Northern Islands Cruise

Snorkeling at Pinnacle Rock
Sandra Dave
Sea lions napping on a dock in the Galapagos
Snorkeling in the Galapagos.
A Red-footed Booby sitting in a bush.
Yvonne Smith
Kids loving Santa Cruz Island
Ocean Spray's beautiful lounge area.
Enjoy the view from the Ocean Spray's sun deck.
Journey to the Galapagos Islands on board the Ocean Spray. This 5-day Northern Islands cruise explores the islands of Genovesa, South Plaza, Mosquero, and Santiago. Light hiking, pristine snorkeling, and swimming with sea lions makes this trip the perfect introductory course to the Galapagos archipelago.

Day 1

Baltra - Bartolome

Arrive at Baltra Island Airport and transfer to the Ocean Spray.

Cruise to Bartholomew Island, home of the famous Pinnacle Rock. The island is an extinct volcano and is covered with red, orange, black and green volcanic formations. Take a trail of 375 stairs to the summit of the volcano for sprawling views of the island. Alternatively, the beach is perfect for snorkeling.

Day 2

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, 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 3

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, 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 seals. Snorkel in the clear pools or relax on the beach.

Day 4

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

North Seymour - Santa Cruz Island - Highlands

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 delights travelers with its diverse fauna. Explore the underground lava tubes with your guide.

Day 5

  • Breakfast

Mosquera - Baltra

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 of Ecuador.

All itineraries are subject to change due to weather or changes by the National Park Service or yacht operator.
 Deluxe Cabins

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
  • $35 Galapagos Transit Card and Airport Assistance
  • $45 International Departure Tax
  • Gratuities and drinks aboard the ship
  • Travel Insurance

Galapagos Flights

    Quito - Galapagos Roundtrip

  • $530 - $590

    Guayaquil - Galapagos Roundtrip

  • $475 - $520

Optional Hospitality Packages