Sea Star Journey

Luxury Cruise

The Ship

The Galapagos Sea Star Journey has a capacity for 16 passengers, it features 7 spacious Galapagos Suites – matrimonial & Twin (25m2 aprox) and 1 Sea Star Suite (35m2 aprox). Each cabin equipped with panoramic windows to enjoy the wonderful landscapes of the islands, private bathroom, hot/cold water, air conditioning with independent controls, minibar, flatpanel screen. Twin beds or one faux king bed and connected suites for families.
As you enjoy one of the Galapagos luxury cruises, local and International dishes especially designed by our chef, will be served in the cozy atmosphere of our dining room. The Galapagos Sea Star Journey offers a large solarium with shaded and uncovered areas, two Jacuzzis, comfortable sun loungers and inviting day beds.
Social areas include Saloon, mini library and video library and a play zone for kids (during family departures). Snorkelling equipment and kayaks will be available without any extra charge. The Galapagos Sea Star Journey also offers a glass bottom zodiac for underwater exploration of the marine reserve.

 16 passengers
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3 dining areas
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 8 double sea kayaks
 2 jacuzzis in the solarium
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 Panoramic windows in cabins
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 Organic amenities
From USD 3.625 per person

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Sea Star Journey Information

1. Itinerary A  

2. Itinerary B  ▼

3. Itinerary C  ▼

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Itinerary A
6 days – 5 nights

Day  1  San Cristobal Island, Puerto Chino & Breeding Center
Day  2  Española Island, Gardner Bay & Punta Suarez
Day  3  Floreana Island, Punta Cormorant, Post Office Bay
Day  4  Santa Fe Island &  Plazas Island
Day  5  North Seymour Island  & Bachas Island
Day  6  Mosquera Islet – Transfer out
Day 1: San Cristobal  Island / Puerto Chino & Breeding Center
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Upon arrival at San Cristobal airport, visitors must go through an inspection in order to verify that no foreign plants or animals are being…

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…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 M/Y Galápagos Se Star Journey, will meet you right outside an, help collect your luggage, and escort your bus ride to the harbor.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 its 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.

Day 2: Española Island / Gardner Bay & Punta Suarez
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Located on the north-eastern coast of Hood, Gardner Bay provides an excellent beach for relaxing, swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, and…

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…the opportunity to observe sea lions. Here we can also observe sharks in the crystal clear ocean waters. In the afternoon you will visit 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.

Day 3: Floreana Island / Punta Cormorant, Post Office Bay 
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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…

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… 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.

In the afternoon you will visit the Post office bay and Baroness Lookout. 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 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 (30 m), there are the ruins of 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.

Day 4: Santa fe & Plazas Island
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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…

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…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.

In the afternoon you will visit Plazas; it is in 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.

Day 5: North Seymour & Bachas Island
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Seymour is an uplifted (as opposed to volcanic) island and so is generally flat and strewn with boulders. There are good nesting sites here…

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…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.

In the afternoon you will visit 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.

Day 6: Mosquera Islet & Transfer out
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The Mosquera Islet is located between Baltra and North Seymour Islands and it was formed by a geological uplift. In its narrowest width

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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. After this activity, you will go to the Baltra airport for your flight back to the mainland. The Sea Star Journey adventure is over.

1. Itinerary A  ▲

2. Itinerary B  

3. Itinerary C  ▼

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Itinerary B
5 days – 4 nights

Day  1 Santa Cruz Island, Dragon Hill
Day  2 Santa Cruz Island, Black Turtle Cove – Chinese Hat
Day  3 Genovesa Island, Price Phillip’s Steps –  Darwin Bay
Day  4 Bartolome Island – Santiago, Sullivan Bay
Day  5 Santa Cruz Island, Highlands – Transfer out
Day 1: Santa Cruz Island / Dragon Hill
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Upon arrival at Baltra Airport, travelers pass through an airport inspection point to insure that no foreign plants or animals are introduced…

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… 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.

In the afternoon you will visit Dragon Hill. This site is located in northwestern Santa Cruz Island and consists of a trail that leads to a hyper-saline lagoon behind the beach, frequented by flamingos, pintail ducks and other species of birds. This site has been repopulated 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: Black Turtle Cove & Chinese Hat
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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…

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… place as a nursery for many sharks and rays. Its crystal waters permit to observe large groups of white-tip reef, black tipped reef and hammerheads 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.

In the afternoon you will visit 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 the 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 / Darwin Bay & El Barraco
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Darwin bay has origin when the crater of this island collapsed below sea level. The wet landing is on a beautiful white coral sandy beach…

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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.

In the afternoon you will visit El Barranco, it 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 – Sullivan Bay
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Bartolome Island is situated across Sullivan Bay. It has an altitude of 114 meters, from where we can observe one of the most beautiful…

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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.

In the afternoon you will visit Santiago Island. It is 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.

Day 5: Highlands of Santa Cruz Island 
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The trail to the highlands leaves from Bellavista and passes through the agricultural zone, near the National Park boundary, the Miconia…

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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 the flight back home.

2. Itinerary A ▲

2. Itinerary B ▲

3. Itinerary C

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Itinerary C
6 days – 5 nights

Day  1 Santa Cruz Island, Charles Darwin Station
Day  2 Isabela Island, White Tipped Reef Shark Canal – Sierra Negra
Day  3  Isabela Island, Punta Moreno – Elizabeth Bay
Day  4 Fernandina Island, Punta Espinoza – Tagus Cove
Day  5 Santiago Island, Espumilla Beach – Puerto Egas
Day  6 San Cristobal Island, Isla Lobos – Transfer out
Day 1: Santa Cruz Island / Charles Darwin Station
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Upon arrival at Baltra Airport, travelers pass through an airport inspection point to insure that no foreign plants or animals are introduced…

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… 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.

In the afternoon you will visit the Charles Darwin Station- Although the great majority of Galapagos visitors come here to observe and appreciate natural wonders, they also learn how people are 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 / White Tipped Reef Shark Canal & Sierra Negra Vulcano
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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

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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.

In the afternoon you will visit Sierra Negra Volcano. 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 / Punta Moreno & Elizabeth Bay
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Punta Moreno is located on the north coast of Isabela Island between the volcano Sierra Negra and Cerro Azul volcano. The trail runs…

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… along with a lava flow Pahohoe (solidified lava in the form of corrugated or an accordion) into a complex of coastal lagoons, its main attraction is several species of birds which can be found around this lakes and mangroves. In the Afternoon you will visit Elizabeth Bay. 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:  Punta Espinoza – Fernandina Island & Tagus Cove -Isabela Island
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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…

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… 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 sometimes 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.

In the afternoon you will visit 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 seabirds. 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 / Espumilla Beach & Puerto Egas
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Espumilla beach is located on northern coast of Santiago Island in James Bay. During the last presence the El Niño phenomenon, one of…

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… 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.

In the afternoon you will visit Puerto Egas. 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 the 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:  San Cristobal Island – Isla Lobos & Transfer out
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This little island is reached at approx 1 hour by panga from Port Baquerizo Moreno, the capital of the Island. The trail will lead to a dry…

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… vegetation zone, the 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.

Technical Specification

  • Class: Luxury
  • 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 : Guayaquil
  • Machinery (Engines): 2 Caterpillar 340 HP
  • Generators: Perkins 114 cabe A
  • Water maker: 2000 gallons per day
  • Water: 10000 gallons capacity
  • Radar: 1 Radar Furuno 38.4 Km, 1 Radar Furuno 57.6 Km
  • Navigation Equipment: 1 Satellite compass, 2 magnetic Compasses, Tracking equipment.
  • Communication System : Satellite phone
  • Radio: Several consoles HF-VHF-UHF, Nactex, Distrex and handheld units
  • Security equipment: Smoke detectors, sprinklers throughout  the vessel, automatic CO2 tank for kitchen and engine room
  • Tender: Tender: 2 Zodiacs CARIBE C-18
  • Life Rafts: 2 Zodiacs for 10 and 25 people

Deck Plans

 RACK RATE  5D/4N 6D/5N  10D/9N 11D/10N 15D/14N
 Galapagos Suite (main / uper deck)  3.625  4.530 7.860 8.730 11.860
 Sea Star Suite  4.360  5.435 9.430 10.458 14.250
Charter (16pax) 54.315 67.900 117.930 131.105 177.881

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January 2, 2018