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Ocean Spray Catamaran - 7 Nights Itinerary B

The unrivaled spaciousness of the Ocean Spray motor catamaran’s design, also seen in the cabins and all other guest areas, is complemented by the equally unmatched stability and speed that only catamarans can provide. Indeed, her speed, comfort and stability make the 16-passenger Galapagos Ocean Spray a perfect choice for your Galapagos Islands cruise adventure. On this 8-day/7-night Galapagos luxury cruise on board the luxury Ocean Spray “mega” catamaran (called this because of its large staterooms and huge sundeck), you will explore the very best on land and water. Experienced guides and knowledgeable naturalists will keep you informed every step of the way on this Galapagos Islands tour of central, northern and southern islands of the archipelago. Experience close-up encounters with unique species like flightless cormorants, marine iguanas and enormous Galapagos tortoises on your visit to the legendary bucket-list destination. Discover some of the best cruising performance and comfort.

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“We loved every moment of our trip and could not have done it without Ligia and Surtrek. I highly recommend them!”Irene Alcock

Ocean Spray Catamaran: Highlights

Galapagos Islands, San Cristobal (Pitt Point and Kicker Rock), Floreana, Bartolome & North Seymour Islands

Ocean Spray Catamaran: Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: San Cristobal Island: Lobos Island – Kicker Rock
Day 2: San Cristobal Island: Punta Pitt – Cerro Brujo
Day 3: Floreana Island: Post Office Bay – Cormorant Point
Day 4: Santa Cruz Island: Black Turtle Cove // Bartolome Island: Pinnacle Rock
Day 5: Genovesa Island: Darwin Bay – Prince Phillip’s Steps
Day 6: Santiago Island: Espumilla Beach – Buccaneer Cove – Puerto Egas Beach
Day 7: North Seymour Island // Santa Cruz Island: The Highlands
Day 8: Mosquera Island // Baltra Island: Airport
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Ocean Spray Catamaran: Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 - Saturday
San Cristobal Island: Lobos Island – Kicker Rock

AM: In the morning you will fly from mainland Ecuador to the Galapagos Islands. At the airport on San Cristobal Island, after you will pay the entrance fee to the national park, a member of the crew will welcome you and accompany you to your ship.  After lunch and a security briefing, we will go on our first land-visit to Lobos Island, located across from San Cristobal Island. This is a seasonal nesting location for Blue-footed boobies and Frigatebirds. You also can enjoy swimming and snorkeling with sea lions in the island’s calm bay.

PM: In the afternoon we will follow the route that Charles Darwin once took and sail around the massive tuff-rock called “Kicker Rock,” which is a nesting site for hosts of sea birds. Here, you will be able to find Blue-footed boobies, pelicans, and frigate birds.  This is a great site for scuba diving, and hammerhead sharks can be seen in the area. 

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Lunch - Dinner
Day 2 - Sunday
San Cristobal Island: Punta Pitt – Cerro Brujo

AM: In the morning we will visit Punta Pitt, on the eastern side of San Cristobal Island. Its 1.4 km-long path leads you through colonies of Frigatebirds, Fork-tailed seagulls, Masked boobies, and Red- and Blue-footed boobies.

PM: Then we will visit Cerro Brujo, a fascinating lava hill located on the northeastern coast of San Cristobal Island. On the rocks you can observe Blue-footed boobies, sea gulls and some pelicans. The protected bay is popular among young sea turtles and rays, and there is excellent swimming and snorkeling here.   

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 3 - Monday
Floreana Island: Post Office Bay – Cormorant Point

AM: Today we will visit Floreana Island, considered to be one of the most exotic islands in the archipelago.  There are countless legends that are part of the history of this island, as pirates and buccaneers were drawn to this island in search of for food and water. Later the island was colonized by Norwegians, Brits, and Germans, among others in search of way to make money from what they hoped to discover here. The name Floreana is in honor of Juan Jose Flores, Ecuador’s first president.  On the island, we will visit Post Office Bay where the legendary post barrel that whalers historically used to put their mail in is still kept. You can leave a letter here in hopes that it will make to its destination via another tourist.  So don’t forget to bring postcards along.

PM: This afternoon’s excursion is to the Cormorant Point visitor site. After a wet landing on the beach, we will go down a 100-meter-long path to a mangrove lagoon, which is home to Galapagos ducks, black herons, oystercatchers and plovers.  With a little bit of luck, you can also see flamingos. Another path leads to a small beach that is an important nesting site for sea turtles. In the shallow water here, one can often find stingrays and Whitetip reef sharks now and then.   

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 4 - Tuesday
Santa Cruz Island: Black Turtle Cove // Bartolome Island: Pinnacle Rock

AM: Today we will visit Santa Cruz Island, the second largest of the Galapagos Islands and located in the center of the archipelago. Located there is Black Turtle Cove, a nesting site for sea turtles. There are a number of mangrove forests here as well.  With luck, the calm water will allow you to see different types of sharks, ones like Whitetip reef sharks, or schools of golden mustard rays.

PM: Upon arriving on Bartolomé Island, we will go up to a lookout point to admire the spectacular panorama of Sullivan Bay and the famous Pinnacle Rock. The beaches at the foot of the Pinnacle Rock boast some of the finest snorkeling in the islands. There, you can discover a marvelous underwater world and will have a good chance of finding gently gliding sea turtles. On the beaches beneath Pinnacle Rock, it’s quite possible to meet one of the quick-as-an-arrow Galapagos penguins; at around 25 centimeters tall, this is second smallest species of penguin in the world.  Likewise, you’re likely to see harmless Whitetip reef sharks in these waters.   

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 5 - Wednesday
Genovesa Island: Darwin Bay – Prince Phillip’s Steps

AM: Our destination for today is Genovesa Island, considered to be one of the wildest and most pristine islands in Galapagos National Park. Known as “Bird Island,” Genovesa is the only place where you will be able to see Red-footed boobies. After a wet landing at Genovesa Island’s Darwin Bay, we will walk along a short path that leads through the nesting sites of booby and frigatebird colonies. On the beach, you can observe the interesting spectacle of how frigate birds try to rob the prey of the different species of boobies.

PM: In the afternoon we will go ashore at a crater wall where Prince Phillip’s Steps are located.  These stairs were carved in the stone wall and lead up to a wide plateau where you will find nesting places of great frigate birds, red-billed tropic birds, Bahama ducks, lava seagulls, and fork-tailed seagulls. During this easy stroll, we will cross a little scalesia wood where you can observe the short-eared owl.  With a little bit of luck, you will also be able to observe the unique courtship carried out by various species of boobies (Red- and Blue-footed boobies as well as masked boobies). It truly is a show.  The same path will lead us back to your boat.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 6 - Thursday
Santiago Island: Espumilla Beach – Buccaneer Cove – Puerto Egas Beach

AM: This morning we will land on the fourth largest island in the Galapagos: Santiago Island, also known as “James Island” or “San Salvador Island.” The old rusted machines and run-down buildings of former salt mine workers are still apparent on the island, though the last attempts to populate Santiago Island were given up on forty years ago.  On the island we will visit Espumilla Beach, where marine iguanas relax and sea turtles nest. While snorkeling, you might find octopuses, morays and many types of tropical fish. There is also a Palo Santo forest close to this beach. From there we will go to Buccaneer Cove, which in the 18th and 19th centuries was a shelter for pirates, whalers and sailors. The bay is surrounded by high tuff clips where many sea birds nest. In the cliffs, you can try to find two rock formations that look like a monkey and an elephant.

PM: After lunch we will have a wet landing on the dark sand beach of Puerto Egas, where you can find an abundance of marine iguanas. After a short walk of about 2 km along the coast, we will reach the rugged lava coastline. On these shores are natural pools where you can find sea lions, herons and other sea birds. The surrounding area is also a good spot for observing colonies of red Sally Light Foot crabs, lava lizards, Galapagos buzzards and lava herons.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 7 - Friday
North Seymour Island // Santa Cruz Island: The Highlands

AM: After a dry landing on North Seymour Island, we will take a short walk along the coast. Here you will encounter Swallow-tailed gulls, sea lions and Cliff crabs. This part of Seymour Island is also known for being a major nesting site for Blue-footed boobies and the largest colony of Magnificent frigatebirds, a species different from the Great frigatebird. We can also spot both of the endemic species of iguanas: marine iguanas and land iguanas. You will enjoy this relaxing hike around the nesting sites.

PM: We will then visit the Highlands of Santa Cruz Island, where the lush landscape is a welcome contrast to the arid scenery of the smaller, lower islands. On the way, we will cross through different vegetation zones – from the dry lower region full of cactuses, to the scalesia woods in the Highlands.  There one can find two small agricultural communities that grow the famous organic Galapagos coffee.  While in the Highlands you will have the option of visiting one of two tortoise breeding centers: El Chato or Rancho Las Primicias. At either site, approaching these enormous and slow-moving reptiles is always an inspiring adventure. The El Chato tortoise reserve was founded in 1964 to allow visitors observe the island’s huge Galapagos turtles and White herons in their natural habitat. You will also be able to walk through nearby underground lava tunnels formed during volcanic eruptions. As the outside of the lava hardened, the inside continued to flow to the ocean, creating these tunnels. Alternatively, Rancho Primicias is a great place to see about ten to fifteen Galapagos giant tortoises in the wild. In addition to being able to view the ocean from this location in the Highlands, you can walk through a lava cave that was formed by a volcanic eruption.   .   

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 8 - Saturday
Mosquera Island // Baltra Island: Airport

AM: Today we will anchor at Mosquera Island, which is located near Itabaca Channel and in between the Baltra and Seymour islands. The island consists of a long narrow stretch of white sand, rocks and small lagoons with large populations of sea lions. This is one of the best places to take photos of these aquatic mammals. A stroll down the beach also permits views of Brown pelicans and Blue-footed boobies.

Afterwards, we will take a bus to Itabaca Channel, which we will cross to reach the Baltra Island airport for your flight back to the mainland. Enjoy the last view of the “enchanted islands,” a unique paradise with fascinating natural highlights.   

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Breakfast

Ocean Spray Catamaran: Prices

2018 - Price per person
Room
8 Days
StateroomsUS$ 6,880
Included in the price:
  • Accommodations onboard the Ocean Spray in double accommodations
  • land excursions
  • all meals during the cruise
  • soft drinks and juices
  • Welcome courtesy and reception
  • services of a certified Galapagos National Park guide
  • use of snorkeling gear
  • wetsuits and kayaks.
Not included in the price:
  • Flights to/from the Galapagos Islands
  • entrance fee to the Galapagos National Park ($ 100 USD per adult)
  • Transit Control Card for the Galapagos ($20)
  • tips and gratuities
  • bottled soft drinks in plastic containers.
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