Galapagos - Ocean Spray – 5 day Cruise

  • days: 5
  • from: $7,295

Description

DeluxeTour

Explore the Galapagos in style on board this luxury motorised Catamaran

The best way to see the Galapagos Islands is on board a luxury cruise. Travel in comfort to the different islands, where you can experience up-close encounters with blue-footed boobies, iguanas, giant tortoises, whales and more.

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, bilingual naturalist guide and itinerary will make Ocean Spray perfect for your luxury Galapagos cruise. Kayaks are also available for use.

Itinerary

2019 Departures:

29 January, 12 and 26 February, 12 March, 23 April, 21 May, 18 June, 16 July, 13 and 27 August, 10 and 24 September, 08 and 22 October, 05 and 19 November, 03, 17 and 31 December

Day 1 Baltra Island - Bartolome Island

We arrive at Baltra Island in the morning. After passing through immigration and baggage claim you will be met by an Ocean Spray representative 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. 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 snorkelling where you may even see the Galapagos penguins. [L,D]

Day 2 Genovesa Island

This horse-shoe shaped island was formed by the eruption of a shield volcano with large slopes formed by gradual lava flows. It is known as “Bird Island” due to the wide variety of birds that can be seen. The only reptile on the entire island is the marine iguana and it is one of the very few places red-footed boobies gather in one large mass. The morning excursion is to Darwin Bay. Darwin Bay is the result of the shield volcano where one of the sides of the caldera collapsed after years of erosion. It is one of the places in the Galapagos where red-footed boobies can be guaranteed to be seen. Over 200,000 red-footed boobies are estimated to be living in the trees and bushes of Genovesa. After lunch we visit El Barranco. Better known as Prince Phillip’s Steps, a steep and rocky path leads up to a cliff with a marvellous view. There is also a Palo Santa forest that is home to nesting red-footed boobies and other birds. [B,L,D]

Day 3 Santiago Island

The second Island visited by Charles Darwin was originally named after England’s King James the second. The island was a good source of salt, water and food for whalers and buccaneers passing. There was a salt mine inland that was used to salt fish and tortoise meat. Land iguanas used to populate the island but are now extinct. From Darwin’s own notes he wrote that land iguanas were thriving quite well since there was no place to even pitch a tent. Santiago Island today is now one of the most visited islands. The morning begins with an excursion to Buccaneer Cove. This cove is better known for excellent snorkeling opportunities and was once known as a refuge for British buccaneers or pirates. The underwater formations are amazing and many different species of fish gather here. In the afternoon we visit Egas Port also known as James Bay. It is home to quick footed Galapagos lava lizards, Galapagos fur seals along the grottos and tide pools and is a great snorkelling site. [B,L,D]

Day 4 North Seymour Island - Santa Cruz Island

This morning we visit North Seymour Island. The island was named after English nobleman Lord Hugh Seymour. Formed by uplifted submarine lava, the island is home to a huge colony of about 2,500 land iguanas and large populations of sea lions, blue-footed boobies, common noddies and frigatebirds. We explore the rocky coast where it is possible to see land and marine iguanas and the biggest colony of Magnificent Frigatebirds as well as blue footed boobies. We then journey to Santa Cruz Island where we will visit the highlands. The Highlands of Santa Cruz is a very interesting site due to the rich wildlife, hills, ferns, volcanoes and lava tubes present. Exploring the lava tubes is a surreal and unique experience. Here you can see all the different agricultural zones that are present in the Galapagos in one place. This area is home to giant tortoises, forest, mockingbirds, Bahama ducklings, White-cheeked Pintail ducklings, Darwin finches, and many other species. [B,L,D]

Day 5 Mosquera Islet - Baltra Island

This morning begins at Mosquera Islet. This 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. Afterwards we will be transferred to the airport for the flight back to the mainland. [B]

 

Inclusions

  • Accommodation based on twin-share cabin with private facilities
  • All meals on board (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • A program of included shore excursions and sightseeing

Exclusions

  • Airfares to the Galapagos Islands (approximately $820pp AU)
  • Galapagos Islands National Park entrance fee ($100pp US)
  • INGALA Galapagos Visitor Card Fee ($20pp US)

The Small Print: Prices are per person based on twin share. Single Supplement on request. Seasonal surcharges apply. Cabin upgrades and itinerary length variations may be available. Please contact our office for details.

 

Deck Plans

 

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Main Deck

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Upper Deck

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Sun Deck