Ocean Spray: Yacht Details

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An exceptional 16 passenger luxury catamaran

This elegant 16 passenger catamaran is one of the newest ships in the Galapagos and among the leaders in performance and comfort. With spacious cabins, and private balconies off every cabin, the Ocean Spray provides the intimacy of a small yacht while maintaining amenities often only found on larger ships. With a top quality naturalist guide and excellent cuisine, this is one of the premier options in the Galapagos.


Day by Day Itinerary

BRIEF SUMMARY (for detailed island visits please scroll down)
7 night cruises run from Saturday to Saturday / 5 night cruises start on Saturdays and Thursdays / 4 night cruises start on Tuesdays

Itinerary A

Saturday Arrive to Baltra / Sombrero Chino
Sunday Vicente Roca Point (Isabela) / Espinosa Point (Fernandina)
Monday Isabela: Tagus Cove / Urbina Bay
Tuesday Isabela: Elizabeth Bay / Moreno Point
Wednesday Santa Cruz: Charles Darwin Research Station / Highlands
Thursday South Plaza / Santa Fe
Friday Espanola: Suarez Point / Gardner Bay
Saturday San Cristobal: Interpretation Center / Depart for Home

Itinerary B

Saturday Arrive to San Cristobal / Kicker Rock
Sunday San Cristobal: Pitt Point / Witch Hill
Monday Floreana: Post office Bay / Devil’s Point / Cormorant Point
Tuesday Santa Cruz: Black Turtle Cove / Bartolome / Pinnacle Rock
Wednesday Genovesa: Darwin Bay / Prince Philip’s Steps
Thursday Santiago: Espumilla Beach / Buccaneer Cove / Puerto Egas
Friday North Seymour / Highlands of Santa Cruz
Saturday Mosquera Islet / Depart for Home


Ocean Spray 7 Night Itinerary A

Saturday to Saturday


Day 1 Saturday Arrive to Baltra / Sombrero Chino
After you arrive on Baltra Island and pass 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. The afternoon visit is Sombrero Chino, named for it´s unique shape. Since it was given a maximum visiting capacity by the National Park Service it 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 sea lion colony on the white coral sand beach. Here you may see American Oystercatchers, Galapagos Penguins, and Sally-Lightfoot Crabs.

Day 2 Sunday Vicente Roca Point (Isabela) / Espinosa Point (Fernandina)
Today will start on 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 sunfish). The afternoon visit is to Fernandina Island. No foreign species have ever invaded this island and therefore it is one of the world’s most pristine island ecosystems. Fernandina is the youngest island in the 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 Cumbra” dominates the landspace with lava fields reaching the ocean. After crossing the Bolivar Channel that divides Isabela and Fernandina Islands, you will land at Espinosa Point, and after walking past a colony of marine iguanas and a group of sea lions, reach the island´s highlight: the Flightless Cormorant nesting site. This area provides a great opportunity to see the Galapagos Hawk.

Day 3 Monday Isabela: Tagus Cove / Urbina Bay
The morning visit is on Isabela Island and includes Tagus Cove’s cliff-side gallery which provides a clear view of pirate graffiti dating back to 1836. The contrast between vandalism and the pristine environment is thought provoking. Up the 1.2 mile (2 km) hike through lava formations, you will see stunning views of the surrounding slopes and volcanoes, making your way to Darwin Lake. This salt-water crater-lake may have been filled with a tidal wave brought on by a volcanic eruption. In the afternoon, you 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 the Alcedo Volcano.

Day 4 Tuesday Isabela: Elizabeth Bay / Moreno Point
The morning visit will take you to Elizabeth Bay, a secluded space lacking any landing sites. You will take a traditional ‘panga’ 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 the Brown Pelicans diving for fish, penguins, Blue-footed Boobies, and possibly humpback whales. In the afternoon you 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. 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 sea turtles.

Day 5 Wednesday Santa Cruz: Charles Darwin Research Station / Highlands
In the morning you will start at the Charles Darwin Station- Breeding Center “Fausto Llerena” home to turtles ranging from 3-inches (new hatchlings) to 4-feet long. Here you will observe the various sub-species of turtles interacting with each other, and possibly with you. Many of the older turtles are accustomed to humans, and will stretch out their heads for a pet. 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. In the afternoon you 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, the exclusive Galápagos Rail, the Paint-billed Crane, and many other species.

Day 6 Thursday South Plaza / Santa Fe
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. 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.

Day 7 Friday Espanola: Suarez Point / Gardner Bay
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, red and green marine iguanas, and sea lions. In the morning, you will start at Suarez Point on a trail where you will have the chance to see Blue-footed Boobie, albatrosses, and Nazca Boobies. You’ll have the chance to see the famous blowhole that spurts water high into the air. The landscape is great for photography. In the afternoon, you will visit the spectacular Gardner Bay. 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.

Day 8 Saturday San Cristobal: Interpretation Center / Return Home
Today the cruise comes to an end, but before that you will visit the Galapagos National Park Visitor Centre on San Cristobal Island. The Centre presents a comprehensive exhibit of the island´s natural history, human interaction, ecosystems, flora, and fauna. Tour naturalist guide will use the exhibits to provide an illustrated overview of life on the Islands. A short trail arrives at Frigate Bird Hill, where both “magnificent-frigates” and “great-frigates” can be seen in the same colony. Next you return to the airport for your flight back to the Ecuadorian mainland.

Ocean Spray 7 Night Itinerary B

Saturday to Saturday


Day 1 Saturday Begin Cruise / Arrive to San Cristobal / Kicker Rock
After you arrive to San Cristobal Island and pass 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. In the afternoon you will visit Lobos Island. The name of this island means ¨Sea Lion Island¨. It offers great snorkeling opportunities as well as the chance to see Blue-Footed and Nazca Boobies. A panga ride and snorkeling around the Kicker Rock (Leon Dormido) can be also done. Known as the Sleeping Lion because of its resemblance, this site is located off the coast of San Cristobal. The remains of a lava cone eroded by the sea, two vertical rocks rising 500 feet above the ocean, form a small channel that is navigable by small boats. 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.

Day 2 Sunday San Cristobal: Pitt Point / Witch Hill
In the morning you will visit Pitt Point. Pitt Point is the northeastern most site on San Cristobal Island. After an easy hike, you will be rewarded with a unique treat, 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. In the afternoon you will 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.

Day 3 Monday Floreana: Post Office Bay / Devil’s Point / Cormorant Point
Today you will visit two sites on Floreana Island. In the morning, 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. Floreana is known for its fabulous snorkeling sites, its vibrantly pink flamingos, and its black sand beaches. Baroness Viewpoint is a fantastic place to take it all in. Your guide will tell you about the murder and mystery in this island’s history. There are easy trails in this area for exploring the flora and fauna of the island. In the afternoon, you will head to Cormorant Point. Here you will enjoy a hike to a salt-water lagoon which is home to many flamingos. 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.

Day 4 Tuesday Santa Cruz: Black Turtle Cove / Bartolome / Pinnacle Rock
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 cownose rays, spotted eagle rays, and an occasional hammerhead shark. Pelicans and Boobies hunt here, diving gracefully into the water. The 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. You 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.

Day 5 Wednesday Genovesa: Darwin Bay / Prince Philip’s Steps
The morning visit will take you to the beach at Darwin Bay. This white-sand coral beach heads a 1/2 mile (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. The afternoon takes you to El Barranco, also known as Prince Phillip’s Steps, whose steep, rocky path will lead you up 25 meters of cliff-face. After marveling at the view you will have the opportunity to take a 5 mile (1 km) trek through Palo Santo vegetation. Here you will be dazzled by all the birds: Red-footed Boobies, Short-eared Lava Owls, Galápagos Swallows, and Galápagos Doves.

Day 6 Thursday Santiago: Espumilla Beach / Buccaneer Cove / Puerto Egas
The morning visit is to Espumilla Beach where marine iguanas lounge and the Sally Lightfoot Crabs attract the hunting herons, performing 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. In the afternoon you will see Buccaneer Cove. 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. Later you will visit 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 and also get to snorkel at Egas Port beach.

Day 7 Friday North Seymour / Highlands of Santa Cruz
In the morning you will head to North Seymour Island. Here you will be able to see Galapagos sea lions, blue footed-boobies, and magnificent frigate birds. In the afternoon you 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, the exclusive Galápagos Rail, the Paint-billed Crane 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 required and will provide information and flashlights. Walking through the lava tubes is a unique and surreal experience.

Day 8 Saturday Mosquera Islet / Depart for Home
In the morning you will visit Mosquera Islet, 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 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. After the visit you will be escorted to San Cristobal airport for your return flight to the Ecuadorian mainland.

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