
  • Monday AM:  Isabela – Tagus Cove
  • If you like historic remnants, then you will enjoy finding what was left behind by pirates and sailors in the 1800s.  This site was one of their preferred pit stops while traveling the seas. The hike here will provide incredible views of the cove and on the other side the mangrove forest where the last 35 pairs of Mangrove finches thrive.
  • Monday PM: Isabela – Urbina Bay 
  • Millions of years ago, Urbina Bay was once laying on the ocean floor.  Volcanic uplifts caused it to rise and now it is occupied by sea lions, land iguanas, and flightless cormorants.  It is a great place to enjoy some free time on the beach or the guide may suggest a hike.
  • Tuesday AM: Isabela – Elizabeth Bay
  • This visitor site is visited by panga only as the park authorities have no authorized landing in order to protect the island.  While in the panga you can appreciate a large abundance of marine life that can be seen in the clear waters.  It is great for snorkeling.
  • Tuesday PM: Isabela – Moreno Point
  • The beautiful rocky shores of Moreno Point offer a plethora of birds to be seen.  It is truly a birder's delight.  The main attraction is the coast lagoons where white-tipped sharks can be seen and the panoramic views of Sierra Negra and Cerro Azul volcanoes cannot be missed.
  • Wednesday AM: Santa Cruz – Charles Darwin Research Station
  • The Charles Darwin Research Station is one of Galapagos Island’s most important sites for visitors. It is a research facility that has an extensive collection of Galapagos plant life specimens carefully preserved and also acts as a biological research station and active breeding center operated by the Charles Darwin Foundation.  Their biggest conservation efforts are to one day eliminate all invasive and non-native plants and animals destroying endemic species within the islands.
  • Wednesday PM: Santa Cruz – Highlands
  • The highlands are located in the northern part of Santa Cruz and can reach elevations up to 1500 meters.  This area is rich in hills, ferns, volcanoes, and wildlife.  A great contrast to the molten lava-hardened beaches and rocky areas of other islands already seen.  It is home to giant tortoises, mockingbirds, finches, and many other species.
  • Thursday AM: South Plaza Island
  • South Plaza is one of the smallest islands with a visitor site but is home to an incredible amount of diverse flora and fauna. It has a large population of Sesuvium plants like the prickly pear cactus tree that is an important source of food for the land iguana. Just a few years ago mice were finally eradicated from the island, helping the population of land iguanas grow healthily once more. The amazing colors of the turquoise waters against the black lava create a setting for amazing photography opportunities.
  • Depart from Baltra airport.
  • After this last visit, transfer to Baltra airport for your return flight to mainland Ecuador.
  • Assistance and farewell at the airport.


5-NIGHT CRUISE B

  • Thursday AM: Upon arrival, reception, and assistance at the airport, transfer from Baltra Airport to the M/C Ocean Spray. 
  • Thursday PM: Santa Fe Island
  • Santa Fe is home to the endemic Santa Fe iguana.  The island was created by a volcanic uplift that now hosts a forest of Opuntia and Palo Santo trees.  It is a picturesque island with two different trails, one leading to a scenic viewpoint and the other leading to a small beach.  Giant tortoises were once native here but went extinct after pirates and sailors took them aboard as a source of food.
  • Friday AM: Española – Suarez Point
  • This is a phenomenal site where you will get to see many of Española Island’s endemic species. The trail will pass by the only Waved Albatross breeding site in all of the Galapagos. If you are lucky you might see a young albatross take off for its first flight for up to five years at sea. Older birds stay at sea for months at a time, only coming back to breed. They have the same mate for life and will meet each other each year, only here to reproduce. Other species that can be seen are marine iguanas that stay brightly colored year-round, Galapagos doves, Nazca boobies, blue-footed boobies, swallow-tailed gulls, red-billed tropicbirds, and Darwin finches.
  • Friday PM: Española – Gardner Bay / Osborn Islet
  • This white sandy beach is home to a large colony of sea lions and incredibly blue and turquoise waters.  Three different finches can be seen, as well as the Española mockingbird.  Over time, the mockingbird must have been offered water or food from tourists and now they have no fear of walking on your things or landing very close to you.  It is so important not to feed or touch the animals.  It can disrupt their normal behaviors and threaten their future.
  • Saturday AM: San Cristobal – Interpretation Center and Galapaguera
  • The Interpretation Center has been open to the public since 1998, offering extensive knowledge about the history of the Galapagos. San Cristobal is also the island where Charles Darwin first landed on.  It is now home to the capital of Galapagos and houses many government offices, as well as part of the Ecuadorian Navy.  Giant tortoises are bred at the Galapaguera and roam in a semi-natural habitat created by the center.
  • Saturday PM: San Cristobal – Lobos Island/Kicker Rock
  • Lobos Island is aptly named after the many sea lions that reside here resting and playing along the rocky shores. It is also home to many different birds like pelicans, frigate birds and their nests, yellow warblers, and more.  Within the small channel, the waters are very clear, making it easy to find sea turtles, sea lions, stingrays, and perhaps even white-tipped sharks.
  • Kicker Rock is one of the most extraordinary sites in the Galapagos Islands, made of two eroded volcanic cones that tower over the sea at about 104 meters in the middle of the open water. It is a nesting place of sea birds and a nice spot to take pictures while the vessels circumnavigate around the rock.
  • Sunday AM: San Cristobal – Pitt Point
  • When arriving at Pitt Point, it will feel as if you’ve landed on an extraterrestrial planet.  You can see the many different developments over time of how volcanic activity formed this island.  A hike up to the top beholds amazing views of the surrounding waters.  Watch out for blue-footed boobie nests on the ground and keep an eye out for the red-footed boobies nesting in the trees once you reach the top of the island.
  • Sunday PM: San Cristobal – Witch Hill
  • Witch hill has awesome crevices and eroding rocks along the shoreline where you will first pass in a panga.  Afterward, be prepared to visit a powdery white sand beach with teal and turquoise waters.
  • Monday AM: Floreana – Post Office Bay
  • Ask the Cruise Manager for one of our complimentary postcards to write a message and address it home.  Leave it in the barrel used before by pirates and sailors. While you are there, see if there are any other postcards you can take home with you to send to fellow travelers who have already left their messages!
  • Monday PM: Floreana – Cormorant Point / Devil’s Crown
  • Cormorant is an interesting visitor site. Two beaches can be visited here, just beyond the first beach is a saltwater lagoon with flamingos. One of the beaches looks green because of the olivine crystals, and the other is appropriately called Flour Beach because of the powdery white sand, made from the fine, pulverized coral. Watch your feet if wading in the water, stingrays love to hang out here as well.
  • Devil’s Crown boasts one of the finest snorkeling opportunities.  Below the surface are amazing volcanic structures that have submerged over time.  Hundreds of colorful fish species can be seen along the reef, along with sharks, rays, sea turtles, sea lions, and rays.  It’s a beautiful underwater spectacle that cannot be missed.
  • Tuesday AM: Santa Cruz – Black Turtle Cove
  • Black Turtle Cove is located on the north side of Santa Cruz Island. This shallow inlet is surrounded by mangroves and provides natural protection for a variety of marine life, attracting the vulnerable juveniles of many species. Below the surface of the water, you can see both black-tip and white-tip reef sharks, sea turtles, golden cow-nose rays, and spotted eagle rays. Pelicans and blue-footed boobies hunt here, diving gracefully into the water. 
  • Depart from Baltra airport.
  • After this last visit, transfer to Baltra airport for your return flight to mainland Ecuador.
  • Assistance and farewell at the airport.


7-NIGHT CRUISE a

  • Saturday AM: Upon arrival, reception, and assistance at the airport, transfer from Baltra Airport to the M/C Ocean Spray.
  • Saturday PM: Chinese Hat
  • This site 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 island is named after the similarity of an Asian type of hat.  Here you can see American Oystercatchers and Galapagos Penguins swimming along the shores.
  • Sunday AM: Isabela – Vicente Roca Point
  • Vicente Roca Point has outstanding geological formations and is a great place to see various bird species.  Because this visitor site is located on the western area of the island, the Cromwell Current provides cold water that carries many nutrients for both land and aquatic species, offering the chance to see amazing feeding frenzies. 
  • Sunday PM: Fernandina – Espinosa Point
  • As one of the most pristine islands in the archipelago, Fernandina has never had a foreign species invade.  It is also the most active island and farthest west.  Espinosa Point is the only visitor site on the entire island.  Here you can see marine iguanas, Galapagos hawks and enjoy a hike and/or snorkeling activity at one of the most natural, unspoiled sites in the entire world.
  • Monday AM:  Isabela – Tagus Cove
  • If you like historic remnants, then you will enjoy finding what was left behind by pirates and sailors in the 1800s.  This site was one of their preferred pit stops while traveling the seas. The hike here will provide incredible views of the cove and on the other side the mangrove forest where the last 35 pairs of Mangrove finches thrive.
  • Monday PM: Isabela – Urbina Bay 
  • Millions of years ago, Urbina Bay was once laying on the ocean floor.  Volcanic uplifts caused it to rise and now it is occupied by sea lions, land iguanas, and flightless cormorants.  It is a great place to enjoy some free time on the beach or the guide may suggest a hike.
  • Tuesday AM: Isabela – Elizabeth Bay
  • This visitor site is visited by panga only as the park authorities have no authorized landing in order to protect the island.  While in the panga you can appreciate a large abundance of marine life that can be seen in the clear waters.  It is great for snorkeling.
  • Tuesday PM: Isabela – Moreno Point
  • The beautiful rocky shores of Moreno Point offer a plethora of birds to be seen.  It is truly a birder's delight.  The main attraction is the coast lagoons where white-tipped sharks can be seen and the panoramic views of Sierra Negra and Cerro Azul volcanoes cannot be missed.
  • Wednesday AM: Santa Cruz – Charles Darwin Research Station
  • The Charles Darwin Research Station is one of Galapagos Island’s most important sites for visitors. It is a research facility that has an extensive collection of Galapagos plant life specimens carefully preserved and also acts as a biological research station and active breeding center operated by the Charles Darwin Foundation.  Their biggest conservation efforts are to one day eliminate all invasive and non-native plants and animals destroying endemic species within the islands.
  • Wednesday PM: Santa Cruz – Highlands
  • The highlands are located in the northern part of Santa Cruz and can reach elevations up to 1500 meters.  This area is rich in hills, ferns, volcanoes, and wildlife.  A great contrast to the molten lava-hardened beaches and rocky areas of other islands already seen.  It is home to giant tortoises, mockingbirds, finches, and many other species.
  • Thursday AM: South Plaza Island
  • South Plaza is one of the smallest islands with a visitor site but is home to an incredible amount of diverse flora and fauna. It has a large population of Sesuvium plants like the prickly pear cactus tree that is an important source of food for the land iguana. Just a few years ago mice were finally eradicated from the island, helping the population of land iguanas grow healthily once more. The amazing colors of the turquoise waters against the black lava create a setting for amazing photography opportunities.
  • Thursday PM: Santa Fe Island
  • Santa Fe is home to the endemic Santa Fe iguana.  The island was created by a volcanic uplift that now hosts a forest of Opuntia and Palo Santo trees.  It is a picturesque island with two different trails, one leading to a scenic viewpoint and the other leading to a small beach.  Giant tortoises were once native here but went extinct after pirates and sailors took them aboard as a source of food.
  • Friday AM: Española – Suarez Point
  • This is a phenomenal site where you will get to see many of Española Island’s endemic species. The trail will pass by the only Waved Albatross breeding site in all of the Galapagos. If you are lucky you might see a young albatross take off for its first flight for up to five years at sea. Older birds stay at sea for months at a time, only coming back to breed. They have the same mate for life and will meet each other each year, only here to reproduce. Other species that can be seen are marine iguanas that stay brightly colored year-round, Galapagos doves, Nazca boobies, blue-footed boobies, swallow-tailed gulls, red-billed tropicbirds, and Darwin finches.
  • Friday PM: Española – Gardner Bay / Osborn Islet
  • This white sandy beach is home to a large colony of sea lions and incredibly blue and turquoise waters.  Three different finches can be seen, as well as the Española mockingbird.  Over time, the mockingbird must have been offered water or food from tourists and now they have no fear of walking on your things or landing very close to you.  It is so important not to feed or touch the animals.  It can disrupt their normal behaviors and threaten their future.
  • Saturday AM:  San Cristobal – Interpretation Center
  • The Interpretation Center has been open to the public since 1998, offering extensive knowledge about the history of the Galapagos. San Cristobal is also the island where Charles Darwin first landed on.  It is now home to the capital of Galapagos and houses many government offices, as well as part of the Ecuadorian Navy.
  • Depart from San Cristobal airport.
  • After this last visit, transfer to San Cristobal airport for your return flight to mainland Ecuador.
  • Assistance and farewell at the airport.

 

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  • Saturday AM: Upon arrival, reception, and assistance at the airport, transfer from San Cristobal Airport to the M/C Ocean Spray.
  • Saturday PM: San Cristobal – Lobos Island/Kicker Rock 
  • Lobos Island is aptly named after the many sea lions that reside here resting and playing along the rocky shores. It is also home to many different birds like pelicans, frigate birds and their nests, yellow warblers, and more. Within the small channel, the waters are very clear, making it easy to find sea turtles, sea lions, stingrays, and perhaps even white-tipped sharks.
  • Kicker Rock is one of the most extraordinary sites in the Galapagos Islands, made of two eroded volcanic cones that tower over the sea at about 104 meters in the middle of the open water. It is a nesting place of sea birds and a nice spot to take pictures while the vessels circumnavigate around the rock.
  • Sunday AM: San Cristobal – Pitt Point
  • When arriving at Pitt Point, it will feel as if you’ve landed on an extraterrestrial planet.  You can see the many different developments over time of how volcanic activity formed this island.  A hike up to the top beholds amazing views of the surrounding waters.  Watch out for blue-footed boobie nests on the ground and keep an eye out for the red-footed boobies nesting in the trees once you reach the top of the island.
  • Sunday PM: San Cristobal – Witch Hill
  • Witch hill has awesome crevices and eroding rocks along the shoreline where you will first pass in a panga.  Afterward, be prepared to visit a powdery white sand beach with teal and turquoise waters.
  • Monday AM: Floreana – Post Office Bay
  • Ask the Cruise Manager for one of our complimentary postcards to write a message and address it home.  Leave it in the barrel used before by pirates and sailors. While you are there, see if there are any other postcards you can take home with you to send to fellow travelers who have already left their messages!
  • Monday PM: Floreana – Cormorant Point / Devil’s Crown
  • Cormorant is an interesting visitor site. Two beaches can be visited here, just beyond the first beach is a saltwater lagoon with flamingos. One of the beaches looks green because of the olivine crystals, and the other is appropriately called Flour Beach because of the powdery white sand, made from the fine, pulverized coral. Watch your feet if wading in the water, stingrays love to hang out here as well.
  • Devil’s Crown boasts one of the finest snorkeling opportunities.  Below the surface are amazing volcanic structures that have submerged over time.  Hundreds of colorful fish species can be seen along the reef, along with sharks, rays, sea turtles, sea lions, and rays.  It’s a beautiful underwater spectacle that cannot be missed.
  • Tuesday   AM: Santa Cruz – Black Turtle Cove
  • Black Turtle Cove is located on the north side of Santa Cruz Island. This shallow inlet is surrounded by mangroves and provides natural protection for a variety of marine life, attracting the vulnerable juveniles of many species. Below the surface of the water, you can see both black-tip and white-tip reef sharks, sea turtles, golden cow-nose rays, and spotted eagle rays. Pelicans and blue-footed boobies hunt here, diving gracefully into the water.
  • Tuesday PM: Bartholomew – Pinnacle Rock
  • Pinnacle Rock is a volcanic cone formed by magma expelled by an underwater volcano. The sea cooled the hot lava and as it exploded from contact, the pieces formed together this huge rock of many, many layers of basalt. The huge rock also has a beach where a small population of green sea turtles will nest during the breeding season. Galapagos penguins gather here and swimming can offer beautiful sights of colorful schools of fish and curious sea lions.
  • Wednesday AM: Genovesa – Darwin Bay
  • Darwin Bay used to be a shield volcano, now you can see where one of the sides of its caldera collapsed after hundreds of years of erosion.  It is known for the wide variety of birds that can be seen.  Over 20,000 red-footed boobies are estimated to call this island home within the trees and bushes of Genovesa Island.
  • Wednesday PM: Genovesa – El Barranco
  • In English, this visitor site is also known as Prince Phillip’s Steps.  It leads to a rocky path up a cliff that rewards guests with a remarkable view.  It is also home to a Palo Santo forest that is home to the nesting red-footed boobies and other shorebirds.
  • Thursday AM: Santiago – Espumilla Beach / Buccaneer Cove
  • As the second Island Charles Darwin discovered, it was originally named after King James of England.  Buccaneer Cove is an excellent opportunity for snorkeling and was once a refuge for passing sailors and pirates.  The underwater formations provide an amazing home for the many different tropical species of fish that can be found here.
  • Thursday PM: Santiago – Egas Port
  • Egas Port is also known as James Bay, home to quick-footed Galapagos lava lizards.  There are grottos and tide pools housing all kinds of different marine species.  This is also one of the best snorkeling sites in the Galapagos.
  • Friday AM: North Seymour Island
  • The island was named after English nobleman Lord Hugh Seymour. Formed by uplifted submarine lava, the island is home to a huge colony of about 2,500 land iguanas and large populations of sea lions, blue-footed boobies, common noddies, and frigatebirds. Along the coast, it is possible to see land and marine iguanas and the biggest colony of Magnificent Frigatebirds.
  • Friday PM: Santa Cruz – Highlands
  • The Highlands of Santa Cruz is a very interesting site due to the rich wildlife, hills, ferns, volcanoes and lava tubes present. Exploring the lava tubes is a surreal and unique experience. Here you can see all the different agricultural zones that are present in the Galapagos in one place. The variety of birds makes this a bird watcher's delight.
  • Saturday AM: Mosquera Islet
  • This visitor site is located between the islands of Baltra and North Seymour. It is a reef of rocks and coral (the result of an uprising) and a great white sand beach. Its narrowest width reaches about 160 meters and has an estimated length of 600 meters. In most of the perimeter, there is a base of lava rocks, as evidence of the lava uprising, except in the southwest side where the landing occurs. This island has one of the largest populations of sea lions. You can also observe several species of shorebirds. There have been occasional reports at this site of Orcas (Orcinus orca) feeding on sea lions. 
  • Depart from Baltra airport.
  • After this last visit, transfer to Baltra airport for your return flight to mainland Ecuador.
  • Assistance and farewell at the airport.

[See: Galapagos Dive Travel Guide]

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  • Year built: November 2011
  • Length: 113 feet (34 meters)
  • Beam: 43 feet (13 meters)
  • Speed: 15 knots
  • Passengers: 16
  • Number of cabins: 9
  • Crew: 10 crew members + Cruise Service Officer + Guide
  • Propulsion: MTU-DDC Series 60

 

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