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Experience: Crewed Yacht Charter

Sail along the Galapagos paradise onboard a boutique yacht and enjoy the countless marvels of the Archipelago. This unique experience in the Galapagos offers avid travelers and nature-lovers the opportunity to have several, incredibly close encounters with the unique and iconic wildlife that makes up the Enchanted Islands.

The expertly coordinated shore excursions allow you to get within arms-length of the Galapagos animals, giving you the ability to closely examine the marvelous adaptions and curious behavior that these creatures have procured through evolution.

Questions? Please contact one of the Civilized Adventures' Adventure Travel Specialists at info@civilizedadv.com

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Sample itinerary

Day 1: San Cristobal

A representative of M/Y Galápagos Sea Star Journey, will meet you right outside, 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: Espanola Island

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.

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

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.

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.

Day 4: Santa Fe Island & Plazas

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 as giant prickly pear cactus, gigantism is a characteristic of oceanic islands. There are great possibilities of snorkeling with playful sea lions and tropical fishes.

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/grey 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 birds as Audubon shear waters, red-billed tropic birds, frigate birds and brown pelicans.

Day 5: Seymour & Santa Cruz Islands

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.

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

The Mosquera Islet is located between Baltra and North Seymour Islands and it was formed by 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.

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

Please note that this itinerary is subject to change, depending on weather conditions, progressing harbor clearances and other deciding factors.

Charter your private yacht from 1 to 15 days [or more!] and discover this incredible Archipelago according to your pace and interests! Whether it’s wildlife or photography or authentic cuisine – the Galapagos will not disappoint! Please contact us to customize your yacht adventure and to know more about our options for extensions in Ecuador.
8 CABINS – 16 GUESTS –  42 M

The Galapagos Sea Star Journey, fully renovated in 2019, has a capacity of 16 passengers; featuring seven spacious Galapagos Suites (25m2= 270 ft2) and one Sea Star Suite of about 375 sq. feet (approx. 35 m). Five of the seven Galapagos Suites are twins, allocated between the main (2 suites) and the upper deck areas (3 suites). Some of these twin Suites can be converted in matrimonial through a faux king bed. The main deck twin suites have a balcony, and the others on the upper deck are interconnected, so they are ideals for families.

All the suites are equipped with panoramic windows to enjoy the landscapes of the islands, private bathroom, hot/cold water, air conditioning with independent controls, and safe box. Also guest will enjoy biodegradable toiletries from the Ecuadorian Amazon (Chankuap Foundation) as a way to minimize the impact on the fragile ecosystem of Galapagos. Housekeeping service is available when you are out on island excursions, so your cabin will be carefully tended every day.

The Sea Star Suite is located on the Upper Deck. This cabin is like having your own apartment on the Galapagos Islands with a King size bed. Some of the cabins features are large and panoramic view windows, a large sitting area with desk, a comfortable sofa bed for triple accommodation, perfect for children, and its private bathroom.

Local and international dishes especially designed by the chef will be served in the cosy atmosphere of the dining room. There is a well-stocked bar with soft drinks, juices, beer, wine, premium liquors, and cocktails. The bar is located in the dining room area on the main deck. All drinks from the bar are available at an additional cost. Coffee, tea and bottled water are free of charge and are available at any time in the dining room.

The Sea Star yacht offers a large solarium with shaded and uncovered areas, two Jacuzzis and comfortable sun loungers. Social areas include a bar, mini-library, and video library. Snorkeling equipment and kayaks are available too without any extra charge.

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Best time for yachting around the Galapagos Islands is from October until end of March.

Cost to charter your private yacht

The Galapagos Sea Star Journey private charter starts from USD$63,885 for a 5-night yachting itinerary.

Enjoy an all-inclusive experience including the service of a full crew, all your meals, unlimited water, coffee & tea, use of water sports equipment and all excursions.

Sound Interesting? Call us, we have lots of fabulous options to create your DREAM vacation!!

Scheduled departures are also available if you prefer to share a small group experience. Please contact us for more details.