Itinerary includes Genovesa & Central Islands
About the vessel:
Constructed in 2011, the Ocean Spray catamaran has capacity for just 16 guests in nine spacious cabins, each with its own private balcony. Due to its unique catamaran design it is the most stable yacht for travelling around the Islands. Its elegant design includes a huge sun deck, jacuzzi, and spacious cabins each with private balcony. Kayaks are also available for use.
Your Galapagos Cruise include: Accommodation in selected cabin, all meals with soft drinks and juices, Island sightseeing, Naturalist guides and lecture services in English, wet suit and snorkelling gear and transfers in the islands.
Please remember that the exact route and program may vary according to weather and ocean conditions and the wildlife we encounter.
There are two types of landings throughout your Galapagos tour:
Dry landing: guests step from the dinghy onto rocks or a dock.
Wet landing: as the dinghy edges onto a sandy beach, guests step into knee-deep water and wade ashore.
On arrival in Baltra you will be picked up at the airport by your naturalist guides and taken to the pier to board the Ocean Spray where you will have lunch.
PM: Bartholomew Island
Home of the famous Pinnacle Rock, Bartholomew consists of an extinct volcano with a variety of red, orange, black and even green volcanic formations. A trail of stairs leads to the summit of the volcano, boasting one o the best views of the islands. The beach is perfect for snorkelling and possible sightings of the Galapagos Penguin.
AM: Darwin Bay
This white-sand coral beach 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.
PM: El Barranco
Also known as Prince Phillip’s Steps, El Barranco’s steep rocky paths leads up to a high cliff-face. A marvellous 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.
AM: Espumilla Beach
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, snorkelling is highly recommended.
PM: Egas Port
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 snorkelling site.
AM: North Seymour Island
Galapagos Sea Lions, Blue-footed Boobies and magnificent Frigate birds are abundant on North Seymour Island. The island was formed by a series of submarine lava containing layers of sediment that was uplifted by tectonic activity. The island is known by its arid vegetation zone.
PM: Santa Cruz Highlands
Here at the highlands, you can walk along different paths, observing the hills, ferns, volcanoes, and rich wildlife. This area is home to Giant Tortoises, Mockingbirds, Bahama ducklings, White-cheekek Pintail Ducklings, Darwin Finches, and many other species. You will come upon the underground lava tubes, which are more than one kilometre long.
AM: Mosquera Islet
Located between the islands of Baltra and North Seymour, this reef of rocks and coral is only 160 meters long 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.
Afterwards you will be transferred to the airport to catch your flight back to the mainland.