Galapagos: Sea Star Journey | 6 days

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

Explore the magnificent landscapes of the Galapagos Islands on this 6 day Galapagos cruise on board the M/Y Galapagos Sea Star Journey.

Start your journey with a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station, where you can admire the giant Galapagos tortoises and find out more about the conservation initiatives. Sail in and around glistening bays to encounter the inquisitive locals such as playful sea lions, basking iguanas, frigate birds and green sea turtles. Visit sites not commonly experienced such as Tintoreras Islet where white tipped reef sharks are in abundance.  On Isabela hike to the world's second widest volcanic rim and learn more about the geology of the land. Explore Elizabeth Bay by dinghy and keep an eye out for Galapagos penguins, different rays, pelicans and sea lions. Large groups of marine iguanas are found at Punta Espinoza, they are everywhere and blend in perfectly with the landscape. Walk along white and black sandy beaches and watch out for marine turtle nesting sites and sleepy sea lions. Finish your journey at Lobos Island and admire the majestic frigate birds and the blue footed boobies. 

Your Galapagos cruise will be complemented by delicious cuisine and fine comfort on board the luxury small ship M/Y Galapagos Sea Star Journey. 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.

Viva's Best Bits...

During your cruise you will have several opportunities to see Galapagos penguins. Especially on dinghy excursions at Elizabeth Bay and Tagus Cove.

Hike to the second widest crater in the world, the Sierra Negra volcano rim. From there you will have a fantastic view over the crater and lava fields.

"Punta Espinoza on Fernandina Island is the best place to see hundreds of marine iguanas. Be careful not to trip over them as they blend in perfectly with the landscape". Pia, Team Viva

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Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Baltra Island Santa Cruz Island

Itinerary C- 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 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 2
Isabela Island

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, 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 3
Isabela Island

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, 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 4
Fernandina Island Isabella

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 some time 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 5
Santiago Island

AM: 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 6
Lobos Island San Cristobal Airport

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.

After your visit to Isla Lobos, transfer to the airport in San Cristobal and Flight back to Quito or Guayaquil.

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 Snorkelling 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 Excursions by dinghy and kayak
  • Included Photography opportunities - Fantastic views from Darwin Lake, lava formations and flow on Isabela
  • Included Snorkelling and swimming
  • Included Hike to Chico volcano Walk and over lava fields on Isabela
  • Included Chance to spot Galapagos penguins
  • Included Visit the Giant Tortoise Breading centre Charles Darwin and learn more about their habitat.
  • Included Bird watching - flightless coromant, blue footed booby, frigate birds and more
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Duration

6 days

Price from

$4,472 USD

Per person, twin share

Departs Thursdays fortnightly in 2021