Daniel Mora – Captain (Ecuadorian)
Captain Daniel Mora is a lover of the ocean and all things Galapagos. With over 33 years in the tourism industry in the Galapagos Islands and 5 years as a Galapagos Tour Guide, Captain Daniel is sure to impress you with his local knowledge and expertise. Captain Daniel knew early on that his heart belonged to the sea and has been captaining yachts for over 30 years. He is PADI rescue diver certified and spent countless hours exploring the marine life of the Galapagos. Captain Daniel emphasizes a “team player” attitude onboard and encourages his crew members to always go the extra mile and help each other out. He is very proud of his crew and work ethic onboard STELLA MARIS. Daniel has been onboard STELLA MARIS since its inception and delivered the yacht in 2013 from Ft. Lauderdale to the Galapagos Islands. In his free time, Captain Daniel can be found fishing, reading, listening to music or playing volleyball and football. He will make sure you have a safe and fun experience onboard STELLA MARIS.
Dominique Deacon – Chief Stewardess (South African)
Dominique is and adventurer at heart. She enjoys the wonders of the sea and the world alike. After completing her degree in Hospitality Management, she went on to successfully run a number of large restaurants in South Africa. Wanting to see more of the world, she joined the yachting industry, bringing her creative talent with her. Dominique’s high level of service, bubbly personality and willingness to please make her a pleasure to have onboard. When she is not working, Dom loves spending her time on the beach, scuba diving or sailing. Dom is so excited to make your stay onboard STELLA MARIS an exciting and memorable trip of a lifetime.
Jessica (Jessie) Landetta - 2nd Stewardess (Ecuadorian)
Jessica was destine for a career in the yachting industry. After completing her degree in Tourism, Jessica spread her entrepreneurial wings and began her own clothing brand line in Ecuador. While working and traveling with a very well-known Ecuadorian Tour Guide selling her line of clothing, Jessie flew over the Galapagos Islands, and even from afar could tell it was a very special place that she needed to be. Eventually, Jessie moved to the Galapagos and became the manager of two well know lodges in the Santa Cruz and San Cristobal Islands. After honing her skills in the tourism and customer service industry Jessie moved on to her dream job onboard STELLA MARIS. Jessica has a bubbly and friendly disposition. You will always find her with a smile on her face. Jessica is fluent in English and Spanish. When not onboard the yacht, you will find her spending quality time with her two precious 9 year old and 3 year old daughters.
Matthew Hindmarch – Chief Officer (South African)
Matthew is from the city of Durban, South Africa. He has grown up and avid sailor and athlete. Matthew was head boy of over a thousand five hundred students as well as the captain of rugby, water polo and did SA championships in Egypt. After high school, Matt went on to study his first year in medicine. He then realized that this was not his passion and took to the open seas and sailed a small sail boat from Durban, SA, to France for a total of 5 months. Whilst traveling to Europe he found himself on a yacht and has never looked back! He has quickly acquired extensive experience and the qualifications the job requires. Matt is a wonderful addition to our vessel and has the personality to make every moment on board STELLA MARIS an unforgettable experience.