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A cruise in?the Gal?pagos Islands aboard the Ocean Spray is essential for the eco-friendly adventurer. Indulge in a 5-day excursion aboard this luxury mega catamaran. Featuring spacious cabins with private balconies, a huge sundeck, Jacuzzi, cozy lounge, and al fresco dining, the chef will spoil you with five-star locally inspired cuisine at every meal. Kayak, snorkel, and hike every day, guided by well-informed, bilingual naturalists. Get up close with marine iguanas, albatross, giant tortoises, baby sea turtles, flamingos, and spectacularly colorful fish.
Arrival / Bartolom? Island
Arrive on Baltra Island where your guides will greet you and take you to the yacht. Settle into your cabin followed by a welcoming lunch.
This afternoon, explore the area around Bartolom?, including the infamous Pinnacle Rock. Of all the islands, this is the most photographed. It was also featured in the 2003 movie ?Master and Commander.? Pinnacle Rock is an intriguing formation, a volcanic cone formed by lava from an underwater volcano. Along its beach you can see a small population of green sea turtles and Gal?pagos penguins. You?ll have the opportunity to swim amongst colorful schools of fish and curious sea lions.
After breakfast, step onto Genovesa Island, a horseshoe shaped island with large, sloping lava flows. Also known as ?Bird Island,? you?ll find it lives up to this name with its unusually dense variety of birds, including the rare red-footed booby. Over 200,000 red-footed boobies live in the Palo Santa forest of Genovesa.
By the afternoon, climb El Barranco, better known as Prince Phillip?s Steps, a steep and rocky path that passes through a tremendous bird colony and leads to a cliff with marvelous views.
In the morning, you?ll step onto the white sands at Buccaneer?s Cove. Santiago Island, once a refuge for pirates, whalers, and convicts, and the second island Charles Darwin visited, today it?s one of the most visited islands. With its beautiful beaches and stunning underwater formations that attract many different species of fish, this is one of the top snorkeling destinations in the Gal?pagos. You?ll have the day to bask in these turquoise waters and swim amongst the marine wildlife.
After lunch, you?ll be at Egas Port, also known as James Bay. Snorkel through the grottos amongst fur seals, or stroll the beaches crossing paths with quick-footed lava lizards.
North Seymour & Highlands / Santa Cruz Island
After breakfast, adventure onto the unique landscape of North Seymour Island, formed by uplifted submarine lava. Home to a vast colony of land iguanas and large populations of sea lions, you?ll find blue-footed boobies, common noddies, frigatebirds, as well as the largest colony of magnificent frigatebirds.
By the afternoon, tour the highlands of Santa Cruz filled with rich wildlife, hills, ferns, volcanoes, and lava tubes. Explore underground lava tubes near the Charles Darwin Research Station?s historic giant tortoise restoration program. See these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat where they lumber calmly through the dense, humid forests or grassy pastures amongst many varieties of birds, particularly the cattle egret that often sits atop these gentle giants.
Mosquera Islet / Baltra Airport
Explore Mosquera Islet, a reef of rocks, coral, and a great white sand beach. See the largest population of sea lions anywhere in the Gal?pagos, as well as several species of shorebirds, and if you?re lucky, orcas.
Return to Baltra Airport to catch your flight home.
NOTE: The above itinerary reflects the intended program, however, should be read as a guide only. The actual itinerary will depend on weather conditions, wildlife encounters, and any unforeseen circumstances beyond the operator?s control.