Galapagos: Ocean Spray | 6 days

From Baltra Island to Baltra Island
  • Ecuador
  • Galapagos Islands
  • Small Ship Cruising
  • Wildlife and Nature
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Tour Description

Cruise the Galapagos in comfort onboard the modern Ocean Spray catamaran. The Ocean Spray boasts a huge sundeck with a jacuzzi and spacious cabins, each with a private balcony for great views.  Our expert team will educate you about the incredible natural history of the Galapagos Islands and guide you through daily excursions, including walks, kayaking, snorkeling, paddle boarding, dinghy rides, wildlife observation, and there will still be plenty of time for relaxing on your Galapagos Islands vacation.

Follow in Darwin's footsteps when you visit Galapagos, and take in all the amazing natural wonders of the area on board this 6 day Galapagos cruise. Encompassing the popular visitor sites of Isabela, Fernandina, South Plaza and Santa Cruz Islands, you will treated to amazing views and unique wildlife encounters including Galapagos tortoises, sea lions, Galapagos Hawks, sea turtles, land and marine iguanas, blue-footed boobies, Nazca boobies and more!

Visit Galapagos and experience an untouched paradise. There are 4, 5 and 8 day itineraries also available, please ask for more details 

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Cruise in comfort - a private balcony for each cabin, huge sundeck, al fresco dining.

Encounter the unique Galapagos wildlife on foot, as well as opportunities to explore by kayak, paddle board or dinghy.

"There will be plenty of time to snorkel, my favourite activity in the Galapagos, where you can come face to face with tropical fish, turtles, playful sea lions!" Tara, Team Viva

Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive Baltra Island Chinese Hat

5 night itinerary - please ask us about other exciting itineraries on the Ocean Spray

Fly from Quito to or Guayaquil to Baltra (additional charge)

Arriving in Galapagos, passengers are picked up at the airport by our naturalist guides and taken to the pier to board the Ocean Spray and settle in.

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.

Activities: Hiking, snorkeling
Difficulty: Moderate
Landing: Wet landing
Possible Wildlife: Sea lions, various shorebirds, white-cheeked pintail ducks, penguins, Galapagos Hawks, various tropical fish, sally lightfoot crabs.

Day 2
Isabela and Fernandina islands

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.

Activities: Panga ride, snorkeling
Difficulty: Easy / Moderate
Landing: No landing

Possible Wildlife: Sea lions, various shorebirds, blue-footed boobies, nazca boobies, fur seals, whales, sea turtles, various tropical fish, sally lightfoot crabs and other marine species.

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.

Activities: Hiking, snorkeling
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
Landing: Dry landing - may be slippery
Possible Wildlife: Flightless cormorant, marine iguanas, land iguanas, penguins, sea lions, various shorebirds, Galapagos Hawks, various tropical fish, sally lightfoot crabs, sea turtles.

Day 3
Isabela: Tagus Cove & Urbina Bay

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.

Activities: Hike, snorkeling and panga ride
Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Landing: Dry
Possible Wildlife: Sea lions, various shorebirds, flightless cormorant, Galapagos penguins, marine iguanas, sally lightfoot crabs, mangrove finches.
What to Bring: Walking sticks and sturdy footwear for the hike, camera is a must!

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.

Activities: Hike, snorkeling and panga ride
Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Landing: Wet
Possible Wildlife: Sea lions, various shorebirds, flightless cormorant, marine iguanas, sea turtles, land iguanas, Galapagos Hawk, sally lightfoot crabs, Galapagos tortoise.

Day 4
Isabela: Elizabeth Bay & Moreno Point

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.

Activities: Panga ride
Difficulty: Easy
Landing: No Landing
Possible Wildlife: Sea lions, frigate birds, sea turtles, various shorebirds, flightless cormorant, marine iguanas, pelicans, sally lightfoot crabs, tropical fish and marine life such as Galapagos sharks.

PM: Isabela - Moreno Point
The beautiful rocky shores of Moreno Point offers a plethora of birds to be seen. It is truly a birders delight. The main attraction are the coast lagoons where white tipped sharks can be seen and the panoramic views of Sierra Negra and Cerro Azul volcanoes cannot be missed.

Activities: Hike, snorkeling and panga ride
Difficulty: Moderate
Landing: Wet
Possible Wildlife: Sea lions, great blue herons, various shorebirds, flightless cormorant, marine iguanas, sally lightfoot crabs, sea turtles, land iguanas, Galápagos Hawk, Galapagos tortoise.

Day 5
Santa Cruz: Charles Darwin research station and highlands

AM: Santa Cruz - Charles Darwin Research Station
The Charles Darwin Research Station is one of the 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.

Activities: Visit to the research station
Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Landing: Dry
Possible Wildlife: Galapagos tortoises in captivation and various stages of tortoises.

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 with 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.

Activities: Hike
Difficulty: Moderate
Landing: Dry
Possible Wildlife: Galapagos tortoises, finches, mockingbirds, lava lizards, pintail ducks, other shorebirds.

Day 6
South Plaza Depart Baltra

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.

Activities: Hike
Difficulty: Moderate


Landing: Dry
Possible Wildlife: frigatebirds, sally lightfoot crabs, sea lions, land iguanas, swallow-tailed gulls, various shorebirds and seabirds.

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.

What’s Included

Accommodation
  • Included Copy 20 On board Ocean Spray in a stateroom cabin
Food
  • Included Copy 20 All meals and snacks during the cruise
  • Included Copy 20 Soft drinks and juices
  • Included Copy 20 Captains welcome and farewell cocktail
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 Galapagos National Park bilingual Guide
  • Included Copy 20 Use of snorkeling fins and wetsuits
  • Included Copy 20 Daily excursions with English speaking naturalist guide
  • Included Copy 20 Use of kayaks and paddle boards
  • Included Copy 7 Return flights Quito or Guayaquil / Galapagos Islands
  • Included Copy 7 Ingala Tourist Card USD$20 (Payable locally)
  • Included Copy 7 Galapagos Islands National Park Entrance Fee USD$100
Transportation
Ocean Spray | Galapagos Cruise Ship

16 Passengers

Activities

  • Included Snorkelling and swimming, or even paddle boarding
  • Included Paradise for bird watchers - spot blue footed boobies, Galapagos Hawks and more!
  • Included Excursions by dinghy and kayak
  • Included Chance to spot Galapagos penguins!
  • Included Meet the Galapagos tortoise at the Charles Darwin Research Centre
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Duration

6 days

Price from

$5,510 USD

Per person, twin share

Departs select Saturdays