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The ultimate in Galapagos cruising is here with the Ocean Spray. The new mega-catamaran offers the best in luxury, comfort and performance—making it a worthy companion for a trip of a lifetime. 

Explore the Galapagos Islands and their wide array of land and marine species on these exclusive tours tailor made to create a comprehensive Galapagos experience. Spend each day exploring the islands’ lunar landscapes created from their volcanic heritage, snorkeling in crystalline warm waters among playful sea lion pups, and walking alongside extraordinary creatures like the giant Galapagos tortoise. Cruising in the Ocean Spray, you can truly witness the breadth of the Galapagos Islands’ flora and fauna, appreciating the diversity found amongst its islands as Darwin himself once did. On board, you can watch for passing whales and dolphins while lounging on the spacious sundeck or listen to the call of seabirds from your private balcony. The Galapagos Islands are extraordinary; the Ocean Spray is designed to make sure that your cruising experience is extraordinary, too. 

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Day 4 Day Cruise

4 Day Cruise Overview

Get a fascinating introduction to the Galapagos as you explore the islands of San Cristobal, Floreana and Santa Cruz on this 4-day itinerary. Spot frigatebirds, blue-footed and Nazca boobies at Kicker Rock, go snorkeling in the magnificent waters of Devil’s Crown and discover the human history of the archipelago at Post Office Bay. 

The Ocean Spray Eastern Galapagos Islands Cruise comprises the first four days of Ocean Spray's 8-day South-Central itinerary.

  • See departure dates below (dates and rates tab)
  • $3,245 per person

 

Day 1 - Embark San Cristobal to Lobos Island & Kicker Rock

Fly into San Cristobal Island where you will be met by one of your friendly crew and transferred to the Ocean Spray. You’ll be given an introductory briefing and enjoy lunch onboard before an afternoon excursion to Lobos (“Sea Lion”) Island. 

A boisterous colony of sea lions will welcome you here and the island is a great place to spot both blue-footed and Nazca boobies. Embark on your first snorkeling excursion to discover the incredible marine life or opt to explore Kicker Rock by dinghy, with this iconic landmark renowned for its sightings of frigatebirds and boobies. 

 

Day 2 - Pitt Point & Witch Hill (San Cristobal)

We’ll begin the day at the northeastern tip of San Cristobal with a visit to Pitt Point. Enjoy a short walk to a nesting site where all of three species of Galapagos boobies can be seen, together with frigatebirds. This volcanic tuff is both a birdwatcher’s and photographer’s dream, with plenty of time available to capture its wildlife in action. 

After lunch onboard, we’ll cruise towards Cerro Brujo, or “Witch Hill”, which boasts one of the most beautiful beaches in the Galapagos Islands. Relax on its powdery white sands or go snorkeling in the turquoise waters to discover the abundant marine life, with a colony of sea lions also residing here. Birdwatchers can spot blue-footed boobies along the rocky coasts or walk to a nearby lagoon that is popular with egrets and great blue herons. 

 

Day 3 - Post Office Bay, Cormorant Point & Devil's Crown (Floreana)

Today will be spent exploring Floreana Island, beginning with a visit to historic Post Office Bay. It was here that a wooden barrel was placed during the late 18th century for passing whalers to use as a makeshift mail box. The tradition still continues today, so don’t forget to bring your postcards to mail here!

As you enjoy lunch back onboard, we’ll cruise towards Cormorant Point's green olivine-crystal beach. Follow your naturalist guide on a short walk to a salt-water lagoon where flamingos can often be seen feeding in the shallow waters. We’ll continue to the submerged volcanic crater of Devil’s Crown whose crystal clear waters offer one of the most spectacular snorkeling experiences in the Galapagos Islands. 

 

Day 4 - Black Turtle Cove (Santa Cruz) & Disembark Baltra

Begin the day with a visit to Black Turtle Cove on the northern shores of Santa Cruz Island. The mangrove-lined waters of this shallow inlet provide natural protection for a variety of marine animals, with sea turtles, golden cow-nose rays and both black-tip and white-tip reef sharks often spotted here. As we explore the cove by dinghy, also keep an eye out for pelicans and boobies that dive into the waters as they hunt for fish. 

It’s then time to say goodbye to your crew as you are transferred to Baltra Island’s airport for your flight back to the mainland.

Day 5 Day Cruise

5 Day Cruise Overview

Visit some of the Galapagos’ most iconic destinations on this 5-day itinerary to Bartolome, Genovesa, Santiago and Santa Cruz Islands. Witness Nazca boobies, red-footed boobies and swallow-tailed gulls on Genovesa, hike across the spectacular volcanic landscapes of Bartolome, get up close to giant tortoises in the Santa Cruz Highlands and snorkel with a myriad of tropical fish at beautiful Espumilla Beach. 

The Ocean Spray Central Galapagos Islands Cruise comprises the final 5 days of Ocean Spray's more comprehensive 8-day South-Central Galapagos Cruise.

  • See departure dates below (dates and rates tab)
  • $4,375 per person

 

Day 1 - Embark Baltra & Pinnacle Rock (Bartolome)

Fly into Baltra Island where you will be met by one of your friendly crew members and transferred to the Ocean Spray. After an introductory briefing and delicious lunch onboard, you’ll embark on your first excursion to explore the magnificent volcanic landscapes of Bartolome Island. 

Follow your naturalist guide on a short walk to the summit, which offers one of the best panoramas in the archipelago. We’ll visit the volcanic cone of Pinnacle Rock that was formed when magma was expelled from an underwater volcano and you’ll have time to go snorkeling from its beautiful beach where Galapagos penguins gather.  

 

Day 2 - Darwin Bay & El Barranco (Genovesa)

After breakfast onboard, we’ll land on the white coral beach of Darwin Bay and embark on a short walk through its mangrove forest to spot Nazca boobies, red-footed boobies and swallow-tailed gulls. Genovesa is also known as “Bird Island” due to its wide variety and is one of the few places where red-footed boobies gather en masse. 

In the afternoon, we’ll land at the base of El Barranco, or Prince Phillip’s Steps, and hike up the steep path to the top of the cliff face. You can stop here to birdwatch or opt to continue on a one-mile trek through unique palo santo vegetation, keeping an eye out for red-footed boobies, short-eared lava owls, Galapagos storm petrels and Galapagos doves along the way. 

 

Day 3 - Espumilla Beach & Egas Port (Santiago)

After breakfast onboard, we’ll land at Espumilla Beach to see marine iguanas basking in the sun and hopefully catch a glimpse of Sally lightfoot crabs as they scuttle to hide from hunting herons. Explore the marine-rich waters of Buccaneer Bay while snorkeling, with tropical fish, moray eels, octopus and sharks all found here, or opt to spot sea birds perching in the surrounding cliffs. 

In the afternoon, we’ll continue to Egas Port and embark on a short walk to spot quick-footed Galapagos lava lizards and Galapagos hawks. You’ll have time to explore the tidal pools inhabited by marine invertebrates, then go snorkeling with the resident Galapagos fur sea lions.

 

Day 4 - North Seymour Island & Highlands (Santa Cruz)

Begin the day at North Seymour Island, which was formed by uplifted marine lava and is renowned for its arid vegetation and volcanic landscapes. It’s home to a huge colony of land iguanas, as well as Galapagos sea lions, blue-footed boobies and common noddies, together with an impressive colony of magnificent frigatebirds.

In the afternoon, we’ll cruise towards Santa Cruz Island and travel into the lush highlands where fascinating lava tubes can be seen. Go walking through the unique ecosystem where a variety of birds can be spotted, then visit the Charles Darwin Research Station and its giant tortoise breeding center. Get up close to both new hatchlings and fully grown adults as you learn about the ongoing conservation efforts to ensure their survival. 

 

Day 5 - Mosquera Islet & Disembark Baltra

Your final excursion is to Mosquera Islet, which lies part way between the islands of Baltra and North Seymour. It boasts a large population of boisterous sea lions (that are occasionally hunted by orcas), together with several species of shorebirds. Relax on the white sandy beach as you soak up the views during your last hours in the Galapagos. 

It’s then time to say goodbye to your crew as you are transferred to Baltra Island's airport for your flight back to the mainland.

Day 6 Day A Cruise

6 Day A Curise Overview: 

Explore the cool waters of the Western Galapagos on this 6-day itinerary that visits Isabela, Fernandina, Santa Cruz and South Plaza Islands. Get up close to giant tortoises in the highlands of Santa Cruz, spot blue-footed boobies and Galapagos penguins at Punta Vicente Rock, photograph marine iguanas and sea lions basking in the sun on Fernandina and soak up the panoramas from the salt water-filled crater of Darwin Lake.

The Ocean Spray Western Galapagos Islands Cruise encompasses the first 6 days of Ocean Spray's 8-day Southwest Itinerary.

  • See departure dates below (dates and rates tab)
  • $5,245 per person

 

Day 1: Embark Baltra to Chinese Hat

Fly into Baltra Island where you will be met by one of your friendly crew members and transferred to the Ocean Spray. After an introductory briefing and delicious lunch onboard, we’ll embark on our first excursion to the islet of Chinese Hat. 

Follow your naturalist guide on a short walk to witness the islet’s colony of sea lions playing on the white coral sands, with Galapagos penguins and American oystercatchers often seen diving from the shores. Keep an eye out for Sally Lightfoot crabs scuttling between the rocks, then plunge into the water to go snorkeling alongside tropical fish and white-tipped reef sharks. 

 

Day 2: Punta Vicente Roca (Isabela) & Punta Espinosa (Fernandina)

Begin the day with a visit to Punta Vicente Roca, which lies on the northern shores of Isabela Island, one of the youngest and most volcanically active of the Galapagos Islands. Punta Vicente Rock is comprised of two separate coves and famed for its marine life that includes seahorses, sea turtles and the unique mola mola sunfish. Opt to go snorkeling in the marine-rich waters or stay dry while spotting blue-footed boobies and Galapagos penguins from the dinghy.

As you enjoy lunch on board, we will cross the Bolivar Channel that separates Isabela and Fernandina Islands before arriving at Espinoza Point. Follow your naturalist guide on a trail that passes marine iguanas basking in the sun and boisterous sea lions, eventually reaching a flightless cormorant nesting site. Dominated by the volcano of La Cumbre, Fernandina boasts one of the most pristine ecosystems in the archipelago, making visits here particularly special. 

 

Day 3 - Tagus Cove & Urbina Bay (Isabela)

Today’s first excursion is to Tagus Cove where you will have the chance to see cliff faces marked by pirate graffiti dating to 1836. Embark on a short hike through its lava formations to soak up Isabela Island’s spectacular volcanic landscapes from the salt water-filled crater of Darwin Lake. 

As you enjoy lunch back on board, we’ll head towards beautiful Urbina Bay that was created during a relatively recent tectonic uplift. Keep an eye out for sea turtles and stingrays skimming the water’s surface, together with pelicans and flightless cormorants that can be seen on the rocky shores. Relax while enjoying the magnificent views of Volcano Alcedo and cross your fingers to see a wild giant tortoise!

 

Day 4 - Elizabeth Bay & Moreno Point (Isabela)

After a leisurely breakfast onboard, we’ll venture off on a panga ride around Elizabeth Bay, traveling alongside its red mangrove-lined shore to spot brown pelicans, blue-footed boobies and Galapagos penguins. Also keep an eye out for sea turtles and rays, as well as humpback whales that are sometimes sighted migrating through these waters. 

We’ll spend the afternoon exploring the crystal tidal pools of Moreno Point that were created in the craters left by flowing lava. Spot a myriad of marine invertebrates in these shallow waters and sea turtles cruising the coast, together with flamingos, white-cheeked pintails and common gallinules in the nearby brackish water lagoons. 

 

Day 5 - Charles Darwin Station & Highlands (Santa Cruz)

After breakfast onboard, we’ll make a visit to the Charles Darwin Station - Breeding Center "Fausto Llerena" where you can get an up-close look at giant tortoises and learn about the conservation work being done to ensure their long-term survival. Both new hatchlings and fully-grown adults reside here, with various subspecies living side-by-side.

After lunch, we’ll travel into the Santa Cruz Highlands to explore its diverse landscapes and visit the Gemelos twin craters. They were created by magma chambers that have caved in and are set within a Scalesia forest. Keep an eye out for giant tortoises roaming wild, together with mockingbirds, Bahama ducklings, white-cheeked Pintail ducklings and Darwin’s finches.

 

South Plazas & Disembark Baltra

The day begins with a short hike on South Plaza Island, which is one of the smallest visitor sites but home to a diverse flora and fauna. Its steep cliffs are covered in cacti and it boasts a large population of Sesuvium plants such as prickly pear cactus. We’ll visit one of the largest sea lion colonies in the Galapagos Islands while keeping an eye out for colorful red and yellow iguanas. 

It’s then time to say goodbye to your crew as you are transferred to Baltra Island's airport for your flight back to the mainland.

Day 6 Day B Cruise

6 Day B Curise Overview

Explore the islands of Española, San Cristobal, Floreana and Santa Cruz during this 6-day itinerary through the southern islands of the Galapagos. Witness waved albatross, blue-footed boobies and Darwin’s finches on Española Island, get up close to giant tortoises on San Cristobal and go snorkeling with playful sea lions in Gardner Bay, then send your postcards from the historic wooden barrel at Post Office Bay.

The Ocean Spray Southern Galapagos Islands Cruise combines destinations visited during both of Ocean Spray's more extensive 8-day itineraries. 

  • See departure dates below (dates and rates tab)
  • $5,245 per person

 

Day 1 - Embark Baltra and Santa Fe

Fly into Baltra Island where you will be met by one of your friendly crew members and transferred to the Ocean Spray. After an introductory briefing and delicious lunch onboard, we’ll embark on our first excursion to a picturesque bay on Santa Fe Island’s northeast coast.

Santa Fe is  home to a unique land iguana, as well as being the only island where opuntia cactus grows. Walk to a scenic viewpoint atop a dramatic cliff or follow your naturalist guide through a magnificent prickly-pear cactus forest.

 

Day 2 - Suarez Point, Gardner Bay & Osborn Islet (Española)

As you wake for breakfast, we’ll be cruising towards the southernmost island in the archipelago, Española, which boasts the most endemic species in the archipelago. Mockingbirds, blue-footed and Nazca boobies, Darwin’s finches, Galapagos doves and hawks can all be spotted here, together with marine iguanas and an abundance of sea lions. We’ll visit Suarez Point and embark on a walk that passes a waved albatrosses breeding sit, with the birds often seen launching themselves from the ocean-facing cliff. You’ll also have the opportunity to photograph the archipelago’s famous “blow hole” that spurts water high into the air. 

In the afternoon, we’ll cruise towards beautiful Gardner Bay whose white sandy beach is home to a playful colony of sea lions. Spot three different types of finches and the Española mockingbird or opt to go snorkeling and kayaking in the marine-rich waters surrounding Osborn and Gardner Islets.

 

Day 3 - Interpretation Center, Lobos Island & Kicker Rock (San Cristobal)

Begin the day on San Cristobal Island, which was the first place Darwin landed back in 1835 and where the archipelago’s first settlement were established. We’ll visit the Interpretation Centre to learn about the interactions that have taken place between humans and the natural environment in the Galapagos Islands, then visit the Cerro Colorado Breeding Center. Witness giant tortoises ambling through their natural habitat, while keeping an eye out for warblers, finches and mockingbirds.

In the afternoon, we will visit Lobos (“Sea Lion”) Island where you’ll be welcomed by a boisterous colony of sea lions and have the opportunity to spot blue-footed and Nazca boobies. Embark on a snorkeling excursion to discover the incredible marine life or opt to explore Kicker Rock by dinghy, with this iconic landmark renowned for its sightings of frigatebirds and boobies.

 

Day 4 - Pitt Point & Witch Hill (San Cristobal)

We’ll begin the day at the northeastern tip of San Cristobal with a visit to Pitt Point. Enjoy a short walk to a nesting site where all of three species of Galapagos boobies can be seen, together with frigatebirds. This volcanic tuff is both a birdwatcher’s and photographer’s dream, with plenty of time available to capture its wildlife in action. 

After lunch onboard, we’ll cruise towards Cerro Brujo, or “Witch Hill”, which boasts one of the most beautiful beaches in the Galapagos Islands. Relax on its powdery white sands or go snorkeling in the turquoise waters to discover the abundant marine life, with a colony of sea lions also residing here. Birdwatchers can spot blue-footed boobies along the rocky coasts or walk to a nearby lagoon that is popular with egrets and great blue herons.

 

Day 5 - Post Office Bay, Cormorant Point & Devil's Crown (Floreana)

Today will be spent exploring Floreana Island, beginning with a visit to historic Post Office Bay. It was here that a wooden barrel was placed during the late 18th century for passing whalers to use as a makeshift mail box. The tradition still continues today, so don’t forget to bring your postcards to mail here!

As you enjoy lunch back onboard, we’ll cruise towards Cormorant Point's green olivine-crystal beach. Follow your naturalist guide on a short walk to a salt-water lagoon where flamingos can often be seen feeding in the shallow waters. We’ll continue to the submerged volcanic crater of Devil’s Crown whose crystal clear waters offer one of the most spectacular snorkeling experiences in the Galapagos Islands.

 

Day 6 - Black Turtle Cove (Santa Cruz) & Disembark Baltra

Begin the day with a visit to Black Turtle Cove on the northern shores of Santa Cruz Island. The mangrove-lined waters of this shallow inlet provide natural protection for a variety of marine animals, with sea turtles, golden cow-nose rays and both black-tip and white-tip reef sharks often spotted here. As we explore the cove by dinghy, also keep an eye out for pelicans and boobies that dive into the waters as they hunt for fish.

It’s then time to say goodbye to your crew as you are transferred to Baltra Island’s airport for your flight back to the mainland.

Day 8 Day A Cruise

8 Day A Cruise Overview

Explore the islands of Isabela, Fernandina, Santa Cruz and Española on this incredible 8-day itinerary through the Galapagos Islands. Explore underground lava tubes in the highlands of Santa Cruz, go snorkeling in the marine-rich waters of Punta Vicente Roca, soak up the views from the salt water-filled crater of Darwin Lake and witness waved albatross launching themselves off the cliffs of Española Island. 

The Ocean Spray Southwest Galapagos Islands Cruise can easily be combined with the South-Central Islands Cruise to create a more extensive 15-day/14-night itinerary.

  • See departure dates below (dates and rates tab)
  • $6,880 per person

 

Day 1 - Embark Baltra to Chinese Hat

Fly into Baltra Island where you will be met by one of your friendly crew members and transferred to the Ocean Spray. After an introductory briefing and delicious lunch onboard, we’ll embark on our first excursion to the islet of Chinese Hat. 

Follow your naturalist guide on a short walk to witness the islet’s colony of sea lions playing on the white coral sands, with Galapagos penguins and American oystercatchers often seen diving from the shores. Keep an eye out for Sally Lightfoot crabs scuttling between the rocks, then plunge into the water to go snorkeling alongside tropical fish and white-tipped reef sharks. 

 

Day 2 - Punta Vicente Roca (Isabela) & Punta Espinosa (Fernandina)

Begin the day with a visit to Punta Vicente Roca, which lies on the northern shores of Isabela Island, one of the youngest and most volcanically active of the Galapagos Islands. Punta Vicente Rock is comprised of two separate coves and famed for its marine life that includes seahorses, sea turtles and the unique mola mola sunfish. Opt to go snorkeling in the marine-rich waters or stay dry while spotting blue-footed boobies and Galapagos penguins from the dinghy.

As you enjoy lunch on board, we will cross the Bolivar Channel that separates Isabela and Fernandina Islands before arriving at Espinoza Point. Follow your naturalist guide on a trail that passes marine iguanas basking in the sun and boisterous sea lions, eventually reaching a flightless cormorant nesting site. Dominated by the volcano of La Cumbre, Fernandina boasts one of the most pristine ecosystems in the archipelago, making visits here particularly special. 

 

Day 3 - Tagus Cove & Urbina Bay (Isabela)

Today’s first excursion is to Tagus Cove where you will have the chance to see cliff faces marked by pirate graffiti dating to 1836. Embark on a short hike through its lava formations to soak up Isabela Island’s spectacular volcanic landscapes from the salt water-filled crater of Darwin Lake. 

As you enjoy lunch back on board, we’ll head towards beautiful Urbina Bay that was created during a relatively recent tectonic uplift. Keep an eye out for sea turtles and stingrays skimming the water’s surface, together with pelicans and flightless cormorants that can be seen on the rocky shores. Relax while enjoying the magnificent views of Volcano Alcedo and cross your fingers to see a wild giant tortoise!

 

Day 4 - Elizabeth Bay & Moreno Point (Isabela)

After a leisurely breakfast onboard, we’ll venture off on a panga ride around Elizabeth Bay, traveling alongside its red mangrove-lined shore to spot brown pelicans, blue-footed boobies and Galapagos penguins. Also keep an eye out for sea turtles and rays, as well as humpback whales that are sometimes sighted migrating through these waters. 

We’ll spend the afternoon exploring the crystal tidal pools of Moreno Point that were created in the craters left by flowing lava. Spot a myriad of marine invertebrates in these shallow waters and sea turtles cruising the coast, together with flamingos, white-cheeked pintails and common gallinules in the nearby brackish water lagoons. 

 

Day 5 - Charles Darwin Station & Highlands (Santa Cruz)

After breakfast onboard, we’ll make a visit to the Charles Darwin Station - Breeding Center "Fausto Llerena" where you can get an up-close look at giant tortoises and learn about the conservation work being done to ensure their long-term survival. Both new hatchlings and fully-grown adults reside here, with various subspecies living side-by-side.

After lunch, we’ll travel into the Santa Cruz Highlands to explore its diverse landscapes and visit the Gemelos twin craters. They were created by magma chambers that have caved in and are set within a Scalesia forest. Keep an eye out for giant tortoises roaming wild, together with mockingbirds, Bahama ducklings, white-cheeked Pintail ducklings and Darwin’s finches.

 

Day 6 - South Plazas & Santa Fe

The day begins with a short hike on South Plaza Island, which is one of the smallest visitor sites but home to a diverse flora and fauna. Its steep cliffs are covered in cacti and it boasts a large population of Sesuvium plants such as prickly pear cactus. We’ll visit one of the largest sea lion colonies in the Galapagos Islands while keeping an eye out for colorful red and yellow iguanas. 

As you enjoy lunch onboard, we’ll continue cruising to a picturesque bay on Santa Fe Island’s northeast coast and embark on one of two different walking trails. Santa Fe is  home to a unique land iguana, as well as being the only island where opuntia cactus grows. Walk to a scenic viewpoint atop a dramatic cliff or follow your naturalist guide through a magnificent prickly-pear cactus forest.

 

Day 7 - Suarez Point, Gardner Bay & Osborn Islet (Española)

As you wake for breakfast, we’ll be cruising towards the southernmost island in the archipelago, Española, which boasts the most endemic species in the archipelago. Mockingbirds, blue-footed and Nazca boobies, Darwin’s finches, Galapagos doves and hawks can all be spotted here, together with marine iguanas and an abundance of sea lions. We’ll visit Suarez Point and embark on a walk that passes a waved albatrosses breeding sit, with the birds often seen launching themselves from the ocean-facing cliff. You’ll also have the opportunity to photograph the archipelago’s famous “blow hole” that spurts water high into the air. 

In the afternoon, we’ll cruise towards beautiful Gardner Bay whose white sandy beach is home to a playful colony of sea lions. Spot three different types of finches and the Española mockingbird or opt to go snorkeling and kayaking in the marine-rich waters surrounding Osborn and Gardner Islets. 

 

Day 8 - Interpretation Center or Cerro Colorado (San Cristobal)

Our final morning begins on San Cristobal Island, which was the first place Darwin landed back in 1835 and where the archipelago’s first settlements were established. We’ll visit the Interpretation Centre to learn about the interactions that have taken place between humans and the natural environment in the Galapagos Islands, then visit the Cerro Colorado Breeding Center. Witness giant tortoises ambling through their natural habitat, while keeping an eye out for warblers, finches and mockingbirds.

It’s then time to say goodbye to your crew as you are transferred to  San Cristobal Island's airport for your flight back to the mainland.

Day 8 Day B Cruise

8 Day B Cruise Overview

Explore the islands of San Cristobal, Floreana, Bartolome and Genovesa during this comprehensive 8-day itinerary. Hike across the dramatic volcanic landscapes of Bartolome, go snorkeling in the marine-rich waters off Espumilla Beach and spot blue-footed boobies and magnificent frigatebirds on North Seymour Island, then discover the human history of the islands at Post Office Bay. 

The Ocean Spray South-Central Galapagos Islands Cruise can easily be combined with the Southwest Islands Cruise to create a more extensive 15-day/14-night itinerary.

  • See departure dates below (dates and rates tab)
  • $6,880 per person

 

Day 1 - Embark San Cristobal to Lobos Island & Kicker Rock

Fly into San Cristobal Island where you will be met by one of your friendly crew and transferred to the Ocean Spray. You’ll be given an introductory briefing and enjoy lunch onboard before an afternoon excursion to Lobos (“Sea Lion”) Island. 

A boisterous colony of sea lions will welcome you here and the island is a great place to spot both blue-footed and Nazca boobies. Embark on your first snorkeling excursion to discover the incredible marine life or opt to explore Kicker Rock by dinghy, with this iconic landmark renowned for its sightings of frigatebirds and boobies. 

 

Day 2 - Pitt Point & Witch Hill (San Cristobal)

We’ll begin the day at the northeastern tip of San Cristobal with a visit to Pitt Point. Enjoy a short walk to a nesting site where all of three species of Galapagos boobies can be seen, together with frigatebirds. This volcanic tuff is both a birdwatcher’s and photographer’s dream, with plenty of time available to capture its wildlife in action. 

After lunch onboard, we’ll cruise towards Cerro Brujo, or “Witch Hill”, which boasts one of the most beautiful beaches in the Galapagos Islands. Relax on its powdery white sands or go snorkeling in the turquoise waters to discover the abundant marine life, with a colony of sea lions also residing here. Birdwatchers can spot blue-footed boobies along the rocky coasts or walk to a nearby lagoon that is popular with egrets and great blue herons. 

 

Day 3 - Post Office Bay, Cormorant Point & Devil's Crown (Floreana)

Today will be spent exploring Floreana Island, beginning with a visit to historic Post Office Bay. It was here that a wooden barrel was placed during the late 18th century for passing whalers to use as a makeshift mail box. The tradition still continues today, so don’t forget to bring your postcards to mail here!

As you enjoy lunch back onboard, we’ll cruise towards Cormorant Point's green olivine-crystal beach. Follow your naturalist guide on a short walk to a salt-water lagoon where flamingos can often be seen feeding in the shallow waters. We’ll continue to the submerged volcanic crater of Devil’s Crown whose crystal clear waters offer one of the most spectacular snorkeling experiences in the Galapagos Islands. 

 

Day 4 - Black Turtle Cove (Santa Cruz) & Pinnacle Rock (Bartolome)

Begin the day with a visit to Black Turtle Cove on the northern shores of Santa Cruz Island. The mangrove-lined waters of this shallow inlet provide natural protection for a variety of marine animals, with sea turtles, golden cow-nose rays and both black-tip and white-tip reef sharks often spotted here. As we explore the cove by dinghy, also keep an eye out for pelicans and boobies that dive into the waters as they hunt for fish. 

In the afternoon, we’ll land on the shores of Bartolome Island and embark on a short walk to its summit. Bartolome boasts magnificent volcanic landscapes and the summit offers one of the best panoramas in the archipelago. We’ll visit the volcanic cone of Pinnacle Rock that was formed when magma was expelled from an underwater volcano and you’ll have time to go snorkeling from its beautiful beach where Galapagos penguins gather.  

 

Day 5 - Darwin Bay & El Barranco (Genovesa)

After breakfast onboard, we’ll land on the white coral beach of Darwin Bay and embark on a short walk through its mangrove forest to spot Nazca boobies, red-footed boobies and swallow-tailed gulls. Genovesa is also known as “Bird Island” due to its wide variety and is one of the few places where red-footed boobies gather en masse. 

In the afternoon, we’ll land at the base of El Barranco, or Prince Phillip’s Steps, and hike up the steep path to the top of the cliff face. You can stop here to birdwatch or opt to continue on a one-mile trek through unique palo santo vegetation, keeping an eye out for red-footed boobies, short-eared lava owls, Galapagos storm petrels and Galapagos doves along the way. 

 

Day 6 - Espumilla Beach & Egas Port (Santiago)

After breakfast onboard, we’ll land at Espumilla Beach to see marine iguanas basking in the sun and hopefully catch a glimpse of Sally lightfoot crabs as they scuttle to hide from hunting herons. Explore the marine-rich waters of Buccaneer Bay while snorkeling, with tropical fish, moray eels, octopus and sharks all found here, or opt to spot sea birds perching in the surrounding cliffs. 

In the afternoon, we’ll continue to Egas Port and embark on a short walk to spot quick-footed Galapagos lava lizards and Galapagos hawks. You’ll have time to explore the tidal pools inhabited by marine invertebrates, then go snorkeling with the resident Galapagos fur sea lions.

 

Day 7 - North Seymour Island & Highlands (Santa Cruz)

Begin the day at North Seymour Island, which was formed by uplifted marine lava and is renowned for its arid vegetation and volcanic landscapes. It’s home to a huge colony of land iguanas, as well as Galapagos sea lions, blue-footed boobies and common noddies, together with an impressive colony of magnificent frigatebirds.

In the afternoon, we’ll cruise towards Santa Cruz Island and travel into the lush highlands where fascinating lava tubes can be seen. Go walking through the unique ecosystem where a variety of birds can be spotted, then visit the Charles Darwin Research Station and its giant tortoise breeding center. Get up close to both new hatchlings and fully grown adults as you learn about the ongoing conservation efforts to ensure their survival. 

 

Day 8 - Mosquera Islet & Disembark Baltra

Your final excursion is to Mosquera Islet, which lies part way between the islands of Baltra and North Seymour. It boasts a large population of boisterous sea lions (that are occasionally hunted by orcas), together with several species of shorebirds. Relax on the white sandy beach as you soak up the views during your last hours in the Galapagos. 

It’s then time to say goodbye to your crew as you are transferred to Baltra Island's airport for your flight back to the mainland.

Day EXTENSIONS

Galapagos Cruise Extensions

We have amazing Ecuador mainland extensions! Or, while you are so close, think about visiting Machu Picchu! You'll save when packaging everything with us.

Here are some ideas:

2-3 Day Extensions

A few days in the Amazon Rainforest
Visit the Ecuadorian Andes & Cotopaxi
Stay at traditional Ecuadorian haciendas

4+ Day Extensions

Explore Machu Picchu in Peru
La Selva Jungle Lodge Experience (Galapagos cruise guest favorite)
Active Ecuador Multisport Mainland Tour

Dates & Rates

DatesAdult (USD)Child (USD) 
Jun 01, 2019 to Jun 08, 2019
8 Day B Cruise
$6,880£0€0$0$0$6,880£0€0$0$0BOOK NOW
Jun 08, 2019 to Jun 15, 2019
8 Day A Cruise
$6,880£0€0$0$0$6,880£0€0$0$0BOOK NOW
Jul 30, 2019 to Aug 03, 2019
5 Day Cruise
$4,375£0€0$0$0$4,375£0€0$0$0BOOK NOW
Aug 10, 2019 to Aug 13, 2019
4 Day Cruise
$3,245£0€0$0$0$3,245£0€0$0$0BOOK NOW
Aug 13, 2019 to Aug 17, 2019
5 Day Cruise
$4,375£0€0$0$0$4,375£0€0$0$0BOOK NOW
Aug 17, 2019 to Aug 22, 2019
6 Day A Cruise
$5,245£0€0$0$0$5,245£0€0$0$0BOOK NOW
Aug 22, 2019 to Aug 27, 2019
6 Day B Cruise
$5,245£0€0$0$0$5,245£0€0$0$0BOOK NOW
Aug 27, 2019 to Aug 31, 2019
5 Day Cruise
$4,375£0€0$0$0$4,375£0€0$0$0BOOK NOW
Aug 31, 2019 to Sep 07, 2019
8 Day A Cruise
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Sep 07, 2019 to Sep 10, 2019
4 Day Cruise
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Sep 10, 2019 to Sep 14, 2019
5 Day Cruise
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Sep 14, 2019 to Sep 19, 2019
6 Day A Cruise
$5,245£0€0$0$0$5,245£0€0$0$0BOOK NOW
Sep 19, 2019 to Sep 24, 2019
6 Day B Cruise
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Sep 24, 2019 to Sep 28, 2019
5 Day Cruise
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Sep 28, 2019 to Oct 05, 2019
8 Day A Cruise
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Oct 05, 2019 to Oct 08, 2019
4 Day Cruise
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Oct 08, 2019 to Oct 12, 2019
5 Day Cruise
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Oct 12, 2019 to Oct 17, 2019
6 Day A Cruise
$5,245£0€0$0$0$5,245£0€0$0$0BOOK NOW
Oct 17, 2019 to Oct 22, 2019
6 Day B Cruise
$5,245£0€0$0$0$5,245£0€0$0$0BOOK NOW
Oct 22, 2019 to Oct 26, 2019
5 Day Cruise
$4,375£0€0$0$0$4,375£0€0$0$0BOOK NOW
Oct 26, 2019 to Nov 02, 2019
8 Day A Cruise
$6,880£0€0$0$0$6,880£0€0$0$0BOOK NOW
Nov 02, 2019 to Nov 05, 2019
4 Day Cruise
$3,245£0€0$0$0$3,245£0€0$0$0BOOK NOW
Nov 05, 2019 to Oct 09, 2019
5 Day Cruise
$4,375£0€0$0$0$4,375£0€0$0$0BOOK NOW
Nov 09, 2019 to Nov 14, 2019
6 Day A Cruise
$5,245£0€0$0$0$5,245£0€0$0$0BOOK NOW
Nov 14, 2019 to Nov 19, 2019
6 Day B Cruise
$5,245£0€0$0$0$5,245£0€0$0$0BOOK NOW
Nov 19, 2019 to Nov 23, 2019
5 Day Cruise
$4,375£0€0$0$0$4,375£0€0$0$0BOOK NOW
Nov 30, 2019 to Dec 03, 2019
4 Day Cruise
$3,245£0€0$0$0$3,245£0€0$0$0BOOK NOW
Dec 03, 2019 to Nov 07, 2019
5 Day Cruise
$4,375£0€0$0$0$4,375£0€0$0$0BOOK NOW
Dec 07, 2019 to Dec 12, 2019
6 Day A Cruise
$5,245£0€0$0$0$5,245£0€0$0$0BOOK NOW
Nov 12, 2019 to Dec 17, 2019
6 Day B Cruise
$5,245£0€0$0$0$5,245£0€0$0$0BOOK NOW
Dec 17, 2019 to Dec 21, 2019
5 Day Cruise
$4,375£0€0$0$0$4,375£0€0$0$0BOOK NOW

Supplementary Information

Children under 12 years old receive a 25% discount (one child per every 2 adults)

Single Supplement is  +50% 

High Season Supplement: (Includes Spring Break, Easter, Christmas and New Year)

4 Day - $150

5 Day - $220

6 Day - $275

8 Day - $400

Rates Include:

  • All shore excursions
  • All meals throughout the cruise
  • Soft drinks and juices
  • Champagne reception
  • Complimentary fruit platter
  • Galapagos National Park certified guide
  • Use of snorkeling gear and wetsuits
  • Kayaks

Rates do not Include:

  • Roundtrip airfare to Galapagos.*
  • Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee, $100.*
  • Galapagos Transit Control Card, $20.*
  • Tips to crew
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Plastic bottled sodas

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Ship Details

Year of construction: November 2011
Type: Power Motor Catamaran
Length: 113 ft / 34 mts
Beam: 43 ft / 13 mts
Draft: 4 ft / 1 mts
Gross tonnage: 170 tons
Capacity: 16 passengers
Main Deck: 4 double cabins (334 ft² / 32 mt²)
Upper Deck: 4 double cabins (248 ft² / 23 mt²), 1 single cabin (194 ft² / 18 mt²), All with private balcony
Main engines: Cumins / 405 HP
Max speed: 15 knots
Electricity: 110 volts AC / 60 Hz
Exterior: GFRP (fiber reinforce polymer
Safety & Navigation: All equipment meets or exceeds the international SOLAS stardard: 2x20-man life raft
  • Navtex
  • 2 GPS
  • Depth Sounder
  • 2 naval radars
  • Fire detection and prevention systems etc.
Crew:
  • Captin
  • Bilingual Galapagos National Park Naturalist Guide
  • Quality Control Manager
  • 8 other crew (First Mate, Chef, Sous Chef, Engineer, Assistant Engineer, Sailor, Barman, Housekeeper

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FAQ & More

Where are the Galapagos Islands?

The Galapagos Islands (or Archipelago de Colon) are a Province of Ecuador located about 500 miles (800 kilometers) west of the Ecuadorian coast and are located directly on the equator.  Learn more about the Galapagos Islands in our Galapagos Travel Guide. 

When is the best time to visit? What is the weather like?

If you're planning a trip to the Galapagos Islands, be sure to check out our Galapagos Weather Overview.  We've included a seasonal snapshot as well as a month by month break down of both weather and wildlife trends to help you pick the very best time to visit the Islands. For those who are more visual, we have a great Galapagos weather and wildlife info-graphic

Can you book my flights?

For most of our tours we book the necessary round-trip flights from Ecuador mainland to the Galapagos Islands. Please refer to your reservation materials for specific details regarding flights.  

We do not book any International flights to Ecuador; however we do have a great air travel specalist that we would be happy to refer you to.  Please ask your Adventure Consultant for details. 

Does Ecuador really use the US Dollar?

Yes! However, be sure to bring cash bills in good condition because bills with markings or tears won’t be accepted. There are also ATM machines in the larger towns. It’s a good idea to alert your bank that you’ll be traveling to Ecuador so they don’t stop the transactions.

Please check out our Galapagos and Ecuador currency resource for additional details. 

What vaccinations do I need?

There are no special requirements or vaccines to go to Ecuador or the Galapagos Islands. Please visit the CDC Website for further details.

How much snorkeling is available on this trip?

There is an opportunity for snorkeling almost every day on this trip and the underwater life is a true highlight of visiting the Galapagos. Our trip offers more opportunities than most, and on some days we stop at two or three locations to snorkel.

If you’ve never been snorkeling we highly recommend you practice before the trip. It's not necessary but you will enjoy the experience much more!

Is snorkeling gear included?

Yes. On this trip, all of the equipment is on board!

What documentation do I need?

Ecuadorian Immigration regulations state that, every foreign passenger entering the country must have a passport with a time validity of at least 6 months beginning from the day of your departure from Ecuador. If you have questions or concerns please contact the nearest Ecuadorian embassy for the latest visa requirements.

Insurance

Beginning February 1st, 2018, the Ministry of Tourism created a new requirement that all visitors to Ecuador MUST show PROOF of a valid health insurance at port of entry.  In general, we strongly recommend travel insurance tha covers you for: unforeseen cancellations, international medicine, baggage loss and/or baggage delay, loss of personal belongings, stolen personal objects, unexpected illness/injuries during trip. A comprehensive travel insurance for your trip will include the necessary medical insurance for your entry to Ecuador

Money - Debit and Credit Cards

The local currency in The Galapagos Islands and throughout Ecuador is the US dollar. In the Islands, most major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Diners) are accepted at hotels and restaurants. In the local stores and cafes sometimes cash is the only way to pay.  Try to carry smaller denomination notes, typically nothing bogger than a $20.

Time Zone

The Galapagos Islands are GMT -6 hours and do not change their clocks for Daylight Savings (because they are on the equator). This means that in the summer months they are the same time as Mountain Daylight Time but in the winter months they are the same time as Central Standard Time.

Gratuities

In Galapagos, leaving a gratuity for the guide and crew separately is the custom. Tipping is NOT a requirement and should be given at the guest's sole discretion based on the level of service received and each guests beliefs. If a guest wishes to leave a tip, please use the the envelopes marked "CREW" and "GUIDE" that will be left in the accommodations on your last day. Please put the envelopes in the gratuity box that will be left in the dining area on the day of your departure. All the money in the "CREW" envelope will be shared equally among the crew members. Based on past experience we suggest: If service was excellent, the average tip has been $22 per person per day for the entire ship's crew and $10 per person per day for the guide. Please understand that this is just a suggestion: tipping/gratuities are a very personal matter and it entirely depends on the value of the service you received.

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