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Cormorant Point Galapagos
North Seymour Island, Galapagos
Mosquera Island, Galapagos
Plazas Island Galapagos
Sea Star Journey Galapagos Cruise

Luxury Galapagos Southern Islands Cruise

Sail along the Galapagos paradise on board a two-times World Travel Award Winner (2017-2018) Luxury Yacht and enjoy the countless marvels of the Islands, especially when visiting the Southern Islands of Española and Floreana plus the most wonderful visitor sites in the Central Islands. You will have the chance to visit incredible sites in 7 different islands in one wonderful 6-days cruise!

Activity level: Moderate
Ship: Sea Star Journey  information here



Itinerary
►  DAY 01: San Cristobal:Puerto Chino & Breeding Center  Details

Puerto Chino | San Cristobal Island | Galapagos IslandsDAY 1 Tuesday: Arrival / San Cristobal

Upon arrival at San Cristobal airport, visitors must go through an inspection in order to verify that no foreign plants or animals are being introduced to the islands. An entrance fee of $100 (unless it has been prepaid) must be paid to the Galapagos National Park in order to conserve the islands. A representative of our M/Y Galápagos Se Star Journey, will meet you right outside an, help collect your luggage, and escort your bus ride to the harbor.

PM: Puerto Chino And Breeding Center

In the afternoon, you will visit Puerto Chino. It is rife with huge cactus over the trail like trees. Once you get on the beach, you will enjoy its surroundings with it wildlife. Sea lions share the beach with people so its common see the puppies playing and swimming. Enjoy the deep blue waters with the waves and tide, occasionally there is wildlife to see, especially tortoises.

After, you will visit the Breeding Center Jacinto Gordillo, also known as the “Galapaguera” is a good place to observe Galapagos tortoises in its natural habitat. San Cristobal island has endemic species such as: the Mockingbird Nesomimus melanotis, lava lizard (Microlophus bivittatus), Chatham Leaf-toed Gecko (Phyllodactylus leei) and the tortoises. All of these species can be observed in this place, the beach is really big and it works as a nesting zone for marine tortoises.


►  DAY 02: Española Island: Gardner Bay & Punta Suarez  Details

DAY 2 Wednesday: Española Island: Gardner Bay & Punta Suarez

Gardner Bay | Española Island | GalapagosAM: Gardner Bay

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.

PM: Española Island, Punta Suarez

This rocky land spot sustains one of the most impressive and varied colonies of sea birds in the Galapagos. Along with 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.

 


►  DAY 03: Floreana Island: Punta Cormorant, Post Office Bay & Baroness Bay Details

Cormorant Point | Galapagos IslandsDAY 3 Thursday: Floreana Island: Punta Cormorant, Post Office Bay & Baroness Bay

AM: Punta Cormorant

This site offers probably the best Flamingo lagoon in the Galapagos; it is also one of the largest in the islands. There are two tuff lava cones between it, so, the area gets a special atmosphere. There are various species of shorebirds to observe besides flamingos; the most frequent are common stilts, white-checked pintail ducks and, likewise 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 | Floreana Island | Galapagos Island | Galapagos CruisePM: Post Office Bay & Baroness Bay

Historically, this site is the location of a wooden barrel placed in the 18th century by the crew of a whaling ship. The mariners, as well as tourist used it as a post office. In fact, the idea is to carry letters or postcards to their destination by hand. At the same time, this site was the landing area for some of the first colonists.

We will continue to the north of the island and will visit the Baroness Bay, here we will have the opportunity to Kayak and explore the inlets where seabird nesting sites and sea lion colonies can be found. It is said that Baroness Eloisa von Wagner loved this place and spent several hours watching the horizon. It is a beautiful bay that allows to breathe in the coastal and volcanic scenery. You will enjoy amazing views from the Sea Star sundeck covering the scenery from Enderby islet to Post office bay, Cerro Pajas, the pool of flamingos and wide forest of Palo Santo

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►  DAY 04: Santa Fe Island & Plazas Island  Details

DAY 4 Friday: Santa Fe Island & Plazas

Santa Fe Island, Galapagos IslandsAM: Santa Fe Island

Santa Fe is 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 Archipelago. 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.  You can see many salt bushes along the trail as well giant prickly pear cactus, gigantism is a characteristic of oceanic islands. There are great possibilities of snorkeling with playful sea lions and tropical fishes.

PM: Plazas

Plazas is 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 a 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.  You can see swallow Tailed Gulls nesting along the cliffs with other sea bids as Audubon shearwaters, red-billed tropicbirds, frigate birds and brown pelicans.


►  DAY 05: North Seymour Island & Santa Cruz Island: Bachas Beach Details

DAY 5 Saturday: North Seymour Island & Santa Cruz Island: Bachas Beach

North Seymour Island, GalapagosAM: North Seymour

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 that you can find surfing.

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 Galapagos IslandsPM: Bachas Beach, Santa Cruz Island

These two small beaches are in 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 abandoned during the Second World War when the USA used Baltra Island as a strategically point to protect the Panama Channel.

 

 


►  DAY 06: Mosquera Islet & Transfer out  Details

DAY 6 Sunday: Mosquera Islet & Transfer out

Mosquera Island, GalapagosAM: Mosquera Islet

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 if you are lucky.
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 Journey | Itinerary A | Galapagos Cruise

Highlights

  • Look for three different species of Darwin’s Finches and the Albatrosses at Española.
  • Snorkel with playful and curious sea-lions.
  • Send a postcard to your friends and loved ones back home from Post Office Bay.
  • Witness the magnificence of the waved Albatrosses at Española.
  • Enjoy amazing views while sailing on board your Yacht from its ample sun-deck or the Jacuzzi.

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 22 STANDARD $3.499
February 05 STANDARD $3.499
February 19 STANDARD $3.499
March05 STANDARD $3.499
April 02 STANDARD $3.499
April 16 STANDARD $3.499
May 14 STANDARD $3.499
May 28 STANDARD $3.499
June 11 STANDARD $3.499
June 25 STANDARD $3.499
July 09 STANDARD $3.499
August 06 STANDARD $3.699
August 20 STANDARD $3.699
October 01 STANDARD $3.699
October 15 STANDARD $3.699
November 07 STANDARD $3.699
November 26 STANDARD $3.699