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Sail for the highlights of the Galapagos on board the Ocean Spray. This 6-day cruise explores the Western Islands of Baltra, Isabela, Santa Cruz, and South Plaza. Immerse yourself in the clear blue water, ever-curious sea lions, and famed blue-footed boobies.
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Highlights
  • Snorkel with turtles, rays and tropical fish
  • Explore the jagged coastline of Urbina Bay
  • Hike along lava paths which take you to tide pools and mangroves
  • Take a trail by Lake Darwin to see beautiful views of the island
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Activity Level: Relaxed
Involves minimal physical effort and is typically associated with leisurely activities. Activities are low-intensity or last less than a few hours each day.
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Day 1: Baltra | Embark | Chinese Hat

Upon arrival, reception and assistance at the airport, transfer from Baltra Airport to the M/C Ocean Spray.

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, and sally lightfoot crabs.

Day 2: Vicente Roca Point, Isabela | Espinosa Point, Fernandina

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.

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, and 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 cormorants, marine iguanas, land iguanas, penguins, sea lions, various shorebirds, Galapagos Hawks, various tropical fish, sally lightfoot crabs, sea turtles.

Day 3: Tagus cove | Urbina Bay, Isabela

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 cormorants, Galapagos penguins, marine iguanas, sally lightfoot crabs, and mangrove finches.

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 cormorants, marine iguanas, sea turtles, land iguanas, Galapagos Hawk, sally lightfoot crabs, Galapagos tortoise.

Day 4: Elizabeth bay | Moreno Point, Isabela

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 cormorants, marine iguanas, pelicans, sally lightfoot crabs, tropical fish, and marine life such as Galapagos sharks.

The beautiful rocky shores of Moreno Point offer a plethora of birds to be seen. It is truly a birder's delight. The main attraction is 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 cormorants, marine iguanas, sally lightfoot crabs, sea turtles, land iguanas, Galápagos Hawk, Galapagos tortoise.

Day 5: Charles Darwin | Highlands, Santa Cruz

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

The highlands are located in the northern part of Santa Cruz and can reach elevations up to 1500 meters. This area is rich in 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, and other shorebirds.

Day 6: South Plaza Island | Disembark | Baltra

  • 1 Breakfast
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 which 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.

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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 are conditional and may not apply on certain departures. Please contact us for more information.

Children under 12 may receive discounts on Galapagos flight fares and entrance fees. Contact us for details.
Included
  • 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners
  • 5 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Snorkeling equipment, wetsuits, kayaks, and paddleboards are all included in the cruise cost and are available for your use onboard.
  • Bilingual Naturalist Guide 
  • Adventure Life Pre-departure Services and In-Country Assistance (Quito Representative)
  • Shore Excursions, Swimming and Snorkeling 
  • Transfers and Baggage Handling in the Galapagos
  • Soft drinks and juices
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Galapagos Park Entrance Fee: $200 per adult, $100 per child under 12 (fees of $100 per adult and $50 per child valid on arrivals through Aug 1, 2024). Payable upon arrival to the Galapagos, only in cash dollars. Subject to increase by Galapagos Park Service.
  • Internal Flights: Mainland Ecuador - Galapagos - Mainland Ecuador: $475-675

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