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Cruising Galapagos 5 Days (M/V Ocean Spray)

Duration
5 Days
Prices From:
US$ 4,848
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Embark on a 5 day cruise of the stunning Galapagos Islands travelling aboard the Ocean Spray, a new luxury mega catamaran. See the highlights of this world famous and unique wildlife haven.


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Duration
5 Days
Prices From:
US$ 4,848

Itinerary View Trip Map

Day 1

Mainland to Galapagos and Bartholomew

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.

Your afternoon visit includes the 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.

Meal Plan Lunch and Dinner
Duration4 Nights
Day 2

Genovesa Island

Your morning visit will take you to the beach at Darwin Bay. This white sand coral beach heads a 1/2mi (3/4km) 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 trek through Palo Santo vegetation. Here you will be dazzled by all the birds: Red footed Boobies, Short eared Lava Owls, Galapagos Swallows, and Galapagos Doves are abundant.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

Santiago Island

Your 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.

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!

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. You will also get to snorkel at Egas Port beach.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

North Seymour and Santa Cruz Island

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 Galapagos 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.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

Mosquera and Departure

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

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch

Other Information

DEPARTURES: 

Tuesdays

PRICE INCLUDES:

4 night cruise aboard the M/V Ocean Spray, island transfers, tours, local guides, and meals as indicated. Domestic airfare, Park entrance fee and tourist ticket

PRICE EXCLUDES:

International Airfare and taxes, Travel Insurance, Gratuities unless otherwise stated, Items of a personal nature, Optional excursions, Beverages unless otherwise stated, Visa fees if applicable

OTHER INFORMATION: 

NOTE: The domestic flights Quito - Galapagos - Quito (approx. $550 USD), Galapagos Park entrance fee of $100 USD and visitors ticket of $20 USD are included in the trip price. (Subject to change).

Itineraries: Due to government regulations designed to control and protect the impact of tourism, each vessel, based on length of cruise has its own distinct itinerary.  The itineraries are designed to allow visitors to visit all regions of the islands and we suggest you request the advice of Goway's Latin specialists as to which itinerary would suit you best.

Any promotional pricing is not reflected in the "from" pricing. Please contact your travel specialist for more information.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are “from” per person and based on twin share based on current exchange rates and subject to change. Single rates available on request. Subject to availability, limited seats available, seasonal surcharges may apply.

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