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Tip Top II Galapagos Cruise

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Tour Summary

The spacious Tip Top II Galapagos Cruise provides an exceptional seafaring adventure. With its ample interior and new decor crafted from solid wood and natural materials, the atmosphere aboard is both inviting and luxurious. As a preferred choice among travelers, this motor catamaran offers the stability inherent in twin-hull boats, ensuring a delightful ambiance. The Tip Top II stands out not only for its comfort but also for its remarkable speed, cruising at a true 12 knots. This feature allows you to maximize your time exploring the Galapagos Islands, dedicating more of it to exhilarating excursions and adventures and less to transportation.

Safety and reliability are paramount, defining the essence of a Galapagos first-class experience. Opt for a Galapagos cruise to comfortably explore different islands and diverse landing sites. Don’t miss out on our exclusive Galapagos Last-Minute Cruise Deals!

Highlights

  • checkVisiting GalapagosOur Destination Experts possess the expertise to guide you on a once-in-a-lifetime journey to the Enchanted Isles.
  • checkAbout Tip Top IIThis popular motor catamaran is the go-to choice for those looking for the increased stability that twin hull boats can provide, whilst still wanting a delightful ambiance.
  • checkDesignThe stunning new decor, using solid woods and natural materials, enhances the spaciousness of this first-class ship.
  • checkSocial AreasThe delightful communal areas on the Tip Top boast a stunning outdoor bar, saloon lounge and dining room with superb quality furnishings.
  • checkSafety EquipmentDiscover the world's best snorkeling sites in the Galapagos Marine Reserve in the company of expert Naturalist Guides.

General information

Class

First class.

Capacity

16 passengers.

Construction year

Renewed in 2016.

Type

Motor catamaran.

Length

104 ft / 31 m.

Width

40 ft / 12 m.

Cabins

10 cabins, between matrimonial and twin.

AC

Yes.

Arrival operational flights

LATAM – XL1413 (UIO – GYE – GPS)

Departure operational flights

LATAM – XL1412 (GPS – GYE – UIO)

Itinerary

ITINERARY WEST (8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS)
  • DAY 1 BALTRA AIRPORT - MOSQUERA ISLET (FRIDAY)
    Rebecca Adventure Travel MOSQUERA ISLAND GALAPAGOS

    Upon arrival on Baltra, your guide will be waiting at the arrivals gate, and the crew will handle your luggage. A brief 5-kilometer bus ride led by your guide takes you to the pier, where you promptly board the yacht. After a satisfying lunch, embark on an early wet landing adventure at Mosquera Islet.

    This unique destination features a reef of rocks and coral and a white sand beach surrounded by tide pools. Witness vibrant colonies of sea lions, brown pelicans, blue-footed boobies, and the captivating sally light-foot crabs. The stark contrast between the crabs (bright red on top, blue on the bottom) and the black lava creates a visually stunning landscape.

    • ActivityActivity:Arrival. Walking. Snorkeling.
    • mealMeal:Lunch. Dinner.
    • AccommodationsAccommodation:Double or Single Cabins.
  • DAY 2 SULLIVAN BAY - RÁBIDA (SATURDAY)
    Rebecca Adventure Travel RABIDA ISLAND GALAPAGOS

    AM: After breakfast, we sail to Santiago Island. A wet landing at Sullivan Bay takes us to a fascinating site where the otherworldly terrain of lava fields was shaped by recent geological activity. It’s a perfect spot for those eager to swim and snorkel amidst the unique underwater spectacle.

    PM: Following lunch, another wet landing happens on Rábida Island, where encounters with marine iguanas, sea lions, blue-footed boobies, masked boobies, and brown pelicans await. Take a brief walk leading to a charming saltwater lagoon, where the vibrant presence of pink flamingos adds to the spectacle.

    • ActivityActivity:Hiking. Snorkeling.
    • mealMeal:Breakfast. Lunch. Dinner.
    • AccommodationsAccommodation:Double or Single Cabins.
  • DAY 3 ESPINOZA POINT - ELIZABETH BAY (SUNDAY)
    Rebecca Adventure Travel ELIZABETH BAY

    AM: After breakfast, we do a dry landing on Espinoza Point, located on Fernandina Island, to observe a large colony of sea lions, marine iguanas, and flightless cormorants, amidst clumps of lava cactus.

    PM: You return to the yacht for lunch. In the afternoon, enjoy a panga ride around the islets of Elizabeth Bay on Isabela Island. Encounter marine iguanas, penguins, sea turtles, seabirds, shorebirds, herons, and blue-footed boobies. After the exploration, return to the yacht for dinner and our nightly orientation.

    • ActivityActivity:Hiking. Snorkeling.
    • mealMeal:Breakfast. Lunch. Dinner.
    • AccommodationsAccommodation:Double or Single Cabins.
  • DAY 4 URBINA BAY - TAGUS COVE (MONDAY)
    Rebecca Adventure Travel TAGUS COVE

    AM: After breakfast, it’s off to Isabela Island. Perform a wet landing on Urbina Bay to take a walk on a coral area, where you can spot land iguanas, flightless cormorants, and Galapagos giant tortoises. There is the possibility of swimming and snorkeling here.

    PM: Return to the yacht for lunch. In the afternoon, take a panga to Tagus Cove, nestled between the shoulders of two volcanic craters on Isabela, providing protection from the open sea. Observe penguins, marine iguanas, sea lions, and a variety of birds, including flightless cormorants and blue-footed boobies.

    • ActivityActivity:Swimming. Snorkeling.
    • mealMeal:Breakfast. Lunch. Dinner.
    • AccommodationsAccommodation:Double or Single Cabins.
  • DAY 5 EGAS PORT - PINNACLE ROCK (TUESDAY)
    Rebecca Adventure Travel Egas-Port

    AM: After breakfast, perform a wet landing at Egas Port (also known as James Bay) to stroll along the shore and observe various marine life, including sponges, snails, hermit crabs, shore birds, barnacles, the endemic four-eyed blenny, marine iguanas, and sea lions.

    PM: In the afternoon, a dry landing on Bartolomé Island kicks off a scenic hike. During the ascent, witness colonies of marine iguanas and lava lizards. Reach the summit for a breathtaking view of the surrounding islands, featuring the eroded tuff cone of Pinnacle Rock.

    • ActivityActivity:Hiking. Snorkeling.
    • mealMeal:Breakfast. Lunch. Dinner.
    • AccommodationsAccommodation:Double or Single Cabins.
  • DAY 6 CHINESE HAT - DRAGON HILL (WEDNESDAY)
    Rebecca Adventure Travel Origin Theory & Evolve - Dragon Hill

    AM: After breakfast, it’s another wet landing, this time off the southeastern coast of Santiago Island. We’ll visit Chinese Hat islet, featuring a rocky shoreline full of iconic Galapagos species. Eagle rays, sea lions, marine iguanas, and Galapagos penguins make this an excellent snorkeling site!

    PM: Later in the afternoon, there is a dry landing on Santa Cruz Island. We hike the unique landscape of Dragon Hill, a visitor site popular for its wildlife. As you walk, you will find land iguanas. At the saltwater lagoon, you can spot flamingos, common stilts, pintail ducks, and other bird species.

    • ActivityActivity:Hiking. Snorkeling.
    • mealMeal:Breakfast. Lunch. Dinner.
    • AccommodationsAccommodation:Double or Single Cabins.
  • DAY 7 EL CHATO RESERVE - CHARLES DARWIN RESEARCH STATION (THURSDAY)
    Rebecca Adventure Travel Santa Cruz Highlands

    AM: Disembark after breakfast for a bus ride to explore Santa Cruz’s highlands. You visit El Chato Reserve’s native forests and meet Galapagos giant tortoises on a farm. The reserve plays a crucial role in an ongoing study of the Galapagos giant tortoise population, contributing to the overall conservation of this remarkable species. Lunch at the farm is delightful!

    PM: Return to Puerto Ayora for a visit to the Fausto Llerena Interpretation Center, inside the Charles Darwin Research Station. The center is dedicated to educating visitors about ongoing scientific research and conservation initiatives. It highlights the importance of responsible tourism by illustrating the environmental challenges faced by the islands. The day concludes with dinner and our nightly orientation back on the yacht.

    • ActivityActivity:Walking.
    • mealMeal:Breakfast. Lunch. Dinner.
    • AccommodationsAccommodation:Double or Single Cabins.
  • DAY 8 NORTH SEYMOUR - BALTRA AIRPORT (SATURDAY)
    Rebecca Adventure Travel Transfer Baltra

    AM/PM: Today’s dry landing takes place early so you can explore both the coast and the interior of North Seymour. This flat island, uplifted by seismic activity, offers sightings of blue-footed boobies (nesting from May to November), marine iguanas, pelicans, frigatebirds, shore birds, sea lions, and the endemic Palo Santo. Return to the yacht and disembark at 09:00 on the pier. Your guide will accompany you on a bus going directly to the airport.

    • ActivityActivity:Walking. Departure.
    • mealMeal:Breakfast.
ITINERARY EAST (8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS)
  • DAY 1 BALTRA AIRPORT - LAS BACHAS BEACH (WEDNESDAY)
    Rebecca Adventure Travel Bachas-Beach

    AM: Around noon, your guide will greet you in the airport lobby of Baltra Island. They will then drive you to Tip Top II, while a crew member uses Zodiacs to transport your baggage directly to the yacht. Once on board, the captain and crew will warmly welcome you, then make cabin assignments.

    PM: At Santa Cruz Island, Las Bachas beach, with soft white sand, made of decomposed coral, is a favorite nesting site for sea turtles. Nearby, a small lagoon offers views of flamingos, black-necked stilts, and thrushes. Abandoned World War II ships add historical intrigue. Expect to encounter sea lions, marine iguanas, and various seabirds resting on the beach.

    • ActivityActivity:Arrival. Hiking.
    • mealMeal:Lunch. Dinner.
    • AccommodationsAccommodation:Single or Double Cabins.
  • DAY 2 PRINCE PHILIP'S STEPS - DARWIN BAY (SATURDAY)
    Rebecca Adventure Travel Prince-Philips-steps

    AM: Enjoy breakfast before going on a panga ride to Genovesa Island. A dry landing on Prince Phillips’s Steps leads us on a leisurely walk to observe the fascinating lives of the bird inhabitants. Then, it’s time for swimming and snorkeling. We return to the yacht for a delicious lunch.

    PM: The late afternoon starts with a wet landing at a different part of Genovesa. Take a stroll on Darwin Bay to observe frigatebirds, herons, mockingbirds, boobies, shorebirds, turtles, marine iguanas, and more. Conclude the day with dinner on the yacht, followed by an orientation session on the conservation efforts dedicated to protecting the Islands.

    • ActivityActivity:Hiking. Snorkeling.
    • mealMeal:Breakfast. Lunch. Dinner.
    • AccommodationsAccommodation:Double or Single Cabins.
  • DAY 3 SOUTH PLAZA - SANTA FE (SUNDAY)
    Rebecca Adventure Travel South-Plaza-Galapagos

    AM: After breakfast, embark on a dry landing at South Plaza’s pier, where the playful sea lions entertain. Stroll through a cactus forest, observing land iguanas and various tropical bird species. South Plaza is home to the distinctive yellow-gray land iguanas. Also, you may spot swallow-tailed gulls and red-billed tropicbirds.

    PM: Return to the yacht for lunch, then experience a wet landing on Santa Fe Island. Explore the cactus forest and encounter a colony of endemic land iguanas, a unique species known for their pale coloration and distinct dorsal spines.

    • ActivityActivity:Hiking. Snorkeling.
    • mealMeal:Breakfast. Lunch. Dinner.
    • AccommodationsAccommodation:Double or Single Cabins.
  • DAY 4 SANTA CRUZ HIGHLANDS - BREEDING CENTER (MONDAY)
    Rebecca Adventure Travel breeding-center

    AM: After breakfast, disembark at Santa Cruz Island and take a bus to the highlands. Explore the native forests and twin craters before heading to Las Primicias Ranch. This is where visitors come to see Galapagos giant tortoises in the wild. The ranch also offers delicious lunches!

    PM: Return to Puerto Ayora after lunch to visit the Fausto Llerena Breeding Center, dedicated to educating visitors about ongoing scientific research and conservation initiatives. Later, take a walk through town to appreciate various handicrafts. Next, rejoin the crew for a welcome cocktail and dinner.

    • ActivityActivity:Hike. Exploring.
    • mealMeal:Breakfast. Lunch. Dinner.
    • AccommodationsAccommodation:Double or Single Cabins.
  • DAY 5 BARONESS POINT - CORMORANT POINT (TUESDAY)
    Rebecca Adventure Travel Punta-Cormorant

    AM: Today’s post-breakfast wet landing on Floreana Island takes us to Baroness Point. This visitor site was named after an intriguing former resident, Baroness Eloisa von Wagner. Explore the picturesque landscape and the remains of her house. Next, visit Post Office Bay, a historic site dating back to the whaling era, featuring an 18th-century wooden barrel used as a post office.

    PM: The afternoon’s wet landing is at Cormorant Point. A brief stroll to the Flamingo Lagoon is followed by a walk to La Picona beach, to observe sea turtles in their nesting areas. Conclude the day with a panga ride to Champion Islet, home to the nearly-extinct Charles (Floreana) Mockingbird, along with other bird species, like swallow-tailed gulls, Nazca boobies, and brown Noddies.

    • ActivityActivity:Hiking. Walking. Snorkeling.
    • mealMeal:Breakfast. Lunch. Dinner.
    • AccommodationsAccommodation:Double or Single Cabins.
  • DAY 6 SUÁREZ POINT - GARDNER BAY (WEDNESDAY)
    Rebecca Adventure Travel Origin Theory & Evolve - Gardner Bay

    AM: After a delightful breakfast, we head out to Española Island for an early dry landing on the spectacular Punta Suárez. As we traverse the lava beds, observe unique colonies of marine birds, including the renowned waved albatross, an especially mesmerizing sight between May and December. Return to the yacht for a delectable lunch.

    PM: After lunch, enjoy a scenic panga ride around Gardner Bay. Then, a wet landing takes you on a beach walk to observe a colony of sea lions, especially abundant during the breeding season, and witness the significant nesting site for sea turtles.

    • ActivityActivity:Snorkeling. Hiking.
    • mealMeal:Breakfast. Lunch. Dinner.
    • AccommodationsAccommodation:Double or Single Cabins.
  • DAY 7 WITCH HILL - KICKER ROCK - INTERPRETATION CENTER (THURSDAY)
    Rebecca Adventure Travel Kicker Rock

    AM: This day is for San Cristóbal Island. After breakfast, experience a wet landing on Witch Hill (Cerro Brujo). Stroll along the white sand beach, observing sea lions, brown pelicans, marine iguanas, and blue-footed boobies. Later, the experienced Captain sails around Kicker Rock (León Dormido), a massive tuff rock that rises almost 500 ft (152 m) from the ocean, serving as a nesting place for many sea birds.

    PM: In the afternoon, we perform a dry landing at the island’s port. Visit the Gianni Arismendy Interpretation Center, where you delve into the origin and evolution of the Galapagos Islands, exploring human, natural, and conservation aspects.

    • ActivityActivity:Hiking. Walking.
    • mealMeal:Breakfast. Lunch. Dinner.
    • AccommodationsAccommodation:Double or Single Cabins.
  • DAY 8 BLACK TURTLE COVE - BALTRA AIRPORT (SATURDAY)
    Rebecca Adventure Travel BLACK TURTLE COVE GALAPAGOS

    AM/PM: After enjoying breakfast, embark on a captivating panga ride through the enchanting Black Turtle Cove, nestled on the north shore of Santa Cruz Island. This series of mangrove-surrounded coves and islets provides a unique opportunity to observe white-tipped reef sharks, sea turtles, spotted eagle rays, and yellow cow-nosed rays. Following this mesmerizing experience, return to the yacht and disembark on the pier at 09:00. Your knowledgeable guide will accompany you on a seamless bus ride directly to the airport.

    • ActivityActivity:Hiking. Departure.
    • mealMeal:Breakfast.

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Inclusions

  • Bus Transport Transfers airport-yacht-airport in Galapagos.
  • Airport pick up and assistance.
  • Single or double accommodation. Triple accommodation under request, subject to availability.
  • Tour Guide Guided expeditions as detailed in the itinerary.
  • Tour Guide Bilingual Park-certified guide (English/Spanish).
  • assistance Cruise service officer.
  • Activities Daily activity briefing.
  • Meals All meals and snacks.
  • Meals Soft drinks.
  • Captain's welcome and farewell cocktail.
  • Gear Equipment Use of sea kayaks and paddleboards.
  • Gear Equipment Expedition gear.
  • Exclusion Exclusions

    + Round trip to Galapagos.
    + Galapagos National Park entrance fee: USD 100 p.p. (subject to change).
    + Migratory control card: USD 20 p.p. (subject to change).
    + Alcoholic beverages.
    + Gratuities for guide and crew.
    + Travel and health insurance.
    + Micro SD card.

Additional information

  • It is suggested to have valid travel and medical insurance that includes COVID-19 coverage. Please inform the team of any known medical conditions you have.
  • Rebecca Adventure Travel reserves the right to change the itinerary without prior notice due to weather conditions, availability, National Park regulations or notifications, and unforeseeable circumstances.
  • When flying to Galapagos from Quito or Guayaquil, we recommend arriving in the city at least 24 hours before your flight, to avoid inconveniences in case of flight delays. Cruise departures have fixed schedules and extra fees may occur for reaching the cruise on another day.
  • All cruises are subject to availability. Since cruises have fixed departures, please check dates and itineraries with the team before booking the cruise and flight tickets. Because the Galapagos is a high-demand destination, availability changes every day. Rebecca Adventure Travel will try to fix your dates with the options available at the time of booking.
  • Keep in mind that some cruises require you to arrange the flight tickets directly with them, otherwise, they will charge an extra fee. Please check with the team and they will share the complete information before proceeding with your flight ticket arrangement.

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