Estrella del Mar, Galapagos



  • Onboard naturalists to learn about wildlife
  • Snorkeling gear and wetsuits provided

The lovely Estrella del Mar offers simple comfort and space on small ship cruises around the Galapagos. She’s a popular choice for those seeking a budget-friendly experience. There are eight cabins catering to a maximum of 16 guests per voyage. The basic cabins all have air conditioning and a private bathroom featuring bunks instead of side-by-side beds. Onboard meals are freshly prepared each day, including a mixture of local and global cuisine. The wraparound deck is ideal for feeling the breeze through your hair and the sun on your face as you lap up the splendid vistas and chat with the other youthful guests. Sun loungers and seating are available. Alternatively, unwind in the lounge with large windows, a bar, and a book collection. You can learn more about the fascinating wildlife of the Galapagos from the onboard naturalist. Use the snorkeling gear and wetsuits for no additional fees, and be in awe of the diverse creatures living in the warm waters.

Four different itineraries are available on the Estrella del Mar: the 9-day itinerary in the Central and Western Islands, the 7-day trip to the East and Central Islands, the 5-day trip to the South Central Islands, and the 5-day itinerary to the North Central Islands. Highlights of trips aboard the Estrella del Mar include lava tunnels, giant Galapagos tortoises, red beaches, craters and other volcanic features, birdlife, iguanas, and more.

Step onto the Estrella del Mar and receive a warm reception from the crew members, who aim to help you have a trip to treasure. Avoid disappointment and guarantee your places by booking online.

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Choose your departure date adventure cruise | snorkelling only


Included: VAT, Fuel Surcharge, Airport Transfer, Hotel Transfer, Drinking Water, Soft Drinks at Meal Times, Tea & Coffee, Welcome Cocktails, Full-Board Meal Plan (All meals), Snacks, Kayaks, Land Excursions, Naturalist Guide, Snorkel Gear, Stand Up Paddleboard, Beach Towels, Cabin Towels, Complimentary Toiletries, Deck Towels, WiFi internet.

Required Extras: National Park Fees (100 USD per trip), Visas and Fees (20 USD per trip).

Optional Extras: Gratuities, Alcoholic Beverages, Soft drinks.

Book now, pay later: You can easily place your booking online. We will then hold the spaces for you and you can confirm with a payment later.

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Boat features

  • Daily housekeeping
  • Audio & video entertainment
  • Air Conditioned saloon
  • Aircon Cabins
  • Sun Deck
  • Indoor Saloon
  • Non-Diver (Snorkeler) Friendly
  • Warm Water Showers
  • Outdoor Dining
  • En-Suite bathrooms
  • Free Internet
  • Outside Showers
  • Kayaks On-Board
  • Dedicated Local & International Crew
  • Naturalist Guide
  • Leisure Deck
  • Observation Deck
  • Bar
  • BBQ Area
  • Budget Friendly Cruise
  • Family Friendly Cruise
  • Available for Charter
  • Naturalist Guide

Food & Drinks

  • Local Food
  • Vegetarian Options
  • Buffet style
  • Beer available
  • Snacks All Day
  • Vegan Options
  • Free Soft Drinks
  • Wine Available
  • Set Menu Dinner
  • Fine Cuisine
  • Welcome Cocktails
  • Al Fresco Dining

If you have any specific dietary requirements whilst on-board your cruise, you can add this to your special requests on step 2 of the booking form. We advise limiting these requests to religious beliefs or food allergies.

Languages Spoken

The crew speaks English, German, French, and Spanish.

Gear Rental

There is equipment available to rent on this boat. Please provide your rental needs on the booking form.
You will need to pay for the rental gear on board of the boat. Show prices.

Drawings & Vessel Layouts

#deckplan floorplan

Boat Specifications

  • Year built 1989
  • Year renovated 2023
  • Length 26 meters
  • Deck area 120 sq. meters
  • Beam 6.8 meters
  • Top speed 10 knots
  • Cruising speed 8 Knots
  • Engines 2
  • Max guests 16
  • Number of cabins 8
  • Number of bathrooms 8
  • Tenders 2
  • Water capacity 1500 gallons
  • Fuel capacity 2980 gallons
  • Freshwater maker 1500 gallons

Boat Navigation and Safety

  • Radar
  • Depth Sounder
  • GPS
  • Radio VHF/DSC/SSB
  • E.P.I.R.B. Distress System
  • Emergency Rafts
  • Life Vests
  • Fire Alarm & Fire Extinguishers
  • Oxygen
  • First Aid Kits
  • Satellite & mobile phones
  • Bilge pump alarm
  • Search light
  • Engine room CCTV
  • Crew trained in first aid
  • Emergency flares

Estrella del Mar Reviews

  • 9.1 Superb
  • 10 Verified Reviews
  1. Vessel
  2. Crew
  3. Food
  4. Activities
  5. Value
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Rebecca C
  • United States United States
Outstanding time in Galapagos

My cabin mate and I slept under the stars on the upper deck. Excursions and activities were well timed and plentiful. The boat needs some minor attention like a towel bar in the bathroom and shelves in the cabin. Staff were friendly and attentive.

Recommended for
Food on board, staff service, sleeping under the stars
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Eric T
  • United States United States
Great value

The snorkeling was really memorable, guide and crew were enthusiastic. Obviously getting to see the unique wildlife and geography of the Galapagos was amazing.

Recommended for
snorkeling, wildlife viewing, fun atmosphere on the boat
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Lyle B
  • Canada Canada
Great trip enjoyed every aspect despite rough seas.

Bartolome Island, Snorkeling, the landforms

Recommended for
Snorkeling, the guide, the crew
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Alison P
  • United States United States
Budget-friendly Galápagos

Blue footed boobies, Galápagos Sharks, sea turtles, snorkeling with sea lions

Recommended for
Snorkeling, Wildlife, and Cost
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Tal R
  • Israel Israel
We will definitly come back!

Too many things! Seeing Orcas; Penguins, Albatrosses dance, tortoises, all the beautiful boobies; snorkelling with sea lions, turtels and sharks.

Recommended for
The places, the guide, the food
  • 9.2 Superb
  • John W
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
What it lacks in 'Luxury' is more than compensated with value.

Without doubt the Islands and animals. Well informed and intelligent guide.

Recommended for
Crew and Guide. Similarly rounded guests. Coziness.
  • 9.2 Superb
  • william S
  • United States United States
Trip of a lifetime ...

By far the animals and how the are oblivous to your presence. Snorkeling my favorite is the deepwater...quite frankley the whole trip thru the Galapagos was a highlight

Recommended for
Traveling at night to make the most of your days, Johnnie the guide was the best, interacting with the crew
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Wayne N
  • United States United States
Great trip to the Galapagos

see above

Recommended for
Seeing life on the different islands, the people we were with, practicing spanish
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Matthias K
  • Germany Germany
Inseln, Ausflüge und Schiff waren super. Absolut empfehlenswert

Mit Ausnahme der Mittagszeit waren wir den ganzen Tag auf den Inseln untert oder am Schnorcheln. Wir haben wirklich so viel gesehen, es war unglaublich. Schnorcheln mit Meeresechsen, Schildkröten, Rochen und hunderten von Fischen. An Land ist aber genauso viel zu entdecken. Abwechslungsreiche Landschaften voll mit Reptit und Vögeln. Unser Tourguide hat viel erklärt und die Ausflüge waren weder zu kurz noch zu lang. Natürlich war man jeden Abend müde, aber so sollte es ja auch sein. Man kommt nur einmal im Leben auf Galapagos und will ja möglichst viel erleben. Darum waren wir froh, die Reise mit der Estrella gemacht zu haben. Danke.

Recommended for
Schnorcheln, Abwechslungsreiche Ausflüge, super Verpflegung
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Antonio Jesús O
  • Spain Spain

Bucear con leones marinos y tortugas, el picotazo del pinguino, nadar con tiburones grandes en kicker rock

Recommended for
Es como volver del paraíso