One of the newest luxury yachts of its type operating in the Galapagos Islands, the Galapagos Ocean Spray is described as a “mega” catamaran; and – since it is equipped with large staterooms and a huge sundeck with a Jacuzzi – it’s not hard to see why! This ultra-modern 16-passenger yacht has three passenger decks with a total of 9 elegantly appointed and spacious double cabins, all with private facilities – including balconies. On board this 16-passenger yacht, you can discover amazing wildlife, both on land and underwater, on this 4-day/3-night Galapagos luxury cruise through this legendary living laboratory. On your Galapagos Islands vacation on board the luxury Ocean Spray catamaran, you will stop at three principal central, southern and eastern islands to trace Darwin's theory of evolution, spot colorful, unique and strikingly beautiful creatures, and have an experience that is completely out of this world.
“My wife and I just completed a 5-day tour around the Cotopaxi volcano and the stunning Quilotoa loop – overall an excellent trip and wonderful experience.”
AM: In the morning you will fly from mainland Ecuador to the Galapagos Islands. At the airport on San Cristobal Island, after you will pay the entrance fee to the national park, a member of the crew will welcome you and accompany you to your ship. After lunch and a security briefing, we will go on our first land-visit to Lobos Island, located across from San Cristobal Island. This is a seasonal nesting location for Blue-footed boobies and Frigatebirds. You also can enjoy swimming and snorkeling with sea lions in the island’s calm bay.
PM: In the afternoon we will follow the route that Charles Darwin once took and sail around the massive tuff-rock called “Kicker Rock,” which is a nesting site for hosts of sea birds. Here, you will be able to find Blue-footed boobies, pelicans, and frigate birds. This is a great site for scuba diving, and hammerhead sharks can be seen in the area.
AM: In the morning we will visit Punta Pitt, on the eastern side of San Cristobal Island. Its 1.4 km-long path leads you through colonies of Frigatebirds, Fork-tailed seagulls, Masked boobies, and Red- and Blue-footed boobies.
PM: Then we will visit Cerro Brujo, a fascinating lava hill located on the northeastern coast of San Cristobal Island. On the rocks you can observe Blue-footed boobies, sea gulls and some pelicans. The protected bay is popular among young sea turtles and rays, and there is excellent swimming and snorkeling here.
AM: Today you will visit Floreana Island, considered to be one of the most exotic islands in the archipelago. There are countless legends that are part of the history of this island, as pirates and buccaneers were drawn to this island in search of for food and water. Later the island was colonized by Norwegians, Brits, and Germans, among others in search of way to make money from what they hoped to discover here. The name Floreana is in honor of Juan Jose Flores, Ecuador’s first president. While on the island, we will visit Post Office Bay where the legendary post barrel that whalers historically used to put their mail in is still kept. You can leave a letter here in hopes that it will make to its destination via another tourist. So don’t forget to bring postcards along.
PM: This afternoon’s excursion begins with the Cormorant Point visitor site. After a wet landing on the beach, we will go down a 100-meter-long path to a mangrove lagoon, which is home to Galapagos ducks, black herons, oystercatchers and plovers. With a little bit of luck, you can also see flamingos. Another path leads to a small beach that is an important nesting site for sea turtles. In the shallow water here, one can often find stingrays and Whitetip reef sharks now and then. Later, you will be able to take advantage of the great snorkeling opportunity at “Devil’s Crown,” a broken volcanic cone that is one of the most beautiful places to go snorkeling in the Galapagos Islands. The underwater world here consists of reef sharks, starfish, sea turtles, sea lions and many species of tropical fish.
AM: Today we will visit Santa Cruz Island, the second largest of the Galapagos Islands and located in the center of the archipelago. Located there is Black Turtle Cove, a nesting site for sea turtles. There are a number of mangrove forests here as well. With luck, the calm water will allow you to see different types of sharks, ones like the Whitetip reef shark, or schools of golden mustard rays.
PM: Afterwards, we will take you to the Baltra Island airport for your flight back to the mainland. Enjoy the last view of the “enchanted islands,” a unique paradise with fascinating natural highlights.
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