Seastar Journey Yacht (Capacity: 16 passengers) Itinerary 6 Days / 5 Nights

Seastar Journey Yacht (Capacity: 16 passengers) Itinerary 6 Days / 5 Nights

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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

Thursday: AM Baltra Airport / PM Santa Cruz Island: Charles Darwin Research Station

Friday: AM Isabela Island: White Tipped Reef Shark Canal / PM Isabela Island: Sierra Negra Volcano

Saturday: AM Isabela Island: Punta Moreno / PM Isabela Island: Elizabeth Bay

Sunday: AM Fernandina Island: Punta Espinoza / PM Isabela Island: Tagus Cove

Monday: AM Santiago Island: Espumilla Beach / PM Santiago Island: Puerto Egas

Tuesday: AM San Cristobal Island: Isla Lobos / 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 representative of our Galapagos Sea Star Journey will meet you, help you collect your luggage, and  escort  you  on  a  bus  ride  to  the  Itabaca  Channel and then transfer to Puerto Ayora.

Charles Darwin Station (Santa Cruz Island)

Although the great majority of Galapagos visitors come here to observe and appreciate natural wonders, it is also interesting to learn how the protection and conservation of the islands are carried out.  The main attractions are the National Park information center, the Van Staelen Exhibition Hall, the Breeding and Rearing Center for young tortoises and adult Galapagos tortoises in captivity.

White Tipped Reef Shark Canal (Isabela Island)

A delightful place reached by a nice zodiac ride. “Tintoreras” are small islands in front of Puerto Villamil coast. There is Heron lava on the lookout on mangrove branch, and Galapagos Penguin and sea lion often pop out on shore. White-tipped reef sharks are fairly common in the archipelago. Their name in Spanish is Tintorera, thus the name of this site as they are always found here resting in the shallow waters.

Sierra Negra Volcano (Isabela Island)

Isabela Island is the largest and one of the youngest islands in the Galapagos archipelago. We land in Puerto Villamil, which has the second smallest population in Galapagos with approximately 3000 hab. We head up to  the  highlands from Puerto Villamil to Sierra  Negra  slope,  and  later  we  will  do  some  hiking on uneven terrain until we arrive to the Sierra Negra volcano rim. Sierra Negra is the second widest crater in the world. From this viewpoint, you have fantastic sights to the 6 x 5 -mile-wide crater, the rest of the volcanoes, and Perry Isthmus, a 12 Km wide lava field.

From here we can hike to Chico Volcano to watch the striking lava formations, examples of the geological occurrences that have created the Galapagos Islands.

Punta Moreno (Isabela Island)

Punta Moreno is located on the north coast of Isabela Island between the volcano Sierra Negra and Cerro Azul volcano. The trail runs along a lava flow Pahohoe (solidified lava in the form of corrugated or an accordion) into a complex of coastal lagoons, it´s main attraction are several species of birds which can be found around this lakes and mangroves.

Elizabeth Bay (Isabela Island)

This is a marine visitor site, the excursion is carried out in a zodiac and so there is no landing point. Your zodiac ride starts with a visit to the Marielas islets where there is the largest and most important penguin colony in the Galapagos Islands.The excursion continues into the cove that is surrounded by red mangroves where you can admire their red roots and green leafs. It is here that you are able to observe sea turtles, flightless cormorants, spotted eagle rays, golden rays, brown pelicans and sea lions. Frequently visitors have been able to see Galapagos Hawks soaring overhead whilst schools of Pompano and Dorado fish swim below.

Fernandina is the third largest island in the archipelago and has a single visitor site: Punta Espinoza located at the northeastern tip of the island. Just across

Tagus Cove,is a visitor site where some of the unique species of Galapagos can be seen. Marine iguanas conglomerate in larger groups than in any other island. They bask around in the sand, swim near the shore and sometime block the way at the landing dock. Among the unique species found here, is the Flightless Cormorant. A bird that due to the lack of predators had to adjust their way of survival and improve their skills of finding food in the ocean. Their wings, tails and feet progressively adapted for swimming. To see these birds, is to witness evolution happening right in front of you. Stay within 2m of the cormorants and penguins.

Tagus Cove (Isabela Island)

Tagus Cove, a tour along the cliffs in a zodiac will give the visitors a good chance to see the Galapagos penguin, the flightless cormorant and other sea birds. From  the  landing  dock  it  is  about  a  30  minute  hike  along the trail up to the top of the cliff from where you can  view  Darwin  Lake,  an  uplifted  ultra-saline  lake saltier than the sea. You can also see several volcanoes from this location. Look carefully at the graffiti on the surrounding cliffs of the cove, it has been written by pirates, whalers and buccaneers in past centuries.

Espumilla Beach (Santiago Island)

Espumilla beach is located in northern coast of Santiago Island in James Bay.  During the last presence the El Niño phenomenon, one of the two lagoons in this site, underwent a process of sedimentation, thus causing the disappearance of a representative colony of flamingos. The main attractions are the Palo Santo forest and the marvelous landscape. The beach is an important site for nesting marine turtles.

Puerto Egas (Santiago Island)

Its black beach is located at the west side of the island and is the main attraction of the island. Their volcanic tuff deposits have favored the formation of this special black sand beach. This site is called Puerto Egas, because there was an attempt  of  company  of  Hector  Egas,  to  start  the  exploitation of salt, which failed because the price of salt in  the  continent  was  very  cheap,  and  did  not  justify its exploitation in Galapagos. The project was abandoned and they left their infrastructure.

Isla Lobos (San Cristobal Island) / Airport

This  little  island  is  reach  at  approx  1  hour  by  panga from Port Baquerizo Moreno, the capital of the Island. The trail will lead across a dry vegetation zone, substrate of volcanic rocks and sandy areas.  There is a small population of blue-footed boobies and frigate birds, which nest in this site. At the beach you will see a large colony of sea lions. It is common to see shore-birds. After your visit to Isla Lobos, transfer to the airport in San Cristobal and Flight back to Quito or Guayaquil.

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) $ 4712.00
Matrimonial Suite (Upper Deck) $4712.00
SeaStar Suite (Upper Deck) $5655.00
Single Galapagos Suite (Main Deck / Upper Deck) $9427.00

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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