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Classic Galapagos Small Yacht Cruise

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Puerto Ayora

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Enjoy snorkeling and kayaking directly from the yacht when not cruising amongst the islands or making the twice daily landings.

The Sea Star is a newly refurbished yacht with all the amenities you could ask for. Comfortable cabins, private bathrooms, Jacuzzi and access to snorkeling gear and kayaks.

2018 Departures: Wednesdays, Itineraries vary.

Itinerary Details

Puerto Ayora

Day 1 – Wednesday
Depart US, Arrive Quito or Guayaquil. Overnight.

Day 2 – Thursday   B
Upon arrival at Baltra Airport a guide 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 learn about the protection and conservation efforts at the Charles Darwin Station on Santa Cruz Island. See 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 3 - Friday B L D
After cruising overnight, you will visit the White-tipped Reef Shark Canal on Isabella Island. Reached by a nice zodiac ride the "Tintoreras” are small islands in front of Puerto Villamil coast. See the Lava Heron on the lookout on mangrove branch, and Galapagos Penguins and sea lions often pop out on shore. White-tipped reef sharks are fairly common in the archipelago. Their name in Spanish is Tintorera, thus the name of this site as they are always found here resting in the shallow waters.

The afternoon landing is also on Isabela Island, the largest and one of the youngest islands in the Galapagos archipelago. Your guide will take you up to the highlands from Puerto Villamil to Sierra Negra slope, and hike to the rim of the Sierra Negra volcano. Sierra Negra is the second widest crater in the world. From this viewpoint, you have fantastic sights of crater, the rest of the volcanoes, and Perry Isthmus, a 12 km wide lava field. From here you hike to Chico Volcano to watch the striking lava formations, examples of the geological events that created the Galapagos Islands.

Day 4 – Saturday  B L D
Morning landing today is on Punta Moreno is located on the north coast of Isabela Island between the volcano Sierra Negra and Cerro Azul volcano. A trail runs along a pahohoe lava flow (solidified lava in the form of corrugated or an accordion) into a complex of coastal lagoons and see several species of birds which can be found around this lakes and mangroves.

You then head to  Elizabeth Bay, a marine visitor site, via zodiac. Visit to the Marielas islets where 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 and Dorado fish swim below. 

Day 5 – Sunday  B L D
Today visit Fernandina Island, the third largest island in the archipelago. Just across Tagus Cove is where some of the unique species of Galapagos can be seen. 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. Also found here is the Flightless Cormorant. Their wings, tails and feet are adapted for swimming. To see these birds, is to witness evolution happening right in front of you. Stay within 2m of the cormorants and penguins.

Via zodiac, visit Tagus Cove where you will have a good chance to see the Galapagos penguin, the flightless cormorant and other sea birds. From the landing dock it is about a 30 minute hike along the trail up to the top of the cliff from where you can view 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 6: Monday  B L D
This morning’s landing is at Espumilla beach is located in northern coast of Santiago Island in James Bay. The main attractions are the Palo Santo forest and the marvelous landscape. The beach is an important site for nesting marine turtles.

The afternoon is at a black-sand beach located on the west side of the island. The volcanic tuff deposits have favored the formation of this special black sand beach.
Also visit an  abandoned salt facility, Puerto Egas.

Day 7: Tuesday  B
Before returning to Port to fly back to the mainland you will visit Isla Lobos a little island with a trail that leads 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.

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

Add a pre or post stay in Quito!

3-night packages including Breakfast, Private City Tour and transfers starting at just $598 per person


  • Galapagos cruise including all meals and activities while aboard
  • Airfare from mainland Ecuador
  • Double/twin accommodation with private facilities
  • All transfers in Galapagos
  • Water, coffee, tea
  • Experienced English-speaking Galapagos Islands naturalist guide
  • Snorkeling and kayak equipment
  • Free internet access on the computers located in the library


  • International airfare
  • Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee (US $100 per adult, $50 for children under 12 years old)
  • INGALA Transit Control Card (US $20 per person)
  • Departure tax ($40.80)
  • Gratuities for guides, crew, drivers or local staff
  • Alcoholic and soft drink beverages
  • Wet suit rental
  • Other personal expenses
  • Medical services or insurance of any kind. 
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