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Sea Star Journey Galapagos Cruise

Adventure & Wildlife in the Western Galapagos Islands

Cruise the Galapagos Archipelago sailing a Luxury two-times World Travel Award Winner (2017-2018) Yacht and enjoy the diverse Wildlife and natural sceneries around the best sites of the Western Islands like Fernandina where you will see the incredible Flightless Cormorants, Marine Iguanas and Galapagos Penguins.

Activity level: Moderate
Ship: Sea Star Journey information here



Itinerary
►  DAY 01: Charles Darwin Station, Santa Cruz Island   Details

Charles Darwin Station GalapagosDAY 1 Thursday: Charles Darwin Station, Santa Cruz Island

Sea Star Journey C itinerary: 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 M/Y Galápagos 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.

PM: Charles Darwin Station, Santa Cruz Island

Although the great majority of Galapagos visitors come here to observe and appreciate natural wonders, they also learn how people is working to protect and conserve the islands. In fact, 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.


►  DAY 02: Isabela Island: White Tipped Reef Shark Canal & Sierra Negra Volcano  Details

DAY 2 – Friday: Isabela Island: White Tipped Reef Shark Canal & Sierra Negra Volcano

White Tipped Reef Shark Canal | Isabela Islands | Galapagos IslandsAM: 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 Tintoreras, as well as the name of this site, it is because you can always find them here resting in the shallow waters.

PM: 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. In fact, 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.


►  DAY 03: Isabela Island: Punta Moreno & Elizabeth Bay  Details

DAY 3 Saturday: Isabela Island: Punta Moreno & Elizabeth Bay

Punta Moreno Galapagos Islands | Galapagos Cruise | Islabela IslandAM: 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, its main attraction are several species of birds which can be found around this lakes and mangroves.

PM: Elizabeth Bay, Isabela Island

This is a marine visitor site, so, 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 because 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 as well as Dorado fish swim below.


►  DAY 04: Fernandina Island: Punta Espinoza & Isabela Island: Tagus Cove  Details

DAY 4 Sunday: Fernandina Island: Punta Espinoza & Isabela Island: Tagus Cove

AM: Punta Espinoza, Fernandina Island

Fernandina is the third largest island in the archipelago and it has a single visitor site: Punta Espinoza located at the northeastern tip of the island. However, just across Tagus Cove, you can see some of the unique species of Galapagos. 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. In fact, to see these birds, is to witness evolution happening right in front of you. Stay within 2m of the cormorants and penguins.

PM: 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 as well as other sea birds. From the landing dock it is about a 30 minute hike along the trail up to the top of the cliff. Here you can see 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.


►  DAY 05: Santiago Island: Espumilla Beach & Puerto Egas  Details

DAY 5 Monday: Santiago Island: Espumilla Beach & Puerto Egas

Santiago Island, GalapagosAM: 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.

PM: 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. Although, they abandoned the project and left the infrastructure.


►  DAY 06: San Cristobal: Isla Lobos & Transfer out Details

DAY 6: Tuesday: San Cristobal: Isla Lobos & Transfer out

Lobos Islands Galapagos IslandsAM: San Cristobal: Isla Lobos

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 shorebirds.

After the morning excursion you will be taken to the airport for your flight to the mainland

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Hiking

Photography

Snorkeling

Kayaking

Swimming

Panga-ride

Sea Star Joruney Itinerary C

Highlights

  • Snorkel and swim with speedy Penguins and curious sea-lions.
  • Meet the endemic Flightless Cormorant at Fernandina, an icon of evolution.
  • See the Galapagos Tortoises on semi-wild state at Santa Cruz Highlands.
  • Be on the lookout for Land Iguanas at Urbina Bay (Isabela).
  • Enjoy your cruise’s social areas, sun-deck and its friendly crew.

CRUISE INCLUDES

  All programed visits as per itinerary with specialized naturalist bilingual guide;
  Accommodation in twin/double cabin with private facilities (surcharge for suite);
  All meals on board, drinking purified water, coffee and tea;
  Snorkeling equipment (fins, mask & snorkel) & sea-kayaks;
  Transfers within the islands on cruise dates as per itinerary;
  Personalized 24/7 assistance during tour.

CRUISE DOES NOT INCLUDES

  Airfare to/from Galapagos from/to Mainland Ecuador (to be added);
  Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee US$100 per person (in cash only upon arrival);
  Galapagos Migration Card US$20 in cash per person (at Mainland’s Airport);
  Alcoholic/soft drinks, personal expenses, extras, and tips;
  All sizes wet-suits for rent on board (in cash);
  Travel, medical & cancelation Insurance and any services on Mainland;
  Other services not specified in the program.

2019 Departures & Rates

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START DATE CABIN PRICE
January 17 STANDARD $3.499
January 31 STANDARD $3.499
March 14 STANDARD $3.499
March 28 STANDARD $3.499
May 23 STANDARD $3.499
June 06 STANDARD $3.499
June 20 STANDARD $3.499
July 04 STANDARD $3.499
August 01 STANDARD $3.699
August 15 STANDARD $3.699
October 10 STANDARD $3.699
October 24 STANDARD $3.699
November 07 STANDARD $3.699
November 21 STANDARD $3.699
December05 STANDARD $2.099