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Ocean Spray

  • Ocean Spray

  • Ocean Spray

  • Ocean Spray

Ocean Spray

The Ocean Spray Mega Catamaran debuted in April 2012 as the newest 16 passenger boat in the Galapagos Islands, specifically designed to navigate the archipelago. Spacious cabins with private balconies, a Quality Control Manager, and al fresco dining are just some of the many benefits to traveling aboard our luxury yacht. The Ocean Spray boasts a round double-hull, which allows for smooth sailing and the ultimate in stability and comfort in Galapagos Islands cruises.

The crew consists of 10 + 1 naturalist guide, including a gourmet chef who cooks gourmet Ecuadorian and International food. The crew is friendly, full time, experienced and highly professional. Our guides are bilingual and of the highest standard. Small boats like Ocean Spray travel at high speeds, reaching up to 15 knots. This allows the yacht to go further and visit fascinating isolated islands that can’t be easily reached by other boats. Snorkeling equipment and wetsuits are complimentary, and each room is equipped with a safe for storage of valuables on board. Meals are buffet style and are either served in the dining room or in the al fresco area, if it is a barbeque.

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M/C OCEAN SPRAY PACKAGES INCLUDE:

  • All shore excursions
  • All meals throughout the cruise
  • All soft drinks and juices
  • Champagne reception
  • Complimentary fruit platter
  • Galapagos National Park certificated guide
  • Use of snorkeling gear and wetsuits
  • Kayaks

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Roundtrip airfare to Galapagos
  • Galapagos National Park entrance fee $ 100*
  • Galapagos National Park Transit Control Card $ 10*
  • Tips to crew
  • Alcoholic beverages

*Subject to change

8 Days / 7 Nights (A) OCEAN SPRAY

* 6 Days / 5 Nights departure available on this itinerary, check with us for details

SATURDAY:

Chinese Hat

Assistance will be provided for you when you arrive to the airport by one of our representatives after you have landed.

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 to Chinese Hat, 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 Oystercatchers, Galapagos Penguins swimming along the shores, and Sally-Lightfoot Crabs in bright contrast to the dark volcanic rock.

SUNDAY:

Vicente Roca Point (Isabela Island) and Espinosa Point (Fernandina Island)

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 pacific sunfish).

No foreign species have ever invaded Fernandina 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 Cumbre” 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.  After walking past a colony of marine iguanas and a group of sea lions, we’ll reach the island’s highlight: the Flightless Cormorant nesting site.  This area provides a great opportunity to see the Galapagos Hawk.

MONDAY:

Tagus Cove and Urbina Bay (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 (1.25 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 Volcano Alcedo, with the possibility to see land iguanas and giant tortoises in the wild.

TUESDAY:

Elizabeth Bay and Moreno Point (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 or dinghy 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 Brown Pelicans diving for fish, penguins, Blue-footed Boobies and 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 white-tip reef sharks and some sea turtles.

WEDNESDAY:

Charles Darwin Station and Highlands of Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz Island)

In the morning we start at the Charles Darwin Station – Breeding Center “Fausto Llerena” home to tortoises ranging from 4-inches (new hatchlings) to 4-feet long. Here you will observe the various sub-species of tortoises interacting with each other, and possibly with you. Many of the older tortoises are accustomed to humans. The babies are only kept until they are about four years old, or large enough to survive in the wild. These conservation efforts continue to be extremely successful.

Here in the afternoon in 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 kilometer (half a mile) long. Local guides are will provide information and flashlights.  Walking through the lava tubes is a unique and surreal experience.

THURSDAY:

Sout Plaza and Santa Fe Islands

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 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 bright red.

Our afternoon visit is to Santa Fe Island. Santa Fe (Barrington) is home to the small picturesque bay and anchorage on the islands 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.

FRIDAY:

Suarez Point and Gardner Bay / Osborn Islet (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, 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 (From April to December) 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 & Osborn Islet. 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.

SATURDAY:

Interpretation Center / “Galapaguera” (San Cristobal Island)

In the morning we will visit the Interpretation Center or Galapaguera on San Cristobal Island.

The Interpretation Center is located on San Cristobal Island. The center was donated by the Spanish government and inaugurated by the Prince of Spain in 1998.
This center focuses on the interaction between humans and the process of the “natural history laboratory”, demonstrating that a harmonious relation between human beings and nature is possible.

Cerro Colorado (Galapaguera) 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, 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 Island’s airport in time to catch your flight back to the mainland.

Please keep in mind that on departure days, your morning visit will be early and short since we need to be prepared before heading back toward the airport for your returning flight to Ecuador’s mainland.

IMPORTANT NOTICE:

Itineraries and activities subject to change without prior notice. Depending on weather conditions and water currents, some wildlife described above may not be visible.

6 Days / 5 Nights (A) OCEAN SPRAY

Day 1 (Saturday)

FROM QUITO OR GUAYAQUIL TO BALTRA (GALAPAGOS) & CHINESE HAT

Assistance will be provided for you when you arrive to the airport by one of our representatives after you have landed.

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 to Chinese Hat, 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 Oystercatchers, Galapagos Penguins swimming along the shores, and Sally-Lightfoot Crabs in bright contrast to the dark volcanic rock.

Highlights: American Oystercatchers, Sally-Lightfoot Crabs, Sea Lion colonies, Galapagos Penguins, Lava Lizards, Marine Iguanas, and White-Tipped Reef Sharks.
Possible Activities: A hike of 400 meters starting at the beach rising up to160 feet exploring the different volcanic remnants and rare plant life along with amazing views;  Snorkeling among White-Tipped Reef Sharks and various tropical fish.
Type of Landing: Wet landing
Difficulty: Moderate

Day 2 (Sunday)

ISABELA ISLAND:  VICENTE ROCA POINT & FERNANDINA ISLAND:  ESPINOSA POINT

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 pacific sunfish).

Possible Activities: Snorkeling & panga ride
Difficulty: Easy / Moderate
Type of Landing: No landing
Highlights & Animals: Penguins, Blue-footed Boobies, terns, Nazca Boobies, two types of sea lions. Snorkeling: sea turtles, rays and puffer fish.

No foreign species have ever invaded Fernandina 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 Cumbre” 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.  After walking past a colony of marine iguanas and a group of sea lions, we’ll reach the island’s highlight: the Flightless Cormorant nesting site.  This area provides a great opportunity to see the Galapagos Hawk.

Highlights: Flightless Cormorant, marine iguanas, AA lava, sea lions, penguins, active volcano “La Cumbre”
Possible Activities: Hike (1.2 mi/2 km)
Type of Landing: Dry and slippery at low tide
Difficulty: Moderate

Day 3 (Monday)

ISABELA ISLAND:  TAGUS COVE & URBINA BAY

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 (1.25 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.

Highlights: Penguins, Flightless Cormorants, Darwin Volcano & Lake
Possible Activities: Long hike, snorkeling, dinghy ride
Type of Landing: Dry landing
Difficulty: Moderate / Difficult

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 Volcano Alcedo, with the possibility to see land iguanas and giant tortoises in the wild.

Highlights: Land iguanas (the biggest in Galapagos), hawks, coral reef, giant tortoises; snorkeling: turtles, rays, tropical fish
Possible Activities: Snorkeling, dinghy ride & hike, 2 trails: short (0.6mi/1 km), long (1.9mi/3km)
Type of Landing: Wet landing
Difficulty: Easy / Moderate

Day 4 (Tuesday)

ISABELA ISLAND:  ELIZABETH BAY & MORENO POINT

The morning visit will take us to Elizabeth Bay, a secluded space lacking any landing sites. We will take a traditional ‘panga’ ride or dinghy 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 Brown Pelicans diving for fish, penguins, Blue-footed Boobies and possibly spot humpback whales.

Highlights: Mangrove forest (unique in Galapagos), sea turtles, penguins, rays, herons, sea lions.
Possible Activities: Two-hour dinghy ride
Type of Landing: No landing
Difficulty: Easy

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 white-tip reef sharks and some sea turtles.

Highlights: Flamingoes, gallinules, Pintail ducks, turtles, whitetip reef sharks.
Possible Activities: Snorkeling, dinghy ride & hike (1.2mi/2km)
Type of Landing: Dry landing
Difficulty: Moderate / Difficult

Day 5 (Wednesday)

SANTA CRUZ – CHARLES DARWIN STATION & HIGHLANDS

In the morning we start at the Charles Darwin Station – Breeding Center “Fausto Llerena” home to tortoises ranging from 4-inches (new hatchlings) to 4-feet long. Here you will observe the various sub-species of tortoises interacting with each other, and possibly with you. Many of the older tortoises are accustomed to humans. The babies are only kept until they are about four years old, or large enough to survive in the wild. These conservation efforts continue to be extremely successful.

Highlights: Giant Tortoises in captivation
Possible Activities: Walking
Type of Landing: Dry landing
Difficulty: Easy

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 kilometer (half a mile) long. Local guides will provide information and flashlights.  Walking through the lava tubes is a unique and surreal experience.

Highlights: Lava tunnels, wild turtles, tortoises breeding center.
Possible Activities: Hike (1.5 mi/ 2 ½ km)
Type of Landing: Dry landing
Difficulty: Moderate (Long)

Day 6 (Thursday)

SOUTH PLAZA & DEPARTURE

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 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 bright red.

Highlights: Land iguanas, sea lion colony, Audubon´s shearwaters, Swallow-tailed Gulls, Nazca Boobies, amazing landscape with cliffs
Possible Activities: Hike (2 ½ km /1.5 mi)
Type of Landing: Dry landing
Difficulty: Moderate

After this final visit, you will be transferred to Baltra Island’s airport in time to catch your flight back to the mainland.

Please keep in mind that on departure days, your morning visit will be early and short since we need to be prepared before heading back toward the airport for your returning flight to Ecuador’s mainland.

Important: Itineraries and activities subject to change without prior notice. Depending on weather conditions and water currents, some wildlife described above may not be visible.

8 Days / 7 Nights (B) OCEAN SPRAY

Included islands: San Cristobal Floreana Santa Cruz Bartholomew Genovesa Santiago North Seymour Santa Cruz Baltra
*6 Days / 5 Nights – 5 Days / 4 Nights & 4 Days / 3 Nights departures available on this itinerary, check with us for details

Day 1 (Saturday)

FROM QUITO OR GUAYAQUIL TO SAN CRISTOBAL (GALAPAGOS) & LOBOS ISLAND/KICKER ROCK

Assistance will be provided for you when you arrive to the airport by one of our representatives after you have landed.

You will arrive at San Cristobal 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.

In the afternoon we will visit Lobos Island. The name of this island means “Sea Lion Island”. This appropriately named island is ripe with noisy, frolicking, jolly sea lions who will welcome you to their home with open fins! This island also offers great snorkeling opportunities as well as the chance to see Blue-Footed and Nazca Boobies.

Highlights: Snorkeling with sea lions, frigatebirds, Blue-footed Boobies
Possible Activities: Short hike (less than 0.6 mi/1 km), dinghy ride and/or snorkeling.
Type of Landing: Dry landing
Difficulty: Easy/moderate

A dinghy ride and snorkeling around Kicker Rock (Leon Dormido) can be also be done in the afternoon.  Known as the Sleeping Lion because of its resemblance, this site is located off the coast of San Cristobal. There are remains of a lava cone eroded by the sea, two vertical rocks rising 500 feet above the ocean. This Galapagos Islands natural monument has become a favorite sight for cruises due to the many tropicbirds, frigate birds and boobies that fill the surrounding air. Beneath the sea the crystal waters offer a brilliant show of colorful tropical fish and invertebrates.

Highlights: Deep water snorkeling: Sharks, tropical fish, turtles, manta rays (occ.), hammerhead sharks, and spectacular rock formations.  Sea Birds: Blue-footed Boobies, Nazca Boobies & frigate birds. Second best place to snorkel in the Galapagos.
Possible Activities: Snorkeling & dinghy ride
Type of Landing: No Landing
Difficulty: Easy

Day 2 (Sunday)

SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND – PITT POINT & WITCH HILL

We will visit Pitt Point in the morning. Pitt Point holds its own as the northeastern most site on San Cristóbal. After an easy hike, you will be rewarded with a unique treat. Herein lays the only nesting site which hosts all species of Galapagos Boobies. Photographers will be thrilled with this intimate natural experience. The attractive volcanic tuff formations will have geologists and laymen alike imagining the forces of nature that possessed the earth to create this land.

Highlights: Wonderful landscape, sea lion colony, three possible species of Boobies.
Possible Activities: Dinghy ride, snorkeling, kayaking & hike (1.5 mi/2.5 km)
Type of Landing: Wet landing
Difficulty: Moderate / Difficult

In the afternoon we’ll visit Witch Hill (Cerro Brujo) where you will explore one of the nicest beaches in the Galapagos. You’ll be tantalized by the texture and sight of the powdered, soft white sand. With a colony of sea lions and Blue-footed Boobies, this scenic place is bustling with life. Just beyond the beach is a lagoon, thriving with Egrets and Great Blue Herons. The turquoise water and abundant marine life will invite you to snorkel in their midst.

Highlights: Beautiful rock formations, sea lions, shore birds, finches and mockingbirds; snorkeling: nice tropical fish, anemones, sponge coral
Possible Activities: Hike, dinghy ride, snorkeling & kayaking
Type of Landing: Wet landing
Difficulty: Easy walk along the beach

Day 3 (Monday)

FLOREANA: POST OFFICE BAY & CORMORANT POINT/DEVIL’S CROWN

We will visit two sites on Floreana Island. In the morning, we will visit the famous Post Office Bay. You will land on a beach and head to a spot where 18th century whalers placed a wooden barrel for use as an unofficial mail box. The custom continues to this day with Galapagos visitors. So, don’t forget your postcards, and don’t be surprised if the post card arrives to its destination before you get home!

Highlights: Barrel Post Office, nice sandy beach
Possible Activities: Short hike (less than 0.6 mi/1 km) & snorkeling
Type of Landing: Wet landing
Difficulty: Easy

In the afternoon, we will head to Cormorant Point. Here you can enjoy a hike to a salt-water lagoon which is home to flamingoes.  You’ll also be amazed by the green colored beach, caused by a high percentage of olivine crystals in the sand.  You will also get to swim in the crystal clear waters of Devil’s Crown. This extinct volcano peaks out of the waters just off of Floreana’s coast and offers a magnificent snorkeling experience.

Highlights: Flamingoes, green-colored beach
Possible Activities: Dinghy ride & hike (1.2 mi /2 km)
Type of Landing: Wet landing
Difficulty: Easy

Day 4 (Tuesday )

SANTA CRUZ ISLAND: BLACK TURTLE COVE & BARTHOLOMEW ISLAND:  PINNACLE ROCK

Black Turtle Cove is located on the north side of Santa Cruz Island and is only accessible by boat and with a guide. 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, spotted eagle rays, and an occasional hammerhead shark. Pelicans and Boobies hunt here, diving gracefully into the water.

Highlights: Hammerhead shark babies, rays, sea turtles, sea birds
Possible Activities: Dinghy ride
Type of Landing: No landing
Difficulty: Easy

Our afternoon visit includes 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. We will take a trail of stairs to the summit of the volcano (about 30 or 40 minutes) where you will enjoy one of the best views of the islands! You will also visit a small, beautiful beach, surrounded by the only vegetation found on this barren island. The beach is perfect for snorkeling where you may even see the Galapagos penguins.

Highlights: Pinnacle rock, panoramic view, moonlike landscape, penguins, pioneer plants, lava cactus; snorkeling: penguins, reef sharks, rays, and great colorful fish.
Possible Activities: Dinghy ride, snorkeling & hiking (1.2 mi/ 2km)
Type of Landing: Dry and wet landings
Difficulty: Moderate/difficult. Walk up to the top of volcano 114 meters, 375 wooden steps

Day 5 (Wednesday )

GENOVESA ISLAND: DARWIN BAY & EL BARRANCO

Our morning visit will take us to the beach at Darwin Bay. This white-sand coral beach heads a (1/2 mi / 3/4 km) trail that winds through mangroves that are filled with land birds. You may see Nazca Boobies, Red-footed Boobies, and Swallow-tailed Gulls. Further down the path, you may see sea lions playing in tidal pools. You will arrive cliff-side and can let the spectacular views soak in, while the Boobies and iguanas keep you company.

Highlights: Nazca Boobies, Red- footed Boobies, Swallow-tailed Gulls, mangroves, coral pebbles beach, snorkeling: rays, colorful reef fish and hammerhead sharks
Possible Activities: Hiking (0.9 mi/1.5 km), snorkeling, kayaking & dinghy ride
Type of Landing: Wet landing.
Difficulty: Easy / Moderate

The afternoon takes us to El Barranco or The Cliff, also known as Prince Phillip’s Steps, whose steep, rocky path will lead you up 25 meters (82 ft) of cliff-face. After marveling at the view you will have the opportunity to take a (0.9 mi / 2 km) trek through Palo Santo vegetation. Here you will be dazzled by all the birds: Red-footed Boobies, Short-eared Lava Owls, Galapagos storm petrels and Galapagos Doves.

Highlights: Red-footed Boobies, Short-eared Lava Owls, storm-petrels, Galapagos Doves
Possible Activities: Hiking (0.9 mi/2 km)
Type of Landing: Dry, difficult landing
Difficulty: Moderate

Day 6 (Thursday)

SANTIAGO ISLAND:  ESPUMILLA BEACH/BUCCANEER COVE & EGAS PORT

We will visit Espumilla Beach where marine iguanas lounge and the Sally-Lightfoot crabs attract the hunting herons and perform the dance of predator and prey right before your eyes. Snorkeling is highly recommended as you could find yourself face to face with an octopus, moray eel, shark, or a variety of other species of tropical fish.
Buccaneer Cove is a testament to the fact that Santiago Island was once a refuge for British buccaneers. They would anchor in the protected bay to make repairs and stock up on tortoise meat among other things. It is an excellent opportunity to take in the steep cliffs, where hundreds of seabirds perch in front of the dark red sand beach. See if you can spot ‘Monk’ or ‘Elephant’ Rock before your guide points them out!

Highlights: Snorkeling, sea birds, historical site, and rock formations.
Possible Activities: Snorkeling and swimming, short walk along the beach (less than 0.6 mi / 1 km)
Type of Landing: Wet landing
Difficulty: Easy

The afternoon visit is to a site called Egas Port, also known as James Bay, on Santiago Island. Here, you will enjoy a hike over a dry trail known for being a hang-out for curious Galapagos Hawks and Quick-footed Galapagos Lava Lizards. The trail will then lead you to the coastline where you will visit the gorgeous tide pools and grottos which are full of fauna.  You will be able to observe the shy Galapagos fur sea lions. You will also get to snorkel at Egas Port beach.

Highlights: Fur sea lions, Galapagos Sea Lions, tidal pools and “grottos”, Galapagos Hawk, oyster catchers, marine iguanas, finches; snorkeling: reef sharks, turtles, rays, nice underwater formations.
Possible Activities: Snorkeling, hiking (1.25 mi/2 km)
Type of Landing: Wet landing
Difficulty: Easy / Moderate

Day 7 (Friday)

NORTH SEYMOUR & SANTA CRUZ ISLAND:  HIGHLANDS

Galapagos Sea Lions, Blue-footed Boobies and Magnificent Frigatebirds 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 characterized by its arid vegetation zone.

Highlights: Land & marine iguanas, frigatebirds, Blue-footed Boobies, sea lions; snorkeling: Rays, reef shark, fish, garden eels.
Possible Activities: Snorkeling, dinghy ride & hiking (1.5 mi/2.5 km)
Type of Landing: Dry landing
Difficulty: Moderate / Difficult

Our afternoon visit is to Santa Fe Island. Santa Fe (Barrington) is home to the small picturesque bay and anchorage on the island 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.

In the afternoon we will visit the Highlands of Santa Cruz where you will walk along a path, observing the hills, ferns, volcanoes, and rich wildlife. This area is home to giant tortoises. You will come upon the underground lava tubes, which are more than one kilometer (half a mile) long. Local guides will provide information and flashlights.  Walking through the lava tubes is a unique and surreal experience.

Highlights: Lava tunnels, wild turtles, and Tortoise Breeding Center.
Possible Activities: Hike (1.5 mi/ 2 ½ km)
Type of Landing: Dry landing
Difficulty: Moderate (Long)

Day 8 (Saturday)

MOSQUERA ISLET – DEPARTURE

Mosquera Islet 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.

Highlights: Sea lions, shorebirds
Possible Activities: Walk
Type of Landing: Wet Landing (This may be complicated by low tide or when there is heavy swell, during the months of December to March mainly)
Difficulty: Easy

After this final visit, you will be transferred to Baltra Island’s airport in time to catch your flight back to the mainland.

Please keep in mind that on departure days, your morning visit will be early and short since we need to be prepared before heading back toward the airport for your returning flight to Ecuador’s mainland.

6 Days / 5 Nights (B) OCEAN SPRAY

Day 1 (Thursday)

FROM QUITO OR GUAYAQUIL TO BALTRA (GALAPAGOS) SANTA FE ISLAND

Assistance will be provided for you when you arrive to the airport by one of our representatives after you have landed.

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.

Highlights: Land Iguanas, giant tunas
Possible Activities: Hiking
Type of Landing: Dry landing
Difficulty: Moderate

Our afternoon visit is to Santa Fe Island. Santa Fe (Barrington) is home to the small picturesque bay and anchorage on the islands 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 2 (Friday)

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, 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 (From April to December) 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.

Highlights: Hood Mockingbird, Nazca Boobies, Waved Albatross, Red-billed Tropicbirds, lava lizards, Galapagos Hawk, Blue-footed Boobies, and the famous blow hole.
Possible Activities: Hike (1.8 mi / 3 km)
Type of Landing: Dry Landing
Difficulty: Difficult

In the afternoon, we will visit the spectacular Gardner Bay & Osborn Islet. 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.

Highlights: White sandy beach, sea lions, and mockingbirds.
Possible Activities: Snorkeling, dinghy ride, kayaking, short hike of (0.6 mi/1 km)
Type of Landing: Wet landing
Difficulty: Easy

Day 3 (Saturday)

SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND: INTERPRETATION CENTER/GALAPAGUERA & LOBOS ISLAND/KICKER ROCK

In the morning we will visit the Interpretation Center or Galapaguera on San Cristobal Island.

The Interpretation Center is located on San Cristobal Island. The center was donated by the Spanish government and inaugurated by the Prince of Spain in 1998.
This center focuses on the interaction between humans and the process of the “natural history laboratory”, demonstrating that a harmonious relation between human beings and nature is possible.

Cerro Colorado (Galapaguera) 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, 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.

Highlights: Interpretation Center: Human History and Interpretation of the Galapagos Ecosystem, Galapaguera with giant tortoises in captivity and the highlands of San Cristóbal.
Possible Activities: Short hike (less than 0.6 mi / 1 km)
Type of Landing: Dry landing
Difficulty: Easy

In the afternoon we will visit Lobos Island. The name of this island means “Sea Lion Island”. This appropriately named island is ripe with noisy, frolicking, jolly sea lions who will welcome you to their home with open fins! This island also offers great snorkeling opportunities as well as the chance to see Blue-Footed and Nazca Boobies.

Highlights: Snorkeling with sea lions, frigate birds, Blue-footed Boobies
Possible Activities: Short hike (less than 0.6 mi/1 km), dinghy ride and/or snorkeling.
Type of Landing: Dry landing
Difficulty: Easy/moderate

A dinghy ride and snorkeling around Kicker Rock (Leon Dormido) can be also be done in the afternoon.  Known as the Sleeping Lion because of its resemblance, this site is located off the coast of San Cristobal. There are remains of a lava cone eroded by the sea, two vertical rocks rising 500 feet above the ocean. This Galapagos Islands natural monument has become a favorite sight for cruises due to the many tropicbirds, frigate birds and boobies that fill the surrounding air. Beneath the sea the crystal waters offer a brilliant show of colorful tropical fish and invertebrates.

 

Highlights: Deep water snorkeling: Sharks, tropical fish, turtles, manta rays (occ.), hammerhead sharks, and spectacular rock formations.  Sea Birds: Blue-footed Boobies, Nazca Boobies & frigate birds. Second best place to snorkel in the Galapagos.
Possible Activities: Snorkeling & dinghy ride
Type of Landing: No Landing
Difficulty: Easy

Day 4 (Sunday)

SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND – PITT POINT & WITCH HILL

We will visit Pitt Point in the morning. Pitt Point holds its own as the northeastern most site on San Cristóbal. After an easy hike, you will be rewarded with a unique treat. Herein lays the only nesting site which hosts all species of Galápagos Boobies. Photographers will be thrilled with this intimate natural experience. The attractive volcanic tuff formations will have geologists and laymen alike imagining the forces of nature that possessed the earth to create this land.

 

Highlights: Wonderful landscape, sea lion colony, three possible species of Boobies.
Possible Activities: Dinghy ride, snorkeling, kayaking & hike (1.5 mi/2.5 km)
Type of Landing: Wet landing
Difficulty: Moderate / Difficult

In the afternoon we’ll visit Witch Hill (Cerro Brujo) where you will explore one of the nicest beaches in the Galápagos. You’ll be tantalized by the texture and sight of the powdered, soft, white sand. With a colony of sea lions and Blue-footed Boobies, this scenic place is bustling with life. Just beyond the beach is a lagoon, thriving with Egrets and Great Blue Herons. The turquoise water and abundant marine life will invite you to snorkel their midst.

Highlights: Beautiful rock formations, sea lions, shore birds, finches and mockingbirds;
Snorkeling: nice tropical fish, anemones and sponge coral
Possible Activities: Hike, dinghy ride, snorkeling & kayaking
Type of Landing: Wet landing
Difficulty: Easy walk along the beach

Day 5 (Monday)

FLOREANA: POST OFFICE BAY & CORMORANT POINT/DEVIL’S CROWN

We will visit two sites on Floreana Island. In the morning, we will visit the famous Post Office Bay. You will land on a beach and head to a spot where 18th century whalers once placed a wooden barrel for use as an unofficial mail box. The custom continues to this day with Galapagos visitors. So, don’t forget your postcards, and don’t be surprised if the post card arrives to its destination before you get home!

Highlights: Barrel Post Office and beautiful sandy beach.
Possible Activities: Short hike (less than 0.6 mi/1 km) & snorkeling
Type of Landing: Wet landing
Difficulty: Easy

In the afternoon, we will head to Cormorant Point. Here you can enjoy a hike to a salt-water lagoon which is home to flamingoes.  You’ll also be amazed by the green colored beach, caused by a high percentage of olivine crystals in the sand.  You will also get to swim in the crystal clear waters of the Devil’s Crown. This extinct volcano peaks out of the waters just off of Floreana’s coast and offers a magnificent snorkeling experience.

 

Highlights: Flamingoes, green olivine crystal beach, and Devil’s Crown: The best snorkeling site in Galapagos Islands with sharks, rays, rock formations, and lots of tropical fish.
Possible Activities: Snorkeling & dinghy ride & hike (1.2 mi / 2km)
Type of Landing: Wet landing
Difficulty: Easy

Day 6 (Tuesday )

SANTA CRUZ ISLAND: BLACK TURTLE COVE & DEPARTURE

Black Turtle Cove is located on the north side of Santa Cruz Island and is only accessible by boat and with a guide. 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, spotted eagle rays, and an occasional hammerhead shark. Pelicans and Boobies hunt here, diving gracefully into the water.

Highlights: Hammerhead shark babies, rays, sea turtles, sea birds
Possible Activities: 2 hour dinghy ride
Type of Landing: No landing
Difficulty: Easy

After this final visit, you will be transferred to Baltra Island’s airport in time to catch your flight back to the mainland.

Please keep in mind that on departure days, your morning visit will be early and short since we need to be prepared before heading back toward the airport for your returning flight to Ecuador’s mainland.

Important: Itineraries and activities subject to change without prior notice. Depending on weather conditions and water currents, some wildlife described above may not be visible.

5 Days / 4 Nights (B) OCEAN SPRAY

Day 1 (Tuesday )

FROM QUITO OR GUAYAQUIL TO BALTRA (GALAPAGOS)
& BATHOLOMEW ISLAND

Assistance will be provided for you when you arrive to the airport by one of our representatives after you have landed.

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.

Our afternoon visit includes 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. We will take a trail of stairs to the summit of the volcano (about 30 or 40 minutes) where you will enjoy one of the best views of the islands! You will also visit a small, beautiful beach, surrounded by the only vegetation found on this barren island. The beach is perfect for snorkeling where you may even see the Galapagos penguins.

Highlights: Pinnacle Rock, panoramic view, moonlike landscape, penguins, pioneer plants, Lava Cactus.
Possible Activities: Dinghy, snorkeling, and hike (1.2 mi / 2 km)
Type of Landing: Dry and wet landings
Difficulty: Moderate / Difficult.  Walk up to the top of volcano (114 meters, 375 wooden steps).

Day 2 (Wednesday )

GENOVESA ISLAND:  DARWIN BAY & EL BARRANCO

Our morning visit will take us to the beach at Darwin Bay. This white-sand coral beach heads a (1/2 mi / 3/4 km) trail that winds through mangroves that are filled with land birds. You may see Nazca Boobies, Red-footed Boobies, and Swallow-tailed Gulls. Further down the path, you may see sea lions playing in tidal pools. You will arrive cliff-side and can let the spectacular views soak in, while the Boobies and iguanas keep you company.

Highlights: Nazca Boobies, Red-footed Boobies, Swallow-tailed Gulls, Mangroves, Coral Pebbles Beach.
Snorkelling: Rays, colourful reef fish and hammerhead sharks.
Possible Activities: Hike (1/2 mi / 3/4 km), snorkeling, kayaking & dinghy ride
Type of Landing: Wet landing.
Difficulty: Easy / Moderate

The afternoon takes us to El Barranco or The Cliff, also known as Prince Phillip’s Steps, whose steep, rocky path will lead you up 25 meters (82 ft) of cliff-face. After marveling at the view you will have the opportunity to take a (0.9 mi / 2 km) trek through Palo Santo vegetation. Here you will be dazzled by all the birds: Red-footed Boobies, Short-eared Lava Owls, Galapagos storm petrels and Galapagos Doves.

 

Highlights: Red-footed Boobies, Short-eared Lava Owls, storm-petrels, and Galapagos doves.
Possible Activities: Hiking (0.9 mi/2 km)
Type of Landing: Dry/ Difficult Landing At Times
Difficulty: Moderate

Day 3 (Thursday)

SANTIAGO ISLAND:  ESPUMILLA BEACH/BUCCANEER COVE & EGAS PORT

We will visit Espumilla Beach where marine iguanas lounge and the Sally-Lightfoot crabs attract the hunting herons and perform the dance of predator and prey right before your eyes. Snorkeling is highly recommended as you could find yourself face to face with an octopus, moray eel, shark, or a variety of other species of tropical fish.
Buccaneer Cove is a testament to the fact that Santiago Island was once a refuge for British buccaneers. They would anchor in the protected bay to make repairs and stock up on tortoise meat among other things. It is an excellent opportunity to take in the steep cliffs, where hundreds of seabirds perch in front of the dark red sand beach. See if you can spot ‘Monk’ or ‘Elephant’ Rock before your guide points them out!

 

Highlights: Snorkeling, sea birds, historical site, and rock formations.
Possible Activities: Snorkeling and swimming, short walk along the beach (less than 0.6 mi / 1 km)
Type of Landing: Wet landing
Difficulty: Easy

The afternoon visit is to a site called Egas Port, also known as James Bay, on Santiago Island. Here, you will enjoy a hike over a dry trail known for being a hang-out for curious Galapagos Hawks and Quick-footed Galapagos Lava Lizards. The trail will then lead you to the coastline where you will visit the gorgeous tide pools and grottos which are full of fauna.  You will be able to observe the shy Galapagos fur sea lions. You will also get to snorkel at Egas Port beach.

 

Highlights: Fur sea lions, Galapagos sea lions, tidal pools and “Grottos”, Galapagos Hawk, Oyster Catchers, marine iguanas, and finches.
Snorkeling: Reef sharks, turtles, rays, and beautiful underwater formations.
Possible Activities: Snorkeling, hiking (1.25 mi/2 km)
Type of Landing: Wet landing
Difficulty: Easy / Moderate

Day 4 (Friday)

NORTH SEYMOUR & SANTA CRUZ ISLAND:  HIGHLANDS

Galapagos Sea Lions, Blue-footed Boobies and Magnificent Frigatebirds 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 characterized by its arid vegetation zone.

Highlights: Land and marine iguanas, frigate birds, Blue-footed Boobies, and sea lions. Great snorkeling: Rays, reef shark, fish, and garden eels.
Possible Activities: Snorkeling, dinghy ride & hiking (1.5 mi/2.5 km)
Type of Landing: Dry landing
Difficulty: Moderate / Difficult

Our afternoon visit is to Santa Fe Island. Santa Fe (Barrington) is home to the small picturesque bay and anchorage on the island 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.

 

Highlights: Lava tunnels, wild turtles, and Tortoise Breeding Center.
Possible Activities: Hike (1.5 mi/ 2 ½ km)
Type of Landing: Dry landing
Difficulty: Moderate (Long)

Day 5 (Saturday)

MOSQUERA ISLET – DEPARTURE

Mosquera Islet 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.

Highlights: sea lions, shorebirds
Possible Activities: Walk
Type of Landing: Wet Landing (This may be complicated by low tide or when there is heavy swell, during the months of December to March mainly)
Difficulty: Easy

After this final visit, you will be transferred to Baltra Island’s airport in time to catch your flight back to the mainland.

Please keep in mind that on departure days, your morning visit will be early and short since we need to be prepared before heading back toward the airport for your returning flight to Ecuador’s mainland.

Important: Itineraries and activities subject to change without prior notice. Depending on weather conditions and water currents, some wildlife described above may not be visible.

4 Days / 3 Nights (B) OCEAN SPRAY

Day 1 (Saturday)

FROM QUITO OR GUAYAQUIL TO SAN CRISTOBAL

Assistance will be provided for you when you arrive to the airport by one of our representatives after you have landed.

You will arrive at San Cristobal 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.

In the afternoon we will visit Lobos Island. The name of this island means “Sea Lion Island”. This appropriately named island is ripe with noisy, frolicking, jolly sea lions who will welcome you to their home with open fins! This island also offers great snorkeling opportunities as well as the chance to see Blue-Footed and Nazca Boobies.

 

Highlights: Snorkeling with sea lions, frigate birds, and Blue-footed Boobies.
Possible Activities: Short hike (less than 0.6 mi / 1km), dinghy ride and/or snorkeling.
Type of Landing: Dry landing
Difficulty: Easy/moderate

A dinghy ride and snorkeling around Kicker Rock (Leon Dormido) can be also be done in the afternoon.  Known as the Sleeping Lion because of its resemblance, this site is located off the coast of San Cristobal. There are remains of a lava cone eroded by the sea, two vertical rocks rising 500 feet above the ocean. This Galapagos Islands natural monument has become a favorite sight for cruises due to the many tropicbirds, frigate birds and boobies that fill the surrounding air. Beneath the sea the crystal waters offer a brilliant show of colorful tropical fish and invertebrates.

 

Highlights: Deep water snorkeling: Sharks, tropical fish, turtles, manta rays (occ.), hammerhead sharks, and spectacular rock formations.  Sea Birds: Blue-footed Boobies, Nazca Boobies & frigate birds. Second best place to snorkel in the Galapagos.
Possible Activities: Snorkeling & dinghy ride
Type of Landing: No Landing
Difficulty: Easy

Day 2 (Sunday)

SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND – PITT POINT & WITCH HILL

We will visit Pitt Point in the morning. Pitt Point holds its own as the northeastern most site on San Cristóbal. After an easy hike, you will be rewarded with a unique treat. Herein lays the only nesting site which hosts all species of Galápagos Boobies. Photographers will be thrilled with this intimate natural experience. The attractive volcanic tuff formations will have geologists and laymen alike imagining the forces of nature that possessed the Earth to create this land.

 

Highlights: Wonderful landscape, sea lion colony, three possible species of Boobies.
Possible Activities: Dinghy ride, snorkeling, kayaking & hike (1.5 mi/2.5 km)
Type of Landing: Wet landing
Difficulty: Moderate / Difficult

In the afternoon we’ll visit Witch Hill (Cerro Brujo) where you will explore one of the nicest beaches in the Galápagos. You’ll be tantalized by the texture and sight of the powdered, soft white sand. With a colony of sea lions and Blue-footed Boobies, this scenic place is bustling with life. Just beyond the beach is a lagoon, thriving with Egrets and Great Blue Herons. The turquoise water and abundant marine life will invite you to snorkel their midst.

 

Highlights: Beautiful rock formations, sea lions, shore birds, and land birds such as finches and mockingbirds.
Snorkeling: Spot tropical fish, anemones, and sponge coral.
Possible Activities: Hike, dinghy ride, snorkeling & kayaking
Type of Landing: Wet landing
Difficulty: Easy

Day 3 (Monday)

FLOREANA: POST OFFICE BAY & CORMORANT POINT/DEVIL’S CROWN

We will visit two sites on Floreana Island. In the morning, we will visit the famous Post Office Bay. You will land on a beach and head to a spot where 18th century whalers placed a wooden barrel for use as an unofficial mail box. The custom continues to this day with Galapagos visitors. So, don’t forget your postcards, and don’t be surprised if the post card arrives to its destination before you get home!

Highlights: Barrel Post Office and beautiful sandy beach.
Possible Activities: Short hike (less than 0.6 mi/1 km) & snorkeling
Type of Landing: Wet landing
Difficulty: Easy

In the afternoon, we will head to Cormorant Point. Here you can enjoy a hike to a salt-water lagoon which is home to flamingoes.  You’ll also be amazed by the green colored beach, caused by a high percentage of olivine crystals in the sand.  You will also get to swim in the crystal clear waters of Devil’s Crown. This extinct volcano peaks out of the waters just off of Floreana’s coast and offers a magnificent snorkeling experience.

 

Highlights: Flamingoes, green olivine crystal beach, and Devil’s Crown: The best snorkeling site in Galapagos Islands with sharks, rays, rock formations, and lots of tropical fish.
Possible Activities: Snorkeling & dinghy ride & hike (1.2 mi / 2km)
Type of Landing: Wet landing
Difficulty: Easy

Day 4 (Tuesday)

SANTA CRUZ ISLAND: BLACK TURTLE COVE & TRANSFER

Black Turtle Cove is located on the north side of Santa Cruz Island and is only accessible by boat and with a guide. 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, spotted eagle rays, and an occasional hammerhead shark. Pelicans and Boobies hunt here, diving gracefully into the water.

 

Highlights: Hammerhead sharks, rays, sea turtles, and sea birds.
Possible Activities: 2 hour dinghy ride
Type of Landing: No landing
Difficulty: Easy

After this final visit, you will be transferred to Baltra Island’s airport in time to catch your flight back to the mainland.

Please keep in mind that on departure days, your morning visit will be early and short since we need to be prepared before heading back toward the airport for your returning flight to Ecuador’s mainland.

Important: Itineraries and activities subject to change without prior notice. Depending on weather conditions and water currents, some wildlife described above may not be visible.

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