Sea Star Journey – South & Central Galapagos Islands

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OVERVIEW:

This 6 days itinerary on board Sea Star Journey (former Yacht Grand Odyssey) visitors will explore the south and central Galapagos Islands such as Española, Floreana, Santa Fe and Seymour, just to mention some of them. This itinerary might be ideal for those interested in bird watching but also with the possibility of seeing many endemic species. In this journey travelers will be able to watch frigate birds, the Galapagos Hawk, the larger flamingo´s lagoon in the archipelago and more. Also these islands are ideal for relaxing, swimming in the crystalline waters and doing some snorkeling and kayaking.

ITINERARY IN BRIEF:

Day 1: Cerro Colorado, San Cristobal Island 
Day 2: Española Island
Day 3: Floreana Island 
Day 4: Santa Fe & South Plaza Islands
Day 5: North Seymour & Bachas Beach
Day 6: Mosquera Islet

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

  • San Cristobal Island

    AM: San Cristobal Airport
    Upon arrival at San Cristobal airport, visitors must go through an inspection in order to verify that no foreign plants or animals are being introduced to the islands. An entrance fee of $100 (unless it has been prepaid) must be paid to the Galapagos National Park in order to conserve the islands. A representative of our M/Y Galápagos Se Star Journey, will meet you right outside an, help collect your luggage, and escort your bus ride to the harbor.

    PM: Puerto Chino & Breeding Center
    In the afternoon, you will visit Puerto Chino. It is rife with huge cactus over the trail like trees. Once you get on the beach, you will enjoy its surroundings with it wildlife. Sea lions share the beach with people so its common see the puppies playing and swimming. Enjoy the deep blue waters with the waves and tide, occasionally there is wildlife to see, especially tortoises.
    After, you will visit the Breeding Center Jacinto Gordillo, also known as the “Galapaguera” is a good place to observe Galapagos tortoises in its natural habitat.
    San Cristobal island has endemic species such as: the Mockingbird Nesomimus melanotis, lava lizard (Microlophus bivittatus), Chatham Leaf-toed Gecko (Phyllodactylus leei) and the tortoises. All of these species can be observed in this place, the beach is really big and it works as a nesting zone for marine tortoises. (L. D.) (Private Transfer) (Shared Guide)

  • Española Island

    AM: 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.

    PM: Punta Suarez
    This rocky land spot sustains one of the most impressive and varied colonies of sea birds in the Galapagos. Along with 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. (B. L. D.) (Shared Guide)

  • Floreana Island

    AM: Punta Cormorant
    This site offers probably the best Flamingo lagoon in the Galapagos; it is also one of the largest in the islands. There are two tuff lava cones between it, so, the area gets a special atmosphere. There are various species of shorebirds to observe besides flamingos; the most frequent are common stilts, white-checked pintail ducks and, likewise 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 & Baroness Bay
    Historically, this site is the location of a wooden barrel placed in the 18th century by the crew of a whaling ship. The mariners, as well as tourist used it as a post office. In fact, the idea is to carry letters or postcards to their destination by hand. At the same time, this site was the landing area for some of the first colonists.
    We will continue to the north of the island and will visit the Baroness Bay, here we will have the opportunity to Kayak and explore the inlets where seabird nesting sites and sea lion colonies can be found. It is said that Baroness Eloisa von Wagner loved this place and spent several hours watching the horizon. It is a beautiful bay that allows to breathe in the coastal and volcanic scenery. You will enjoy amazing views from the Sea Star sundeck covering the scenery from Enderby islet to Post office bay, Cerro Pajas, the pool of flamingos and wide forest of Palo Santo. (B. L. D.) (Shared Guide)

  • Santa Fe Island - Plaza Islands

    AM: Santa Fe
    Santa Fe is 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 Archipelago. 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. You can see many salt bushes along the trail as well giant prickly 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 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. You can see swallow Tailed Gulls nesting along the cliffs with other sea bids as Audubon shearwaters, red-billed tropicbirds, frigate birds and brown pelicans. (B. L. D.) (Shared Guide)

  • North Seymour Island - Santa Cruz Island

    AM: North Seymour
    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 that you can find surfing.
    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
    These two small beaches are in 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 abandoned during the Second World War when the USA used Baltra Island as a strategically point to protect the Panama Channel. (B. L. D.) (Shared Guide)

  • Mosquera Island- Depart Baltra Airport

    AM: Mosquera Islet
    The Mosquera Islet is located between Baltra and North Seymour Islands and it was formed by a geological uplift. In its narrowest width reaches 160 meters approximately. This islet has one of the largest populations of sea lions. Visitors can also observe several species of shorebirds, reports of dolphins and orcas if you are lucky.

    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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