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M/Y Galapagos Sea Star Journey - Five Day Cruise

5 Days FROM AUD 5,925

Overview

M/Y Galapagos Sea Star Journey is a motor yacht with a capacity for 16 passengers.  Featuring 8 spacious suites (25m2 approx) and 1 Master Suite (35m2 approx) equipped with panoramic windows to enjoy the marvellous landscapes of the islands, private bathroom, hot/cold water, air conditioning with independent controls, minibar and TV. Twin beds or one faux queen bed and connected suites for families. 

Local and international dishes are designed by our onboard chef and will be served in the cosy atmosphere of the ships dinning room. The yacht also offers a large solarium with shaded area, two jacuzzis, comfortable sun loungers and a Mini Spa offering therapies and massages. Social areas include a large living area, mini library and video library and a play zone for kids (during family departures). Snorkelling equipment and kayaks are also available free of charge.

Please note that the below itinerary is a guide and that itineraries vary depending on departure date. Your sales consultant will provide you with more details on the different itinerary options available and applicable departure dates.

 

Optional Activities :

Trip Code: GATSGO5

Travel Style: Small Ship Cruise

Location: Galapagos

Ship: Sea Star Journey

Flights: We offer a range of flight options to meet your cruise. Contact us today to discuss. 

WHY CHOOSE THIS CRUISE?

  • Undertake this voyage on board the Sea Star Journey, offering a sense of luxury and comfort as you sail through some of the most pristine and unique waters in all the world.

  • Encounter the unique wildlife of the Galapagos including sea lions, marine iguanas, flamingos, turtles, flightless cormorants, rays and the Galapagos tortoise.

  • You will have the opportunity to take snorkelling activities, diving into some of the most pristine waters in all of South America, if not the world.

  • This itinerary is easily combined with a land based tour of South America or perhaps event taking the incredible journey to the worlds most remote wilderness, Antarctica.

CRUISE ITINERARY

Upon arrival at Isla Baltra in the Galapagos Islands, you will meet your guide to transfer to, and embark upon, the M/Y Galapagos Sea Star Journey. In the afternoon, visit Cerro Dragón, Dragon Hill, upon which you are afforded beautiful views of the bay. Take a trail to a hyper-saline lagoon situated behind a beach, where you can find flamingos and pintail ducks amongst other shorebirds. There is also a population of re-introduced land iguanas.

Sunday, Embark & Cerro Dragón

With an absence of bays, take a kayak or panga to the northern side of Santa Cruz for Black Turtle Cove. The calm waters are frequented by sea turtles that can often be seen mating. The area is also ideal for young sharks and rays that can easily be seen in the clear waters. Continue to the small islet of Chinese Hat, so-called for its distinctive shape. The recent volcanic cone shows lava formations on one side with lava tubes and flows all covered by sea lions, marine iguanas and Galapagos penguins.

Monday, Black Turtle Cove & Chinese Hat

A great island for birdwatchers, Isla Genovesa, is in the north of the Galapagos Islands. Make a wet landing on the white sand of Darwin Bay. Take a trail towards a cliff edge, observing red-foots in the trees below, as well as sighting sharp-beaked finches, ground finches and swallow-tailed gulls. At the end of the trail, take in spectacular views of the island. Make your way south to the southern part of Darwin Bay to El Barranco, Prince Philip’s Steps. Climb up to find large populations of red-footed and masked boobies as well as storm petrels and short-eared owls.

Tuesday, Isla Genovesa

Visit the stunning beaches of Isla Bartolomé, home to marine turtles and a small colony of Galapagos penguins. Enjoy excellent views from this small volcanic island, also featuring the famous Pinnacle Rock. Continue to Sullivan Bay on Isla Santiago. The island is volcanically active with some recently formed cones and flows to be seen. You can walk across the lava that looks as if it has only just formed at Sullivan Bay.

Wednesday, Isla Bartolomé & Sullivan Bay

Head towards the Highlands of Isla Santa Cruz. Up on the trail, on a clear day you will have great views of rolling hills and volcanic cones covered with lush greenery. Transfer to Baltra Airport for your return flight to the mainland.

Thursday, Isla Santa Cruz & Disembark
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ITINERARY ADD-ONS

  • Amend your itinerary to include the incredible wonders of Peru. This amazing 9-day itinerary will allow you to see the best of Peru. Visit incredible cities such as Lima and Cusco which are buzzing and vibrant with a unique blend of urban modernisation and rural lifestyles. You will also be able to visit and experience the incredible mystery of the awe-inspiring Machu Picchu and explore the legendary Sacred Valley. Find out more.

  • Discover the unrivalled jewel of colonial architecture that is Quito. A 4 day discover Quito tour will take you through a pulsating, lively Latin city. Visit the cities historic centre a UNESCO world heritage site, marvel at the cities artistic and colonial origins in various museums or embrace the colours of the Otavalo market, perhaps the most important indigenous market in all South America. Find out more.

  • Upgrade your Ecuador experience by the wonders of the Amazon. Stay in a luxurious eco lodge tightly nestled in the Ecuadorian corner of the Amazon rainforest. Explore by canoe or on foot, search for colourful wildlife including toucans, parrots, monkeys or elusive giant otters. Experience the most diverse set of species on the planet. Find out more.

Pricing & date

M/Y Galapagos Sea Star Journey - Five Day Cruise from AUD 5,925
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Important Information

  • Accommodation 
    All meals 
    Water, Coffee and tea
    All excursions
    English-Speaking Naturalist guide
    Snorkelling equipment
    Kayak equipment

    Exclusions

    Return airfares from mainland Ecuador
    Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee (US$100 per person subject to change) 
    Galapagos Transit Control Card (US$20 per person subject to change) 
    Wet suit rental 
    Soft drink and alcoholic drinks 
    Personal expenses
    Gratuities for crew/guides 

  • 2 (light adventure)
  • Available upon request, contact us for more details.

  • All entrance fees are subject to change without prior notice.

  • Departure date, seasonality & availability.

SPEAK TO A SPECIALIST

Talk to one of our Destination Specialists to plan your South American adventure and turn your dream into a reality. With exceptional knowledge and first hand experience, our consultants will assist in every way possible to make your journey the most memorable it can be, matching not only the itinerary, but the accommodation and activities to suit your style of travel and budget.

Sustainability

Being environmentally accountable is a crucial part of our organisation. Chimu is currently striving towards using less paper, taking several initiatives to do so and tracking our progress along the way. Our goal: A paperless organisation. For this reason, all information given to you will be sent electronically. We encourage those who choose to travel with us to support our aspirations and actions and ask that you reconsider printing out documentation. To view these documents, you can download them to your iPad or portable computer before and during your trip.

Chimu is passionate and dedicated to sustainability measures and understands the crucial part sustainability plays within the tourism industry.

We use local guides and office staff to both maximise local employment opportunities and minimise carbon footprint. Local guides also ensure you benefit from the intimate knowledge, passion and culture of the country you’re visiting. Our guides are all highly qualified (most with university degrees) or equip with many years of experience and are paid above the standard wage. Whether it be our knowledgeable local guides, locally produced meals or the transport on tour, we do not use imported goods when local products are available. We aim to minimise our impact on the environment and give as much back as possible to the communities we work in.

While visiting the many national parks, heritage sites, museums and landmarks our travellers are encouraged to explore whilst remaining culturally aware and sensitive. We further encourage you to buy appropriate souvenirs and discourage the buying of anything wrongfully made or taken from the environment i.e. shells and endangered species products. Information on how you can be environmentally conscious, and travel responsibly will be made available in our Travellers Guides and provided during your travels by guides and staff.

For more information on our sustainability policies, including how we are striving towards being a paperless organisation, click HERE