2022 & 2023
SMALL SHIP CRUISE
Ocean Spray Galapagos Cruise 4N A
This lonely archipelago of 18 islands and more than 100 tiny islets, located 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador in the Pacific Ocean, was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978. Due to its proximity to the equator, volcanic activity, and the influence of three ocean currents (Humboldt, Panama, and Cromwell), the region developed distinctive land and marine ecosystems over four million years.
The steady migration of the Nazca tectonic plate over many ages resulted in generations of volcanic eruptions that formed the Galapagos Islands. These days, every island has a unique landscape, ranging from mountainous regions dotted with shield volcanoes and lava fields to dry areas populated by endemic cacti to stunning white-sand beaches and turquoise oceans. The world’s richest marine biosphere reserve is the group of islands known as the Galapagos.
The extraordinary abundance of indigenous plant and animal species found nowhere else in the world is what truly distinguishes the Galapagos. The Galapagos Islands are home to about 80% of terrestrial birds and mammals, over 90% of reptiles, more than 30% of plants, and roughly 20% of marine species.
WHAT MAKES THIS TRIP EXTRAORDINARY
- Dynamic Landscapes
- Guided Hiking Adventures
- Intimate Wildlife Encounters
- Tender rides
- Marine adventures
- Snorkeling & Diving
- Kayaking and Paddle Boarding
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Itinerary in Brief
BALTRA AIRPORT – BARTHOLOMEW – PINNACLE ROCK
Arrive at Baltra airport and transfer to the vessel.
Visit the Pinnacle Rock after lunch. The magma created the volcanic cone known as Pinnacle Rock that an underwater volcano ejected. The sea cooled the hot lava, and as it exploded upon contact, the fragments came together to form this enormous basalt rock. The enormous rock also has a beach where, during the mating season, a small colony of green sea turtles will lay their eggs. Here, Galapagos penguins congregate, and swimming can provide stunning views of vibrant schools of fish and observant sea lions.Visit the Pinnacle Rock after lunch. The magma created the volcanic cone known as Pinnacle Rock that an underwater volcano ejected. The sea cooled the hot lava, and as it exploded upon contact, the fragments came together to form this enormous basalt rock. The enormous rock also has a beach where, during the mating season, a small colony of green sea turtles will lay their eggs. Here, Galapagos penguins congregate, and swimming can provide stunning views of vibrant schools of fish and observant sea lions.
GENOVESA / DARWIN BAY – EL BARRANCO
Visit Darwin Bay in the morning. Darwin Bay was formerly a shield volcano, and today you can see where one of its caldera’s sides collapsed due to centuries’ worth of erosion. The variety of birds that can be seen there is well-known. The trees and bushes of Genovesa Island are considered home to more than 20,000 red-footed boobies.
El Barranco, also known as Prince Phillip’s Steps, will be our second stop during this day. After a short hike, the trail will take you to a cliff with a fantastic vista of the island. Additionally, it has a Palo Santo forest where red-footed boobies and other shorebirds breed.
ESPUMILLA BEACH / BUCCANEER COVE – EGAS PORT
Visit Espumilla beach in the morning. This gorgeous white sand beach is on Santiago island’s northern coast, and its name comes from the trails of foamy water left by the waves that resemble meringue. As a result of the abundance of Sally Lightfoot crabs in this area, hawks, herons, and pelicans are frequently spotted.
In this picturesque setting, you can kayak, paddle board, or snorkel among a variety of fish species, including octopus, eels, and sharks. Buccaneer Cove has a fascinating history as a place where sailors, buccaneers, and whalers frequently anchored their ships in search of food and water. It has recently grown in importance as a turtle nesting location and is also well-liked by sea lions.
An interesting perspective of the unique rock formations that serve as good ledges for boobies, pelicans, and gulls may be seen from a panga ride along the eroding beach.
Visit Egas Port after lunch. This beautiful black sand beach, which was previously the home of a salt mine, is now a great place for snorkeling and viewing shorebirds, Sally Lightfoot crabs, and marine iguanas.
Wide paths inland take you through tidal pools and rugged volcanic outcrops known as grottoes, where you might see fur seals relaxing in the shade.
NORTH SEYMOUR ISLAND – SANTA CRUZ
Visit Seymour Island after breakfast. Lord Hugh Seymour, an English lord, was honored with the island’s name. A massive colony of about 2,500 land iguanas and sizable populations of sea lions, blue-footed boobies, common noddies, and frigatebirds live on the island, which was formed by raised subsurface lava. The largest population of Magnificent Frigatebirds and land and marine iguanas can be seen along the shore.
Head to Santa Cruz after lunch. Due to the abundance of flora and fauna, hills, ferns, volcanoes, and lava tubes, the Highlands of Santa Cruz are a highly fascinating location.
The lava tubes are a weird and unusual place to explore. The many agricultural zones in the Galapagos can be seen here in one location. Due to its location, it is one of the best places to spot birds.
MOSQUERA ISLET BALTRA AIRPORT
After breakfast, explore the islet of Mosquera, located between the islands of North Seymour and Baltra. It has a long white sand beach and a reef made of rocks and coral that formed due to an uprising. It has an estimated length of 600 meters and the narrowest width of roughly 160 meters. Except for the southwest side where the landing takes place, most of the perimeter has a base of lava rocks as proof of the lava uprising. One of the greatest sea lion populations is found on this island. A variety of shorebird species can also be seen. There have been sporadic reports of orcas (Orcinus orca) at this location feeding on sea lions.
Afterward, get transferred to the airport to catch your flight back home.
Ocean Spray – Luxury Galapagos Cruise
It offers a spacious, pleasant briefing area where committed; outstanding Naturalist Guides deliver informative lectures and discussions.
All suites on The Ocean Spray will offer beautiful private balconies with sweeping ocean views, convertible beds, and space to relax and take in the islands while navigating. Premium biodegradable amenities, plush bed linens, and natural lighting will be available in every stateroom.
The top deck lounge or the interior dining area will serve as the outside setting for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Visitors can take advantage of the sky deck, which offers a whirlpool and cozy daybeds. The Ocean Spray is a great place from which to view wildlife. The vessel is equipped with a library accessible for reading about the Galapagos and Ecuador, and the passenger briefing lounge and social rooms are very roomy.
All tours are led by renowned naturalist guides, providing unique opportunities to observe the peculiar Galapagos fauna while on the go.
Your activities will include two daily excursions. Every guided tour comprises various activities, including walking, kayaking, snorkeling, paddle boarding, dinghy rides, animal viewing, and many more pleasant surprises.
Departure Dates & Rates
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