Galapagos Sea Star Journey
The Galapagos Sea Star Journey yacht is an award-winning yacht that boasts of large suites and awesomely alluring social areas. With its 16-passenger capacity and eight spacious suites, the Galapagos Sea Star Journey yacht is one of the most sought after yachts in the Galapagos as it combines very rare elements of class, luxury, safety, and comfort. Seven of the spacious suites are Galapagos matrimonial with the eighth being a Sea Star Suite, all equipped with panoramic windows. With two Jacuzzis and comfortable sun loungers, cruising the Galapagos Islands has never been easier and sweeter.
SEA STAR JOURNEY CRUISEClass: Boutique Yacht (Superior first class) Capacity: 16 Passengers Cabins: 8 Length overall: 42 m Beam: 9 m Year of construction: 2011 in Guayaquil Speed: 12 knots Ship registry: Guayaquil – Ecuador Deadweight: 450 tons Gross Tonnage: 480 tons Port Registry : Guayaquil Machinery (Engines): 2 Caterpillar 340 HP Generators: Perkins 114 cabe A Water maker: 2000 gallons per day Water: 10000 gallons capacity* Navigation Equipment: 1 Satellite compass, 2 magnetic Compasses Tracking equipment
Inclusions & Exclusions
All meals throughout cruise Transfers in the islands All excursions Bilingual national park guide Use of snorkeling equipment and wetsuits Use of Kayak Coffee, tea and soft drinks Free airport assistance*
Mainland-Galapagos-Mainland airfare Alcoholic drinks $100 Galapagos National Park fee $20 Transit Control Card Travel / medical insurance Tips Personal expenses
Discount for children under 12 years old 20% Xmas and New Year surcharge 25% Single supplement 100%
Sea Star Journey Yacht offers three different itineraries
Itinerary A - Southern Islands
Day 1 (Tuesday) - SAN CRISTOBAL
AM: Arrival PM: Cerro Colorado San Cristobal Island: Arrival at the airport followed by transfer to the Galapagos Sea Star Journey Cruise. You will be welcomed with a short briefing about the Galapagos adventure that starts today! San Cristobal - La Galapaguera: Learn more about the Giant Tortoises breeding program established by the Galapagos National Park authorities. Galapagos Wildlife you might see today: Giant Tortoises, tropical birds and others.
Day 2 (Wednesday) - ESPAÑOLA
AM: Gardner BayPM: Punta Suarez Gardner Bay: Gardner Bay is a unique site which has an incredible beach with turquoise color waters. You will be able to see various colonies of sea lions here. Suarez Point: Suarez Point is one of the most amazing wildlife areas of the archipelago with a great diversity of marine and land wildlife. Galapagos Wildlife you might see today: Galapagos Hawks, Española Mockingbirds, Waved Albatross birds, sea lions.
Day 3 (Thursday) - FLOREANA
AM: Punta Cormorant PM: Post office bay & Baroness Lookout Cormorant Point: Cormorant Point is a very nice trail which offers great views of a saltwater lagoon, which is a place where you can see flamingos, as well as many other birds. Post Office Bay: This site is a a white-sand beach where in the past sailors used to leave and receive their letters in a wooden barrel, lots of interesting history to learn at this site and the chance to use the post barrels too! Wildlife you could see today: Pintail ducks, stilts, Large-billed Flycatchers, Flamingos, Rays and more
Day 4 (Friday) - SANTA FE & PLAZAS
AM: Santa Fe PM: Plazas Santa Fe Island: This small islands is a volcanic uplift home to a forest of Opuntia and Palo Santo trees. Endemic land iguanas are often seen at this site. South Plaza: On this day with your Galapagos Sea Star yacht, you will see one of the largest populations of land iguanas in the Galapagos, great site for taking amazing Galapagos pictures. Galapagos species found at this visit point: Red-billed tropic birds and swallow-tailed gulls, marine iguanas, land iguanas and more.
Day 5 (Saturday) - NORTH SEYMOUR & SANTA CRUZ
AM: North Seymour PM: Bachas Beach North Seymour Island: With your cruise tour on board of the Galapagos Sea Star, you will explore the rocky coast, passing colonies of blue-footed boobies and amazing frigate birds. Bachas Beach: This beach is located on the north shore of Santa Cruz which is a swimming beach with white sand and various species. Wildlife you can see today: Frigate birds, blue-footed boobies, land and marine iguanas.
Day 6 (Sunday) - MOSQUERA
AM: Mosquera Islet Mosquera Island: This island consists is a long narrow stretch of white sand, rocks, and tide pools. After you finish your luxurious Galapagos holiday, you will be transferred to the airport on time for your flight back to mainland. Galapagos Wildlife: Sea lions, lava gulls, coastal birds, and Sally light foot crabs.
Itinerary B - Northern Islands
Day 1 (Sunday) - SANTA CRUZ
AM: Baltra PM: Dragon Hill Baltra Island: Arrival in Baltra airport and transfer to the Sea Star Galapagos yacht. Briefing on board about the boat and the Galapagos islands. Dragon Hill: This is a trail that leads to a hyper-saline lagoon behind the beach, there is a short walk, which offers a beautiful view of the bay and the sea. Wildlife you can see today: Land iguana, flamingos and more.
Day 2 (Monday) - SANTA CRUZ
AM: Black Turtle Cove PM: Chinese hat Black Turtle Cove: This shallow inlet is surrounded by mangroves that provides natural protection for a variety of unique marine life, marine wildlife is very rich in this area. Chinese Hat Island: The landing is on a beautiful crescent-shaped beach, home to sea lions and Sally Light foot crabs. Galapagos Wildlife you might see today: Sea turtles, lack-finned reef shark, the white-tipped reef shark, and the Galapagos sharks.
Day 3 (Tuesday) - GENOVESA
AM: Darwin Bay PM: Prince Phillip's Steps Darwin Bay: Genovesa island has this unique Galapagos visitor point which is a coral beach where a 750 mt. trail takes you through more seabird colonies, a large and incredible white sand beach can be found at this visit point. Prince Phillip's Steps: An extraordinary, steep path leads through a seabird colony full of wildlife, up to cliffs that are 25 meters high. Wildlife you can see today: Lava Gulls, lava Herons, Swallow-tailed Gulls, Great Frigate birds and Red-footed Boobies.
Day 4 (Wednesday) - BARTOLOME
AM: Bartolome PM: Sullivan Bay Pinnacle Rock: As part of your Sea Star Yacht holiday, you will get to visit Bartholomew, which is home to the Pinnacle Rock: the most famous view in the Galapagos Islands. Sullivan Bay: This is a coral beach with a trail that takes you towards a lava field as far as the eye can see. A truly amazing volcanic experience! Galapagos Wildlife: Green Sea Turtle, Galapagos penguins, Spotted Eagle Rays and Black-tipped Sharks.
Day 5 (Thursday) - SANTA CRUZ
AM: Highlands Highlands: The highlands are located in the northern part of the island of Santa Cruz and can reach elevations up to 1500 mt. Transfer back to Baltra for embarkation on your flight back home. Wildlife you might see today: Vermilion Flycatcher or one of Darwin’s finches and more.
Itinerary C - Western Islands
Day 1 (Thursday) - SANTA CRUZ
AM: Baltra PM: Charles Darwin Station Baltra Island: Landing at Baltra airport, after your arrival you will be picked up by your guide and transferred to your Galapagos Sea Star ship. Charles Darwin Station: It is an organization that provides scientific assistance to ensure the proper preservation of the Galapagos islands and its unique wildlife Wildlife you might see: Giant Tortoises.
Day 2 (Friday) - ISABELA
AM: Tintoreras Islet PM: Sierra Negra Volcano Tintoreras Islet and Sierra Negra: Tintoreras is located a short distance from Puerto Villamil town and it is the home to a great variety of wildlife. The Sierra Negra Volcano: offers impressive views of landscapes and it also offers the opportunity to see up to seven species of Galapagos finches and a rich display of vegetation. Galapagos species: Sea lions, sea turtles, marine iguanas, rays.
Day 3 (Saturday) - ISABELA
AM: Punta Moreno PM: Elizabeth Bay Moreno Point: Your Galapagos cruise tour on the Galapagos Sea Star includes a visit to these beautiful rocky shores where penguins and birds, including blue herons, are usually spotted. Elizabeth Bay: When you enter this bay, hawks soar overhead and schools of fish can be seen swimming beneath the surface. Wildlife: Flamingos, paint-billed crakes, white-cheeked pintails, and common gallinules.
Day 4 (Sunday) - ISABELA & FERNANDINA
AM: Punta Espinosa PM: Tagus Cove Fernandina - Espinosa Point: This site is a narrow stretch of land where hundreds of marine iguanas gather largely on black lava rocks. Tagus Cove: This site offers the best chances to see penguins as well as marine iguanas, Sally Light foot crabs and sea lions. Wildlife you might see today: Flightless Cormorants, Sally Light foot Crabs, Galapagos Penguins, sea horses, marine iguanas, sea turtles.
Day 5 (Monday) - SANTIAGO
AM: Espumilla Beach PM: Puerto Egas Espumilla Beach: Darwin explored the salt-lake crater that is now home to white-cheeked pintails and the occasional flamingo, the views from here are stunning! Egas Port: The trail leads to the coastline with gorgeous tide pools and grotto full of fauna. Galapagos Wildlife you might see today: Green sea turtles, penguins and reef sharks and more.
Day 6 (Tuesday) - SAN CRISTOBAL
AM: Isla Lobos Isla Lobos: This small island is named after the sea lions that live at this site, the small islet is surrounded by rocky shores. Transfer to the airport in San Cristobal and Flight back to Quito or Guayaquil. Wildlife you could see today: Blue-footed boobies, sea lions, fur seals, frigate birds and more.