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Ocean Spray

A luxuriously elegant mega-catamaran with huge sundeck, Jacuzzi, and sensational al fresco dining.

Overview

Cocoon yourself in the distinctive sophistication of the 16-passenger Ocean Spray luxury cruise yacht. While exploring the Galapagos Islands, guests of all ages are treated to 180-degree panoramic views, alfresco dining, and high-end furnishings and amenities.

Life Aboard the Ocean Spray Cruise Ship Galapagos

Delight in the best of indoor-outdoor living during an Ocean Spray Cruise. Thanks to a partially-covered sundeck, extended balconies, panoramic windows, and natural-light-infused staterooms, it is impossible to distinguish where nature ends and luxury begins. At 124 feet long and 46 feet wide, the Ocean Spray offers every guest ample space to relax in comfort.

Couples will love the comfortable king-sized beds, while families will appreciate the option of two twin-sized beds and adjoining rooms. Between excursions, grab a drink in the cozy bar, soak in the whirlpool, or nap on a daybed. At the end of the day, unwind in a frosted-glass shower while pampering yourself with premium biodegradable amenities before snuggling into deluxe bed linens.

Excursions from your Ocean Spray Cruise

The Ocean Spray sails a wide range of itineraries, ranging from three to seven nights, making this an ideal ship for travelers looking to indulge in a full week in the Galapagos and those who wish to combine a quick cruise with a resort stay. The ship’s top-rated Naturist Guides pride themselves on helping guests experience the most remote islands and visitor points with all the information they need to enrich their voyage.

Hop off the boat at Santa Fe Island, the planet’s single spot to see pink land iguanas. Depending on the itinerary selected, you will explore lava tubes on Santa Cruz Island, visit a Palo Santo forest on Genovesa Island where red-footed boobies nest, and snorkel with turtles and rays at Devil’s Crown on Floreana Island. Along the way, you will hike, kayak, paddleboard, and take dinghy rides during two excursions each day. No matter the itinerary or island, surprise encounters with wildlife, including flamingoes, penguins, white-tipped sharks, and sea lions, await.

Designed for Wildlife Observation

Wildlife lovers flock to the Galapagos Islands in search of a vast array of native and endemic species that call the archipelago home, including the Galapagos Giant Tortoise, marine iguanas, and Flightless cormorants. The Ocean Spray yacht puts little between you and the area’s animal residents. Stateroom balconies with sliding panoramic doors provide quiet, personal spaces to spot birds and marine animals.

To share the experience with friends, family, and fellow sailors, head to the Sky Deck, where you can keep an eye on the skies from both sunny and shaded areas. No matter what species you spy, be sure to ask about them during educational discussions in the briefing lounge.

From breakfast, lunch and dinners served on either the Sundeck or indoor dining area, to the library filled with materials on the islands and Ecuador, the Ocean Spray offers everything you could wish for to make the most of your moment in the Galapagos.

Itineraries & Prices

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4 Day - Itinerary B

itinerary map

Embarkation

AM: Upon arrival, reception and assistance at the airport, transfer from San Cristobal Airport to the M/C Ocean Spray.

PM: Lobos Island is aptly named after the many sea lions that reside here resting and playing along the rocky shores. It is also home to many different birds like pelicans, frigate birds and their nests, yellow warblers, and more. Within the small channel, the waters are very clear, making it easy to find sea turtles, sea lions, stingrays, and perhaps even white-tipped sharks.

Kicker Rock is one of the most extraordinary sites in the Galapagos Islands, made of two eroded volcanic cones that tower over the sea at about 104 meters in the middle of the open water. It is a nesting place of sea birds and a nice spot to take pictures while the vessels circumnavigate around the rock.

Ocean Spray's 4-Day Itinerary 'B' Day One - Galapagos Pelican.
Location
San Cristobal
Day
1 / 4

Pitt Point & Witch Hill

AM: When arriving at Pitt Point, it will feel as if you’ve landed on an extraterrestrial planet. You can see the many different developments over time of how volcanic activity formed this island. A hike up to the top beholds amazing views of the surrounding waters. Watch out for blue-footed boobie nests on the ground and keep an eye out for the red-footed boobies nesting in the trees once you reach the top of the island.

PM: Witch hill has awesome crevices and eroding rocks along the shoreline where you will first pass in the panga. Afterward, be prepared to visit a powdery white sand beach with teal and turquoise waters. 

Ocean Spray's 4-Day Itinerary 'B' Day Two - Blue-Footed Booby.
Location
San Cristobal
Day
2 / 4

Post Office Bay & Cormorant Point/Devil’s Crown

AM: Ask the Cruise Manager for one of our complimentary postcards to write a message and address it home. Leave it in the barrel used before by pirates and sailors. While your there, see if there are any other postcards you can take home with you to send to fellow travelers who have already left their messages!

PM: Cormorant is an interesting visitor site. Two beaches can be visited here, just beyond the first beach is a saltwater lagoon with flamingos. One of the beaches look green because of the olivine crystals, and the other is appropriately called Flour Beach because of the powdery white sand, made from the fine, pulverized coral. Watch your feet if wading in the water, stingrays love to hang out here as well.

Devil’s Crown boasts one of the finest snorkeling opportunities. Below the surface are amazing volcanic structures that have submerged over time. Hundreds of colorful fish species can be seen along the reef, along with sharks, rays, sea turtles, sea lions, and rays. It’s a beautiful underwater spectacle that cannot be missed.

Ocean Spray's 4-Day Itinerary 'B' Day Three - Post Office Bay.
Location
Floreana
Day
3 / 4

Disembarkation

AM: Black Turtle Cove is located on the north side of Santa Cruz Island. This shallow inlet is surrounded by mangroves and provides natural protection for a variety of marine life, attracting the vulnerable juveniles of many species. Below the surface of the water, you can see both black-tip and white-tip reef sharks, sea turtles, golden cow-nose rays, and spotted eagle rays. Pelicans and blue-footed boobies hunt here, diving gracefully into the water.

After this last visit, transfer to Baltra airport for your return flight to mainland Ecuador. Assistance and farewell at the airport.

Ocean Spray's 4-Day Itinerary 'B' Day Four - Santa Cruz Island.
Location
Santa Cruz - Baltra
Day
4 / 4
1 / 4

5 Day - Itinerary B

itinerary map

Embarkation

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

PM: Pinnacle Rock is a volcanic cone formed by magma expelled by an underwater volcano. The sea cooled the hot lava and as it exploded from contact, the pieces formed together this huge rock of many, many layers of basalt. The huge rock also has a beach where a small population of green sea turtles will nest during the breeding season. Galapagos penguins gather here and swimming can offer beautiful sights of colorful schools of fish and curious sea lions.

Ocean Spray's 5-Day Itinerary 'B' Day One - Galapagos Penguin.
Location
Baltra - Bartolomew
Day
1 / 5

Darwin Bay & El Barranco

AM: Darwin Bay used to be a shield volcano, now you can see where one of the sides of its caldera collapsed after hundreds of years of erosion.  It is known for the wide variety of birds that can be seen. Over 20,000 red-footed boobies are estimated to call this island home within the trees and bushes of Genovesa Island.

PM: In English, El Barranco is also known as Prince Phillip’s Steps.  It leads to a rocky path up a cliff that rewards guests with a remarkable view.  It is also home to a Palo Santo forest that is home to the nesting red-footed boobies and other shorebirds.

Ocean Spray's 5-Day Itinerary 'B' Day Two - Prince Phillips' Steps.
Location
Genovesa
Day
2 / 5

Espumilla Beach/Buccaneer Cove & Egas Port

AM: As the second Island Charles Darwin discovered, it was originally named after King James of England. Buccaneer Cove is an excellent opportunity for snorkeling and was once a refuge for passing sailors and pirates. The underwater formations provide an amazing home for the many different tropical species of fish that can be found here.

PM: Egas port is also known as James Bay, home to quick-footed Galapagos lava lizards. There are grottos and tide pools housing all kinds of different marine species. This is also one of the best snorkeling sites in the Galapagos.

Ocean Spray's 5-Day Itinerary 'B' Day Three - Galapagos Lava Lizard.
Location
Santiago
Day
3 / 5

North Seymour Island & Santa Cruz Highlands

AM: The island was named after English nobleman Lord Hugh Seymour. Formed by uplifted submarine lava, the island is home to a huge colony of about 2,500 land iguanas and large populations of sea lions, blue-footed boobies, common noddies, and frigatebirds. Along the coast, it is possible to see land and marine iguanas and the biggest colony of Magnificent Frigatebirds.

PM: The Highlands of Santa Cruz is a very interesting site due to the rich wildlife, hills, ferns, volcanoes, and lava tubes present. Exploring the lava tubes is a surreal and unique experience. Here you can see all the different agricultural zones that are present in the Galapagos in one place. The variety of birds makes this a bird watcher's delight.

Ocean Spray's 5-Day Itinerary 'B' Day Four - Frigate Bird.
Location
North Seymour - Santa Cruz
Day
4 / 5

Disembarkation

AM: This visitor site is located between the islands of Baltra and North Seymour. It is a reef of rocks and coral (the result of an uprising) and a great white sand beach. Its narrowest width reaches about 160 meters and has an estimated length of 600 meters. In most of the perimeter, there is a base of lava rocks, as evidence of the lava uprising, except in the southwest side where the landing occurs. This island has one of the largest populations of sea lions. You can also observe several species of shorebirds. There have been occasional reports at this site of Orcas feeding on sea lions.

After this last visit, transfer to Baltra airport for your return flight to mainland Ecuador. Assistance and farewell at the airport. 

Ocean Spray's 5-Day Itinerary 'B' Day Five - Mosquera Islet.
Location
Mosquera - Baltra
Day
5 / 5
1 / 5

6 Day - Itinerary A

itinerary map

Embarkation

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

PM: 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.

Ocean Spray's 6-Day Itinerary 'A' Day One - Chinese Hat.
Location
Baltra - Santiago
Day
1 / 6

Vicente Roca Point & Espinosa Point

AM: 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.

PM: 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, Galapagos hawks and enjoy a hike and/or snorkeling activity at one of the most natural, unspoiled sites in the entire world.

Ocean Spray's 6-Day Itinerary 'A' Day Two - Galapagos Hawk.
Location
Isabela - Fernandina
Day
2 / 6

Tagus Cove & Urbina Bay

AM: 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.

PM: 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.

Ocean Spray's 6-Day Itinerary 'A' Day Three - Land Iguana.
Location
Isabela
Day
3 / 6

Elizabeth Bay & Moreno Point

AM: This visitor site is visited by panga only as the park authorities have no authorized landing 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.

PM: The beautiful rocky shores of Moreno Point offers a plethora of birds to be seen. It is truly a birders 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.

Ocean Spray's 6-Day Itinerary 'A' Day Four - White-tipped Reef Sharks.
Location
Isabela
Day
4 / 6

Charles Darwin Research Station & Santa Cruz Highlands

AM: 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.  

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

Ocean Spray's 6-Day Itinerary 'A' Day Five - Charles Darwin Research Station Giant Tortoises.
Location
Santa Cruz
Day
5 / 6

Disembarkation

AM: 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 that 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.

After this last visit, transfer to Baltra airport for your return flight to mainland Ecuador. Assistance and farewell at the airport. 



Ocean Spray's 6-Day Itinerary 'A' Day Six - Visiting South Plaza.
Location
South Plaza - Baltra
Day
6 / 6
1 / 6

6 Day - Itinerary B

itinerary map

Embarkation

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

PM: Santa Fe is home to the endemic Santa Fe iguana. The island was created by a volcanic uplift that now hosts a forest of Opuntia and Palo Santo trees. It is a picturesque island with two different trails, one leading to a scenic viewpoint and the other leading to a small beach. Giant tortoises were once native here but went extinct after pirates and sailors took them aboard as a source of food.

Ocean Spray's 6-Day Itinerary 'B' Day One - Santa Fe Island.
Location
Baltra - Santa Fe
Day
1 / 6

Suarez Point & Gardner Bay/Osborn Islet

AM: This is a phenomenal site where you will get to see many of Española Island's endemic species. The trail will pass by the only Waved Albatross breeding site in all of Galapagos. If you are lucky you might see a young albatross take off for its first flight for up to five years at sea. Older birds stay at sea for months at a time, only coming back to breed. They have the same mate for life and will meet each other each year, only here to reproduce. Other species that can be seen are marine iguanas that stay brightly colored year-round, Galapagos doves, Nazca boobies, blue-footed boobies, swallow-tailed gulls, red-billed tropicbirds, and Darwin finches.

PM: This white sandy beach is home to a large colony of sea lions and incredibly blue and turquoise waters. Three different finches can be seen, as well as the Española mockingbird. Over time, the mockingbird must have been offered water or food from tourists and now they have no fear of walking on your things or landing very close to you. It is so important not to feed or touch the animals. It can disrupt their normal behaviors and threaten their future.

Ocean Spray's 6-Day Itinerary 'B' Day Two - Española Island.
Location
Española
Day
2 / 6

Interpretation Center, Galapaguera & Lobos Island/Kicker Rock

AM: The Interpretation Center has been open to the public since 1998, offering extensive knowledge about the history of the Galapagos. San Cristobal is also the island where Charles Darwin first landed on. It is now home to the capital of Galapagos and houses many government offices, as well as part of the Ecuadorian Navy. Giant tortoises are bred at the Galapaguera and roam in a semi-natural habitat created by the center.

PM: Lobos Island is aptly named after the many sea lions that reside here resting and playing along the rocky shores. It is also home to many different birds like pelicans, frigate birds and their nests, yellow warblers, and more. Within the small channel, the waters are very clear, making it easy to find sea turtles, sea lions, stingrays, and perhaps even white-tipped sharks.

Kicker rock is one of the most extraordinary sites in the Galapagos Islands, made of two eroded volcanic cones that tower over the sea at about 104 meters in the middle of the open water. It is a nesting place of sea birds and a nice spot to take pictures while the vessels circumnavigate around the rock.

Ocean Spray's 6-Day Itinerary 'B' Day Three - Frigate Birds.
Location
San Cristobal
Day
3 / 6

Pitt Point & Witch Hill

AM: When arriving at Pitt Point, it will feel as if you’ve landed on an extraterrestrial planet. You can see the many different developments over time of how volcanic activity formed this island. A hike up to the top beholds amazing views of the surrounding waters. Watch out for blue-footed boobie nests on the ground and keep an eye out for the red-footed boobies nesting in the trees once you reach the top of the island.

PM: Witch hill has awesome crevices and eroding rocks along the shoreline where you will first pass in the panga. Afterward, be prepared to visit a powdery white sand beach with teal and turquoise waters.

Ocean Spray's 6-Day Itinerary 'B' Day Four - Red-Footed Booby.
Location
San Cristobal
Day
4 / 6

Post Office Bay & Cormorant Point/Devil’s Crown

AM: Ask the Cruise Manager for one of our complimentary postcards to write a message and address it home. Leave it in the barrel used before by pirates and sailors. While your there, see if there are any other postcards you can take home with you to send to fellow travelers who have already left their messages!  

PM: Cormorant is an interesting visitor site. Two beaches can be visited here, just beyond the first beach is a saltwater lagoon with flamingos. One of the beaches look green because of the olivine crystals, and the other is appropriately called Flour Beach because of the powdery white sand, made from the fine, pulverized coral. Watch your feet if wading in the water, stingrays love to hang out here as well.

Devil’s Crown boasts one of the finest snorkeling opportunities. Below the surface are amazing volcanic structures that have submerged over time. Hundreds of colorful fish species can be seen along the reef, along with sharks, rays, sea turtles, sea lions, and rays. It’s a beautiful underwater spectacle that cannot be missed.

Ocean Spray's 6-Day Itinerary 'B' Day Five - Flamingos Flying.
Location
Floreana
Day
5 / 6

Disembarkation

AM: Black Turtle Cove is located on the north side of Santa Cruz Island. This shallow inlet is surrounded by mangroves and provides natural protection for a variety of marine life, attracting the vulnerable juveniles of many species. Below the surface of the water, you can see both black-tip and white-tip reef sharks, sea turtles, golden cow-nose rays, and spotted eagle rays. Pelicans and blue-footed boobies hunt here, diving gracefully into the water.

After this last visit, transfer to Baltra airport for your return flight to mainland Ecuador. Assistance and farewell at the airport. 

Ocean Spray's 6-Day Itinerary 'B' Day Six - White-tipped reef sharks.
Location
Santa Cruz - Baltra
Day
6 / 6
1 / 6

8 Day - Itinerary A

itinerary map

Embarkation

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

PM: 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.

Ocean Spray's 8-Day Itinerary 'A' Day One - Chinese Hat.
Location
Baltra - Santiago
Day
1 / 8

Vicente Roca Point & Espinosa Point

AM: 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.

PM: 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, Galapagos hawks and enjoy a hike and/or snorkeling activity at one of the most natural, unspoiled sites in the entire world.

Ocean Spray's 8-Day Itinerary 'A' Day Two - Galapagos Hawk.
Location
Isabela - Fernandina
Day
2 / 8

Tagus Cove & Urbina Bay

AM: 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.

PM: 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.

Ocean Spray's 8-Day Itinerary 'A' Day Three - Land Iguana.
Location
Isabela
Day
3 / 8

Elizabeth Bay & Moreno Point

AM: This visitor site is visited by panga only as the park authorities have no authorized landing 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.

PM: The beautiful rocky shores of Moreno Point offers a plethora of birds to be seen. It is truly a birders 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.

Ocean Spray's 8-Day Itinerary 'A' Day Four - White-tipped Reef Sharks.
Location
Isabela
Day
4 / 8

Charles Darwin Research Station & Santa Cruz Highlands

AM: 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.  

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

Ocean Spray's 8-Day Itinerary 'A' Day Five - Exploring Santa Cruz.
Location
Santa Cruz
Day
5 / 8

South Plaza Island & Santa Fe Island

AM: 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 that 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.

PM: Santa Fe is home to the endemic Santa Fe iguana. The island was created by a volcanic uplift that now hosts a forest of Opuntia and Palo Santo trees.  It is a picturesque island with two different trails, one leading to a scenic viewpoint and the other leading to a small beach. Giant tortoises were once native here but went extinct after pirates and sailors took them aboard as a source of food.

Ocean Spray's 8-Day Itinerary 'A' Day Six - Visiting South Plaza.
Location
South Plaza - Santa Fe
Day
6 / 8

Suarez Point & - Gardner Bay/Osborn Islet

AM: This is a phenomenal site where you will get to see many of Española Island's endemic species. The trail will pass by the only Waved Albatross breeding site in all of Galapagos. If you are lucky you might see a young albatross take off for its first flight for up to five years at sea. Older birds stay at sea for months at a time, only coming back to breed. They have the same mate for life and will meet each other each year, only here to reproduce. Other species that can be seen are marine iguanas that stay brightly colored year-round, Galapagos doves, Nazca boobies, blue-footed boobies, swallow-tailed gulls, red-billed tropicbirds, and Darwin finches.

PM: This white sandy beach is home to a large colony of sea lions and incredibly blue and turquoise waters. Three different finches can be seen, as well as the Española mockingbird. Over time, the mockingbird must have been offered water or food from tourists and now they have no fear of walking on your things or landing very close to you. It is so important not to feed or touch the animals. It can disrupt their normal behaviors and threaten their future.

Ocean Spray's 8-Day Itinerary 'A' Day Seven - Española Island Sunset.
Location
Española
Day
7 / 8

Disembarkation

AM: The Interpretation Center has been open to the public since 1998, offering extensive knowledge about the history of the Galapagos. San Cristobal is also the island where Charles Darwin first landed on. It is now home to the capital of Galapagos and houses many government offices, as well as part of the Ecuadorian Navy. Giant tortoises are bred at the Galapaguera and roam in a semi-natural habitat created by the center.

After this last visit, transfer to San Cristobal airport for your return flight to mainland Ecuador. Assistance and farewell at the airport.

Ocean Spray's 8-Day Itinerary 'A' Day Eight - Charles Darwin Research Station Giant Tortoises.
Location
San Cristobal
Day
8 / 8
1 / 8

8 Day - Itinerary B

itinerary map

Embarkation

AM: Upon arrival, reception and assistance at the airport, transfer from San Cristobal Airport to the M/C Ocean Spray.

PM: Lobos Island is aptly named after the many sea lions that reside here resting and playing along the rocky shores. It is also home to many different birds like pelicans, frigate birds and their nests, yellow warblers, and more. Within the small channel, the waters are very clear, making it easy to find sea turtles, sea lions, stingrays, and perhaps even white-tipped sharks.

Kicker Rock is one of the most extraordinary sites in the Galapagos Islands, made of two eroded volcanic cones that tower over the sea at about 104 meters in the middle of the open water. It is a nesting place of sea birds and a nice spot to take pictures while the vessels circumnavigate around the rock.

Ocean Spray's 8-Day Itinerary 'B' Day One - Galapagos Pelican.
Location
San Cristobal
Day
1 / 8

Pitt Point & Witch Hill

AM: When arriving at Pitt Point, it will feel as if you’ve landed on an extraterrestrial planet. You can see the many different developments over time of how volcanic activity formed this island. A hike up to the top beholds amazing views of the surrounding waters. Watch out for blue-footed boobie nests on the ground and keep an eye out for the red-footed boobies nesting in the trees once you reach the top of the island.

PM: Witch hill has awesome crevices and eroding rocks along the shoreline where you will first pass in the panga. Afterward, be prepared to visit a powdery white sand beach with teal and turquoise waters.

Ocean Spray's 8-Day Itinerary 'B' Day Two - Blue-Footed Boobies.
Location
San Cristobal
Day
2 / 8

Post Office Bay & Cormorant Point/Devil’s Crown

AM: Ask the Cruise Manager for one of our complimentary postcards to write a message and address it home. Leave it in the barrel used before by pirates and sailors. While your there, see if there are any other postcards you can take home with you to send to fellow travelers who have already left their messages!  

PM: Cormorant is an interesting visitor site. Two beaches can be visited here, just beyond the first beach is a saltwater lagoon with flamingos. One of the beaches look green because of the olivine crystals, and the other is appropriately called Flour Beach because of the powdery white sand, made from the fine, pulverized coral. Watch your feet if wading in the water, stingrays love to hang out here as well.

Devil’s Crown boasts one of the finest snorkeling opportunities. Below the surface are amazing volcanic structures that have submerged over time. Hundreds of colorful fish species can be seen along the reef, along with sharks, rays, sea turtles, sea lions, and rays. It’s a beautiful underwater spectacle that cannot be missed.

Ocean Spray's 8-Day Itinerary 'B' Day Three - Post Office Bay.
Location
Floreana
Day
3 / 8

Black Turtle Cove & Pinnacle Rock

AM: Black Turtle Cove is located on the north side of Santa Cruz Island. This shallow inlet is surrounded by mangroves and provides natural protection for a variety of marine life, attracting the vulnerable juveniles of many species. Below the surface of the water, you can see both black-tip and white-tip reef sharks, sea turtles, golden cow-nose rays, and spotted eagle rays. Pelicans and blue-footed boobies hunt here, diving gracefully into the water.

PM: Pinnacle Rock is a volcanic cone formed by magma expelled by an underwater volcano. The sea cooled the hot lava and as it exploded from contact, the pieces formed together this huge rock of many, many layers of basalt. The huge rock also has a beach where a small population of green sea turtles will nest during the breeding season. Galapagos penguins gather here and swimming can offer beautiful sights of colorful schools of fish and curious sea lions.

Ocean Spray's 8-Day Itinerary 'B' Day Four - Galapagos Penguin.
Location
Santa Cruz - Bartolomew
Day
4 / 8

Darwin Bay & El Barranco

AM: Darwin Bay used to be a shield volcano, now you can see where one of the sides of its caldera collapsed after hundreds of years of erosion.  It is known for the wide variety of birds that can be seen.  Over 20,000 red-footed boobies are estimated to call this island home within the trees and bushes of Genovesa Island.

PM: In English, El Barranco visitor site is also known as Prince Phillip’s Steps.  It leads to a rocky path up a cliff that rewards guests with a remarkable view.  It is also home to a Palo Santo forest that is home to the nesting red-footed boobies and other shorebirds.

Ocean Spray's 8-Day Itinerary 'B' Day Five - Prince Phillips' Steps.
Location
Genovesa
Day
5 / 8

Espumilla Beach/Buccaneer Cove & Egas Port

AM: As the second Island Charles Darwin discovered, it was originally named after King James of England. Buccaneer Cove is an excellent opportunity for snorkeling and was once a refuge for passing sailors and pirates. The underwater formations provide an amazing home for the many different tropical species of fish that can be found here.

PM: Egas port is also known as James Bay, home to quick-footed Galapagos lava lizards. There are grottos and tide pools housing all kinds of different marine species. This is also one of the best snorkeling sites in the Galapagos.

Ocean Spray's 8-Day Itinerary 'B' Day Six - Galapagos Lava Lizard.
Location
Santiago
Day
6 / 8

North Seymour Island & Santa Cruz Highlands

AM: The island was named after English nobleman Lord Hugh Seymour. Formed by uplifted submarine lava, the island is home to a huge colony of about 2,500 land iguanas and large populations of sea lions, blue-footed boobies, common noddies, and frigatebirds. Along the coast, it is possible to see land and marine iguanas and the biggest colony of Magnificent Frigatebirds.

PM: The Highlands of Santa Cruz is a very interesting site due to the rich wildlife, hills, ferns, volcanoes, and lava tubes present. Exploring the lava tubes is a surreal and unique experience. Here you can see all the different agricultural zones that are present in the Galapagos in one place. The variety of birds makes this a bird watcher's delight.

Ocean Spray's 8-Day Itinerary 'B' Day Seven - Frigate Bird.
Location
North Seymour - Santa Cruz
Day
7 / 8

Disembarkation

AM: This visitor site is located between the islands of Baltra and North Seymour. It is a reef of rocks and coral (the result of an uprising) and a great white sand beach. Its narrowest width reaches about 160 meters and has an estimated length of 600 meters. In most of the perimeter, there is a base of lava rocks, as evidence of the lava uprising, except in the southwest side where the landing occurs. This island has one of the largest populations of sea lions. You can also observe several species of shorebirds. There have been occasional reports at this site of Orcas feeding on sea lions.

After this last visit, transfer to Baltra airport for your return flight to mainland Ecuador. Assistance and farewell at the airport. 

Ocean Spray's 8-Day Itinerary 'B' Day Eight - Mosquera Islet.
Location
Mosquera - Baltra
Day
8 / 8
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Accommodations

Social Areas

Al Fresco Dining
Dining Room
Sun Deck
Interior Lounge
Plounge Pool
Sky Deck

Suites & Cabins

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Stateroom

Guests
3
Size
23-32 m² / 248-334 ft²
Beds
King / Twin / Triple

The Ocean Spray cruise has sweeping ocean views from all suites, which are convertible (a king-size bed vs. two twin-size beds) and have luxurious private balconies where our guests can unwind and enjoy the islands while navigating. All staterooms feature premium biodegradable amenities, deluxe bed linens, and natural lighting.

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Single Stateroom

Guests
1
Size
18 m² / 194 ft²
Beds
Single

The Ocean Spray's single cabin has sweeping ocean views from its luxurious private balcony. The cabin features premium biodegradable amenities, deluxe bed linens, and natural lighting.

Technical Information

Deck Plan

Features

  • Cabins with balconies
  • Air conditioning
  • Pool / Jacuzzi
  • Lecture room
  • Kosher Meals

Equipment

  • Satellite phone
  • Wetsuits
  • Stand up paddleboard
  • Kayaks / Canoes
** Use of certain equipment at additional cost, ask for details