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Cruising Galapagos: M/Y Galapagos Sea Star

Duration
5-10 Days
Prices From:
US$ 8,794

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$ 8,794

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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.

In the afternoon, visit to Cerro Colorado Tortoises Protection and Growing Center, located at 40 minutes approx 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.

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: Espanola Island, Punta Suarez
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.

PM: Espanola Island, 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.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

Galapagos Islands

AM: Punta Cormorant, Floreana
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.

PM: Post office bay & Baroness Lookout, Floreana
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. You 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 (30m) 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.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

Galapagos Islands

AM : Santa Fe
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.

PM: Plazas
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 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. 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.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

Galapagos Islands

AM: 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.

PM: 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.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 6

Galapagos Islands

AM: Mosquera Islet
Mosquera Islet is located between Baltra and North Seymour. This is a small islet formed by a geological uplift, with a reef of rocks and coral and a great white sand beach, where lie a big population of sea lions. You can also observe several species of shorebirds. This site offers great snorkeling and swimming. Along the rocks are commonly running Red Lava crabs or Sally light-foot crabs

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 Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 7

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 8

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 9

Galapagos Islands

AM: Bartolome Island
Bartolome Island is situated across Sullivan Bay. It has an altitude of 114 meters, from where you 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.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 10

Galapagos Islands to Mainland

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 to Baltra 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

OTHER INFORMATION:

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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