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Ocean Spray: 8-Day Cruise to Eastern & Central Islands

Galapagos – Luxury

8-Day Galapagos Cruise to Eastern & Central Islands 

Step aboard the 16 passenger Ocean Spray vessel and intimately cruise the Eastern Galapagos Islands for 8 complete days full of excursions as well as relaxation.

Send a love one a post card in the traditional of 18th century whalers, snorkel with large sea lion colonies, and explore the hidden corners of 9 islands on this comprehensive itinerary.

Note:

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.


Galapagos tortoises

DAY 1: SATURDAY
AM: San Cristobal Island, Embarkation

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

PM: San Cristobal Island, Isla Lobos – dry landing

Activities: hiking, snorkeling

Isla Lobos or Lobos Island is named after the sea lions that rest and play on its rocky shores. It is also home to blue-footed boobies, great frigate-birds, brown pelicans, lava gulls, common noddies, yellow warblers and small and medium ground finches. There is good snorkeling in the clear waters of the channel and this is one of the best sites at which to swim with sea lions underwater. Highlights include Snorkeling with sea lions, frigatebirds, and Blue-footed Boobies.

PM: San Cristobal Island, Leon Dormido – no landing

Activities: panga exploration, snorkeling

This striking rock formation is located a couple hours off the western shore of San Cristobal. Jutting out of the water, the rocks stand vertically at hundreds of feet above the ocean divided by a small channel. Although there are no landing areas, kayaking and scuba diving allow visitors to spot a variety of marine life. Highlights include Great snorkeling: sharks, tropical fish, turtles, manta rays (occ.), hammerhead sharks, spectacular rock formations; sea birds: Blue-footed Boobies, Nazca Boobies, and frigatebirds.

Galapagos hiking

DAY 2: SUNDAY
AM: San Cristobal Island, Pitt Point – wet landing

Activities: hiking, kayaking, panga exploration, snorkeling

Pitt Point, situated on the north-eastern tip of the island, hosts frigatebirds, storm petrels, and all three types of Booby Birds: the Nazca, Blue-footed and Red-footed Boobies. A steep trail goes up a cliff and through a ravine leading visitors to an area with an abundance of birds. This site is also great for snorkeling and scuba diving. Highlights include Wonderful landscape, sea lion colony, and 3 possible species of Boobies.

PM: San Cristobal Island, Cerro Brujo – wet landing

Activities: hiking, kayaking, panga exploration, snorkeling

Located on the northern coast, this eroded hill and its surroundings present one of the most picturesque beaches in the Galapagos with its white powdery sand and the abundance of animals. Wildlife includes sea turtles, rays, and various types of Booby Birds. The clear water provides an excellent opportunity to enjoy swimming and snorkeling. Highlights include Beautiful rock formations, sea lions, shore birds, finches and mockingbirds; snorkeling: nice tropical fish, anemones, and sponge coral.

Galapagos crabs

DAY 3: MONDAY
AM: Floreana Island, Post Office Bay – wet landing

Activities: hiking

In the 18th century whalers passing through the islands placed a wooden barrel on Floreana Island for use as an unofficial mail box. The tradition continues today as visitors leave addressed postcards in the barrel and sort through left mail to deliver at home. Highlights include a nice sandy beach.

PM: Floreana Island, Cormorant Point – wet landing

Activities: hiking, panga exploration

This site hosts a large flamingo lagoon where other birds such as common stilts, White-cheeked Pintails can also be seen. The beaches on this island are distinct: The “Green Beach” named so due to its green color, which comes from a high percentage of olivine crystals in the sand, and the “Four Sand Beach” composed of white coral. Highlights include Flamingoes and a green-colored beach.

PM: Floreana Island, Devil's Crown– no landing

Activities: snorkeling

One of the best snorkeling sites in the Galapagos, this volcanic crater has been eroded by the waves leaving the northern and southern sides poking out of the water. The coral reef in the middle is perfect for attracting marine life. Snorkelers enjoy the variety of marine life and exciting currents that rush through the crown, creating an exhilarating experience. Highlights include snorkeling with sharks, rays, rock formations, and lots of tropical fish.

Galapagos reptiles

DAY 4: TUESDAY
AM: Santa Cruz Island, Black Turtle Cove – no landing

Activities: panga exploration

Black Turtle Cove is situated in the northern part of Santa Cruz. This inlet is surrounded by mangroves and is only accessible by dinghy. The shallow cove is a safe haven for young marine life. Blacktip and whitetip reef sharks, sea turtles, and a variety of rays are often spotted here. Highlights include Hammerhead shark babies, rays, sea turtles, and sea birds.

PM: Bartholomew Island – dry landing

Activities: hiking, panga exploration, snorkeling

Climb up the wooden steps and reach the summit of this spatter cone for a most breathtaking panorama of the islands’ well photographed Pinnacle Rock, views of neighboring Santiago and many other central islands in the distance.

Galapagos views

DAY 5: WEDNESDAY
AM: Genovesa Island, Darwin Bay – wet landing

Activities: hiking, kayaking, panga exploration, snorkeling

This white-sand coral beach heads a half mile trail (.75km) that winds through mangroves filled with land birds. Nazca Boobies, Red-footed Boobies, and Swallow-tailed Gulls can be spotted here. Further down the path are tidal pools where sea lions swim playfully. At the end is a spectacular view off a cliff. Highlights include Nazca Boobies, Red- footed Boobies, Swallow-tailed Gulls, mangroves, coral pebbles beach, snorkeling: rays, colorful reef fish and hammerhead sharks.

PM: Genovesa Island, Prince Phillip’s Steps – dry landing

Activities: hiking

Also known as El Barranco, Prince Phillip's Steps' steep, rocky paths leads up to a high cliff-face. A marvelous view can be appreciated from here. This site is also home to Palo Santo vegetation as well as Red-footed Boobies, Short-eared Lava Owls, Galapagos Swallows, and Galapagos Doves. Highlights include Red-footed Boobies, Short-eared Lava Owls, storm-petrels, and Galapagos Doves.

Galapagos night

DAY 6: THURSDAY
AM: Santiago Island, Espumilla Beach – dry landing

Activities: hiking

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. A highlight is snorkeling.

AM: Santiago Island, Buccaneer Cove – wet landing

Activities: panga exploration, snorkeling

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. Highlights include rock formations, tropical fish, turtles, and sting-rays while snorkeling.

PM: Santiago Island, Puerto Egas – dry landing

Activities: hiking, snorkeling 

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. Highlights include Fur sea lions, Galapagos Sea Lions, tidal pools and “grottos”, Galapagos Hawk, oyster catchers, marine iguanas, finches; snorkeling: reef sharks, turtles, rays, and nice underwater formations.

Galapagos birds flying

DAY 7: FRIDAY
AM: North Seymour Island – dry landing

Activities: hiking, panga exploration, snorkeling

Galapagos Sea Lions, Blue-footed Boobies and Magnificent Frigatebirds are abundant on North Seymour Island. The island was formed by a series of submarine lavas containing layers of sediment that were uplifted by tectonic activity. The island is characterized by its arid vegetation zone. Highlights include Land & marine iguanas, frigatebirds, Blue-footed Boobies, sea lions; snorkeling: Rays, reef shark, fish, and garden eels.

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 discovering the tortoises breeding center.

Galapagos iguana

DAY 8: SATURDAY
AM: Mosquera Island – no landing

Activities: panga exploration

Located between the islands of Baltra and North Seymour, this reef of rocks and coral (the result of an uprising) is only 160 meters across at its narrowest width. This island has one of the largest populations of sea lions and is home to many shorebirds. There have been occasional reports at this site of Orcas feeding on sea lions. Highlights include Orcas, Sea lions, and shore 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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