Ocean Spray Itinerary A 8days

(Saturday - Saturday) 8 days / 7 nights


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Saturday: AM: Arrival to Baltra Island Airport, reception and transfer to the yacht for the first visit.

Welcome to the incredible Galapagos Islands and your luxury catamaran, the M/C Ocean Spray! Upon arrival onboard the vessel, your guide and crew members will greet you and take you to your accommodations. After freshening up, a short briefing will be given on health, safety and emergency protocols, and you will be given a description of normal routines and different areas aboard the M/C Ocean Spray.

Saturday: PM visit: Chinese Hat

Named after its distinctive shape, this visitor site will give you your first opportunity at an intimate encounter with Galapagos wildlife. You’ll also be able to see well-preserved, fragile volcanic rock that’s unlike anything you’ve seen before in other volcanic locations. This islet is home to many different Galapagos bird species, including the playful Galapagos penguins and the elusive Galapagos Hawks.

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Sunday: AM visit: Isabela Island – Vicente Roca Point

Vicente Roca Point hosts incredible rock formations that are home to many different bird species. As the visitor site is found on the western side of Isabela, the cool azure waters of the nutrient-laden Cromwell Current are the scene of fascinating feeding frenzies of both bird species and underwater mammals.

Sunday: PM Visit: Fernandina Island – Espinosa Point

Fernandina Island is unique in that it is the youngest island in the archipelago and also one of the most pristine – in fact, it has never been invaded by foreign species. As the westernmost island in the Galapagos, it is also more volcanically active than its siblings. Espinosa Point is the only visitor point on Fernandina, but there’s lots to see here, including Galapagos Hawks, marine iguanas and the endemic flightless cormorant. Enjoy the sweeping views of the otherworldly landscape while hiking, and revel

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Monday: AM Visit: Isabela Island – Tagus Cove
Tagus Cove is one of the Galapagos’ most intriguing visitor sites due to its human history. As one of the preferred pit stops of pirates, sailors and whalers for hundreds of years, guests love reading the interesting names and places etched into the cove’s walls. The hike here will give you panoramic views of the cove and its surroundings, and it will take you past a mangrove forest where the last 35 pairs of Mangrove finches live. You can snorkel off of the cove’s beach – there’s a good chance you’ll see a marine iguana diving for food!

Monday: PM Visit: Isabela Island – Urbina Bay

Urbina Bay, lying on the ocean floor for millions of years, is a volcanic uplift that is now home to land and marine iguanas, boisterous sea lions, and the fascinating flightless cormorant. The bay is a great place to relax on the beach or snorkel in its waters, and there are a couple of hiking trails around Urbina Bay that will give you a better view of different species of shorebirds living near the water.

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Tuesday: AM Visit: Isabela Island – Elizabeth Bay

Guests cannot disembark at Elizabeth Bay. due to the area’s fragile ecosystem. However, the bay’s startlingly clear waters allow visitors to see a wide variety and abundance of marine life from the Zodiacs, including Galapagos sharks and enormous sea turtles.

Tuesday: PM visit: Isabela Island – Moreno Point

The otherworldly rocky shoreline of Moreno Point is home to dozens of different bird species, making this a particularly special visitor point for birdwatchers. You can hike into some saltwater lagoons just off of the beach, which are home to more unique bird species. The jet-black lava flows with the deep blue waters, the bright green vegetation surrounding the lagoons, and the towering Sierra Negra and Cerro Azul volcanoes off in the distance make Moreno Point a particularly stunning, picturesque visitor point.

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Wednesday: AM Visit: Santa Cruz Island – Charles Darwin Research Station

The Charles Darwin Research Station is a fascinating place to visit for anyone stepping foot on the islands, given its long history of conservation in the archipelago and its extensive collection of Galapagos plant specimens and other interesting things – like a full whale skeleton! It also acts as an active breeding center for Galapagos Giant Tortoises, and continues to be a biological research station to this day, managing multiple projects throughout the archipelago.

Wednesday: PM Visit: Santa Cruz Island – Highlands

The highlands on Santa Cruz Island can reach up to 1,500 meters above sea level, which produces entirely different climate zones. The area is filled with rolling hills, verdant growth, wildlife, and volcanos. Galapagos Giant Tortoises can be found here in their native environment, and guests can see finches, mockingbirds, and several other bird species. The highlands also have incredible panoramic views of the surrounding oceans, and guests can sometimes see whales breaching or rays jumping above the waves.

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Thursday: AM visit: South Plaza Island
South Plaza Island is home to one of the archipelago’s smallest visitor sites, but it is also home to a large number of plant and wildlife species. It especially has a lot of Sesuvium plants, such as the prickly pear cactus tree, which is a critical food source for the land iguana. Having recently eradicated the local (imported) mice population, the land iguana population has grown steadily. The jet-black lava set against the crystal-clear turquoise waters surrounding South Plaza Island make it a favorite for photography lovers.

Thursday: PM visit: Santa Fe Island

The endemic pink land iguana lives one a single small island on the planet – and this is it! Santa Fe Island, home to the renowned Santa Fe Iguana, was originally created by a volcanic uplift. Today, it is home to a forest of Palo Santo and Opuntia trees. There are two trails on Santa Fe Island: one leads to a viewpoint overlooking the island and the surrounding ocean, and the other leads down to a small beach. This island once had its own population of Giant Tortoises, which was also unique to the island, but they were entirely wiped out by centuries of overhunting.

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Friday: AM Visit: Española Island – Suarez Point
Española Island is home to many incredible species and geological features, making it one of the favorite visitor sites in the entire archipelago. Suarez Point is home to only breeding site for Waved Albatrosses in the Galapagos, and if you´re lucky you´ll get the chance to see a young albatross take its first flight off to sea, where it will remain for up to five years! The waters surrounding Española Island are incredibly rich in nutrients, so visitors can often see sea lions, marine iguanas, and even sharks swimming in the surrounding waters. Other than the Waved Albatross, there are many other bird species that make Española their home, including Nazca and blue-footed boobies, red-billed tropic birds, swallow-tailed gulls, and Galapagos Doves, among others.

Friday: AM Visit: Española Island – Gardner Bay / Osborn Islet

Gardner Bay is home to a noisy colony of sea lions that enjoy playing in the clear turquoise waters surrounding it. There are several different finch species here, as well as the endemic Española mockingbird, which is well-known for being very friendly with guests! However, visitors must take care to not feed or touch the wildlife, including the friendly ones.

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Saturday: AM Visit: San Cristobal – Interpretation Center

The Interpretation Center has been open to the public for over twenty years, and offers visitors an insight into the history of the Galapagos archipelago and Giant Tortoise breeding practices. San Cristobal, the easternmost island, is also the first island that Charles Darwin set foot on, and is currently home to the provincial capital and the Ecuadorian navy. Giant tortoises that are bred in captivity roam in a semi-natural habitat in the area surrounding the center.

Transfer to the San Cristobal Airport

On the last day of your cruise, the only visit you have is to the Interpretation Center. Afterwards, you´ll board the M/C Ocean Spray to gather your belongings and freshen up for your transfer to the airport.




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