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Example 6 Day Cruise aboard Ocean Spray
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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.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Baltra - Chinese Hat
Day 2 : Isabela - Fernandina
Day 3 : Isabela
Day 4 : Isabela
Day 5 : Santa Cruz
Day 6 : South Plaza Island - Baltra

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

Ship

Ocean Spray

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Galapagos beach SALLY LIGHTFOOT CRAB Exploring the Galapagos Exploring the Galapagos Islands aboard the Millenium Sail the Galapagos on the Origin ship!
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Day 1 Baltra - Chinese Hat

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

Sail for Sombrero Chino (Chinese Hat), named for its volcanic rock shape. View Galapagos wildlife and birds, specifically American oystercatchers, Galapagos penguins, and Sally-Lightfoot crabs as they skirt across the rocks.

Day 2 Isabela - Fernandina

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Once upon Isabela, the Galapagos archipelago's youngest and most volcanically active island, visit Vicente Roca Point. Made of two separate coves, Vicente Roca is a large bay with spectacular sea life. Seahorses, sea turtles, and Mola-mola are abundant in the water.

In the afternoon, sail for Fernandina. This island was never invaded by foreign animal species, making it one of the most pristine eco-systems in the world. Take a short hike to the Flightless Cormorant nesting site and view the volcano La Cumbre. Throughout the day, snorkle in the clear, blue waters of the Galapagos.

Day 3 Isabela

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Explore Tagus Cove on Isabela and snorkel with penguins. Take a trail by Lake Darwin up to a high ridge which displays beautiful views of the island.

Head for Urbina Bay, located at the base of Alcedo Volcano, and explore its jagged coastline. View Land iguanas, hawks, coral reef, and giant tortoises. Snorkel with turtles, rays, and tropical fish.

Day 4 Isabela

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning, take a dinghy to Elizabeth Bay. This bay contains many islets which are frequented by Penguins and Blue-footed Boobies. This area is perfect for snorkeling and viewing schools of colorful fish, sea lions, and the occasional even shark.

In the afternoon, sail for Moreno Point. Hike along several lava paths which take you through tide pools and mangroves.

Day 5 Santa Cruz

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Visit the Charles Darwin Research Center to view Galapagos tortoises ranging between 3 inches to over 4 feet long!

After lunch, take off for the Santa Cruz Highlands to walk along a path and observe the hills, ferns, volcanoes, and rich wildlife. Explore the underground lava tubes with local guides.

Day 6 South Plaza Island - Baltra

  • 1 Breakfast
Head to South Plaza Island to view one of the largest sea lion colonies, as well as colorful yellow and red land iguanas. This small island features steep cliffs which were formed by rising lava. The ground is now covered by Opuntia cacti. Take a short hike around the island's unique landscape.

In the afternoon, transfer back to the airport for your returning flight to mainland Ecuador.
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Located on the main and upper decks, all cabins feature luxurious amenities, private bath facilities and private balconies.

Notes

Please provide your wetsuite size in advance prior to trip

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, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners
  • 5 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Professional, bilingual guide service as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed
  • Snorkeling equipment, wetsuits, and kayaks are all included in the cruise cost and are available for you use on board.
  • 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

Excluded

  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Internal Flights: Mainland Ecuador - Galapagos - Mainland Ecuador: $475-675
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Everything was amazing! The planning with Adventure Life went smoothly. The actual trip was fantastic! One of the best trips I have experienced. The cruise staff members were knowledgeable and attentive. I will be writing more about this on the blog!
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