Galapagos Yacht Charter

The Galapagos Islands is a volcanic archipelago enriched by unique flora and fauna not to be seen anywhere else in the world. Each island presents different wildlife and this is just one of the exquisite aspects of cruising through the Galapagos; observing changes in evolution as your private yacht motors you from one island to another.

The Galapagos Islands one and only privately owned luxury charter yacht, STELLA MARIS sleeps up to 14 guests in seven luxurious staterooms, including a sumptuously appointed master suite. Produced by historic Italian shipyard Picchiotti, the 124-foot Motor Yacht is an ecologically friendly vessel that has been recently refitted to adapt to the fragile marine ecosystems of the islands. https://i2.wp.com/www.stellamarisyachtcharters.com/images/headers/index.jpg?w=584

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Complementing the yacht’s warm, contemporary interiors are a variety of amenities and outdoor spaces, perfect for socializing, entertaining, and dining alfresco. STELLA MARIS is available for charter year round and guests have two unforgettable Galapagos Islands itineraries to choose from.nonimage

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The Galapagos Islands, voted by Travel and Leisure Magazine for the 3rd time this decade as the #1 World’s Best Island, confirms this chain of islands is unlike any other Island. It is one of the most unique destinations on the planet. Located approximately 600 miles from the western coast of Ecuador, rare species inhabit these islands and you won’t encounter them anywhere else in the world. Many of these unique breeds are not afraid of humans making it easy to get up-close and personal.

Perhaps our first association with the word “Galapagos” is the name “Darwin.” Darwin’s visit to the Galapagos Islands had a resounding impact on the formation of his Theory of Natural Selection. During his visit to the islands, Darwin noted that the unique creatures were similar from island to island, but perfectly adapted to their environments which led him to ponder the origin of the islands’ inhabitants. Among those that struck Darwin so greatly were the finches that are now named in his honor. Darwin would later base some of his thought from the supposing that these finches were all descendants of the same lineage.

Years later in 1859, Darwin finally consolidated all of his observations into his famous book On The Origin of Species, drastically and controversially altering the scientific view on the biological origins of life.

View the Galapagos Marine Iguanas, living only in this pristine environment; they have adapted unlike other Iguana species, to living on algae in the waters around the island, rather than searching for food on the barren islands.

Galapagos Male Frigate Bird

Galapagos Male Frigate Bird

The wild birds on the islands are free from predators thus they are unafraid and can be observed in very close context. Birds can be seen sitting on nests of hatchlings mere feet away, while sea lions and pups are will continue their everyday life as you walk around them. Juvenile sea lions love to play, and will often engage in games of hide and seek with snorkelers in the water, and may tap right on a snorkelers mask.  Swim with penguins while they hunt for fish for dinner, with no care that you might be close by.

On your private yacht charter, you may head ashore with your Naturalist on your schedule rather than a pre-set scheduled excursion.

Galapagos Sea Lion Newborn

Galapagos Sea Lion Newborn

On a typical day, perhaps spend time snorkeling or an arranged scuba dive with sea lions and penguins, heading ashore later to watch pink flamingos fish for supper. Learn about sea turtles, sea lions, and iguana tracks on the beach.  Sit close to a sea lion colony, and maybe you will see Mom return to her pup, left on the beach while she scavenged the seas for food. Or in season, watch a Blue Footed Booby Bird crack his eggshell and hatch open. Marine Iguanas will dive from the cliffs into the water, hoping to survive to search out marine algae in the seas.

Meanwhile on land, the Galapagos male Frigate Birds puff out their red sack in a fabulous show intended to attract his mate.  And maybe a sea lion might come aboard the swim platform of your yacht for a snooze in the sun.  The natural life in the Galapagos is wild and wonderful and continues at a frenetic pace with no notice of mankind.

Yacht boarding is generally on specific days with a pre-set itinerary to assure that civilization is spread equally throughout the Galapagos to maintain the eco system with as little impact as possible. Only Galapagos licensed yachts are available and are a limited number, and this is not expected to change.  It is wise to book well in advance for this location.

 

 

 

 

 

Silversea Galapagos

Luxurious Silversea Cruise line now offers a five-day Galapagos excursion; they also have a week cruise, however many of our clients like a shortened voyage. We prefer small intimate ships and their recent addition of a 100-guest expedition ship is the perfect choice for a sophisticated relaxing Journey. Spouting whales breach in the distant surf, dolphin pods jump off the bow, frigate birds follow the wake, natural wonders everyday!

The all inclusive lifestyle at its best aboard the Silversea Galapagos. Accommodations are all ocean view suites, many feature private balconies and all provide personalized butler service. Among the many inclusive amenities: on board expedition teams certified by the Galapagos National Park Service, complimentary shore excursions, zodiacs for sea adventure, snorkeling with penguins in volcanic craters, and exquisite fine dining. Be casual and comfortable, no formal evenings.

Photography workshops, seminars, informal discussions with the expedition teams plus the daily explorations by skiff or walking across the ancient islands. Each island is unique, swim in tidal pools, explore the flora and fauna in one of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries in the world. Explore natural lava tunnels and look for stalactites and stalagmites. The north central route through the Galapagos includes the most unusual islands in the Galapagos: Genovesa with its collapsed caldera, Espanola, the southern most island and one of the richest in terms of wildlife, it is the only nesting place in the world for waved albatross. Santa Cruz island is one of the few places to see the Galapagos tortoise in the wild. Penguins, sea lions, an array of beautiful birds, including Darwin’s finches, and colorful land iguanas, every moment will surprise and delight!

We can add on pre or post land explorations in Lima, Puno and Lake Titicaca. Or visit Machu Picchu traveling aboard the famed Hiram Bingham luxury train. One of the top ten rail Journeys in the world in the opulent meticulously restored Pullman cars. A delightful journey through the dramatic Andean scenery of the Urubamba Valley concludes at the famed Sanctuary Lodge, the only hotel adjacent to Machu Picchu, which allows you to explore the ancient Inca citadel with fewer tourists.

Rare and Refned On Board and Ashore

Limited availability on Silversea Galapagos Cruise Sept. – Nov. 27, 2013