Galapagos: Sea Star Journey | 5 days

From Baltra Airport to Baltra Airport
  • Ecuador
  • Galapagos Islands
  • Small Ship Cruising
  • Wildlife and Nature
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Tour Description

Transport yourself to a world where time has stood still on this 5 day Galapagos cruise on M/Y Galapagos Sea Star Journey. 

Your journey will take you through the clear waters to Santa Cruz, Genovesa, Santiago and Bartolome Island in search of the incredible wildlife that calls the Galapagos National Park home. 
To find some wildlife you don't have to wait long. During your first walk watch out for land iguanas and maybe some flamingos. While exploring by dinghy or kayak you will observe different sharks and rays as well as sea turtles, pelicans, herons and you might see a Galapagos penguin pop up. While climbing over different lava flows on Chinese Hat islet you will come across marine iguanas, lava lizards as well as sea lion colonies. The highlight for bird lovers will be Genovesa Island and it is the best place to view the red footed boobies. 
As your Galapagos cruise meanders from island to island you will be struck by the other worldly landscape. Lava tubes and flows lead your eye to impressive volcanic cones, sharp cliffs rise imposingly from the sea and white sand beaches soften the edges. 

There is ample space for the 16 passengers to enjoy the stay on board the M/Y Galapagos Sea Star Journey and experience superior comfort and style. After returning from a snorkelling or a dinghy trip, you can soak in one of the two Jacuzzis or relax on the comfortable sun loungers. You will be well looked after by staff and knowledgeable naturalist guides, there is an onboard bar and local and international dishes are specially designed by our chef. 

Viva's Best Bits...

Enjoy the breathtaking view over the famous Pinnacle Rock after a nice climb up to the viewing area!

Spot a variety of sharks and rays as well as sea turtles and birds during the dinghy ride at Black Turtle Cove

"This is a great cruise itinerary for the bird lovers! On Genovesa, the bird island, you will be able to see the 3 different types of boobies, red footed, blue footed and Nazca booby." Pia, Team Viva

Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Baltra Airport Santa Cruz Island

Itinerary B- please ask us about other itineraries on the Sea Star Journey.

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 guide will meet you, help you collect your luggage, and escort you on a short bus ride to the harbor and then on board M/Y Galapagos Sea Star Journey

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.

Day 2
Santa Cruz Island Chinese Hat Islet

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 as well as spotted eagle rays. There are no landing sites so the visit is done by dinghy 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, it has a shape of one Chinese hat when you see it 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. There are many sea lions colonies, marine iguanas and Galapagos penguins.

Day 3
Genovesa Island

AM: 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.

PM: 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.

Day 4
Bartolome Island Santiago Island

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 scenery of the Galapagos Islands such as: Volcanic cones, lunar-like craters, lava fields, and the famous Toba formed pinnacle eroded by the sea (Pinnacle rock). 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). It has many young flows and cones, particularly along the south, west, and east coasts. They are visible from the summit of Darwin Volcano and from space. There were some historic eruptions 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.

Day 5
Santa Cruz Island Baltra Airport

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.

What’s Included

Accommodation
  • Included Copy 20 On board Galapagos Sea Star Journey in a standard twin cabin
  • Included Copy 31 Cabin upgrades available
Food
  • Included Copy 20 All meals, water, tea and coffee
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 Daily excursions with English speaking naturalist guide
  • Included Copy 20 Return transfers from Galapagos Airport to port (applies to selected flights only)
  • Included Copy 20 Snorkeling gear and Kayaks
  • Included Copy 7 Galapagos Islands National Park Entrance Fee USD$100 (Payable locally)
  • Included Copy 7 Ingala Tourist Card USD$20 (Payable locally)
  • Included Copy 7 Return flights Quito or Guayaquil / Galapagos Islands
  • Included Copy 31 Wet Suit Rental
Transportation
M/Y Galapagos Sea Star Journey | Galapagos Cruise Ship

16 Passengers

Activities

  • Included Snorkelling and swimming
  • Included Excursions by dinghy and kayak
  • Included Bird watching - 3 different types of boobies, finches, petrels, pelicans and many more
  • Included Chance to spot Galapagos penguins
  • Included Photography opportunities - Pinnacles rock and the red footed boobies on Genovesa
  • Included Walk over lava fields and climb the steps on Barranco to enjoy a wonderful view
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Duration

5 days

Price from

$3,569 USD

Per person, twin share

Departs Sundays fortnightly in 2021