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Enjoy a comprehensive circuit of the incredible Galapagos Islands onboard the luxurious Ocean Spray catamaran. Ocean Spray boasts some of the largest cabins on any small yacht in the Galapagos and 8 days will be spent exploring the central and western islands which are home to an incredible array of wildlife and spectacular scenery
Explore the Galapagos Islands in luxurious style on a brand new catamaran
All cabins have private balconies
Interconnecting cabins, ideal for families
Indoor and outdoor dining areas
Large social areas and Jacuzzi
Plenty of snorkelling and kayaking opportunities
Itinerary in Brief
Day 1: Baltra - Chinese Hat Island
Day 2: Vicente Roca Point - Espinosa Point
Day 3: Tagus Cove - Urbina Bay
Day 4: Elizabeth Bay - Moreno Point
Day 5: Charles Darwin Station - Highlands
Day 6: South Plaza - Santa Fe Island
Day 7: Suarez Point - Gardner Bay - Osborn Islet
Day 8: Interpretation Center - La Galapaguera - Baltra
Day 1: Arrive Baltra Island
Assistance at the airport by our representative for your Galapagos flight. You will arrive at Baltra Island in the morning. After passing through immigration and baggage claim you will be met by Ocean Spray staff and transferred to the yacht. You will be shown to your cabin where you will have some time to settle in before lunch and a welcome briefing.
The afternoon visit, will include a visit to Chinese Hat Island named
due to its distinctive natural shape. You will trek 400 meters starting
at the beach rising up to 160 feet exploring the different volcanic
remnants and rare plant life along with amazing views. You can choose to
snorkel among White-Tipped Reef Sharks and various tropical fish.
Day 2: Isabela & Fernandina Islands
Isabela Island: The largest in the archipelago, this seahorse-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 (or sunfish).
Fernandina Island: No foreign species have ever invaded this island and therefore it is one of the world’s most pristine island ecosystems. Fernandina is the youngest island in Galapagos. Access to this site is extremely restricted by the Galapagos National Park and you will be one of those very lucky visitors. The volcano “La Cumbra” dominates the landspace with lava fields reaching the ocean.
Crossing the Bolivar Channel that divides Isabela and Fernandina Islands we will land at Espinosa Point, and after walking past a colony of marine iguanas and a group of sea lions, reach the island´s highlight: the Flightless Cormorant nesting site. This area provides a great opportunity to see the Galapagos Hawk.
Day 3: Isabela Island
The morning visit, including Tagus Cove’s ‘cliff-side gallery,’ provides a clear view of pirate graffiti dating back to 1836. The contrast between vandalism and the pristine environment is thought provoking. Up the (1.2 mi / 2 km) hike through lava formations, we will see stunning views of the surrounding slopes and volcanoes, making our way to Darwin Lake. This salt-water crater-lake may have been filled with a tidal wave brought on by a volcanic eruption.
In the afternoon, we will land at Urbina Bay which presents some fascinating geological formations. In 1954, an uplift from the sea formed the bay; which has been characterized by the resulting terrestrial coral reef ever since. Expect to see stingrays and sea turtles swimming near the surface of the water, along with Flightless Cormorants, pelicans, and marine iguanas. You will be dazzled by the breathtaking view of the Alcedo Volcano.
Day 4: Isabela Island
The morning visit will take us to Elizabeth Bay, a secluded space lacking any landing sites. We will take a traditional ‘panga’ ride, passing the red mangroves and amongst the wildlife of the lively bay. Elizabeth is known for its marine life; you will probably see sea turtles and rays skimming the surface of the water. You may also see the Brown Pelicans diving for fish, penguins, Blue-footed Boobies & possibly spot humpback whales.
In the afternoon we will visit Moreno Point, located south west of Elizabeth Bay. Here, a dry landing onto what was once flowing lava is possible. The lava has left craters in its wake, which formed crystal tide pools. By looking into the pools, you can peer into another world, as the marine life drifts by your window. In the brackish pools of this area, you may see pink flamingos, White-Cheeked Pintails, and Common Gallinules. If you look carefully into the pools you may see whitetip reef sharks and some sea turtles.
Day 5: Santa Cruz
The morning will consist of a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station which is home to
turtles ranging from 3-inches to 4-feet long. Sub-species of turtles
interact with one another and many of the older turtles are accustomed
to humans. The babies are kept until they are about four years old and
strong enough to survive on their own.
Today we visit 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
Day 6: South Plaza and Santa Fe Island
In the morning we 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 colorful yellow and red land iguanas. The most characteristic
plant is the Sesuvium. During the rainy season its color is a greenish
to yellowish tone and in the dry season (end of June through January) a
Later in the afternoon head off to Santa Fe Island which 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: Española Island
Española Island is the southernmost island of the Galapagos and is the breeding site of nearly all of the Waved Albatrosses in the entire world. Española is densely populated with mockingbirds, Blue-footed and Nazca Boobies, Darwin finches, Galapagos Doves, hawks, red and green marine iguanas, and loads of sea lions.
In the morning, we will start at Suarez Point on a trail where you will have the chance to see Blue-footed Boobie, albatrosses and Nazca Boobies. We will also visit a beautiful site on the ocean front where there is a cliff that the large albatrosses use as a launching pad! You’ll have the chance to see the famous blowhole that spurts water into the air. The landscape is great for photography.
In the afternoon, we will visit the spectacular Gardner Bay. After landing, you can walk across a lovely white sand beach amongst a busy sea lion colony or dive into the water to swim with sea lion pups. It is the breeding site of nearly all of the world´s 12,000 pairs of Waved Albatrosses.
In the late afternoon visit Osborn Islet and you can walk across a lovely white sand beach amongst a busy sea lion colony or dive into the water to swim with sea lion pups. This small island is a marine visit where you can enjoy fantastic snorkeling and swimming.
Day 8: San Cristobal Island
In the morning we will visit the Galapaguera and the Interpretation center on San Cri
Cerro Colorado is a new visitor site in the northeast part of San Cristobal Island and can now be reached in roughly one hour by road from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. On the trees and shrubs surrounding the site, you may see land birds like warbler, finches and mockingbirds can be observed and on the trails, giant tortoises. They live there wild but in a protected area to assure their survival by sealing them off from introduced predators, like pigs and goats. Once the tortoise perceives danger, it goes into its defensive stance, retreating into its hard shell.
After this final visit, you will be transferred to San Cristobal’s airport in time to catch your flight back to the mainland.
Departs - Saturdays (fortnightly)
Ocean Spray: Ship Cabins
4 double cabins (334 ft² / 32 mt²)
4 double cabins (248 ft² / 23 mt²)
1 single cabin (194 ft² / 18 mt²)
All with private balcony
Galapagos Ocean Spray is a new catamaran that started cruising the
Galapagos Islands in March 2012. Ten crew members and a bi-lingual
naturalist guide are at your disposition to ensure a flawless operation.
The M/C Ocean Spray has comfortable social areas that have been
elegantly designed. The lounge has been fitted with large windows to
provide panoramic views of the enchanting Galapagos Archipelago. The sun
deck has comfortable loungers and a jacuzzi to relax and enjoy the sea
breeze after a day of Galapagos exploration.
The dedicated and talented chefs prepare special
meals to offer a fine dining experience. If you have any dietary
restrictions, they will gladly customize the meals to offer you a
worry-free vacation. There is an elegant dining room and an area on deck
for al fresco dining.
The cabins aboard the Ocean Spray offer
accommodation for 16 passengers, and they have been designed with great
attention to detail. There are private balconies where you may enjoy the
passing landscapes in tranquility.
Ship Deck Plan
Year Of Construction: 2012
Social Areas: Dining room,sundeck,library
Length (m): 34.3
Beam (m): 13.03
Electric Power: 110 volts AC / 60 Hz
Machinery: John Deere 4045TFM50 / 400HP @ 1800 RPM
Life Rafts: 2 x 20-man life craft
Speed (knots): 14 knots
Naturalist Guide(s): 1
Snorkel Equipment Included
Wetsuit Rental Included
Kayak Rental Included
Two complimentary hotel nights
Activities as specified
Use of kayaks and snorkelling equipment
All meals during the voyage
What's not included?
International and internal airfares
Arrival/departure taxes or reciprocity fees, visa fees where applicable
Galapagos Park entrance fee US$100
Transit control card US$20
Any items not mentioned as included
Please note that there will be a surcharge applied to peak season
periods: Christmas, New Year, Easter and Spring Break. Contact us for
more information on pricing details.