Estrella del Mar, Galapagos


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 come with air conditioning and a private bathroom, and feature 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 the ideal place to feel 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, complete with large windows, a bar, and a book collection. You can learn more about the fascinating wildlife of the Galapagos from the onboard naturalist. Make use of the snorkelling gear and wetsuits for no additional fees and be in awe of the diverse creatures that live in the warm waters.

Three different itineraries are available on the Estrella del Mar: the seven-day South and Central Islands trip, seven days exploring the land and sea of the North and Central Islands, and a ten-day trip around the West, Central, and East Islands. Each cruise promises new adventures each day, with abundant wildlife in one of the world’s most ecologically diverse places combined with scenic views, diverse terrains, and varied activities. The ten-day cruise starts in Puerto Ayora and finishes at San Cristobal, before flying back to Quito. Highlights include lava tunnels, giant Galapagos tortoises, red beaches, craters and other volcanic features, birdlife, iguanas, and more. Each itinerary includes a hotel stay in Quito at the start of the trip and flights to and from mainland Ecuador.

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

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Choose your departure date adventure cruise | snorkelling only


Included: VAT, Local Flights, Drinking Water, Tea & Coffee, Full-Board Meal Plan (All meals), Snacks, Land Excursions, Naturalist Guide, Snorkel Gear, Cabin Towels.

Required Extras: National Park Fees (100 EUR), Visas and Fees (20 EUR).

Optional Extras: Gratuities, Airport Transfer, 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

  • Audio & video entertainment
  • Library
  • Air Conditioned saloon
  • Aircon Cabins
  • Sun Deck
  • Indoor Saloon
  • Non-Diver (Snorkeler) Friendly
  • Warm Water Showers
  • Charging stations
  • En-Suite bathrooms
  • Seaview Cabins
  • Naturalist Itineraries
  • Dedicated Local & International Crew
  • Naturalist Guide
  • Leisure Deck
  • Observation Deck
  • Bar
  • Naturalist Guide

Food & Drinks

  • Western Food
  • Local Food
  • Vegetarian Options
  • Buffet style
  • Beer available
  • Wine Available

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.

Boat Specifications

  • Length 23m / 75ft
  • Beam 6.5m / 21ft
  • Cruising speed 9 Knots
  • Max guests 16
  • Number of cabins 8
  • Number of bathrooms 8

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
  • First Aid Kits
  • Satellite & mobile phones
  • Bilge pump alarm
  • Search light
  • 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
Origin: US