Sea Star Journey – North & Central Galapagos Islands

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OVERVIEW:

This 5 days itinerary on board Sea Star Journey (former Yacht Grand Odyssey) offers explores the opportunity to have an overview of the volcanic formations, lava flows and lava cones in order to understand part of the origin of the Galapagos Islands. During this journey you will not only see lunar-like craters or lava fields, but also you will be mesmerized by the sharks, blue footed boobies and many endemic wildlife as well as astonishing landscapes.

ITINERARY IN BRIEF:

Day 1: Baltra - Santa Cruz Island 
Day 2: Black Turtle Cove - Chinese Hat
Day 3: Prince Phillip's Steps & Darwin Bay - Genovesa Island 
Day 4: Bartolome - Santiago Island
Day 5: Santa Cruz Highlands - Baltra Airport

NOTE: Long itineraries are the combination of short ones; please let us know if you would like to book a long cruise

  • Santa Cruz Island

    AM: Baltra Airport
    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
    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. (L. D.) (Private Transfer) (Shared Guide)

  • Santa Cruz Island - Santiago island

    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 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, 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. (B. L. D.) (Shared Guide)

  • Genovesa Island

    AM: Darwin Bay
    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
    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. (B. L. D.) (Shared Guide)

  • Bartolome Island - Santiago Islands

    AM: Bartolome Island
    Bartolomé 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: Sullivan Bay
    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. 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.(B. L. D.) (Shared Guide)

  • Santa Cruz Island - Depart Baltra Airport

    AM: Highlands
    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.

    AM: Transfer to Baltra airport
    Assisted by the guide and some crew-members the dinghy will bring you and your luggage to the harbour, where we board a private bus to the airport. Your guide will accompany you to the check-in counter in the departure hall for your flight to Guayaquil or Quito. (B.) (Shared Guide)

SPECIFICATION

  • Class: Boutique Yacht (Superior first class)
  • Capacity: 16 Passengers
  • Cabins: 8
  • Length overall: 42 m
  • Beam: 9 m
  • Year of construction: 2011 in Guayaquil
  • Hull: Monohull of marine steel
  • Speed: 12 knots
  • Ship registry: Guayaquil – Ecuador
  • Deadweight: 450 tons
  • Gross Tonnage: 480 tons
  • Operated by: Latin Trails
  • Fuel Capacity: 6.000 gallons
  • Port Registry: GuayaquilMachinery (Engines): 2 Caterpillar 340 HP
  • Generators: Perkins 114 cabe A
  • Watermaker: 2000 gallons per day
  • Water: 10000 gallons capacity
  • Communication System: Satellite phone
  • Tender: 2 Zodiacs CARIBE C-16
  • Radar: 1 Radar Furuno 38.4 Km, 1 Radar Furuno 57.6 Km
  • Life Rafts: 2 Zodiacs for 10 and 25 people
  • Radio: Several consoles HF-VHF-UHF, Nactex, Distrex and handheld units.
  • Navigation Equipment: 1 Satellite compass, 2 magnetic Compasses, Tracking equipment.
  • Security equipment: Smoke detectors, sprinklers throughout the vessel, automatic CO2 tank for kitchen and engine room

CABIN DETAILS:

Galapagos Suite – Upper Deck

Approx. 25sq m, panoramic windows, access to the suite is by outside hallway, 2 single beds or 1 queen size bed, private bathroom with hot/cold water, air conditioning with independent controls and mini fridge.

Galapagos Suite – Main Deck Balcony

Approx. 25sq m, panoramic windows and balcony, 2 single beds or 1 queen bed, private bathroom with hot/cold water, air conditioning with independent controls and mini fridge.

Sea Star – Suite

Approx. 35sq m, located on upper deck, panoramic windows, access to the suite is by outside hallway, king size bed, separate lounge area with a large sitting area and desk, sofa lounge, private bathroom with hot/cold water, air conditioning with independent controls and mini fridge.

DECKPLAN

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • On-board accommodation
  • All meals during the voyage
  • Activities/shore excursions as specified
  • Bilingual naturalist guides
  • Transfers
  • Use of snorkelling and kayaking equipment

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

  • International and internal airfares
  • Arrival/departure taxes or reciprocity fees, visa fees where applicable
  • Travel insurance
  • Galapagos National Park fee US$100
  • Transit control card US$20
  • Gratuities
  • Any items not mentioned as included

NOTE: Long itineraries are the combination of short ones; please let us know if you would like to book a long cruise

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