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Ocean Spray: 8-Day Cruise

Galapagos – Luxury

8-Day Galapagos Cruise

Bounce all around the Galapagos Islands on this complete 8 day cruise aboard the Ocean Spray. 

From Isabela Island and its intimidating volcanoes to the southeastern island of Española where you will find blue footed boobies and unforgettable birdlife, this journey takes it all in.


Please note that the itinerary below is dependent on the Galapagos National Park regulations, weather and sea conditions, wildlife behavior, and accessibility to locations, so may vary. All times indicated are approximate, and are also subject to change.

Ocean Spray dining room

AM: Baltra Island, Embarkation

Arrival in Baltra airport and transfer to the boat. Welcome drink & briefing onboard about the boat and the island.

PM: Sombrero Chino Island – wet landing

Activities: hiking, snorkeling

Sombrero Chino is named after its shape formed by volcanic rock giving it the name, Chinese Hat.  Since it was given a maximum visiting capacity by the National Park Service it 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 islet is home to a colony of sea lions on the white coral sand beach.  Here you can see American Oystercatchers, Galapagos Penguins swimming along the shores, and Sally-Lightfoot Crabs in bright contrast to the dark volcanic rock. Possible activities include a hike of 400 meters starting at the beach rising up to160 feet exploring the different volcanic remnants and rare plant life along with amazing views, and snorkeling among White-Tipped Reef Sharks and various tropical fish! Highlights include American Oystercatchers, Sally-Lightfoot Crabs, sea lion colonies, Galapagos Penguins, Lava Lizards, and marine iguanas.

Galapagos wildlife

AM: Isabela Island, Vicente Roca Point – no landing

Activities: panga exploration, snorkeling

At Punta Vicente Roca you will do a panga ride around the beautiful coast line before jumping into the water to enjoy one of the best snorkeling sites of the Galapagos. The underwater cliffs found here are filled with enough colors and life to amaze everyone looking at them for the first time.

PM: Fernandina Island, Espinosa Point – dry landing

Activities: hiking

Crossing the Bolivar Channel that divides Isabela and Fernandina Islands, we will land at Espinosa Point. After walking past a colony of marine iguanas and a group of sea lions, we'll reach the island's highlight: the Flightless cormorant nesting site. This area also provides a great opportunity to see the Galapagos Hawk. Highlights include Flightless Cormorants, marine iguanas, A'A lava, sea lions, penguins, and active volcano “La Cumbre”.

Galapagos turtles

AM: Isabela Island, Tagus Cove – dry landing

Activities: hiking, panga exploration, snorkeling

Tagus Cove is located across from Fernandina Island, near the Bolivar Channel dividing the two islands. This spot has been frequented by ships since the 1800s, using the area as an anchorage site. Trails winding by Lake Darwin up to a ridge display wonderful views. Punta Tortuga, just north of Tagus Cove, is another lovely beach surrounded by mangroves. Highlights include penguins, Flightless Cormorants, Darwin Volcano & Lake.

PM: Isabela Island, Urbina Bay – wet landing

Activities: hiking, panga exploration, snorkeling 

Urbina Bay is located at the base of Alcedo Volcano on the west coast, between Tagus Cove and Elizabeth Bay. This area experienced a major uplift in 1954, causing the land to rise over 16 feet. The coast expanded half a mile out, leaving marine life stranded on the new shore. This area is also a great place for snorkeling. Highlights include land iguanas (the biggest in Galapagos), hawks, coral reef, giant tortoises; snorkeling: turtles, rays, and tropical fish.

Galapagos cruises

AM: Isabela Island, Elizabeth Bay – no landing

Activities: panga exploration

Elizabeth Bay is located on the east coast of Isabela Island. The bay contains many islets, which can be visited by dinghy. Penguins and Blue-footed Boobies can be spotted on the rocky islets. With an abundance of marine life and clear water, the area is perfect for snorkeling and viewing schools of colorful fish, sea lions, and perhaps even sharks. Highlights include mangrove forest (unique in Galapagos), sea turtles, penguins, rays, herons, and sea lions.

PM: Isabela Island, Moreno Point – dry landing

Activities: hiking, panga exploration, snorkeling

Moreno Point is located near Elizabeth Bay on the west coast of Isabela Island. The plethora of birds seen during a dinghy ride along the striking rocky shores or a hike along path through lava rock leading to tide pools and mangroves create a birdwatcher’s delight. In the tide pools green sea turtles or white-tip sharks can be spotted. Highlights include flamingoes, gallinules, Pintail ducks, turtles, and whitetip reef sharks.

Galapagos crabs

AM: Santa Cruz Island, Charles Darwin Research Center – dry landing

Activities: hiking

The Charles Darwin Research Station is home to turtles ranging from 3-inches (new hatchlings) to 4-feet long. Sub-species of turtles interact with one another and many of the older turtles are accustomed to humans, stretching out their heads for a pet. The babies are kept until they are about four years old and strong enough to survive on their own. Highlights include giant Tortoises in captivation and discovering the center.

PM: Santa Cruz Island, Highlands – dry landing

Activities: hiking

Here at the Highlands, you can walk along a path, observing the hills, ferns, volcanoes, and rich wildlife. This area is home to giant tortoises, forest, mockingbirds, Bahama ducklings, White-cheeked Pintail ducklings, Darwin finches, and many other species. Highlights include wild turtles and the tortoises breeding center.

Ocean Spray boat balcony

AM: South Plaza Island – dry landing

Activities: hiking

In the morning, you will head to South Plaza Island. This small island with steep cliffs was formed by rising lava and is now covered by Opuntia cacti. It is also home to one of the largest sea lion colonies as well as colorful yellow and red land iguanas. The most characteristic plant is the Sesuvium. During the rainy season its color is a greenish to yellowish tone and in the dry season (end of June through January) a bright red. Highlights include land iguanas, sea lion colony, Audubon´s shearwaters, Swallow-tailed Gulls, Nazca Boobies, and amazing cliff landscapes.

PM: Santa Fe Island – dry landing

Activities: hiking

Santa Fe (Barrington) is home to the small picturesque bay and anchorage on the island’s northeast coast. The bay has two visitor trails, one leading to a scenic viewpoint atop a cliff, and the other spanning from a small beach to a tall prickly pear cactus forest. Highlights include Land Iguanas and giant tunas.

Galapagos sea lions

AM: Española Island, Suárez Point – dry landing

Activities: hiking

Punta Suárez is a spectacular walk into the intimacies of life at sea, with nesting sites of Blue-footed and Nazca Boobies, as youll as the fascinating breeding rituals (April to December) of Waved Albatross. Lined with neon-colored marine iguanas (January), and lazy Galapagos sea lions, you walk up to an amazing viewpoint of the famous blowhole.

PM: Española Island, Gardner Bay – dry landing

Activities: hiking, kayaking, panga exploration, snorkeling

Spend the rest of the day in fantastic Española, starting with Gardner Bay, an outstanding beach with sea lions, marine iguanas, and the intrepid Española Mockingbird.

PM: Española Island, Osborne Islet – wet landing

Activities: snorkeling, swimming

After landing, you can walk across a lovely white sand beach amongst a busy sea lion colony or dive into the water to swim with sea lion pups. This small island is a marine visit where you can enjoy fantastic snorkeling and swimming. Highlights include a white sandy beach, sea lions, and mockingbirds.

Galapagos hiking

AM: San Cristobal Island, Interpretation Center – dry landing

Activities: hiking

The Interpretation Center was opened in 1998 as a phase of the project “Interpretation and Environment Education Project.” Visitors enjoy expositions on natural history, human history, and conservation. The conservation efforts represent the movement to protect the wildlife and natural environment through means of population and tourist control. The Interpretation Center has an outdoor stadium, audio-visual equipment, and meeting rooms. Highlights include various interactive exhibits for all ages.

AM: San Cristobal Island, La Galapaguera – dry landing

Activities: hiking

A visitor site in the southeast part of San Cristobal Island that can be reached in roughly one hour by road from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. On the trees and shrubs surrounding the site, you may see land birds like warbler, finches and mockingbirds, and on the trails, Giant Tortoises. Highlights include giant tortoises in captivity and land birds.

AM: San Cristobal Island, Transfer to the Airport

Be assisted to San Cristobal airport for your flight to the Ecuador mainland.

  • Please note that all cruise itineraries are subject to change due to seasonal weather conditions (and resultant variations in ocean cruising conditions) affecting accessibility to locations. Thus navigation routes, times and excursions may need to be modified at the cruise captain’s discretion.
  • Passengers should also be aware that animal sightings cannot be guaranteed due to the unpredictability of wildlife behavior. 

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