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Ocean Spray - Western Galapagos Islands Cruise 6 day/5 night

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Ocean Spray - Western Galapagos Islands Cruise 6 day/5 night
The Ocean Spray Western Galapagos Islands Cruise visits five Galapagos Islands, embarking in Baltra, heading west to Isabela and Fernandina, then to the central island of Santa Cruz. Over 6 days, the 16-guest Ocean Spray introduces you to the youngest islands of the Galapagos, with top bilingual naturalist guides, luxury accommodations, snorkeling opportunities, kayaks on board and the a ssurance that your carbon emissions will be offset by this eco-friendly operation. The Western Islands are known for their more recent volcanic activity and cooler waters that attract more penguins than other areas of the archipelago.

The Ocean Spray Western Galapagos Islands Cruise encompasses the first 6 days of Ocean Spray's 8-day Southwest Itinerary. View the Western Islands Cruise details on this page or click on the links below to view details of Ocean Spray's other itineraries or to go back to the main Ocean Spray Cruises page.

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read more The Ocean Spray Western Galapagos Islands Cruise visits five Galapagos Islands, embarking in Baltra, heading west to Isabela and Fernandina, then to the central island of Santa Cruz. Over 6 days, the 16-guest Ocean Spray introduces you to the youngest islands of the Galapagos, with top bilingual naturalist guides, luxury accommodations, snorkeling opportunities, kayaks on board and the assurance that your carbon emissions will be offset by this eco-friendly operation. The Western Islands are known for their more recent volcanic activity and cooler waters that attract more penguins than other areas of the archipelago.

The Ocean Spray Western Galapagos Islands Cruise encompasses the first 6 days of Ocean Spray's 8-day Southwest Itinerary. View the Western Islands Cruise details on this page or click on the links below to view details of Ocean Spray's other itineraries or to go back to the main Ocean Spray Cruises page.

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Day 1 - SAT - Embark Baltra to Chinese Hat

Day 2 - SUN - Punta Vicente Roca (Isabela) & Punta Espinosa (Fernandina)

Day 3 - MON - Tagus Cove & Urbina Bay (Isabela)

Day 4 - TUE - Elizabeth Bay & Moreno Point (Isabela)

Day 5 - WED - Charles Darwin Station & Highlands (Santa Cruz)

Day 6 - THU - South Plazas & Disembark Baltra


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Day 1 - SAT - Embark Baltra to Chinese Hat

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. Take some time to settle into your cabin before lunch and a welcome briefing.

In the afternoon, a visit to the islet of Chinese Hat offers a short hike for 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 islet is home to a colony of sea lions on the white-coral sand beach. Here you can see American oystercatchers, Galapagos penguins swimming along the shores and Sally-Lightfoot crabs in bright contrast to the dark volcanic rock. If conditions are good, you may snorkel here among white-tipped reef sharks and various tropical fish.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Ocean Spray
MEALS:
lunch and dinner

Day 2 - SUN - Punta Vicente Roca (Isabela) & Punta Espinosa (Fernandina)

Anchor at Punta Vicente Roca on the north end of Isabela Island, the largest in the archipelago and noted for its seahorse shape. Isabela is also one of the youngest and most volcanically active islands in the Galapagos. Comprised of two separate coves, Punta Vicente Roca is a large bay with spectacular sea life. By way of dinghy rides and snorkeling, keep an eye out for seahorses, sea turtles, blue-footed boobies, penguins and the strange yet fascinating mola-mola (or Pacific sunfish).

Cross the Bolivar Channel that divides Isabela and Fernandina Islands to later land at Espinosa Point. After walking past a colony of marine iguanas and a group of sea lions, reach the island's highlight: the flightless cormorant nesting site. This area also provides a great opportunity to see the Galapagos hawk. No foreign species have ever invaded Fernandina Island and therefore it is one of the world's most pristine island ecosystems. Fernandina is the youngest island in Galapagos. Access to this site is extremely restricted by the Galapagos National Park, and you will be one of those very lucky visitors. The volcano La Cumbre dominates the landspace with lava fields reaching the ocean.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Ocean Spray
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 3 - MON - Tagus Cove & Urbina Bay (Isabela)

In the morning visit Tagus Cove, whose cliffs are covered in pirate graffiti dating back to 1836. The contrast between vandalism and the pristine environment is thought provoking. Up the 1.25-mile hike through lava formations, approach stunning views of the surrounding slopes and volcanoes, making your way to Darwin Lake. This salt-water crater-lake may have been filled by a tidal wave caused by a volcanic eruption.

In the afternoon land at Urbina Bay, which presents some fascinating geological formations. In 1954, an uplift from the sea formed the bay that has since been characterized by the resulting terrestrial coral reef. Expect to see stingrays and sea turtles swimming near the surface of the water, along with flightless cormorants, pelicans and marine iguanas. You will be dazzled by the breathtaking view of Volcano Alcedo, with the possibility to see land iguanas and giant tortoises in the wild. Snorkeling might be on the agenda at one or both sites today.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Ocean Spray
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 4 - TUE - Elizabeth Bay & Moreno Point (Isabela)

The morning visit takes you to Elizabeth Bay, a secluded bay lacking any landing sites. Take a traditional "panga," or dinghy, ride, passing the red mangroves and amongst the wildlife of the lively bay. Elizabeth is known for its marine life; you will probably see sea turtles and rays skimming the surface of the water. You may also see brown pelicans diving for fish, penguins, blue-footed boobies and possibly humpback whales.

In the afternoon visit Moreno Point, located southwest of Elizabeth Bay. Here, a dry landing onto what was once flowing lava is possible. The lava has left craters, which formed crystal tide pools. By looking into the pools, you can peer into another world, as the marine life drifts by. In the brackish pools of this area, look for pink flamingos, white-cheeked pintails and common gallinules, and possibly white-tip reef sharks and some sea turtles.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Ocean Spray
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 5 - WED - Charles Darwin Station & Highlands (Santa Cruz)

Start the day at the Charles Darwin Station - Breeding Center "Fausto Llerena," home to tortoises ranging from 4 inches (new hatchlings) to 4 feet long. Observe the various sub-species of tortoises interacting with each other, and possibly with you. Many of the older tortoises are accustomed to humans. The babies are only kept until they are about four years old, or large enough to survive in the wild. These conservation efforts continue to be extremely successful.

Staying on land on Santa Cruz Island, continue to the Highlands, where a walking path allows you to observe the hills, ferns, volcanoes and rich wildlife. This area is home to giant tortoises, mockingbirds, Bahama ducklings, white-cheeked Pintail ducklings, Darwin finches and many other species. You will come upon the underground lava tubes, which are more half a mile long and a unique and surreal experience. Local guides will provide information and flashlights.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Ocean Spray
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 6 - THU - South Plazas & Disembark Baltra

In the morning, head to South Plaza Island for a short hike. This small island with steep cliffs was formed by rising lava and is now covered by opuntia cacti. It is also home to one of the largest sea lion colonies as well as colorful yellow and red land iguanas. The most characteristic plant is the sesuvium. During the rainy season its color is a greenish to yellowish tone and in the dry season (end of June through January) a bright red.

After this final visit, transfer to Baltra Island's airport in time to catch your flight back to the mainland.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
n/a
MEALS:
breakfast

Alternative Itinerary

In addition to Ocean Spray's two main 8-day itineraries (Southwest and South-Central Galapagos Islands) and shorter 6-, 5- and 4-day itineraries, variations are available in 10-, 11- and 15-day options; contact AdventureSmith for more details and pricing.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, National Park regulation or at the captain's discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

Activities

Snorkeling gear and wetsuits are available for use aboard Ocean Spray, as are kayaks for further exploring the Galapagos Islands up close, off ship. Daily excursions with naturalist guides include hikes to view points and on beaches.
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1       Aug 23 - Aug 28, 2014Ocean Spray$4490View Details
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Stateroom - $4490

Ocean Spray features 9 staterooms, all with private balconies. There are 4 double cabins of 334 square feet on the Main Deck with twin beds that can convert to matrimonial beds. On the Upper Deck, there are 4 double cabins of 248 square feet with matrimonial beds.
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2       Oct 18 - Oct 23, 2014Ocean Spray$4490View Details
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Stateroom - $4490

Ocean Spray features 9 staterooms, all with private balconies. There are 4 double cabins of 334 square feet on the Main Deck with twin beds that can convert to matrimonial beds. On the Upper Deck, there are 4 double cabins of 248 square feet with matrimonial beds.
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3       Nov 15 - Nov 20, 2014Ocean Spray$4490View Details
Stateroom

Stateroom - $4490

Ocean Spray features 9 staterooms, all with private balconies. There are 4 double cabins of 334 square feet on the Main Deck with twin beds that can convert to matrimonial beds. On the Upper Deck, there are 4 double cabins of 248 square feet with matrimonial beds.
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4       Jan 10 - Jan 15, 2015Ocean Spray$4760View Details
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Stateroom - $4760

Ocean Spray features 9 staterooms, all with private balconies. There are 4 double cabins of 334 square feet on the Main Deck with twin beds that can convert to matrimonial beds. On the Upper Deck, there are 4 double cabins of 248 square feet with matrimonial beds.
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5       Jan 24 - Jan 29, 2015Ocean Spray$4760View Details
Stateroom

Stateroom - $4760

Ocean Spray features 9 staterooms, all with private balconies. There are 4 double cabins of 334 square feet on the Main Deck with twin beds that can convert to matrimonial beds. On the Upper Deck, there are 4 double cabins of 248 square feet with matrimonial beds.
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6       Feb 07 - Feb 12, 2015Ocean Spray$4760View Details
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Stateroom - $4760

Ocean Spray features 9 staterooms, all with private balconies. There are 4 double cabins of 334 square feet on the Main Deck with twin beds that can convert to matrimonial beds. On the Upper Deck, there are 4 double cabins of 248 square feet with matrimonial beds.
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7       Feb 21 - Feb 26, 2015Ocean Spray$4760View Details
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Stateroom - $4760

Ocean Spray features 9 staterooms, all with private balconies. There are 4 double cabins of 334 square feet on the Main Deck with twin beds that can convert to matrimonial beds. On the Upper Deck, there are 4 double cabins of 248 square feet with matrimonial beds.
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8       Mar 07 - Mar 12, 2015Ocean Spray$4760View Details
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Stateroom - $4760

Ocean Spray features 9 staterooms, all with private balconies. There are 4 double cabins of 334 square feet on the Main Deck with twin beds that can convert to matrimonial beds. On the Upper Deck, there are 4 double cabins of 248 square feet with matrimonial beds.
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9       Apr 04 - Apr 09, 2015Ocean Spray$4760View Details
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Stateroom - $4760

Ocean Spray features 9 staterooms, all with private balconies. There are 4 double cabins of 334 square feet on the Main Deck with twin beds that can convert to matrimonial beds. On the Upper Deck, there are 4 double cabins of 248 square feet with matrimonial beds.
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10       Apr 18 - Apr 23, 2015Ocean Spray$4760View Details
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Stateroom - $4760

Ocean Spray features 9 staterooms, all with private balconies. There are 4 double cabins of 334 square feet on the Main Deck with twin beds that can convert to matrimonial beds. On the Upper Deck, there are 4 double cabins of 248 square feet with matrimonial beds.
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11       May 16 - May 21, 2015Ocean Spray$4760View Details
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Stateroom - $4760

Ocean Spray features 9 staterooms, all with private balconies. There are 4 double cabins of 334 square feet on the Main Deck with twin beds that can convert to matrimonial beds. On the Upper Deck, there are 4 double cabins of 248 square feet with matrimonial beds.
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12       May 30 - Jun 04, 2015Ocean Spray$4760View Details
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Stateroom - $4760

Ocean Spray features 9 staterooms, all with private balconies. There are 4 double cabins of 334 square feet on the Main Deck with twin beds that can convert to matrimonial beds. On the Upper Deck, there are 4 double cabins of 248 square feet with matrimonial beds.
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13       Jun 13 - Jun 18, 2015Ocean Spray$4760View Details
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Stateroom - $4760

Ocean Spray features 9 staterooms, all with private balconies. There are 4 double cabins of 334 square feet on the Main Deck with twin beds that can convert to matrimonial beds. On the Upper Deck, there are 4 double cabins of 248 square feet with matrimonial beds.
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14       Jun 27 - Jul 02, 2015Ocean Spray$4760View Details
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Stateroom - $4760

Ocean Spray features 9 staterooms, all with private balconies. There are 4 double cabins of 334 square feet on the Main Deck with twin beds that can convert to matrimonial beds. On the Upper Deck, there are 4 double cabins of 248 square feet with matrimonial beds.
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15       Jul 11 - Jul 16, 2015Ocean Spray$4760View Details
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Stateroom - $4760

Ocean Spray features 9 staterooms, all with private balconies. There are 4 double cabins of 334 square feet on the Main Deck with twin beds that can convert to matrimonial beds. On the Upper Deck, there are 4 double cabins of 248 square feet with matrimonial beds.
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16       Aug 08 - Aug 13, 2015Ocean Spray$4760View Details
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Stateroom - $4760

Ocean Spray features 9 staterooms, all with private balconies. There are 4 double cabins of 334 square feet on the Main Deck with twin beds that can convert to matrimonial beds. On the Upper Deck, there are 4 double cabins of 248 square feet with matrimonial beds.
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17       Aug 22 - Aug 27, 2015Ocean Spray$4760View Details
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Stateroom - $4760

Ocean Spray features 9 staterooms, all with private balconies. There are 4 double cabins of 334 square feet on the Main Deck with twin beds that can convert to matrimonial beds. On the Upper Deck, there are 4 double cabins of 248 square feet with matrimonial beds.
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18       Sep 05 - Sep 10, 2015Ocean Spray$4760View Details
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Stateroom - $4760

Ocean Spray features 9 staterooms, all with private balconies. There are 4 double cabins of 334 square feet on the Main Deck with twin beds that can convert to matrimonial beds. On the Upper Deck, there are 4 double cabins of 248 square feet with matrimonial beds.
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19       Sep 19 - Sep 24, 2015Ocean Spray$4760View Details
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Stateroom - $4760

Ocean Spray features 9 staterooms, all with private balconies. There are 4 double cabins of 334 square feet on the Main Deck with twin beds that can convert to matrimonial beds. On the Upper Deck, there are 4 double cabins of 248 square feet with matrimonial beds.
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20       Oct 03 - Oct 08, 2015Ocean Spray$4760View Details
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Stateroom - $4760

Ocean Spray features 9 staterooms, all with private balconies. There are 4 double cabins of 334 square feet on the Main Deck with twin beds that can convert to matrimonial beds. On the Upper Deck, there are 4 double cabins of 248 square feet with matrimonial beds.
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21       Oct 17 - Oct 22, 2015Ocean Spray$4760View Details
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Stateroom - $4760

Ocean Spray features 9 staterooms, all with private balconies. There are 4 double cabins of 334 square feet on the Main Deck with twin beds that can convert to matrimonial beds. On the Upper Deck, there are 4 double cabins of 248 square feet with matrimonial beds.
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22       Oct 31 - Nov 05, 2015Ocean Spray$4760View Details
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Stateroom - $4760

Ocean Spray features 9 staterooms, all with private balconies. There are 4 double cabins of 334 square feet on the Main Deck with twin beds that can convert to matrimonial beds. On the Upper Deck, there are 4 double cabins of 248 square feet with matrimonial beds.
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23       Nov 14 - Nov 19, 2015Ocean Spray$4760View Details
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Stateroom - $4760

Ocean Spray features 9 staterooms, all with private balconies. There are 4 double cabins of 334 square feet on the Main Deck with twin beds that can convert to matrimonial beds. On the Upper Deck, there are 4 double cabins of 248 square feet with matrimonial beds.
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24       Nov 28 - Dec 03, 2015Ocean Spray$4760View Details
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Stateroom - $4760

Ocean Spray features 9 staterooms, all with private balconies. There are 4 double cabins of 334 square feet on the Main Deck with twin beds that can convert to matrimonial beds. On the Upper Deck, there are 4 double cabins of 248 square feet with matrimonial beds.
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25       Dec 12 - Dec 17, 2015Ocean Spray$4760View Details
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Stateroom - $4760

Ocean Spray features 9 staterooms, all with private balconies. There are 4 double cabins of 334 square feet on the Main Deck with twin beds that can convert to matrimonial beds. On the Upper Deck, there are 4 double cabins of 248 square feet with matrimonial beds.
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Included

All shore excursions, all meals throughout the cruise, all soft drinks and juices, Champagne reception, complimentary fruit platter, Galapagos National Park certified guide, use of snorkeling gear and wetsuits, use of kayaks.

Exclusions

Roundtrip airfare to Galapagos, Galapagos National Park entrance fee ($100), Galapagos transit control card ($10), tips to crew, alcoholic beverages, insurance of any kind.

Room Configuration

Cabins may be booked for single use at a 50% supplement. Triple occupancy for two adults and a child under 12 years of age may be available, with the child sleeping on a sofa bed. Contact AdventureSmith for info and availability.

Families & Children

Children under 12 years old receive 25% off the double occupancy rate. Child discount does not apply during holidays. 2014 holidays: Easter (April 10-19), Christmas (Dec 20-27) and New Year's (Dec 27-Jan 3). 2015 holidays: Easter (Mar 28-Apr 4), Christmas (Dec 19-26) and New Year's (Dec 26-Jan 2).

Payment & Cancellation

A nonrefundable cruise deposit of $1,000 per person is required at the time of booking. A Reservation Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Final payment is due 90 days prior to departure. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. For cancellations received 60 days or less prior to departure, the full trip price will be applied as the cancellation penalty. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms apply; contact AdventureSmith for details.

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information is sent upon confirmation.

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