Itinerary includes the Central & Southern 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 sundeck and Jacuzzi. 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: Santa Fe Island
Santa Fe (Barrington) is home to the small picturesque bay and anchorage on the island’s north-east 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.
AM: Suarez Point
This area is great for spotting Blue-footed Boobies, Albatrosses, and Nazca Boobies. Here, the large Waved Albatross use the cliff as a launching pad. The famous attraction is the magnificent blowhole, spurting water high into the air. This site presents wonderful photograph opportunities.
PM: Gardner Bay & Osborn Islet
Gardner Bay, on the eastern side of the island, is the breeding site of the Waved Albatross. It has an ample white sandy beach with lots of Sea Lions and Its rocky shores make this site a great place for diving and snorkelling.
After landing in Osborn Islet 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 snorkelling and swimming.
AM: Interpretation Centre & Galapaguera
The Interpretation Centre 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 Centre has an outdoor stadium, audio-visual equipment, and meeting rooms.
PM: Lobos Island & Kicker Rock
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 bird, Brown Pelicans, Lava Gulls, Common Noddies, Yellow Warblers and Ground Finches. There is good snorkelling in the clear waters of the channel and this is one of the best sites at which to swim with Sea Lions underwater.
Enjoy your afternoon at Kicker Rock. It is a small, distinctive island that has two rocks that jut out of the ocean and it is home to a large colony of sea birds. Kicker Rock is an excellent dive site where you can see many reef fish as well as Hammerhead and Galapagos sharks. Sightings of large Rays and Sea Turtles are common but not guaranteed.
AM: Pitt Point
Located on the north-eastern tip of the island, it hosts Frigate birds, 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 snorkelling and scuba diving.
PM: Witch Hill
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 snorkelling.
AM: Post Office Bay
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.
PM: Cormorant Point & Devil’s Crown
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 colour, which comes from a high percentage of olivine crystals in the sand, and the “Four Sand Beach” composed of white coral.
Devil’s Crown is one of the best snorkelling 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.
AM: Black Turtle Cove
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. Black-tip and White-tip Reef Sharks, Sea Turtles, and a variety of Rays are often spotted here.
Afterwards you will be transferred to the airport in time for you to catch your flight back to mainland.