2022 & 2023
SMALL SHIP CRUISE
Ocean Spray Galapagos Cruise 5N 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
AM: Baltra Airport to the M/C Ocean Spray.
Upon arrival, reception and assistance at the airport, transfer to your vessel.
PM: Chinese Hat.
This location provides a unique opportunity to see Galapagos fauna up close and personal, as well as well-preserved fragments of soft volcanic rock that are incomparably preserved. The island was given its name because it resembles an Asian-style hat. Along the coastlines, you can watch Galapagos Penguins and American Oystercatchers swimming.
AM: Isabela – Vicente Roca Point
Vicente Roca Point is a fantastic location to watch various birds and has impressive geological formations. The Cromwell Current, which offers cold water and numerous nutrients for both land and aquatic animals, is present since this visitor site is situated in the western part of the island, allowing visitors to witness incredible feeding frenzies.
PM: Fernandina – Espinosa Point
Fernandina has never experienced an invasion by an alien species because it is one of the archipelago’s most unspoiled islands. In addition, it is the farthest west and most active island. On the entire island, Espinosa Point is the lone tourist destination. You may go on a hike or go snorkeling at one of the world’s most natural and pristine locations while seeing marine iguanas and Galapagos hawks.
AM: Isabela – Tagus Cove
You will love discovering what pirates and sailors in the 1800s left behind if you like historical relics. One of their favorite rest stops when sailing the ocean was this location. The trip here offers stunning views of the cove and the mangrove forest, which is home to the remaining 35 pairs of Mangrove finches.
PM: Isabela – Urbina Bay
Urbina Bay was once on the ocean floor millions of years ago. It rose as a result of volcanic uplifts, and now sea lions, land iguanas, and flightless cormorants live there. The beach is a terrific area to spend some spare time, or the tour guide can recommend a trek.
AM: Isabela – Elizabeth Bay
Only pangas can access this visitation spot because the park administration does not have a landing permit to safeguard the island. In the panga, you can enjoy the large variety of marine life visible in crystal-clear waters. For snorkeling, it is excellent.
PM: Isabela – Moreno Point
Numerous birds can be found on Moreno Point’s stunning rocky shoreline. It is a true birder’s paradise. White-tipped sharks can be spotted in the coastal lagoons, and you can’t miss the panoramic vistas of the Sierra Negra and Cerro Azul volcanoes.
AM: Santa Cruz – Charles Darwin Research Station
One of the most popular tourist destinations on the Galapagos Islands is the Charles Darwin Research Station. It serves as a biological research station and active breeding center run by the Charles Darwin Foundation, and it houses a sizable collection of meticulously kept Galapagos plant specimens. Their main conservation initiatives center on eradicating noxious and alien species killing the islands’ endemic wildlife.
PM: Santa Cruz – Highlands
The highlands are situated in Santa Cruz’s northern region and have an elevation range of up to 1500 meters. This region has many hills, ferns, volcanoes, and animals. A striking contrast to the previously witnessed rocky terrain and beaches of neighboring islands that were hardened by molten lava. Mockingbirds, finches, giant tortoises, and many other species can be found there.
AM: South Plaza Island
Despite being one of the smaller islands with a visiting site, South Plaza is home to various plants and animals. The land iguana relies heavily on food sources provided by Sesuvium plants like the prickly pear cactus tree in this region. Mice were finally eliminated from the island just a few years ago, which helped the land iguana population recover its healthy growth. Fantastic photo opportunities are created by the contrast between the black lava and the stunning colors of the blue seas.
Transfer to the airport in Baltra for your journey back to mainland Ecuador after this final stop.
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.
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