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Snorkeling near the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico

Northern Galapagos Catamaran Cruise

Example 5 Day Cruise aboard Ocean Spray
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Marine Iguanas in tidal pool
Highlights
  • Hike 375 stairs to the summit of Bartolome for panoramic views
  • Trek through mangroves and view Nazca boobies & swallow-tailed gulls
  • Snorkel in search of octopi, moray eel, and schools of fish
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Trip Type:
  • Small Ship
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Baltra | Embark | 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: Darwin Bay | El Barranco, 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 3: Espumilla Beach | Buccaneer Cove | Egas Port, Santiago

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Espumilla Beach is a popular place for marine iguanas and Sally Lightfoot Crabs. The crabs attract the hunting herons, performing the dance of predator and prey. With an abundance of marine life including octopi, moray eel, and shark, snorkeling is highly recommended.

Years ago Buccaneer Cove was a safe haven where pirates in the 1600 and 1700’s would stake out on the Northwestern side of Santiago Island.  Sea turtles now take the pirates place and dig their nests for their eggs near the Mangrove trees.  It is a great location for snorkeling and many marine birds and sea lions can be found here.

Also known as James Bay, Egas Port is home to the curious Galapagos Hawks and Quick-footed Galapagos Lava Lizards. The trail leads to a coastline with gorgeous tide pools and grottos full of fauna. Here the Galapagos Fur Sea Lions bathe in the sun. This is also a great snorkeling site

Day 4: North Seymour | Highlands, Santa Cruz

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

Day 5: Mosquera Islet | Disembark | 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 of Ecuador.

Photo Gallery

Snorkeling near the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico Marine Iguanas in tidal pool Pinnacle rock on Bartolome Sea lions napping on a dock in the Galapagos Tidal pool on Santiago

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Book now and get a 10% off discount OR Early Bird discounts when traveling on any available dates in 2021 or 2022 This offer valid until June 2021 and applies to itineraries aboard the M/C Elite, M/C Endemic, and M/C Ocean Spray luxury yachts. Additional restrictions may apply. Please contact us for details.
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Deluxe Cabins
Located on the main and upper decks, all cabins feature luxurious amenities, private bath facilities and private balconies.

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
  • 4 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 4 Dinners
  • 4 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
  • Galapagos Park Entrance Fee: $100 per adult, $50 per child under 12
  • Internal Flights: Mainland Ecuador - Galapagos - Mainland Ecuador: $475-675

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The trip was terrific with great planning on your part. Most of the adventures were not mainstream and somewhat off the beaten path which made it especially enjoyable!! We felt taken care of and you all were readily available to respond to questions and issues. I would highly recommend your company and friends have already expressed interest based on our pictures and excitement.
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