Tuesday: AM Santa Cruz Island: Black Turtle Cove / PM Bartolome Island: Pinnacle Rock
Wednesday: AM Genovesa Island: Darwin Bay / PM Genovesa Island: El Barranco
Thursday: AM Santiago Island: Espumilla Beach, Buccaneer Cove / PM Santiago Island: Egas Port
Friday: AM North Seymour Island: North Seymour Island / PM Santa Cruz Island: Highlands
Saturday: AM Mosquera Islet / Airport
Baltra Airport (Baltra Island)
Assistance will be provided upon your arrival by An Ocean Spray representative after passing through immigration and baggage claim. When ready, you will be transferred to the yacht. You will then be shown to your cabin where you will have some time to settle in before the welcome briefing and lunch.
Pinnacle Rock (Bartolome Island)
Pinnacle Rock is a volcano 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. Galapagos penguins gather here and swimming can offer beautiful sights of colorful schools of fish and curious sea lions.
Darwin Bay (Genovesa Island)
This horse-shoe shaped island was formed by the eruption of a shield volcano with large slopes formed by gradual lava flows. It is known as “Bird Island” due to the wide variety of birds that can be seen. The only reptile on the entire island is the marine iguana and it is one of the very few places red-footed boobies gather in one large mass. Darwin Bay is the result of the shield volcano where one of the sides of the caldera collapsed after years of erosion. It is one of the places in the Galapagos where red-footed boobies can be guaranteed to be seen. Over 200,000 red-footed boobies are estimated to be living in the trees and bushes of Genovesa.
El Barranco (Genovesa Island)
Better known as Prince Phillip’s Steps, a steep and rocky path leads up to a cliff with a marvelous view. There is also a Palo Santa forest that is home to nesting red-footed boobies and other birds.
Espumilla Beach / Buccaneer Cove (Santiago Island)
The second Island visited by Charles Darwin was originally named after England’s King James the second. The island was a good source of salt, water and food for whalers and buccaneers passing. There was a salt mine inland that was used to salt fish and tortoise meat. Land iguanas used to populate the island but are now extinct. From Darwin’s own notes he wrote that land iguanas were thriving quite well since there was no place to even pitch a tent. Santiago Island today is now one of the most visited islands. Buccaneer Cove is better known for excellent snorkeling opportunities and was once known as a refuge for British buccaneers or pirates. The underwater formations are amazing and many different species of fish gather here.
Egas Port (Santiago Island)
Egas port is also known as James Bay. It is home to quick footed Galapagos lava lizards, Galapagos fur seals along the grottos and tide pools and is a great snorkeling site.
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.
Highlands / Charles Darwin Research Station (Santa Cruz Island)
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.
Mosquera Islet / Airport
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. We will now transfer you to your scheduled departure from Baltra Airport to mainland Ecuador.
- Discount for children under 12 years old (1 child per 2 adults)
- Single supplement applies
- Children must be at least 7 years old to participate in the tour.
- All prices are per person, based on a double occupancy
- Itineraries and activities are subject to change without prior notice depending on weather conditions, water currents, and sea conditions.
- The wildlife described is not guaranteed to be seen during your visit.
- Please remember to respect your distance between any and all wildlife.
- Please stay on marked trails and heed the directions of your Naturalist Guide.
Staterooms $ 4165.00
**During high season like Spring Break, Easter, Christmas and New Year there is a charge of US$ 275 per person. No Discounts apply, single supplement 100%, No children discounts.
The rate includes:
- All shore excursions
- All meals throughout the cruise
- Regular soft drinks and juices
- Champagne reception
- Welcome courtesy
- Galapagos National Park certified Guide
- Use of snorkeling gear and wetsuits
- Roundtrip airfare to Galapagos.*
- Galapagos National Park entrance Fee $100.*
- Galapagos Transit Control Card $20.*
- Tips to crew
- Alcoholic beverages
- Plastic bottled beverages
*Subject to change