Seastar Journey Yacht (Capacity: 16 passengers)

Seastar Journey Yacht (Capacity: 16 passengers)

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Galapagos Sea Star Journey Yacht Vacations offers avid travelers and nature-lovers the opportunity to have several, incredibly close encounters with the unique and iconic wildlife that makes up the Enchanted Islands. To do this, we have an itinerary for our traveler that lets them get the most out of their time in the Galapagos. This itinerary is facilitated by means of a cruise throughout the Islands, allowing for the daily exploration of several visitor sites.

At Galapagos Galapagos Sea Star Journey we truly try to focus on the encounters with the abundance of wildlife found throughout the Galapagos Islands. Our expertly coordinated shore excursions allow passengers to get within arms-length of the Galapagos animals, giving visitors the ability to closely examine the marvelous adaptions and curious behavior that these creatures have procured through evolution.

Highlights

Bartolome (Pinnacle Rock), Santa Cruz (Charles Darwin Research Station), Floreana (Post Office Bay, Baroness viewing Point, Cormorant Point), San Cristobal (Cerro Colorado, Isla Lobos), Santiago (Sullivan Bay, Egas Port, Espumilla Beach), Isabela (Sierra Negra Volcano, White-tipped reed sharks canal, Moreno Point, Elizabeth Bay, Tagus Cove), Santa Cruz (Dragon Hill), Española (Punta Suarez, Gardner Bay), Mosquera Islet, Fernandina (Espinoza Point), Genovesa (El Barranco, Darwin Bay), North Seymour, Santa Fe Island, Plazas Island.

Highlighted species

Galapagos Sea Lion, Galapagos Giant Tortoises, Marine Iguanas, Blue-Footed Boobies, Nazca Boobies, Red-Footed Boobies, Galapagos Hawks, Galapagos Albatrosses (From April to January), Greater & Magnificent Frigatebirds, Galapagos Doves, Galapagos Mockingbirds, San Cristobal Mockingbirds, Española Mockingbirds, San Cristobal Lava Lizard, Española Lava Lizard, Darwin Finches, Short-Eared Owls, Brown Pelicans, Swallow-Tailed Gulls, Lava Gulls, Lava (striated) Herons, Greater Flamingoes, Brown pelicans, Galapagos penguins, Lava gulls, Española mockingbirds, Floreana mockingbirds, Santa Fe land iguana.

Itinerary

Sunday: AM Baltra Island: Baltra Airport / PM Santa Cruz: Dragon Hill

Monday: AM Santa Cruz Island: Black Turtle Cove / PM Chinese Hat Islet

Tuesday: AM Genovesa Island: Darwin Bay / PM Genovesa Island: El Barranco

Wednesday: AM Bartolome Island / PM Santiago Island: Sullivan Bay

Thursday: AM Santa Cruz Island: Highlands / Airport

Baltra Airport

Upon arrival at Baltra  Airport,  travelers  pass  through an airport  inspection point to insure that no foreign plants or animals are introduced to the islands, as well as to pay the park entrance fee of $100 (unless it has been prepaid). A guide will meet you, help you collect your luggage, and escort you on a short bus ride to the harbor and then on board Galapagos Sea Star Journey.

Dragon Hill (Santa Cruz Island)

The visitor site at Dragon Hill has been open for visits on 1993. This site is located in northwestern Santa Cruz Island and consists of a trail that lead to a hyper-saline lagoon behind the beach, frequented by flamingos, pintail ducks and other species of birds. This site has been re populated with land  iguanas  from  Seymour, Isabela and Santa Cruz islands. There is a short walk to the Hill, which offers a beautiful view of the bay.

Black Turtle Cove (Santa Cruz Island)

This little cove is located at the northern side of Santa Cruz island, this is a red mangrove lagoon very calm and  quiet  which  made  an  ideal  place  as nursery  for  many  sharks  and  rays.  Its  crystal  waters  permits  to observe  large  groups  of  white-tip  reef,  black  tipped reef and hammer heads sharks, schools of golden rays and spotted eagle rays.  There are no landing sites so the visit is done by panga or kayak.  Sea turtles are frequently seen and sometimes they are seen mating in the mangrove-lined waters. Pelicans and Herons are also seen in this area.

Chinese Hat Islet

This is a small islet (1 sq km) located just off the southeastern tip of Santiago Island.  It is a recent volcanic cone, shaped like a Chinese hat when seen from north side. On the west it can be seen lava formations, formed under the sea and raised upward, this is why coral heads are found on the lava. This is an excellent visit for interpretation of geological features such as lava tubes and lava flows. The landscape is covered by sea lions colonies, marine iguanas and Galapagos penguins.

Darwin Bay (Genovesa Island)

This  bay  has  origin  when  the  crater  of  this  island collapsed  below  sea  level.  The wet landing is on a beautiful white coral sandy beach. This is a favorite island for birdwatchers:  red footed-booby, masked boobies, wandering tattlers, lava gulls, whimbrels Yellow-crowned, black-crowned and lava herons, with and yellow warblers can be seen in the area. Continuing on the trail, visitors climb gradually to the edge of the cliff seeing Red-Foots nesting in the Mangrove trees below. Bird watching includes sightings of Sharp-Beaked Finches, Large Cactus and Ground Finches, Galapagos Doves and Swallow-Tailed Gulls. Reaching the end the trail at the cliff’s edge offers an incredible view of the island and the many birds living there.

El Barranco (Genovesa Island)

El  Barranco  is  located  in  the  southern  part  of  Darwin Bay and it is also known as Prince Philip’s Steps, passengers will climb to a plateau that is part of  the stretch of land that surrounds Darwin Bay on its eastern side. There is a big population of Masked boobies and Red-Footed boobies in the tree; Storm petrels and Short-eared Owls have found in Genovesa lava flows the ideal place for nesting.

Bartolome Island

 

Bartolomé Island is situated across Sullivan Bay. It has an altitude of 114 meters, from where we can observe one of the most beautiful sceneries of the Galapagos Islands such as: Volcanic cones, lunar-like craters, lava fields, and the famous Toba formed pinnacle eroded by the sea. There is very little vegetation on this island. It has two breathtaking beaches where marine turtles exist and at the base of the pinnacle, as well as a very small colony of Galapagos penguins.

Sullivan Bay (Santiago Island)

Santiago,  also  called  James,  or  San  Salvador  Island, is  located  in  the  west  central  part  of  the  Galapagos archipelago. It is the fourth largest island in the archipelago (following Isabela, Fernandina and Santa Cruz). Along with some of the large western volcanoes of Isabela and Fernandina, Santiago is also volcanically active, with many young flows and cones to be seen, particularly along the south, west, and east coasts. These may even be seen from the summit of Darwin Volcano and from space. A number of historic eruptions have been reported over the last 2 centuries. Santiago actually consists of two coalesced volcanoes: a typical shield volcano on the northwest end and a low, linear fissure volcano on the southeast end.

Highlands (Santa Cruz Island) / Airport

The  trail  to  the  highlands  leaves  from  Bellavista and  passes  through  the  agricultural  zone, near the National Park boundary, the Miconia Zone, and  then goes to the Fern and Sedge zone. With clear weather (unpredictable) this area affords beautiful scenes of rolling hills  and  extinct  volcanic  cones  covered  with grass and lush greenery all year round. Then transfer back to Baltra for embarkation on flight back home.

Important notes:

  • Cruise prices, Air tickets, National Park fee and TCT prices are subject to change without prior notice in the event of circumstances beyond our control
  • Single Supplements applies
  • Children are accepted from the age of 7 years old onwards
  • Children under 12 years sharing the cabin with an adult will benefit from a discount
  • Credit cards are not accepted on board
  • The accommodation for the third person is on a sofa bed

Galapagos Suite (Main Deck / Upper Deck) $ 3771.00
Matrimonial Suite (Upper Deck) $3771.00
SeaStar Suite (Upper Deck) $4542.00
Single Galapagos Suite (Main Deck / Upper Deck) $7542.00

The rate includes:

  • All shore excursions with English speaking guides
  • All meals & snacks while onboard
  • Fuel surcharge
  • Complimentary use of snorkeling equipment
  • Complimentary use of Kayaks
  • Access to internet on a single computer in the social area, is not WIFI
  • Drinks like water, tea, coffee, milk
  • Roundtrip airfare to Galapagos
  • Galapagos National Park entrance Fee $100 per adult / $50 per child under 12 years
  • Galapagos Transit Control Card $20 per person (adults and children)
  • Wetsuit
  • Soft or alcoholic beverages
  • Occasional Diving
  • Gratuities

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