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Ocean Spray -Sample

Ecuador, Galapagos Islands

5 days

Summary

The Ocean Spray Galapagos catamaran offers great performance and comfort. The elegant design includes a huge sundeck, Jacuzzi and spacious cabins each with private balcony. Her speed, comfort, top guides and itinerary will make Ocean Spray perfect for your luxury Galapagos cruise. Cruise itineraries on the Ocean Spray range from a 4-day introduction to the Galapagos to a 15-day mega cruise where you’ll thoroughly explore the Galapagos from end-to-end. During your cruise, you will have zodiac rides, hiking, snorkelling and swimming opportunities. This will help not only to see the unique landscapes of the archipelago but the extraordinary wildlife.
Each itinerary has many highlights. This 5-day Galapagos itinerary includes Genovesa, the famous Pinnacle Rock, Santiago, North Seymour and Santa Cruz Islands. Check

About the vessel:

Constructed in 2011, the Ocean Spray catamaran has capacity for just 16 guests in nine spacious cabins with private balcony. Due to its catamaran design, it is a highly stable yacht for travelling around the Islands. Its elegant design includes a large sun deck, an outdoor jacuzzi, and a comfortable lounge.
Explore the remarkable Galapagos with the selected guides who are knowledgeable about biology and ecology in addition to having excellent language skills and client reviews. The use of snorkelling gear and wetsuits is included and kayaks are also available for use.

Highlights

  • Explore the Galapagos islands in a luxury Catamaran.
  • See the funny marine iguanas at Espumilla Bay.
  • Learn, from your naturalist guide, about the endemic vegetation of Galapagos.
  • Observe all the different sea birds, including the famous Blue-footed Boobies, Nazca Boobies and Frigatebirds.
  • Visit Mosquera island. This island has one of the largest populations of Sea Lions and is home to many shorebirds.
  • Get to see the spectauclar coral reef and all of its magical marine wildlife.
  • Admire the incredible life under the sea while snorkelling with Rays, Sea Turtles and White Reef Sharks.

Inclusions

  • Accommodation in sea-view cabins with air-conditioning & private facilities
  • Two daily excursions to the islands, multilingual speaking naturalist guides
  • Open decks to observe flora and fauna, briefings, lectures and activities on board
  • All meals during the cruise days
  • Use of snorkelling gear, wetsuits, and kayaks
  • Carbon Offset for your Cruise

ITINERARY

Day 1 Santa Cruz Isl./Galapagos Islands

Morning arrival to Baltra Island by plane and immediate transfer to the dock to board your cruise. Welcome introductory briefing and lunch.
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.
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.

Day 2 Genovesa Isl./Galapagos Islands

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 lead 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.

Day 3 Santiago Isl./Galapagos Islands

AM: 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. Egas Port is also a great snorkelling site.

Day 4 North Seymour/Galapagos Islands

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 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-cheeked Pintail Ducklings, Darwin Finches, and many other species. You will come upon the underground lava tubes, which are more than one kilometre long.

Day 5 Santa Cruz Isl.

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. Later, you will be transferred to the airport to catch your flight back to the mainland.

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