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Islands Circumnavigation - East

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Embark on a Galapagos adventure on board the Ocean Spray. This 8-day Circumnavigation explores the islands of Genovesa, Santiago, Floreana, and more. Swim with sea lions, relax on picturesque beaches, and follow walking trails over lava formations and varied vegetation.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : San Cristobal - Lobos
Day 2 : San Cristobal
Day 3 : Floreana
Day 4 : Santa Cruz Island - Black Turtle Cove - Bartolome
Day 5 : Genovesa
Day 6 : Santiago
Day 7 : North Seymour - Santa Cruz Island
Day 8 : Mosquera - Baltra


  • Explore Witch Hill and relax on white sand beaches
  • Swim with reef fish and glimpse hammerhead and Galapagos sharks
  • Visit Cormorant Point, the site of a large flock of flamingos
  • Snorkel in the clear water around Kicker Rock


Ocean Spray

Places Visited

  • Ecuador
  • Galapagos
  • South America
  • Baltra
  • Bartolome
  • Black Turtle Cove
  • Floreana
  • Genovesa
  • Isla Lobos
  • Mosquera
  • North Seymour
  • Puerto Ayora
  • Punta Pitt
  • San Cristobal
  • San Cristobal Airport
  • Santa Cruz


Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level


Trip Snapshots

(Santiago) (Santa Cruz) Inside the lava tube A pair of friendly sea lions a female lava lizard on Isabella. she came up to get her photo taken. Bartolome

Day 1 San Cristobal - Lobos

Arrive at the airport and transfer to the Ocean Spray.

Spend the day at Lobos Island and Kicker Rock. The island is home to countless sea lions, blue-footed boobies, great frigatebirds, brown pelicans, lava gulls, common noddies, yellow warblers and small and medium ground finches. The clear water of the area sports wonderful snorkeling and opportunities to swim with the sea lions. At Kicker Rock, swim with reef fish in the channel and glimpse hammerhead and Galapagos sharks.

Day 2 San Cristobal

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Sail to Pitt Point and hike up a cliff which takes travelers through a ravine and an abundance of birds. View the sea lion colony and swim in the warm waters.

In the afternoon, explore Witch Hill and relax on its picturesque white-sand beaches.

Day 3 Floreana

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Visit Post Office Bay, famous for its wooden barrel which posed as an unofficial mail box in the 18th century. The tradition has continued to the present, as travelers can leave addressed postcards in the barrel and sort through left mail to deliver those close to home.

In the afternoon, visit Cormorant Point, the site of a large flock of flamingos. Relax on one of the beaches, aptly named for the color of their sands.

Day 4 Santa Cruz Island - Black Turtle Cove - Bartolome

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning, visit Black Turtle Cove by dinghy and admire the Blacktip and whitetip reef sharks, sea turtles, and a variety of rays which are often spotted here. The calm and secluded location of the cove makes it a safe haven for young marine life.

Day 5 Genovesa

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Set sail for Darwin Bay and land on its white-sand coral beach. Take a half-mile trail through the mangroves and view Nazca Boobies, Red-footed Boobies, and Swallow-tailed Gulls. Tidal pools are teeming with young sea lions and reef fish, and the occasional hammerhead shark can be found among the rocks.

Snorkel in the water before heading to El Barranco, also known as Prince Phillip's Steps. Hike up the steep rocky face to the top of a cliff where you can see Red-footed Boobies, Short-eared Lava Owls, Galapagos Swallows, and Galapagos Doves.

Day 6 Santiago

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Travel to Espumilla Beach, a popular location for viewing marine iguanas and Sally Lightfoot Crabs. Grab a snorkel and view octopi, moray eel, and sharks in the water.

From Espumilla, set sail for Egas Port and view Galapagos Hawks and Quick-footed Galapagos Lava Lizards. Take a trail across the coastline and view tidal pools and grottos which are home to Galapagos Fur Sea Lions. Snorkel in the clear pools or relax on the beach.

Day 7 North Seymour - Santa Cruz Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Visit North Seymour Island to swim with Galapagos Sea Lions. The island is known for its arid and rocky landscape.

In the afternoon, travel to the Santa Cruz Highlands. Take a path along the island and observe the hills, ferns, volcanoes, and rich wildlife. Home to giant tortoises, forest, mockingbirds, Bahama ducklings, White-cheeked Pintail ducklings, Darwin finches, and many other species, The Santa Cruz Highlands delight travelers with its diverse fauna. Explore the underground lava tubes with your guide.

Day 8 Mosquera - Baltra

  • 1 Breakfast
Journey to Mosquera Islet, a reef of rocks and coral. This islet houses one of the largest populations of sea lions and many sea birds make their nests along the rocky shore.

Transfer to the airport and return to the mainland.

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Located on the main and upper decks, all cabins feature luxurious amenities, private bath facilities and private balconies.

Single Supplement

This yacht requires single travelers to pay a supplement for private accommodations unless a roommate can be found.

Child Discount

25% discount for children under age 12 at time of Galapagos cruise when traveling with two adults in a triple room. Child discounts not available March 19 - 26 and Dec 17 - Jan 3.

Children under 12 receive a discount of $135 off adult flight rates, and discounted Galapagos Entrance Fee of $50


  • Accommodations on board Ocean Spray based on double occupancy
  • Meals while in the Galapagos
  • Bilingual Naturalist Guide
  • Shore Excursions
  • Swimming and Snorkeling
  • Adventure Life Pre-departure Services and In-Country Assistance (Quito Representative)
  • Transfers and Baggage Handling in the Galapagos
  • Snorkeling Equipment
  • Wetsuit
  • Sea Kayaking


  • Airfare (see Galapagos Flights)
  • Quito/Guayaquil Hotel and Transfers
  • $100 Galapagos Park Fee
  • $80 Galapagos Transit Card and Airport Assistance
  • $45 International Departure Tax
  • Gratuities and drinks aboard the ship
  • Travel Insurance

Galapagos Flights

  • Quito - Galapagos Roundtrip
    • $530 - $595
  • Guayaquil - Galapagos Roundtrip
    • $475 - $540

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