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Cruising Galapagos: M/Y Galapagos Sea Star

Duration
5-10 Days
Prices From:
US$ 8,807

Explore the natural playground of the Galapagos Islands aboard a 5-star cruise vessel. Choose from four itineraries ranging from 5 to 10 days and venture across volcanic landscapes that are home to blue-footed boobies, Galapagos penguins, and giant tortoises.


The M/Y Sea Star offers a 5 to 10-day journey through the Galapagos to see a variety of landscapes and wildlife. Explore the world’s greatest natural playground aboard the M/Y Sea Star.

Departing from Baltra, this 5-star cruise vessel offers excellent service and maximum comfort while exploring the islands. The itinerary is as follows:

5-Day Itinerary

Santa Cruz – Sombrero Chino – Genovesa – Bartolome - Santiago

Your journey through the Galapagos begins on Santa Cruz, where you’ll head to Dragon Hill to see its famous flamingo lagoon. You’ll also have a chance to spot land iguanas and fantastic views of the bay. Continue to Black Turtle Cove where you’ll share the water with reef sharks and spot some sea turtles. Head to the southeast of Santiago and explore Sombrero Chino, which looks like a rice picking hat. It’s a great spot to see Galapagos Penguins and sea lions suntanning on the rocks. On Genovesa, head up El Barranco and enjoy views over the volcanic landscape and spot some red-footed boobies. Land on a white coral sand beach at Darwin Bay and spot some lava herons and black-crowned boobies. On Bartolome across from Sullivan Bay, you’ll cross a moon-like landscape of craters, lava fields, and volcanic cones. Continue to Santiago where you’ll spot some of the smouldering active volcanoes in the islands. Close out your journey back on Santa Cruz where you’ll explore the highlands, passing alongside craters, volcanic cones, and rolling hills populated with giant tortoises. Then return to Baltra to connect back to the mainland.

6-Day Itinerary

Santa Cruz – Isabela – Fernandina – Santiago – San Cristobal

Start your journey on Santa Cruz and visit Charles Darwin Research Station to learn about the giant tortoise breeding program. Continue to Isabela where you’ll ride a zodiac through a canal filled with white-tipped reef sharks. You’ll also have a chance to spot penguins and herons. Continue to Puerto Villamil, home to one of the smallest populations in the Galapagos, and explore the crater of Sierra Negra Volcano, considered the second-widest crater in the world. You can also hike to Chico Volcano to see more stunning lava formations. At Punta Moreno, you’ll follow a trail alongside lakes and mangrove lagoons. Then take a zodiac excursion to Elizabeth Bay to see the largest penguin colony in the archipelago. You’ll also spot some red mangroves and spotted eagle rays and golden rays in the waters. On Fernandina, explore a landscape that has never been invaded by a foreign species. Its greatest attractions are the flightless cormorants that inhabit the shorelines. Back on Isabela, you’ll see more cormorants and penguins and learn about pirate legends at Tagus Cove. On Santiago, see the largest flamingo population in the islands at Espumilla Beach and stroll through the Palo Santo forest. At Puerto Egas, land on a black sand beach and see the remnants of salt extraction sites. Then ride a panga to Lobos where you’ll hiking through the volcanic rocks and spot blue-footed boobies and frigate birds, with their swollen red throats. Then connect back to Baltra to end your vacation.

10-Day Itinerary A

Santa Cruz – Sombrero Chino – Genovesa – Bartolome – Santiago – Isabela – Fernandina –San Cristobal

This itinerary combines the 5-day and 6-day itineraries, one following after the other.

10-Day Itinerary B

San Cristobal – Espanola – Floreana – Santa Fe – Plazas – North Seymour – Santa Cruz – Sombrero Chino – Genovesa – Bartolome - Santiago

Start your exploration on San Cristobal, where you’ll visit the Cerro Colorado Tortoise Reserve to see giant tortoises. Continue to Espanola, where you’ll enjoy views of sea birds living amongst blow holes. At nearby Gardner Bay, you can spend some time snorkelling and kayaking in the waters. Continue to Floreana and Punta Cormorant, where you’ll see the most famous flamingo lagoon in the islands. At Post Office Bay, you’ll see a barrel that has been used as a post box since whaler times. You’ll also hike up to Baroness Lookout to enjoy a stunning view of the island. On Santa Fe, journey through prickly-pear cactus groves and spot Galapagos hawks, snakes, and mockingbirds. Then visit the Plaza Islands, where you’ll see many endemic species, most notably the hybrid iguanas that are half land and half marine iguana. On North Seymour, spot male frigate birds with their red throats before connecting to Bachas Beach on Santa Cruz, where you’ll enjoy the soft white sands. Spot some sea turtles and old barges left over from World War II before continuing to Mosquera Islet to see red lava crabs and sally light-foot crabs on the shoreline. The rest of this trip follows the same itinerary as the 5-day option. At the end of your exploration of the islands, connect back to Baltra and return home.


Click here for the Galapagos Nature Calendar. A complete listing of which species is doing what and when in the Galapagos!


 

 

 

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Duration
5-10 Days
Prices From:
US$ 8,807

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Day 1

Mainland to Galapagos Islands

The flight from mainland Ecuador to the Galapagos is approximately 2.5 hours. Upon arrival, you will pass through an airport inspection point to insure that no foreign plants or animals are introduced to the islands. Guides will meet you, collect your luggage, and escort you on the short bus ride to the harbor. Motorized rafts, called 'Pangas' will transport you to the M/Y Galapagos Sea Star and your crew will welcome you onboard. After departure and lunch, the first island visit is made.

PM: Dragon hill, Santa Cruz Island
The visitor site at Dragon Hill has been open for visits on 1993. This site is located in northwestern Santa Cruz Island and consists of a trail that lead to a hyper-saline lagoon behind the beach, frequented by flamingos, pintail ducks and other species of birds. This site has been re populated with land iguanas from Seymour, Isabela and Santa Cruz islands. There is a short walk to the Hill, which offers a beautiful view of the bay.

Meal Plan Lunch and Dinner
Duration9 Nights
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M/Y Galapagos Sea Star

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    M/Y Galapagos Sea Star



    The Galapagos Sea Star Journey offers you a real depth experience of this unique World Heritage site, in the most exclusive and personalized way. The best way to live a vivid trip in your Galapagos vacation is to cruise around the archipelago and experience the …

    The Galapagos Sea Star Journey offers you a real depth experience of this unique
    World Heritage site, in the most exclusive and personalized way. The best way to
    live a vivid trip in your Galapagos vacation is to cruise around the archipelago and
    experience the huge diversity between the varieties of islands.

    Well planned excursions at distinct sites allow you to encounter the natural wonders of
    these enchanted Islands and to fully understand its continuing evolution. You will learn of Galapagos land and marine Wildlife, flora, geology and history. The excursions include
    visits to peculiar landmarks, wildlife trails, mangrove forests, tortoise breeding farms,
    research centers, marine sites, and more.

    Some of the activities you can enjoy are: volcano-hiking, kayaking, and snorkeling.

    Facilities

    • Bar/Lounge
    • Dining Room
    • Jacuzzi
    • Sundeck

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Day 2

Galapagos Islands

AM: Black Turtle Cove
This little cove is located at the northern side of Santa Cruz island, this is a red mangrove lagoon very calm and quiet which made an ideal place as nursery for many sharks and rays. Its crystal waters permits to observe large groups of white-tip reef, black tipped reef and hammer heads sharks, schools of golden rays and spotted eagle rays. There are no landing sites so the visit is done by panga or kayak. Sea turtles are frequently seen and sometimes they are seen mating in the mangrove-lined waters. Pelicans and Herons are also seen in this area.

PM: Chinese hat
This is a small islet (1 sq km) located just off the southeastern tip of Santiago Island. It is a recent volcanic cone, shaped like a Chinese hat when seen from north side. On the west it can be seen lava formations, formed under the sea and raised upward, this is why coral heads are found on the lava. This is an excellent visit for interpretation of geological features such as lava tubes and lava flows. The landscape is covered by sea lions colonies, marine iguanas and Galapagos penguins.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

Galapagos Islands

AM: El Barranco, Genovesa Island
El Barranco is located in the southern part of Darwin Bay and it is also known as Prince Philip's Steps, passengers will climb to a plateau that is part of the stretch of land that surrounds Darwin Bay on its eastern side. There is a big population of Masked boobies and Red-Footed boobies in the tree; Storm petrels and Short-eared Owls have found in Genovesa lava flows the ideal place for nesting.

PM: Darwin Bay, Genovesa Island
This bay has origin when the crater of this island collapsed below sea level. The wet landing is on a beautiful white coral sandy beach. This is a favorite island for birdwatchers: red footed-booby, masked boobies, wandering tattlers, lava gulls, whimbrels Yellow-crowned, black-crowned and lava herons, with and yellow warblers can be seen in the area. Continuing on the trail, visitors climb gradually to the edge of the cliff seeing Red-Foots nesting in the Mangrove trees below. Bird watching includes sightings of Sharp-Beaked Finches, Large Cactus and Ground Finches, Galapagos Doves and Swallow-Tailed Gulls. Reaching the end the trail at the cliff's edge offers an incredible view of the island and the many birds living there.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

Galapagos Islands

AM: Bartolome Island
Bartolome Island is situated across Sullivan Bay. It has an altitude of 114 meters, from where we can observe one of the most beautiful sceneries of the Galapagos Islands such as: Volcanic cones, lunar-like craters, lava fields, and the famous Toba formed pinnacle eroded by the sea. There is very little vegetation on this island.
It has two breathtaking beaches where marine turtles exist and at the base of the pinnacle, as well as a very small colony of Galapagos penguins.

PM: The Sullivan Bay, Santiago Island
Santiago, also called James, or San Salvador Island, is located in the west central part of the Galapagos archipelago. It is the fourth largest island in the archipelago (following Isabela, Fernandina and Santa Cruz). Along with some of the large western volcanoes of Isabela and Fernandina, Santiago is also volcanically active, with many young flows and cones to be seen, particularly along the south, west, and east coasts. These may even be seen from the summit of Darwin Volcano and from space. A number of historic eruptions have been reported over the last 2 centuries. Santiago actually consists of two coalesced volcanoes: a typical shield volcano on the northwest end and a low, linear fissure volcano on the southeast end. Coalesced Volcanoes: a typical shield volcano on the northwest end and a low, linear fissure volcano on the southeast end

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

Galapagos Islands

AM: Highlands, Santa Cruz Island
The trail to the highlands leaves from Bellavista and passes through the agricultural zone, near the National Park boundary, the Miconia Zone, and then goes to the Fern and Sedge zone. With clear weather (unpredictable) this area affords beautiful scenes of rolling hills and extinct volcanic cones covered with grass and lush greenery all year round. Then transfer back to Baltra for embarkation on flight back home.

PM: 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.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 6

Galapagos Islands

AM: 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.

PM: Sierra Negra Volcano, Isabela Island
Isabela Island is the largest and one of the youngest islands in the Galapagos archipelago. You land in Puerto Villamil, which has the second smallest population in Galapagos with approximately 3000 hab. You head up to the highlands from Puerto Villamil to Sierra Negra slope, and later you 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 12Km 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.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 7

Galapagos Islands

AM: 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, 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

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 8

Galapagos Islands

AM: Punta Espinoza, Fernandina Island
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, swimm near the shore and some time block the way at the landing dock. Among the unique species found here, is the Flightless Comorant. A bird that do to the lack of predators had to adjust their way of survival and perfectionate 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.

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 and other sea birds. From the landing dock it is about a 30 minute hike along the trail up to the top of the clif from where you can view Darwin Lake, an uplifted ultrasaline 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 bucaneers in past centuries.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 9

Galapagos Islands

AM: Espumilla Beach, Santiago Island
Espumilla beach is located in northern coast of Santiago Island in James Bay. During the last presence the El Nino 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. 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. The project was abandoned and they left their infrastructure.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 10

Galapagos Islands to Mainland

AM: Isla Lobos, San Cristobal
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.

Transfer to San Cristobal Airport for flight back to mainland Ecuador.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch

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 PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Nightly onboard accommodation
  • All meals as indicated in itinerary
  • Local Guides
  • Activities as per itinerary
  • Galapagos Domestic Air
  • Galapagos Park entrance fee
  • Visitors ticket
  • Free internet access on ship's computers

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • International airfare & taxes
  • Gratuities unless otherwise stated
  • Items of a personal nature,
  • Optional excursions
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Pre and PostaAccommodation in Quito
  • Quito Transfers
  • Vaccination Costs
  • Personal Spending Money
  • Meals where not listed
  • Drinks
  • Travel Insurance
  • Airport departure taxes, border taxes or fees

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NOTE: The domestic flights Quito - Galapagos - Quito (approx. $550 USD), Galapagos Park entrance fee of $100 USD and visitors ticket of $20 USD are included in the trip price. (Subject to change).

Itineraries: Due to government regulations designed to control and protect the impact of tourism, each vessel, based on length of cruise has its own distinct itinerary.  The itineraries are designed to allow visitors to visit all regions of the islands and we suggest you request the advice of Goway's Latin specialists as to which itinerary would suit you best.

TERMS & CONDITIONS:

Prices are “from” per person and based on twin share based on current exchange rates and subject to change. Single rates available on request. Subject to availability, limited seats available, seasonal surcharges may apply.

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