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

Tuesday: AM San Cristobal Island: Airport / PM San Cristobal Island: Cerro Colorado

Wednesday: AM Española Island: Gardner Bay / PM Española Island: Suarez Point

Thursday: AM Floreana Island: Punta Cormorant / PM Floreana Island: Post Office Bay & Baroness Lookout

Friday: AM Santa Fe Island / PM Plazas Island

Saturday: AM North Seymour Island / PM Santa Cruz Island: Bachas Beach

Sunday: AM Mosquera Islet / Airport

Airport (San Cristobal Island)

Upon  arrival  at  San  Cristobal  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.

Cerro Colorado (San Cristobal Island)

In the afternoon, visit to Cerro Colorado Tortoises Protection and Growing Center, located at 40 minutes aprox. by bus to the south east of the island. This center was built to improve the status of the population of the island tortoises. The center includes a large corral, a Visitors center, breeding center and an interpretative trail. Along this trail is possible to see different species of native and endemic plants as well birds as the San Cristobal Mockingbird, Yellow Warblers and many species of finches and the Galapagos flycatcher.

Gardner Bay (Española Island)

Located on the north-eastern coast of Hood, Gardner Bay   provides   an   excellent   beach   for   relaxing, swimming, snorkeling, kayaking,  and  the opportunity to observe sea lions. Here we can also observe sharks in the crystal clear ocean waters.
Punta Suarez (Española Island)

This   rocky   land   spot   sustains   one   of   the   most impressive and varied colonies of sea birds in the Galapagos. Along its southern shore, high cliffs rise up from the sea affording the visitor spectacular views of  soaring  birds  and  of  the  blow  whole  where  water spouts  up  to  50-75  feet  into  the  air  according  to  the intensity of the surf.

Punta Cormorant (Floreana Island)

This site offers probably the best Flamingo lagoon in  the  Galapagos;  it  is  also  one  of  the  largest  in  the islands. It’s situated between two tuff lava cones that give the area a special atmosphere. There are various species of shorebirds to observe besides flamingos; the  most  frequent  are  common  stilts, white-checked pintail  ducks  and  other  migratory  birds.  It is very interesting to see the two distinct beaches: “The Green Beach” (due to its high percentage of olivine crystals in the sand) and the “Flour Sand Beach” which is made up of coral.

Post Office Bay & Baroness Lookout (Floreana Island)

Historically, this site is the location of a wooden barrel that  was  placed  in  the  18th  century  by  the  crew  of a whaling  ship. It has been used since this time by mariners and tourists as a post office. The idea is to carry letters or postcards to their destination by hand. Apart from being the Post Office Barrel, this site was the landing area for some of the first colonists. We will continue to the north of the island and will ascent to  an  elevated  slope  to  enjoy  a  beautiful  vista  at  the Baroness Lookout.

It is said that Baroness Eloisa von Wagner loved this place and spent several hours watching the horizon. Within walking distance (30 m) are the ruins of what is known as her House. From this lookout, the landscape covers the coastline from the Enderby islet to Post Office Bay, as well as Cerro Pajas, the pool of flamingos and wide forest of Palo Santo.

Santa Fe Island

Located in the southeastern part of  the  Galapagos, this  island  was  formed  from  an  uplift  instead  than a volcanic origin, this is why is mostly flat. There are some theories which assure this could be the oldest island in the Archipielago. Santa Fe is the home of a number of endemic species like the Galapagos Hawk, Galapagos  snake,  Galapagos  mockingbird,  rice  rats and  one  of  the  two  species  of  lands  Iguanas  of  the islands. After disembarkation in the beautiful and clear waters you will be in contact with one of the many sea lion colonies. Along  the  trail  many  salt  bushes  can be  seen  as  well  giant  Pickly  pear  cactus,  gigantism is a characteristic of oceanic islands. There are great possibilities of snorkeling with playful sea lions and tropical fishes.

Plazas Island

Plazas  is  located  at  the  east  of  Santa  Cruz  Island, and forms part of two islands known as Islas Plazas. Despite its small size, some of the most interesting and outstanding species of the Galapagos are found here. The Plazas land iguanas are smaller than its relatives found at other islands. Throughout the island are several hybrid iguanas, a result of crossing a male marine  iguana and female land iguana, they are unique, recognizable at first glance by their black/gray color, with a land iguana’s crest, but face and tail of the marine iguana. The big population of iguanas is due to the presence of tunas, their favorite food. Swallow Tailed Gulls nesting in the rugged cliffs are seen along with other sea bids as: Audubon shearwaters, red-billed tropicbirds, frigate birds and brown pelicans.

North Seymour Island

Seymour is an uplifted (as opposed to volcanic) island and so is generally flat and strewn with boulders. There are good nesting sites here for a large population of magnificent frigate birds. Blue-footed boobies perform their courtship dance in the more open areas and swallow-tailed gulls perch on the cliff edges. Despite the tremendous surf that can pound the outer shore, sea lions haul out onto the beach and can be found bodysurfing. Watch your step, as the boobies don’t worry much about where they nest, and you might just step on one. The trees are dotted with male frigate birds trying to attract the attention of the ladies by inflating their bright red skin flaps. They sometimes fly in the air to call more attention to themselves. There’s a circular path that takes you through the island to a beautiful, rocky shore where the waves crash a silvery-blue.

Bachas Beach (Santa Cruz Island)

These two small beaches are found to the West of Turtle Cove. Their sand is made of decomposed coral, which makes it white and soft, making it a favorite nesting site for sea turtles.  Behind one of the beaches there is a small brackish water lagoon, where occasionally is possible to observe flamingos and other coastal birds, such as black-necked stilts and whimbrels.  The other beach is longer, but it has two old barges that were abandoned during the Second World War, when the USA used Baltra Island as a strategically point to protect the Panama Channel.

Mosquera Islet / Baltra Airport

The Mosquera Islet is located between Baltra and North Seymour Islands and it was formed  by a geological uplift, in its narrowest width reaches 160  meters approximately. This islet has one of the largest populations of sea lions, visitors can also observe several species of shorebirds, reports of dolphins and orcas has been recorded around this islet.

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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