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Travel around the Galapagos Islands in the Ocean Spray Luxury Cruise, the ultimate Galapagos Experience.

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Travel around the Galapagos Islands in the Ocean Spray Luxury Cruise, the ultimate Galapagos Experience.

The new Mega-Catamaran Ocean Spray offers the best performance and comfort in Galapagos Cruising. 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.

KEY FEATURES:

  • Ample social areas and Jacuzzi
  • All cabins with Private Balconies
  • Bilingual Naturalist Guide
  • Quality Control Manager
  • Al fresco Dining
  • Kayaks on board

AMENITIES

  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Laptops & Library
  • Hair Dryer
  • Satellite Phone

DECK PLANS AND SPECIFICATIONS  

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS  

ITINERARIES

Cruise (Sat – Tue) – 4 days / 3 nights

Day 1: Saturday
– AM – San Cristobal Island
Assistance will be provided for you when you arrive to the airport by one of our representatives after you have landed.
You will arrive at San Cristobal Island in the morning. After passing through immigration and baggage claim you will be met by Ocean Spray staff and transferred to the yacht. You will be shown to your cabin where you will have some time to settle in before lunch and a welcome briefing.

– PM – Lobos Island /Kicker Rock
In the afternoon we will visit Lobos Island. The name of this island means “Sea Lion Island”. This appropriately named island is ripe with noisy, frolicking, jolly sea lions who will welcome you to their home with open fins! This island also offers great snorkeling opportunities as well as the chance to see Blue-Footed and Nazca Boobies. 
Possible Activities: Short hike (less than 0.6 mi / 1km), dinghy ride and/or snorkeling.
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
Type of Landing: Dry Landing
Highlights: Snorkeling with sea lions, frigate birds, and Blue-footed Boobies.

A dinghy ride and snorkeling around Kicker Rock (Leon Dormido) can be also be done in the afternoon.  Known as the Sleeping Lion because of its resemblance, this site is located off the coast of San Cristobal. There are remains of a lava cone eroded by the sea, two vertical rocks rising 500 feet above the ocean. This Galapagos Islands natural monument has become a favorite sight for cruises due to the many tropicbirds, frigate birds and boobies that fill the surrounding air. Beneath the sea the crystal waters offer a brilliant show of colorful tropical fish and invertebrates. 
Possible Activities: Snorkeling & dinghy ride
Difficulty: Easy
Type of Landing: No Landing
Highlights: Deep water snorkeling: Sharks, tropical fish, turtles, manta rays (occ.), hammerhead sharks, and spectacular rock formations. Sea Birds: Blue-footed Boobies, Nazca Boobies & frigate birds. Second best place to snorkel in the Galapagos.

Day 2: Sunday
– AM – Pitt Point
We will visit Pitt Point in the morning. Pitt Point holds its own as the northeastern most site on San Cristóbal. After an easy hike, you will be rewarded with a unique treat. Herein lays the only nesting site which hosts all species of Galápagos Boobies. Photographers will be thrilled with this intimate natural experience. The attractive volcanic tuff formations will have geologists and laymen alike imagining the forces of nature that possessed the Earth to create this land.
Possible Activities: Dinghy ride, snorkeling, kayaking & hike (1.5 mi / 2 ½ km)
Difficulty: Moderate/Difficult
Type of Landing: Wet Landing
Highlights: Wonderful landscape, sea lion colony, and three possible species of Boobies.

– PM – Witch Hill (Cerro Brujo)
In the afternoon we’ll visit Witch Hill (Cerro Brujo) where you will explore one of the nicest beaches in the Galápagos. You’ll be tantalized by the texture and sight of the powdered, soft white sand. With a colony of sea lions and Blue-footed Boobies, this scenic place is bustling with life. Just beyond the beach is a lagoon, thriving with Egrets and Great Blue Herons. The turquoise water and abundant marine life will invite you to snorkel their midst. 
Possible Activities: Hike, dinghy ride, snorkeling & kayaking
Difficulty: Easy
Type of Landing: Wet Landing
Highlights: Beautiful rock formations, sea lions, shore birds, and land birds such as finches and mockingbirds.
Snorkeling: Spot tropical fish, anemones, and sponge coral.

Day 3: Monday
– AM – Post Office Bay (Floreana Island)
We will visit two sites on Floreana Island. In the morning, we will visit the famous Post Office Bay. You will land on a beach and head to a spot where 18th century whalers placed a wooden barrel for use as an unofficial mail box. The custom continues to this day with Galapagos visitors. So, don’t forget your postcards, and don’t be surprised if the post card arrives to its destination before you get home! 
Possible Activities: Short hike (less than 0.6 mi / 1km) & snorkeling
Difficulty: Easy
Type of Landing: Wet Landing
Highlights: Barrel Post Office and beautiful sandy beach.

– PM – Cormorant Point /Devil’s Crown
In the afternoon, we will head to Cormorant Point. Here you can enjoy a hike to a salt-water lagoon which is home to flamingoes.  You’ll also be amazed by the green colored beach, caused by a high percentage of olivine crystals in the sand.  You will also get to swim in the crystal clear waters of Devil’s Crown. This extinct volcano peaks out of the waters just off of Floreana’s coast and offers a magnificent snorkeling experience.
Possible Activities: Snorkeling & dinghy ride & hike (1.2 mi / 2km)
Difficulty: Easy
Type of Landing: Wet Landing
Highlights & Animals: Flamingoes, green olivine crystal beach, and Devil’s Crown: The best snorkeling site in Galapagos Islands with sharks, rays, rock formations, and lots of tropical fish.

Day 4: Tuesday
– AM – Black Turtle Cove
Black Turtle Cove is located on the north side of Santa Cruz Island and is only accessible by boat and with a guide. This shallow inlet is surrounded by mangroves and provides natural protection for a variety of marine life, attracting the vulnerable juveniles of many species. Below the surface of the water, you can see both black-tip and white-tip reef sharks, sea turtles, golden cow-nose rays, spotted eagle rays, and an occasional hammerhead shark. Pelicans and Boobies hunt here, diving gracefully into the water. 
Possible Activities: 2 hour dinghy ride
Difficulty: Easy
Type of Landing: No Landing
Highlights: Hammerhead sharks, rays, sea turtles, and sea birds.

After this final visit, you will be transferred to Baltra Island’s airport in time to catch your flight back to the mainland.

Cruise (Tue – Sat) – 5 days / 4 nights

Day 1: Tuesday
– AM – Baltra
Assistance will be provided for you when you arrive to the airport by one of our representatives after you have landed.

You will arrive at Baltra Island in the morning. After passing through immigration and baggage claim you will be met by Ocean Spray staff and transferred to the yacht. You will be shown to your cabin where you will have some time to settle in before lunch and a welcome briefing.

– PM – Bartolome
Our afternoon visit includes 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. We will take a trail of stairs to the summit of the volcano (about 30 or 40 minutes) where you will enjoy one of the best views of the islands! You will also visit a small, beautiful beach, surrounded by the only vegetation found on this barren island. The beach is perfect for snorkeling where you may even see the Galapagos penguins.
Possible Activities: Dinghy, snorkeling, and hike (1.2 mi / 2 km)
Difficulty: Moderate / Difficult. Walk up to the top of volcano (114 meters, 375 wooden steps).
Type of Landing: Dry and Wet Landing
Highlights: Pinnacle Rock, panoramic view, moonlike landscape, penguins, pioneer plants, Lava Cactus.

Day 2: Wednesday
– AM – Darwin Bay (Genovesa Island)
Our morning visit will take us to the beach at Darwin Bay. This white-sand coral beach heads a (1/2 mi / 3/4 km) trail that winds through mangroves that are filled with land birds. You may see Nazca Boobies, Red-footed Boobies, and Swallow-tailed Gulls. Further down the path, you may see sea lions playing in tidal pools. You will arrive cliff-side and can let the spectacular views soak in, while the Boobies and iguanas keep you company.
Possible Activities: Hike (1/2 mi / 3/4 km), snorkeling, kayaking & dinghy ride
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
Type of Landing: Wet Landing
Highlights: Nazca Boobies, Red-footed Boobies, Swallow-tailed Gulls, Mangroves, Coral Pebbles Beach.
Snorkelling: Rays, colourful reef fish and hammerhead sharks.

– PM – El Barranco
The afternoon takes us to El Barranco or The Cliff, also known as Prince Phillip’s Steps, whose steep, rocky path will lead you up 25 meters (82 ft) of cliff-face. After marveling at the view you will have the opportunity to take a (0.9 mi / 2 km) trek through Palo Santo vegetation. Here you will be dazzled by all the birds: Red-footed Boobies, Short-eared Lava Owls, Galapagos storm petrels and Galapagos Doves.
Possible Activities: Hike (0.9 mi / 2 km)
Difficulty: Moderate
Type of Landing: Dry/ Difficult Landing At Times
Highlights: Red-footed Boobies, Short-eared Lava Owls, storm-petrels, and Galapagos doves.

Day 3: Thursday
– AM – Espumilla Beach /Buccaneer Cove (Santiago Island)
We will visit Bwhere marine iguanas lounge and the Sally-Lightfoot crabs attract the hunting herons and perform the dance of predator and prey right before your eyes. Snorkeling is highly recommended as you could find yourself face to face with an octopus, moray eel, shark, or a variety of other species of tropical fish.
Buccaneer Cove is a testament to the fact that Santiago Island was once a refuge for British buccaneers. They would anchor in the protected bay to make repairs and stock up on tortoise meat among other things. It is an excellent opportunity to take in the steep cliffs, where hundreds of seabirds perch in front of the dark red sand beach. See if you can spot ‘Monk’ or ‘Elephant’ Rock before your guide points them out!
Possible Activities: Snorkeling and swimming, short walk along the beach (less than 0.6 mi / 1 km)
Difficulty: Easy
Type of Landing: Wet Landing
Highlights: Snorkeling, sea birds, historical site, and rock formations.

– PM – Egas Port
The afternoon visit is to a site called Egas Port, also known as James Bay, on Santiago Island. Here, you will enjoy a hike over a dry trail known for being a hang-out for curious Galapagos Hawks and Quick-footed Galapagos Lava Lizards. The trail will then lead you to the coastline where you will visit the gorgeous tide pools and grottos which are full of fauna.  You will be able to observe the shy Galapagos fur sea lions. You will also get to snorkel at Egas Port beach.
Possible Activities: Snorkeling, hike (1.2 mi / 2km)
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
Type of Landing: Wet Landing
Highlights: Fur sea lions, Galapagos sea lions, tidal pools and “Grottos”, Galapagos Hawk, Oyster Catchers, marine iguanas, and finches.
Snorkeling: Reef sharks, turtles, rays, and beautiful underwater formations.

Day 4: Friday
– AM – North Seymour
Galapagos Sea Lions, Blue-footed Boobies and Magnificent Frigatebirds are abundant on North Seymour Island. The island was formed by a series of submarine lavas containing layers of sediment that were uplifted by tectonic activity. The island is characterized by its arid vegetation zone.
Possible Activities: Snorkeling, dinghy ride & hike (1.5 mi / 2 ½ km)
Difficulty: Moderate/Difficult
Type of Landing: Dry Landing
Highlights: Land and marine iguanas, frigate birds, Blue-footed Boobies, and sea lions. Great snorkeling: Rays, reef shark, fish, and garden eels.

– PM – Highlands (Santa Cruz Island)
In the afternoon we will visit the Highlands of Santa Cruz where you will walk along a path, observing the hills, ferns, volcanoes, and rich wildlife. This area is home to giant tortoises. You will come upon the underground lava tubes, which are more than one kilometer (half a mile) long. Local guides will provide information and flashlights.  Walking through the lava tubes is a unique and surreal experience.
Possible Activities: Hike (1.5 mi / 2 ½ km)
Difficulty: Moderate
Type of Landing: Dry landing
Highlights: Lava tunnels, wild turtles, and Tortoise Breeding Center.

Day 5: Saturday
– AM – Mosquera Islet
Mosquera Islet is located between the islands of Baltra and North Seymour. It is a reef of rocks and coral (the result of an uprising) and a great white sand beach. Its narrowest width reaches about 160 meters and has an estimated length of 600 meters. In most of the perimeter there is a base of lava rocks, as evidence of the lava uprising, except in the southwest side where the landing occurs.
This island has one of the largest populations of sea lions. You can also observe several species of shorebirds. There have been occasional reports at this site of Orcas (Orcinus orca) feeding on sea lions.
Possible Activities: Walk
Difficulty: Easy
Type of Landing: Wet Landing (This may be complicated by low tide or when there is heavy swell, during the months of December to March mainly)
Highlights: sea lions, shorebirds.

After this final visit, you will be transferred to Baltra Island’s airport in time to catch your flight back to the mainland.

Cruise A (Sat – Thu) – 6 days / 5 nights

Day 1: Saturday
– AM – Baltra airport
Assistance will be provided for you when you arrive to the airport by one of our representatives after you have landed.
You will arrive at Baltra Island in the morning. After passing through immigration and baggage claim you will be met by Ocean Spray staff and transferred to the yacht. You will be shown to your cabin where you will have some time to settle in before lunch and a welcome briefing.

– PM – Chinese Hat
The afternoon visit to Chinese Hat, offers rare, up close viewing of Galapagos wildlife and well preserved remnants of fragile volcanic rock that can’t be found in such a unique condition anywhere else.  The islet is home to a colony of sea lions on the white coral sand beach.  Here you can see American Oystercatchers, Galapagos Penguins swimming along the shores, and Sally-Lightfoot Crabs in bright contrast to the dark volcanic rock.
Possible Activities: A hike of 400 meters starting at the beach rising up to 160 feet exploring the different volcanic remnants and rare plant life along with amazing views; Snorkeling among White-Tipped Reef Sharks and various tropical fish.
Difficulty: Moderate
Type of Landing: Wet Landing
Highlights: White-cheeked Pintail Ducks, colorful fish, sea lions, Brackish Water Lagoon, penguins, and the Galapagos Hawk.

Day 2: Sunday
– AM – Vicente Roca Point (Isabela Island)
Isabela Island: The largest in the archipelago, this seahorse-shaped island is also one of the youngest and most volcanically active.
The morning visit is to Vicente Roca Point. Comprised of two separate coves, this site is a large bay with spectacular sea life. Keep an eye out for seahorses, sea turtles, and the strange yet fascinating Mola-mola (or pacific sunfish).
Possible Activities: Snorkeling and dinghy ride
Difficulty: Easy / Moderate
Type of Landing: No Landing
Highlights: Penguins, Blue-footed Boobies, Terns, Nazca Boobies, two types of sea lions, penguins, Blue-footed Boobies, terns, Nazca Boobies, two types of sea lions. sea turtles, rays and puffer fish.

– PM – Espinosa Point (Fernandina Island)
No foreign species have ever invaded Fernandina Island and therefore it is one of the world’s most pristine island ecosystems. Fernandina is the youngest island in Galapagos. Access to this site is extremely restricted by the Galapagos National Park and you will be one of those very lucky visitors. The volcano “La Cumbre” dominates the landspace with lava fields reaching the ocean.
Crossing the Bolivar Channel that divides Isabela and Fernandina Islands, we will land at Espinosa Point. After walking past a colony of marine iguanas and a group of sea lions, we’ll reach the island’s highlight: the Flightless Cormorant nesting site. This area provides a great opportunity to see the Galapagos Hawk.
Possible Activities: Hike (1.2 mi / 2 km)
Difficulty: Moderate
Type of Landing: Dry and Slippery At Low Tide
Highlights & Animals: Flightless Cormorant, marine iguanas, A’A Lava, sea lions, penguins, and active Volcano “La Cumbre”.

Day 3: Monday
– AM – Tagus Cove (Isabela Island)
The morning visit, including Tagus Cove’s ‘cliff-side gallery,’ provides a clear view of pirate graffiti dating back to 1836. The contrast between vandalism and the pristine environment is thought provoking. Up the (1.25 mi / 2 km) hike through lava formations, we will see stunning views of the surrounding slopes and volcanoes, making our way to Darwin Lake.  This salt-water crater-lake may have been filled with a tidal wave brought on by a volcanic eruption.
Possible Activities: Long hike, snorkeling, dinghy ride
Difficulty: Moderate/ Difficult
Type of Landing: Dry Landing
Highlights: Penguins, Blue Flightless Cormorants, Darwin Volcano & Lake.

– PM – Urbina Bay
In the afternoon, we will land at Urbina Bay which presents some fascinating geological formations. In 1954, an uplift from the sea formed the bay which has been characterized by the resulting terrestrial coral reef ever since. Expect to see stingrays and sea turtles swimming near the surface of the water, along with Flightless Cormorants, pelicans, and marine iguanas. You will be dazzled by the breathtaking view of Volcano Alcedo, with the possibility to see land iguanas and giant tortoises in the wild.
Possible Activities: Snorkeling, dinghy ride & hike, 2 trails: short (0.6 mi / 1 km), long (1.8 mi / 3km)
Difficulty: Easy /Moderate
Type of Landing: Wet Landing
Highlights: Land iguanas (the biggest in Galapagos), hawks, coral reef, giant tortoise, turtles, rays, and tropical fish.

Day 4: Tuesday
– AM – Elizabeth Bay (Isabela Island)
The morning visit will take us to Elizabeth Bay, a secluded space lacking any landing sites. We will take a traditional ‘panga’ ride or dinghy ride, passing the red mangroves and amongst the wildlife of the lively bay. Elizabeth is known for its marine life; you will probably see sea turtles and rays skimming the surface of the water. You may also see Brown Pelicans diving for fish, penguins, Blue-footed Boobies and possibly spot humpback whales.
Possible Activities: Two-hour dinghy ride
Difficulty: Easy
Type of Landing: No Landing
Highlights: Mangrove Forest (unique in Galapagos), sea turtles, penguins, rays, herons, and sea lions.

– PM – Moreno Point
In the afternoon we will visit Moreno Point, located south west of Elizabeth Bay. Here, a dry landing onto what was once flowing lava is possible. The lava has left craters in its wake, which formed crystal tide pools. By looking into the pools, you can peer into another world, as the marine life drifts by your window. In the brackish pools of this area, you may see pink flamingos, White-Cheeked Pintails, and Common Gallinules. If you look carefully into the pools you may see white-tip reef sharks and some sea turtles.
Possible Activities: Snorkeling, dinghy ride & hike (1.2 mi / 2km)
Difficulty: Moderate/Difficult
Type of Landing: Dry Landing
Highlights: Flamingoes, gallinules, Pintail ducks, turtles, and white tip reef sharks.

Day 5: Wednesday
– AM – Charles Darwin Station (Santa Cruz Island)
In the morning we start at the Charles Darwin Station – Breeding Center “Fausto Llerena” home to tortoises ranging from 4-inches (new hatchlings) to 4-feet long. Here you will observe the various sub-species of tortoises interacting with each other, and possibly with you. Many of the older tortoises are accustomed to humans. The babies are only kept until they are about four years old, or large enough to survive in the wild. These conservation efforts continue to be extremely successful.
Possible Activities: Walking
Difficulty: Easy
Type of Landing: Dry Landing
Highlights: Giant Tortoises, land and marine iguanas, and a variety of birds.

– PM – Highlands
Here at the Highlands, you can walk along a path, observing the hills, ferns, volcanoes, and rich wildlife. This area is home to giant tortoises, forest, 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 kilometer (half a mile) long. Local guides will provide information and flashlights.  Walking through the lava tubes is a unique and surreal experience.
Possible Activities: Walking
Difficulty: Moderate
Type of Landing: Dry Landing
Highlights: Wild Turtles, Tortoises Breeding Center.

Day 6: Thursday
– AM – South Plaza
In the morning, you will head to South Plaza Island. This small island with steep cliffs was formed by rising lava and is now covered by Opuntia cacti. It is also home to one of the largest sea lion colonies as well as colorful yellow and red land iguanas. The most characteristic plant is the Sesuvium. During the rainy season its color is a greenish to yellowish tone and in the dry season (end of June through January) a bright red.
Possible Activities: Hike (1.5 mi / 2 ½ km)
Difficulty: Moderate
Type of Landing: Dry Landing
Highlights & Animals: Land iguanas, sea lion colony, Audubon’s shearwaters, Swallow-tailed Gulls, Nazca Boobies, and an amazing landscape with cliffs.

After this final visit, you will be transferred to Baltra Island’s airport in time to catch your flight back to the mainland.

Cruise B (Thu – Tue) – 6 days / 5 nights

Day 1: Thursday
– AM – Baltra airport
Assistance will be provided for you when you arrive to the airport by one of our representatives after you have landed.
You will arrive at Baltra Island in the morning. After passing through immigration and baggage claim you will be met by Ocean Spray staff and transferred to the yacht. You will be shown to your cabin where you will have some time to settle in before lunch and a welcome briefing.

– PM – Santa Fe Island
Our afternoon visit is to Santa Fe Island. Santa Fe (Barrington) is home to the small picturesque bay and anchorage on the islands northeast 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.
Possible Activities: Hiking
Difficulty: Moderate
Type of Landing: Dry Landing
Highlights: Land iguanas and giant tunas.

Day 2: Friday
– AM – Suarez Point (Española Island)
Española Island is the southernmost island of the Galapagos and is the breeding site of nearly all of the Waved Albatrosses in the entire world. Española is densely populated with mockingbirds, Blue-footed and Nazca Boobies, Darwin finches, Galapagos Doves, hawks, marine iguanas, and loads of sea lions.
In the morning, we will start at Suarez Point on a trail where you will have the chance to see Blue-footed Boobie, albatrosses (From April to December) and Nazca Boobies. We will also visit a beautiful site on the ocean front where there is a cliff that the large albatrosses use as a launching pad! You’ll have the chance to see the famous blowhole that spurts water into the air. The landscape is great for photography.
Possible Activities: Hike (1.8 mi / 3 km)
Difficulty: Difficult
Type of Landing: Dry Landing
Highlights & Animals: Hood Mockingbird, Nazca Boobies, Waved Albatross, Red-billed Tropicbirds, lava lizards, Galapagos Hawk, Blue-footed Boobies, and the famous blow hole.

PM – Gardner Bay/Osborn Islet
In the afternoon, we will visit the spectacular Gardner Bay & Osborn Islet. After landing, 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. It is the breeding site of nearly all of the world’s 12,000 pairs of Waved Albatrosses.
Possible Activities: Snorkeling, dinghy ride, kayaking, and short hike of (0.6 mi / 1km)
Difficulty: Easy
Type of Landing: Wet Landing
Highlights & Animals: White sandy beach, sea lions, and mockingbirds.

Day 3: Saturday
– AM – Interpretation Center/Galapaguera (San Cristobal Island)
In the morning we will visit the Interpretation Center or Galapaguera on San Cristobal Island.
The Interpretation Center is located on San Cristobal Island. The center was donated by the Spanish government and inaugurated by the Prince of Spain in 1998.
This center focuses on the interaction between humans and the process of the “natural history laboratory”, demonstrating that a harmonious relation between human beings and nature is possible.
Cerro Colorado (Galapaguera) is a new visitor site in the southeast part of San Cristobal Island and can now be reached in roughly one hour by road from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. On the trees and shrubs surrounding the site, you may see land birds like warbler, finches and mockingbirds, and on the trails, giant tortoises. They live there wild but in a protected area to assure their survival by sealing them off from introduced predators, like pigs and goats. Once the tortoise perceives danger, it goes into its defensive stance, retreating into its hard shell.
Possible Activities: Short hike (less than 0.6 mi / 1 km)
Difficulty: Easy
Type of Landing: Dry Landing
Highlights: Interpretation Center: Human History and Interpretation of the Galapagos Ecosystem, Galapaguera with giant tortoises in captivity and the highlands of San Cristóbal.

– PM – Lobos Island/Kicker Rock
In the afternoon we will visit Lobos Island. The name of this island means “Sea Lion Island”. This appropriately named island is ripe with noisy, frolicking, jolly sea lions who will welcome you to their home with open fins! This island also offers great snorkeling opportunities as well as the chance to see Blue-Footed and Nazca Boobies.
Possible Activities: Short hike (less than 0.6 mi / 1km), dinghy ride and/or snorkeling.
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
Type of Landing: Dry Landing
Highlights: Snorkeling with sea lions, frigate birds, and Blue-footed Boobies.

Day 4: Sunday
– AM – Pitt Point (San Cristobal Island)
We will visit Pitt Point in the morning. Pitt Point holds its own as the northeastern most site on San Cristóbal. After an easy hike, you will be rewarded with a unique treat. Herein lays the only nesting site which hosts all species of Galápagos Boobies. Photographers will be thrilled with this intimate natural experience. The attractive volcanic tuff formations will have geologists and laymen alike imagining the forces of nature that possessed the earth to create this land.
Possible Activities: Dinghy ride, snorkeling, kayaking & hike (1.5 mi / 2 ½ km)
Difficulty: Moderate/Difficult
Type of Landing: Wet Landing
Highlights: Wonderful landscape, sea lion colony, and three possible species of Boobies.

– PM – Witch Hill
In the afternoon we’ll visit Witch Hill (Cerro Brujo) where you will explore one of the nicest beaches in the Galápagos. You’ll be tantalized by the texture and sight of the powdered, soft, white sand. With a colony of sea lions and Blue-footed Boobies, this scenic place is bustling with life. Just beyond the beach is a lagoon, thriving with Egrets and Great Blue Herons. The turquoise water and abundant marine life will invite you to snorkel their midst.
Possible Possible Activities: Hike, dinghy ride, snorkeling & kayaking
Difficulty: Easy walk along the beach
Type of Landing: Wet Landing
Highlights: Beautiful rock formations, sea lions, shore birds, and land birds such as finches and mockingbirds.
Snorkeling: Spot tropical fish, anemones, and sponge coral.

Day 5: Monday
– AM – Post Office Bay (Floreana Island)
We will visit two sites on Floreana Island. In the morning, we will visit the famous Post Office Bay. You will land on a beach and head to a spot where 18th century whalers once placed a wooden barrel for use as an unofficial mail box. The custom continues to this day with Galapagos visitors. So, don’t forget your postcards, and don’t be surprised if the post card arrives to its destination before you get home!
Possible Activities: Short hike (less than 0.6 mi / 1km) & snorkeling
Difficulty: Easy
Type of Landing: Wet Landing
Highlights: Barrel Post Office and beautiful sandy beach.

– PM – Cormorant Point
In the afternoon, we will head to Cormorant Point. Here you can enjoy a hike to a salt-water lagoon which is home to flamingoes.  You’ll also be amazed by the green colored beach, caused by a high percentage of olivine crystals in the sand.  You will also get to swim in the crystal clear waters of the Devil’s Crown. This extinct volcano peaks out of the waters just off of Floreana’s coast and offers a magnificent snorkeling experience.
Possible Activities: Snorkeling & dinghy ride & hike (1.2 mi / 2km)
Difficulty: Easy
Type of Landing: Wet Landing
Highlights & Animals: Flamingoes, green olivine crystal beach, and Devil’s Crown: The best snorkeling site in Galapagos Islands with sharks, rays, rock formations, and lots of tropical fish.

Day 6: Tuesday
– AM – Black Turtle (Santa Cruz Island)
Black Turtle Cove is located on the north side of Santa Cruz Island and is only accessible by boat and with a guide. This shallow inlet is surrounded by mangroves and provides natural protection for a variety of marine life, attracting the vulnerable juveniles of many species. Below the surface of the water, you can see both black-tip and white-tip reef sharks, sea turtles, golden cow-nose rays, spotted eagle rays, and an occasional hammerhead shark. Pelicans and Boobies hunt here, diving gracefully into the water.
Possible Activities: 2 hour dinghy ride
Difficulty: Easy
Type of Landing: No Landing
Highlights: Hammerhead sharks, rays, sea turtles, and sea birds.

After this final visit, you will be transferred to Baltra Island’s airport in time to catch your flight back to the mainland.

Cruise A (Sat – Sat) – 8 days / 7 nights

Day 1: Saturday
– AM – Baltra airport
Assistance will be provided for you when you arrive to the airport by one of our representatives after you have landed.
You will arrive at Baltra Island in the morning. After passing through immigration and baggage claim you will be met by Ocean Spray staff and transferred to the yacht. You will be shown to your cabin where you will have some time to settle in before lunch and a welcome briefing.

– PM – Chinese Hat
The afternoon visit to Chinese Hat, offers rare, up close viewing of Galapagos wildlife and well preserved remnants of fragile volcanic rock that can’t be found in such a unique condition anywhere else.  The islet is home to a colony of sea lions on the white coral sand beach.  Here you can see American Oystercatchers, Galapagos Penguins swimming along the shores, and Sally-Lightfoot Crabs in bright contrast to the dark volcanic rock.
Possible Activities: A hike of 400 meters starting at the beach rising up to 160 feet exploring the different volcanic remnants and rare plant life along with amazing views; Snorkeling among White-Tipped Reef Sharks and various tropical fish.
Difficulty: Moderate
Type of Landing: Wet Landing
Highlights: White-cheeked Pintail Ducks, colorful fish, sea lions, Brackish Water Lagoon, penguins, and the Galapagos Hawk.

Day 2: Sunday
– AM – Vicente Roca Point (Isabela Island)
Isabela Island: The largest in the archipelago, this seahorse-shaped island is also one of the youngest and most volcanically active.
The morning visit is to Vicente Roca Point. Comprised of two separate coves, this site is a large bay with spectacular sea life. Keep an eye out for seahorses, sea turtles, and the strange yet fascinating Mola-mola (or pacific sunfish).
Possible Activities: Snorkeling and dinghy ride
Difficulty: Easy / Moderate
Type of Landing: No Landing
Highlights: Penguins, Blue-footed Boobies, Terns, Nazca Boobies, two types of sea lions, penguins, Blue-footed Boobies, terns, Nazca Boobies, two types of sea lions. sea turtles, rays and puffer fish.

– PM – Espinosa Point
No foreign species have ever invaded Fernandina Island and therefore it is one of the world’s most pristine island ecosystems. Fernandina is the youngest island in Galapagos. Access to this site is extremely restricted by the Galapagos National Park and you will be one of those very lucky visitors. The volcano “La Cumbre” dominates the landspace with lava fields reaching the ocean.
Crossing the Bolivar Channel that divides Isabela and Fernandina Islands, we will land at Espinosa Point. After walking past a colony of marine iguanas and a group of sea lions, we’ll reach the island’s highlight: the Flightless Cormorant nesting site. This area provides a great opportunity to see the Galapagos Hawk.
Possible Activities: Hike (1.2 mi / 2 km)
Difficulty: Moderate
Type of Landing: Dry and Slippery At Low Tide
Highlights: Flightless Cormorant, marine iguanas, A’A Lava, sea lions, penguins, and active Volcano “La Cumbre”.

Day 3: Monday
– AM – Tagus Cove (Isabela Island)
The morning visit, including Tagus Cove’s cliff-side gallery,’ provides a clear view of pirate graffiti dating back to 1836. The contrast between vandalism and the pristine environment is thought provoking. Up the (1.25 mi / 2 km) hike through lava formations, we will see stunning views of the surrounding slopes and volcanoes, making our way to Darwin Lake.  This salt-water crater-lake may have been filled with a tidal wave brought on by a volcanic eruption.
Possible Activities: Long hike, snorkeling, dinghy ride
Difficulty: Moderate/ Difficult
Type of Landing: Dry Landing
Highlights: Penguins, Blue Flightless Cormorants, Darwin Volcano & Lake

– PM – Urbina Bay
In the afternoon, we will land at Urbina Bay which presents some fascinating geological formations. In 1954, an uplift from the sea formed the bay which has been characterized by the resulting terrestrial coral reef ever since. Expect to see stingrays and sea turtles swimming near the surface of the water, along with Flightless Cormorants, pelicans, and marine iguanas. You will be dazzled by the breathtaking view of Volcano Alcedo, with the possibility to see land iguanas and giant tortoises in the wild.
Possible Activities: Snorkeling, dinghy ride & hike, 2 trails: short (0.6 mi / 1 km), long (1.8 mi / 3km)
Difficulty: Easy /Moderate
Type of Landing: Wet Landing
Highlights: Land iguanas (the biggest in Galapagos), hawks, coral reef, giant tortoise, turtles, rays, and tropical fish.

Day 4: Tuesday
– AM – Elizabeth Bay (Isabela Island)
The morning visit will take us to Elizabeth Bay, a secluded space lacking any landing sites. We will take a traditional ‘panga’ ride or dinghy ride, passing the red mangroves and amongst the wildlife of the lively bay. Elizabeth is known for its marine life; you will probably see sea turtles and rays skimming the surface of the water. You may also see Brown Pelicans diving for fish, penguins, Blue-footed Boobies and possibly spot humpback whales.
Possible Activities: Two-hour dinghy ride
Difficulty: Easy
Type of Landing: No Landing
Highlights: Mangrove Forest (unique in Galapagos), sea turtles, penguins, rays, herons, and sea lions.

– PM – Moreno Poing
In the afternoon we will visit Moreno Point, located south west of Elizabeth Bay. Here, a dry landing onto what was once flowing lava is possible. The lava has left craters in its wake, which formed crystal tide pools. By looking into the pools, you can peer into another world, as the marine life drifts by your window. In the brackish pools of this area, you may see pink flamingos, White-Cheeked Pintails, and Common Gallinules. If you look carefully into the pools you may see white-tip reef sharks and some sea turtles.
Possible Activities: Snorkeling, dinghy ride & hike (1.2 mi / 2km)
Difficulty: Moderate/Difficult
Type of Landing: Dry Landing
Highlights: Flamingoes, gallinules, Pintail ducks, turtles, and white tip reef sharks.

Day 5: Wednesday
– AM – Charles Darwin Station (Santa Cruz Island)
In the morning we start at the Charles Darwin Station – Breeding Center “Fausto Llerena” home to tortoises ranging from 4-inches (new hatchlings) to 4-feet long. Here you will observe the various sub-species of tortoises interacting with each other, and possibly with you. Many of the older tortoises are accustomed to humans. The babies are only kept until they are about four years old, or large enough to survive in the wild. These conservation efforts continue to be extremely successful.
Possible Activities: Walking
Difficulty: Easy
Type of Landing: Dry Landing
Highlights: Giant Tortoises, land and marine iguanas, and a variety of birds.

– PM – Highlands
Here in the afternoon in the Highlands, you can walk along a path, observing the hills, ferns, volcanoes, and rich wildlife. This area is home to giant tortoises, forest, 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 kilometer (half a mile) long. Local guides are will provide information and flashlights.  Walking through the lava tubes is a unique and surreal experience.
Possible Activities: Walking
Difficulty: Moderate
Type of Landing: Dry Landing
Highlights: Wild Turtles, Tortoises Breeding Center.

Day 6: Thursday
– AM – South Plaza
In the morning, you will head to South Plaza Island. This small island with steep cliffs was formed by rising lava and is now covered by Opuntia cacti. It is also home to one of the largest sea lion colonies as well as colorful yellow and red land iguanas. The most characteristic plant is the Sesuvium. During the rainy season its color is a greenish to yellowish tone and in the dry season (end of June through January) a bright red.
Possible Activities: Hike (1.5 mi / 2 ½ km)
Difficulty: Moderate
Type of Landing: Dry Landing
Highlights & Animals: Land iguanas, sea lion colony, Audubon’s shearwaters, Swallow-tailed Gulls, Nazca Boobies, and an amazing landscape with cliffs.

– PM – Santa Fe
Our afternoon visit is to Santa Fe Island. Santa Fe (Barrington) is home to the small picturesque bay and anchorage on the islands northeast 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.
Possible Activities: Hiking
Difficulty: Moderate
Type of Landing: Dry Landing
Highlights: Land iguanas and giant tunas, scenic viewpoint.

Day 7: Friday
– AM – Suarez Point (Española Island)
Española Island is the southernmost island of the Galapagos and is the breeding site of nearly all of the Waved Albatrosses in the entire world. Española is densely populated with mockingbirds, Blue-footed and Nazca Boobies, Darwin finches, Galapagos Doves, hawks, marine iguanas, and loads of sea lions.
In the morning, we will start at Suarez Point on a trail where you will have the chance to see Blue-footed Boobie, albatrosses (From April to December) and Nazca Boobies. We will also visit a beautiful site on the ocean front where there is a cliff that the large albatrosses use as a launching pad! You’ll have the chance to see the famous blowhole that spurts water into the air. The landscape is great for photography.
Possible Activities: Hike (1.8 mi / 3 km)
Difficulty: Difficult
Type of Landing: Dry Landing
Highlights: Hood Mockingbird, Nazca Boobies, Waved Albatross, Red-billed Tropicbirds, lava lizards, Galapagos Hawk, Blue-footed Boobies, and the famous blow hole.

– AM – Gardner Bay/Osborn Islet
In the afternoon, we will visit the spectacular Gardner Bay & Osborn Islet. After landing, 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. It is the breeding site of nearly all of the world’s 12,000 pairs of Waved Albatrosses.
Possible Activities: Snorkeling, dinghy ride, kayaking, and short hike of (0.6 mi / 1km)
Difficulty: Easy
Type of Landing: Wet Landing
Highlights & Animals: White sandy beach, sea lions, and mockingbirds.

Day 8: Saturday
– AM – Interpretation Center / Galapaguera (San Cristobal Island)
In the morning we will visit the Interpretation Center or Galapaguera on San Cristobal Island.
The Interpretation Center is located on San Cristobal Island. The center was donated by the Spanish government and inaugurated by the Prince of Spain in 1998.
This center focuses on the interaction between humans and the process of the “natural history laboratory”, demonstrating that a harmonious relation between human beings and nature is possible.
Cerro Colorado (Galapaguera) is a new visitor site in the southeast part of San Cristobal Island and can now be reached in roughly one hour by road from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. On the trees and shrubs surrounding the site, you may see land birds like warbler, finches and mockingbirds, and on the trails, giant tortoises. They live there wild but in a protected area to assure their survival by sealing them off from introduced predators, like pigs and goats. Once the tortoise perceives danger, it goes into its defensive stance, retreating into its hard shell.
Possible Activities: Short hike (less than 0.6 mi / 1 km)
Difficulty: Easy
Type of Landing: Dry Landing
Highlights Interpretation Center: Human History and Interpretation of the Galapagos Ecosystem
Highlights: The Galapaguera with Giant tortoises in captivity and the highlands of San Cristóbal.

After this final visit, you will be transferred to San Cristobal Island’s airport in time to catch your flight back to the mainland.

Cruise B (Sat – Sat) – 8 days / 7 nights

Day 1: Saturday
– AM – San Cristobal airport
Assistance will be provided for you when you arrive to the airport by one of our representatives after you have landed.
You will arrive at San Cristobal Island in the morning. After passing through immigration and baggage claim you will be met by Ocean Spray staff and transferred to the yacht. You will be shown to your cabin where you will have some time to settle in before lunch and a welcome briefing.

– PM – Lobos Island/Kicker Rock
In the afternoon we will visit Lobos Island. The name of this island means “Sea Lion Island”. This appropriately named island is ripe with noisy, frolicking, jolly sea lions who will welcome you to their home with open fins! This island also offers great snorkeling opportunities as well as the chance to see Blue-Footed and Nazca Boobies.
Possible Activities: Short hike (less than 0.6 mi / 1km), dinghy ride and/or snorkeling.
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
Type of Landing: Dry Landing
Highlights: Snorkeling with sea lions, frigate birds, and Blue-footed Boobies.

A dinghy ride and snorkeling around Kicker Rock (Leon Dormido) can be also be done in the afternoon.  Known as the Sleeping Lion because of its resemblance, this site is located off the coast of San Cristobal. There are remains of a lava cone eroded by the sea, two vertical rocks rising 500 feet above the ocean. This Galapagos Islands natural monument has become a favorite sight for cruises due to the many tropicbirds, frigate birds and boobies that fill the surrounding air. Beneath the sea the crystal waters offer a brilliant show of colorful tropical fish and invertebrates.
Possible Activities: Snorkeling & dinghy ride
Difficulty: Easy
Type of Landing: No Landing
Highlights: Deep water snorkeling: Sharks, tropical fish, turtles, manta rays (occ.), hammerhead sharks, and spectacular rock formations. Sea Birds: Blue-footed Boobies, Nazca Boobies & frigate birds. Second best place to snorkel in the Galapagos.

Day 2: Sunday
– AM – Pitt Point (San Cristobal Island)
We will visit Pitt Point in the morning. Pitt Point holds its own as the northeastern most site on San Cristóbal. After an easy hike, you will be rewarded with a unique treat. Herein lays the only nesting site which hosts all species of Galápagos Boobies. Photographers will be thrilled with this intimate natural experience. The attractive volcanic tuff formations will have geologists and laymen alike imagining the forces of nature that possessed the earth to create this land.
Possible Activities: Dinghy ride, snorkeling, kayaking & hike (1.5 mi / 2 ½ km)
Difficulty: Moderate/Difficult
Type of Landing: Wet Landing
Highlights: Wonderful landscape, sea lion colony, and three possible species of Boobies.

– PM – Witch Hill
In the afternoon we’ll visit Witch Hill (Cerro Brujo) where you will explore one of the nicest beaches in the Galápagos. You’ll be tantalized by the texture and sight of the powdered, soft white sand. With a colony of sea lions and Blue-footed Boobies, this scenic place is bustling with life. Just beyond the beach is a lagoon, thriving with Egrets and Great Blue Herons. The turquoise water and abundant marine life will invite you to snorkel in their midst.
Possible Activities: Hike, dinghy ride, snorkeling & kayaking
Difficulty: Easy
Type of Landing: Wet Landing
Highlights: Beautiful rock formations, sea lions, shore birds, and land birds such as finches and mockingbirds.
Snorkeling: Spot tropical fish, anemones, and sponge coral.

Day 3: Monday
– AM – Post Office Bay (Floreana Island)
We will visit two sites on Floreana Island. In the morning, we will visit the famous Post Office Bay. You will land on a beach and head to a spot where 18th century whalers placed a wooden barrel for use as an unofficial mail box. The custom continues to this day with Galapagos visitors. So, don’t forget your postcards, and don’t be surprised if the post card arrives to its destination before you get home!
Possible Activities: Short hike (less than 0.6 mi / 1km) & snorkeling
Difficulty: Easy
Type of Landing: Wet Landing
Highlights: Barrel Post Office and beautiful sandy beach.

– PM – Cormorant Point/Devil’s Crown
In the afternoon, we will head to Cormorant Point. Here you can enjoy a hike to a salt-water lagoon which is home to flamingoes.  You’ll also be amazed by the green colored beach, caused by a high percentage of olivine crystals in the sand.  You will also get to swim in the crystal clear waters of Devil’s Crown. This extinct volcano peaks out of the waters just off of Floreana’s coast and offers a magnificent snorkeling experience.
Possible Activities: Snorkeling & dinghy ride & hike (1.2 mi / 2km)
Difficulty: Easy
Type of Landing: Wet Landing
Highlights: Flamingoes, green olivine crystal beach, and Devil’s Crown: The best snorkeling site in Galapagos Islands with sharks, rays, rock formations, and lots of tropical fish.

Day 4: Monday
– AM – Black Turtle Cove
Black Turtle Cove is located on the north side of Santa Cruz Island and is only accessible by boat and with a guide. This shallow inlet is surrounded by mangroves and provides natural protection for a variety of marine life, attracting the vulnerable juveniles of many species. Below the surface of the water, you can see both black-tip and white-tip reef sharks, sea turtles, golden cow-nose rays, spotted eagle rays, and an occasional hammerhead shark. Pelicans and Boobies hunt here, diving gracefully into the water.
Possible Activities: 2 hour dinghy ride
Difficulty: Easy
Type of Landing: No Landing
Highlights: Hammerhead sharks, rays, sea turtles, and sea birds.

– PM – Bartolome Island
Our afternoon visit includes 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. We will take a trail of stairs to the summit of the volcano (about 30 or 40 minutes) where you will enjoy one of the best views of the islands! You will also visit a small, beautiful beach, surrounded by the only vegetation found on this barren island. The beach is perfect for snorkeling where you may even see the Galapagos penguins.
Possible Activities: Dinghy ride, snorkeling, and hike (1.2 mi / 2 km)
Difficulty: Moderate / Difficult. Walk up to the top of volcano (114 meters, 375 wooden steps).
Type of Landing: Dry and Wet Landing
Highlights: Pinnacle Rock, panoramic view, moonlike landscape, penguins, pioneer plants, Lava Cactus.

Day 5: Wednesday
– AM – Darwin Bay (Genovesa Island)
Our morning visit will take us to the beach at Darwin Bay. This white-sand coral beach heads a (1/2 mi / 3/4 km) trail that winds through mangroves that are filled with land birds. You may see Nazca Boobies, Red-footed Boobies, and Swallow-tailed Gulls. Further down the path, you may see sea lions playing in tidal pools. You will arrive cliff-side and can let the spectacular views soak in, while the Boobies and iguanas keep you company.
Possible Activities: Hike (1/2 mi / ¾ km), snorkeling, kayaking & dinghy ride
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
Type of Landing: Wet Landing
Highlights: Nazca Boobies, Red-footed Boobies, Swallow-tailed Gulls, Mangroves, Coral Pebbles Beach.
Snorkelling: Rays, colourful reef fish and hammerhead sharks.

– PM – El Barranco
The afternoon takes us to El Barranco or The Cliff, also known as Prince Phillip’s Steps, whose steep, rocky path will lead you up 25 meters (82 ft) of cliff-face. After marveling at the view you will have the opportunity to take a (0.9 mi / 2 km) trek through Palo Santo vegetation. Here you will be dazzled by all the birds: Red-footed Boobies, Short-eared Lava Owls, Galapagos storm petrels and Galapagos Doves.
Possible Activities: Hike (0.9 mi / 2 km)
Difficulty: Moderate
Type of Landing: Dry/ Difficult Landing At Times
Highlights: Red-footed Boobies, Short-eared Lava Owls, storm-petrels, and Galapagos doves.

Day 6: Thursday
– AM – Espumilla Beach/Buccaneer Cove (Santiago Island)
We will visit Espumilla Beach where marine iguanas lounge and the Sally-Lightfoot crabs attract the hunting herons and perform the dance of predator and prey right before your eyes. Snorkeling is highly recommended as you could find yourself face to face with an octopus, moray eel, shark, or a variety of other species of tropical fish.
Buccaneer Cove is a testament to the fact that Santiago Island was once a refuge for British buccaneers. They would anchor in the protected bay to make repairs and stock up on tortoise meat among other things. It is an excellent opportunity to take in the steep cliffs, where hundreds of seabirds perch in front of the dark red sand beach. See if you can spot ‘Monk’ or ‘Elephant’ Rock before your guide points them out!
Possible Activities: Snorkeling and swimming, short walk along the beach (less than 0.6 mi / 1 km)
Difficulty: Easy
Type of Landing: Wet Landing
Highlights: Snorkeling, sea birds, historical site, and rock formations.

– PM – Egas Port
The afternoon visit is to a site called Egas Port, also known as James Bay, on Santiago Island. Here, you will enjoy a hike over a dry trail known for being a hang-out for curious Galapagos Hawks and Quick-footed Galapagos Lava Lizards. The trail will then lead you to the coastline where you will visit the gorgeous tide pools and grottos which are full of fauna.  You will be able to observe the shy Galapagos fur sea lions. You will also get to snorkel at Egas Port beach.
Possible Activities: Snorkeling, hike (1.2 mi / 2km)
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
Type of Landing: Wet Landing
Highlights: Fur sea lions, Galapagos sea lions, tidal pools and “Grottos”, Galapagos Hawk, Oyster Catchers, marine iguanas, and finches.  Snorkeling: Reef sharks, turtles, rays, and beautiful underwater formations.

Day 7: Friday
– AM – North Seymour
Galapagos Sea Lions, Blue-footed Boobies and Magnificent Frigatebirds are abundant on North Seymour Island. The island was formed by a series of submarine lavas containing layers of sediment that were uplifted by tectonic activity. The island is characterized by its arid vegetation zone.
Possible Activities: Snorkeling, dinghy ride & hike (1.5 mi / 2 ½ km)
Difficulty: Moderate/Difficult
Type of Landing: Dry Landing
Highlights: Land and marine iguanas, frigate birds, Blue-footed Boobies, and sea lions. Great snorkeling: Rays, reef shark, fish, and garden eels.

– PM – Highlands
In the afternoon we will visit the Highlands of Santa Cruz where you will walk along a path, observing the hills, ferns, volcanoes, and rich wildlife. This area is home to giant tortoises. You will come upon the underground lava tubes, which are more than one kilometer (half a mile) long. Local guides will provide information and flashlights.  Walking through the lava tubes is a unique and surreal experience.
Possible Activities: Hike (1.5 mi / 2 ½ km)
Difficulty: Moderate
Type of Landing: Dry landing
Highlights: Lava tunnels, wild turtles, and Tortoise Breeding Center.

Day 8: Saturday
– AM – Mosquera Islet
Mosquera Islet is located between the islands of Baltra and North Seymour. It is a reef of rocks and coral (the result of an uprising) and a great white sand beach. Its narrowest width reaches about 160 meters and has an estimated length of 600 meters. In most of the perimeter there is a base of lava rocks, as evidence of the lava uprising, except in the southwest side where the landing occurs.  This island has one of the largest populations of sea lions. You can also observe several species of shorebirds. There have been occasional reports at this site of Orcas (Orcinus orca) feeding on sea lions.
Possible Activities: Walk
Difficulty: Easy
Type of Landing: Wet Landing (This may be complicated by low tide or when there is heavy swell, during the months of December to March mainly)
Highlights: Sea lions, shorebirds.

After this final visit, you will be transferred to Baltra Island’s airport in time to catch your flight back to the mainland.

 

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