At a Glance
14-passenger yacht, exclusively for private charters
Luxurious cabins and lounges with lavish décor
Attentive crew and guides, ensuring you are taken care of throughout your cruise
One of the most exclusive ways to explore the enchanting Galapagos Islands
Discover the incredible endemic wildlife of the Galapagos on excursions both on land and in the water
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
There's never a bad time to visit the Galapagos. The peak season lasts from mid-June through early September and from mid-December through mid-January. The national park limits the number of visitors to each island and coordinates each ship's itinerary, so the Galapagos will never feel like Disney World. But if you visit in the summer, you are less likely to feel a sense of solitude and isolation.
From December through to May the water and the air are warmer, but this is the rainy season. It drizzles almost daily for a short period of time. Ironically, this is also the sunniest time of year.
June through November, the Humboldt Current makes it way up to the Galápagos from the southern end of South America. The current brings cold water and cold weather, but it also brings water rich in nutrients and plankton, which attracts fish and birds. During this season there always seem to be clouds in the air, but it rarely rains. It's also quite windy, and the seas tend to be rougher.
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The Stella Maris is an ultra luxurious yacht which sails the Galapagos Islands, exclusively for families or groups that wish to privately charter a boat. Handpicked naturalist guides accompany you to ensure an incredible wildlife experience.
Accommodating up to 14 passengers, the Stella Maris offers one of the most exclusive experiences in the Galapagos Islands, and is ideal for anyone wishing to opt for a private charter. The staff on board are there to ensure you are looked after every step of the way, whether at meal times, in your free time on board or out on island excursions. Naturalist guides are carefully handpicked to accompany you on excursions and give you an insight into the incredible and diverse flora and fauna that can be found on this remote archipelago.
The Galapagos Islands offer an unparalleled wildlife experience, with hundreds of endemic species frequenting this volcanic archipelago. Head out on twice daily excursions either on land or in the water and encounter sea lions, sharks, sea turtles, giant tortoises, brightly coloured sally-lightfoot crabs and blue-footed boobies, as well as a multitude of other weird and wonderful creatures. Excursions will include snorkelling, kayaking, hiking across barren volcanic islands and through lush forested highlands and visits to the Charles Darwin research centre, as well as other key sites.
The Stella Maris itself affords luxurious cabins with lavish furnishings, along with plenty of outdoor space to enjoy in your free time, with sun loungers and even a Jacuzzi on the upper deck. Meals can be enjoyed al fresco or in the dining room, and the food is prepared beautifully, often consisting of typical Ecuadorian dishes and plenty of fresh seafood.
The Stella Maris accommodates up to 14 passengers in 7 cabins. The Master Suite is spacious and lavishly decorated with a good-sized picture window, while the four twin cabins and two double cabins are smaller and more modest yet comfortable and well-appointed with small porthole windows. All cabin have private bathrooms and individual temperature control.
Facilities on board include a sun deck with Jacuzzi, exercise bike and lounge chairs, a dining room and indoor lounge, as well as an al fresco dining area. There are two zodiacs on board for excursions.
Activities include hikes and visits on various islands to explore the volcanic landscapes and get up close to some of the incredible wildlife. You will also be able to go snorkelling with the marine life and come face to face with sea lions, sea turtles, white-tipped reef sharks and even penguins!
Location & directions
The Stella Maris sails around the Galapagos Islands, a wildlife rich archipelago off the coast of Ecuador. Choose to explore the western or eastern islands.
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