MC OCEAN SPRAY 15D 14N GALAPAGOS

Day by Day

Day 1 – Saturday

AM: Arrival to Baltra Airport with transfer to Ocean Spray
PM: Chinese Hat

Day 2 – Sunday

AM: Isabela – Vicente Roca Point
PM: Fernandina – Espinosa Point

Day 3 – Monday

AM: Isabela – Tagus Cove
PM: Urbina Bay

Day 4 – Tuesday

AM: Isabela – Elizabeth Bay
PM: Isabela – Moreno Point

Day 5 – Wednesday 

AM: Santa Cruz – Charles Darwin Research Station
PM: Santa Cruz – Highlands

Day 6 – Thursday 

AM: South Plaza
PM: Santa Fe

Day 7 – Friday

AM: Española – Suarez Point
PM: Española  – Gardner Bay / Osborn Islet

Day 8 – Saturday

AM: San Cristobal – Interpretation Center / Galapaguera
PM: San Cristobal – Lobos Island / Kicker Rock

Day 9 – Sunday

AM: San Cristobal – Pitt Point
PM: San Cristobal – Witch Hill

Day 10 – Monday

AM: Floreana – Post Office Bay
PM: Floreana – Cormorant Point / Devil’s Crown

Day 11 – Tuesday

AM: Santa Cruz – Black Turtle Cove
PM: Bartholomew – Pinnacle Rock

Day 12 – Wednesday

AM: Genovesa – Darwin Bay
PM: Genovesa – El Barranco

Day 13 – Thursday

AM: Santiago – Espumilla Beach/Buccaneer Cove
PM: Santiago – Egas Port

Day 14 – Friday

AM: North Seymour Island
PM: Santa Cruz – Highlands

Day 15 – Saturday

AM: Mosquera Islet
PM: Transfer to Baltra Airport

Arrival / Departure

When arriving at the Galapagos airport, you must first pass through the Galapagos National Park entrance and then onto baggage claim. Continuing through the airport with your baggage you will scan your belongings once more and then finally pass through.  

Just outside the doors will be your Guide waiting with a sign to greet you.  Once all those who will be boarding are together, the guide will escort everyone to the vessel to be welcomed by the crew and Cruise Manager.

At the end of your cruise, your guide will transfer you and the rest of the group to the airport specified in the itinerary with assistance at the check-in area.  

Special Note: The following itinerary includes all necessary details on each day’s activities.  If you have further questions please contact your Account Manager or Travel Agent.  

Day 1 - Saturday

AM:  Arrival to Baltra Airport with transfer to M/C Ocean Spray

  • Welcome to the Galapagos Islands aboard the M/C Ocean Spray.  The guide and crew will greet you and show you to your accommodations upon your arrival.  Afterwards, the guide and cruise manager will hold a short briefing on all safety and emergency protocols, different areas of the vessel and the normal routine of the itinerary.

PM: Chinese Hat

  • This site 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 island is named after the similarity of an Asian type of hat.  Here you can see American Oystercatchers and Galapagos Penguins swimming along the shores.
  • Activities: Hiking, snorkeling
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Landing: Wet landing
  • Possible Wildlife: Sea lions, various shorebirds, white-cheeked pintail ducks, penguins, Galapagos Hawks, various tropical fish, sally lightfoot crabs.

Day 2 - Sunday

AM: Isabela – Vicente Roca Point

  • Vicente Roca Point has outstanding geological formations and is a great place to see various bird species.  Because this visitor site is located on the western area of the island, the Cromwell Current provides cold water that carries many nutrients for both land and aquatic species, offering the chance to see amazing feeding frenzies.
  • Activities: Panga ride, snorkeling
  • Difficulty: Easy / Moderate
  • Landing: No landing
  • Possible Wildlife: Sea lions, various shorebirds, blue-footed boobies, nazca boobies, fur seals, whales, sea turtles, various tropical fish, sally lightfoot crabs and other marine species.

PM: Fernandina – Espinosa Point

  • As one of the most pristine islands in the archipelago, Fernandina has never had a foreign species invade.  It is also the most active island and farthest west. Espinosa point is the only visitor site on the entire island.  Here you can see marine iguanas, Galapagos hawks and enjoy a hike and/or snorkeling activity at one of the most natural, unspoiled sites in the entire world.
  • Activities: Hiking, snorkeling
  • Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
  • Landing: Dry landing – may be slippery
  • Possible Wildlife: Flightless cormorant, marine iguanas, land iguanas, penguins, sea lions, various shorebirds, Galapagos Hawks, various tropical fish, sally lightfoot crabs, sea turtles.

Day 3 - Monday

AM: Isabela – Tagus Cove

  • If you like historic remnants, then you will enjoy finding what was left behind by pirates and sailors in the 1800s.  This site was one of their preferred pit stops while traveling the seas. The hike here will provide incredible views of the cove and on the other side the mangrove forest where the last 35 pairs of Mangrove finches thrive.
  • Activities: Hike, snorkeling and panga ride
  • Difficulty:  Moderate to Difficult
  • Landing: Dry
  • Possible Wildlife: Sea lions, various shorebirds, flightless cormorant, Galapagos penguins, marine iguanas, sally lightfoot crabs, mangrove finches.
  • What to Bring: Walking sticks and sturdy footwear for the hike, camera is a must!

PM: Isabela – Urbina Bay  

  • Millions of years ago, Urbina Bay was once laying on the ocean floor.  Volcanic uplifts caused it to rise and now it is occupied by sea lions, land iguanas and flightless cormorants.  It is a great place to enjoy some free time on the beach or the guide may suggest a hike.
  • Activities: Hike, snorkeling and panga ride
  • Difficulty:  Moderate to Difficult
  • Landing: Wet
  • Possible Wildlife: Sea lions, various shorebirds, flightless cormorant, marine iguanas, sea turtles, land iguanas, Galapagos Hawk, sally lightfoot crabs, Galapagos tortoise.

Day 4 - Tuesday

AM: Isabela – Elizabeth Bay

  • This visitor site is visited by panga only as the park authorities have no authorized landing in order to protect the island.  While in the panga you can appreciate a large abundance of marine life that can be seen in the clear waters. It is great for snorkeling.
  • Activities: Panga ride
  • Difficulty:  Easy
  • Landing: No Landing
  • Possible Wildlife: Sea lions, frigate birds, sea turtles, various shorebirds, flightless cormorant, marine iguanas, pelicans, sally lightfoot crabs, tropical fish and marine life such as galapagos sharks.

PM: Isabela – Moreno Point

  • The beautiful rocky shores of Moreno Point offer a plethora of birds to be seen.  It is truly a birders delight. The main attraction are the coast lagoons where white tipped sharks can be seen and the panoramic views of Sierra Negra and Cerro Azul volcanoes cannot be missed.
  • Activities: Hike, snorkeling and panga ride
  • Difficulty:  Moderate
  • Landing: Wet
  • Possible Wildlife: Sea lions, great blue herons, various shorebirds, flightless cormorant, marine iguanas, sally lightfoot crabs, sea turtles, land iguanas, Galápagos Hawk, Galapagos tortoise.

Day 5 - Wednesday

AM: Santa Cruz – Charles Darwin Research Station

  • The Charles Darwin Research Station is one of the Galapagos Island’s most important sites for visitors. It is a research facility that has an extensive collection of Galapagos plant life specimens carefully preserved and also acts as a biological research station and active breeding center operated by the Charles Darwin Foundation.  Their biggest conservation efforts are to one day eliminate all invasive and non-native plants and animals destroying endemic species within the islands.
  • Activities: Visit to the research station
  • Difficulty:  Moderate to Difficult
  • Landing: Dry
  • Possible Wildlife: Galapagos tortoises in captivation and various stages of tortoises.

PM: Santa Cruz – Highlands

  • The highlands are located in the northern part of Santa Cruz and can reach elevations up to 1500 meters.  This area is rich with hills, ferns, volcanoes and wildlife. A great contrast to the molten lava hardened beaches and rocky areas of other islands already seen.  It is home to giant tortoises, mockingbirds, finches and many other species.
  • Activities: Hike
  • Difficulty:  Moderate
  • Landing: Dry
  • Possible Wildlife: Galapagos tortoises, finches, mockingbirds, lava lizards, pintail ducks, other shorebirds.

Day 6 - Thursday

AM: South Plaza Island

  • South Plaza is one of the smallest islands with a visitor site but is home to an incredible amount of diverse flora and fauna. It has a large population of Sesuvium plants like the prickly pear cactus tree that is an important source of food for the land iguana. Just a few years ago mice were finally eradicated from the island, helping the population of land iguanas grow healthily once more. The amazing colors of the turquoise waters against the black lava create a setting for amazing photography opportunities.
  • Activities: Hike
  • Difficulty:  Moderate
  • Landing: Dry
  • Possible Wildlife: frigatebirds, sally lightfoot crabs,  sea lions, land iguanas, swallow-tailed gulls, various shorebirds and seabirds.
  • What to Bring: Sturdy footwear for hiking and walking sticks.

PM: Santa Fe Island

  • Santa Fe is home to the endemic Santa Fe iguana.  The island was created by a volcanic uplift that now hosts a forest of Opuntia and Palo Santo trees.  It is a picturesque island with two different trails, one leading to a scenic viewpoint and the other leading to a small beach.  Giant tortoises were once native here but went extinct after pirates and sailors took them aboard as a source of food.
  • Activities: Hike
  • Difficulty:  Moderate
  • Landing: Dry
  • Possible Wildlife: Santa Fe land iguanas, frigatebirds, sally lightfoot crabs, sea lions, finches, various shorebirds.
  • What to Bring: Sturdy footwear for hiking and walking sticks.

Day 7 - Friday

AM: Española – Suarez Point

  • This is a phenomenal site where you will get to see many of Española Island’s endemic species. The trail will pass by the only Waved Albatross breeding site in all of Galapagos. If you are lucky you might see a young albatross take off for its first flight for up to five years at sea. Older birds stay at sea for months at a time, only coming back to breed. They have the same mate for life and will meet each other each year, only here to reproduce. Other species that can be seen are marine iguanas that stay brightly colored year round, Galapagos doves, Nazca boobies, blue-footed boobies, swallow-tailed gulls, red-billed tropic birds, and Darwin finches.
  • Activities: Hike
  • Difficulty:  Easy/Moderate
  • Landing: Dry
  • Possible Wildlife: Sea lions, marine iguanas, Galapagos hawk, waved albatross, red-billed tropic birds, various shorebirds, nazca boobies, swallow tailed gulls, finches and sally lightfoot crabs.
  • What to Bring: Sturdy hiking shoes and walking sticks to aid on uneven terrain.

PM: Española – Gardner Bay / Osborn Islet

  • This white sandy beach is home to a large colony of sea lions and incredibly blue and turquoise waters.  Three different finches can be seen, as well as the Española mockingbird. Over time, the mockingbird must have been offered water or food from tourists and now they have no fear of walking on your things or landing very close to you.  It is so important not to feed or touch the animals. It can disrupt their normal behaviors and threaten their future.
  • Activities: Walking on the beach and swimming.
  • Difficulty:  Easy
  • Landing: Wet landing
  • Possible Wildlife: Sea lions, various shorebirds, mockingbirds, stingrays, sea turtles.
  • What to Bring: Swimwear and footwear for walking in and out of the water.

Day 8 - Saturday

AM: San Cristobal – Interpretation Center and Galapaguera

  • The Interpretation Center has been open to the public since 1998, offering extensive knowledge about the history of Galapagos. San Cristobal is also the island where Charles Darwin first landed on.  It is now home to the capital of Galapagos and houses many government offices, as well as part of the Ecuadorian Navy. Giant tortoises are bred at the Galapaguera and roam in a semi-natural habitat created by the center.
  • Activities: Introduction and walk in center
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Landing: Dry Landing
  • Possible Wildlife: Giant tortoises in various stages of their life.

PM: San Cristobal – Lobos Island/Kicker Rock

  • Lobos Island is aptly named after the many sea lions that reside here resting and playing along the rocky shores. It is also home to many different birds like pelicans, frigate birds and their nests, yellow warblers and more.  Within the small channel, the waters are very clear, making it easy to find sea turtles, sea lions, stingrays and perhaps even white-tipped sharks.
  • Kicker rock is one of the most extraordinary sites in the Galapagos Islands, made of two eroded volcanic cones that tower over the sea at about 104 meters in the middle of the open water. It is one of the best sites in Galapagos to see incredible underwater life.
  • Activities: Short hiking, swimming and snorkeling.
  • Difficulty:  Easy/Moderate
  • Landing: Dry landing
  • Possible Wildlife: Sea lions, various shorebirds, sally lightfoot crabs, frigate birds, Galapagos sharks, schools of tropical fish, stingrays.

Day 9 - Sunday

AM: San Cristobal – Pitt Point

  • When arriving at Pitt Point, it will feel as if you’ve landed on an extraterrestrial planet.  You can see the many different developments over time of how volcanic activity formed this island.  A hike up to the top beholds amazing views of the surrounding waters. Watch out for blue-footed boobie nests on the ground and keep an eye out for the red-footed boobies nesting in the trees once you reach the top of the island.
  • Activities: Hiking and kayaking.
  • Difficulty:  Moderate to Difficult
  • Landing: Wet landing
  • Possible Wildlife: Sea lions, various shorebirds, sally lightfoot crabs, Nazca boobies, blue-footed boobies, red-footed boobies.
  • What to Bring: Sturdy hiking shoes and walking sticks to aid on the uneven terrain.

PM: San Cristobal – Witch Hill

  • Witch hill has awesome crevices and eroding rocks along the shoreline where you will first pass in panga.  Afterwards be prepared to visit a powdery white sand beach with teal and turquoise waters.
  • Activities: Panga ride, swimming, snorkel
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Landing: Wet landing
  • Possible Wildlife: sea lions, various shore birds, finches, mockingbirds, tropical fish, and different crabs from the Sally lightfoots.

Day 10 - Monday

AM: Floreana – Post Office Bay

  • Ask the Cruise Manager for one of our complimentary postcards to write a message and address it home.  Leave it in the barrel used before by pirates and sailors. While your there, see if there are any other postcards you can take home with you to send for fellow travelers who have already left their messages!
  • Activities: Post office barrel, relaxing on the beach, swimming or snorkeling
  • Difficulty:  Easy
  • Landing: Wet landing
  • Possible Wildlife: frigatebirds, sea lions, sea turtles, various shorebirds and seabirds, marine life.
  • What to Bring: Bring your swimsuit and don’t forget your postcards.

PM: Floreana – Cormorant Point / Devil’s Crown

  • Cormorant is an interesting visitor site. Two beaches can be visited here, just beyond the first beach is a saltwater lagoon with flamingos. One of the beaches look green because of the olivine crystals, and the other is appropriately called Flour Beach because of the powdery white sand, made from fine, pulverized coral. Watch your feet if wading in the water, stingrays love to hang out here as well.
  • Devil’s Crown boasts one of the finest snorkeling opportunities.  Below the surface are amazing volcanic structures that have submerged over time.  Hundreds of colorful fish species can be seen along the reef, along with sharks, rays, sea turtles, sea lions, and rays.  It’s a beautiful underwater spectacle that cannot be missed.
  • Activities: Snorkeling and hiking
  • Difficulty: Snorkeling – Moderate to difficult / Hike – easy
  • Landing: Wet landing
  • Possible Wildlife: frigatebirds, sea lions, sea turtles, galapagos sharks, white-tipped sharks, tropical fish, various shorebirds and seabirds, varied marine life.
  • What to Bring: If you have an underwater camera, Devil’s Crown is one of the best places to bring it while snorkeling.

Day 11 - Tuesday

AM: Santa Cruz – Black Turtle Cove

  • Black Turtle Cove is located on the north side of Santa Cruz Island. This shallow inlet is surrounded by mangroves and provides a 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, and spotted eagle rays. Pelicans and blue-footed boobies hunt here, diving gracefully into the water.
  • Activities: Panga ride
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Landing: No Landing
  • Possible Wildlife: White-tipped sharks, rays, sea turtles, sea lions and various shorebirds.

PM: Bartholomew – Pinnacle Rock

  • Pinnacle Rock is a volcanic cone formed by magma expelled by an underwater volcano. The sea cooled the hot lava and as it exploded from contact, the pieces formed together this huge rock of many, many layers of basalt. The huge rock also has a beach where a small population of green sea turtles will nest during breeding season. Galapagos penguins gather here and swimming can offer beautiful sights of colorful schools of fish and curious sea lions.
  • Activities: Hike, snorkel and panga ride
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Landing: Wet Landing
  • Possible Wildlife: Galapagos penguins, sally lightfoot crabs, sea lions, rays, sea turtles, sharks, various tropical fish, various shore birds.

Day 12 - Wednesday

AM: Genovesa – Darwin Bay

  • Darwin Bay used to be a shield volcano, now you can see where one of the sides of its caldera collapsed after hundreds of years of erosion.  It is known for the wide variety of birds that can be seen. Over 20,000 red-footed boobies are estimated to call this island home within the trees and bushes of Genovesa Island.
  • Activities: Hike, panga ride, snorkel
  • Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
  • Landing: Wet Landing
  • Possible Wildlife: Red-footed boobies, blue-footed boobies, nazca boobies, swallow-tailed gulls, finches, various shorebirds, rays, tropical fish species, marine iguanas, sea lions.

PM: Genovesa – El Barranco

  • In English. this visitor site is also known as Prince Phillip’s Steps.  It leads to a rocky path up a cliff that rewards guests with a remarkable view.  It is also home to a Palo Santo forest that is home to the nesting red-footed boobies and other shorebirds.
  • Activities: Hike, panga ride, snorkel
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Landing: Dry Landing
  • Possible Wildlife: Red-footed boobies, storm petrels, Galapagos doves, short-eared owls, sea turtles, rays, sharks, sea lions, marine iguanas.

Day 13 - Thursday

AM: Santiago – Espumilla Beach / Buccaneer Cove

  • As the second Island Charles Darwin discovered, it was originally named after King James of England.  Buccaneer Cove is an excellent opportunity for snorkeling and was once a refuge for passing sailors and pirates.  The underwater formations provide an amazing home for the many different tropical species of fish that can be found here.
  • Activities: Snorkeling and swimming, short walk on beach
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Landing: Wet Landing
  • Possible Wildlife: Marine iguanas, sea lions, various shorebirds, tropical fish species, rays, sea turtles, sally lightfoot crabs.

PM: Santiago – Egas Port

  • Egas port is also known as James Bay, home to quick-footed Galapagos lava lizards.  There are grottos and tide pools housing all kinds of different marine species. This is also one of the best snorkeling sites in the Galapagos.
  • Activities: Snorkeling, hike
  • Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
  • Landing: Wet Landing
  • Possible Wildlife: Fur sea lions, Galapagos hawks, oyster-catchers, marine iguanas, finches, sharks, sea turtles, tropical fish.

Day 14 - Friday

AM: 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. Along the coast, it is possible to see land and marine iguanas and the biggest colony of Magnificent Frigatebirds.
  • Activities: Snorkeling, panga ride, hike
  • Difficulty: Moderate/Difficult
  • Landing: Dry Landing
  • Possible Wildlife: Land and marine iguanas, frigate birds, blue-footed boobies, common noddies, sea lions.

PM: Santa Cruz – 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. The variety of birds makes this a bird watchers delight.
  • Activities: Hike
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Landing: Dry Landing
  • Possible Wildlife: Wild Galapagos Tortoises, various shorebirds, lava lizards.

Day 15 - Saturday

AM: Mosquera Islet

  • This visitor site 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.
  • Activities: Short walk
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Landing: Wet Landing
  • Possible Wildlife: Sea lions, various shore birds, frigate birds, sally lightfoot crabs.

Transfer to Airport

  • The only visit you will have on this day is to Mosquera Islet.  Afterwards, you will have time to gather your belongings and then the guide and cruise manager will thank you for your time with us. Then, you will be transferred to the airport and your cruise will come to an end.
  • Important Info: Itineraries are subject to change due to many different elements such as weather, park authorities and regulations, airline operations out of our control, guide experience and safety concerns.

Experiences

Facilities, flora, fauna, activities

Interpretations and definitions

These types of landings mean that you will have to step out of the panga by the shore onto a beach or another type of wet surface. Guides will give instructions on how to disembark safely and whether your footwear should be removed or not. Once ashore, guides will provide special towels in order to dry off before putting on your footwear.

On dry landings guests will disembark the pangas onto a dry surface. This could be a man made dock or boat landing. On these types of landings it is not necessary to remove your footwear.

If there is no landing, you will either do the excursion via panga ride or enter the water for a snorkeling activity straight from the panga.

This is the small boat or zodiac used in order to transport guests to and from the boat to visitor sites and ports.

These are merely suggestions by experts on items that can help you enhance your visit to create a more enjoyable experience.

We cannot guarantee a 100% chance of observing the wildlife listed in these sections. It is based on guide knowledge and what has been seen before. The animals in the Galapagos Islands are wild and come and go as they please. You may even see wildlife that is not listed.

Activities rated easy means no great efforts are required and the excursion will be very easy going.

These activities may require some effort on your behalf, depending on your physical conditions but nothing extreme or intense.

Activities categorized as difficult will include more intense hikes or uneven terrain. Examples may be climbing over small/medium sized boulders, walking uneven or slippery surfaces. Breaks may be needed, make sure to tell your guide if you need assistance. One should be in good overall health and physical conditions. Nevertheless, guides will always keep the pace of the slowest person and will be aware of the entire groups physical abilities in order for everyone to enjoy the activity.

Please take into consideration that each visitor site is allowed specific activities authorized by the Galapagos National Park Authorities. Your guide will explain the different activities available at each site and may even give provide two different options.

The use of Jacuzzi is subject to weather conditions, itinerary and the sea conditions. Please talk to the Cruise Manager if you are interested in using the Jacuzzi during your stay on any vessel.

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