Central Islands Cruise

Erin Correia
Hiking in search of giant tortoises.
Laura Cahill
Can you see them? They're blending.
John Collins
put em up....
Erin Correia
Hiking at Punta Pitt, San Cristobal
Sandra Dave
A group of giant tortoises in the Galapagos
Lounge area aboard the Tip Top II.
Tip Top II's dining area.
Tour the highlights of the central islands of the Galapagos on this 4 day adventure. Enjoy the picturesque landscapes while making your way across unique volcanic landscapes. Be entertained by the antics of friendly sea lions, get up close and personal with the incredible giant tortoises, and participate in an endless list of activities to make this the most memorable trip ever.

Day 1

    Baltra - Santa Cruz Island

    Enjoy your flight from mainland Ecuador to Baltra. A guide will meet you and accompany you to the Itabaca Channel. From here cross the channel by barge and then continue to Puerto Ayora by bus. Enjoy a light snack on the Yacht and run through orientation. In the afternoon, land at the pier for a visit to the Charles Darwin Station and its Interpretive Center. Enjoy watching giant tortoises in their natural environment. Return to the Port for a walk through the little town. There are various handicrafts made here. Then return to the boat for a welcome cocktail and dinner.

    Day 2

      Santa Fe - South Plaza Island

      After breakfast head to Santa Fe Island to visit the cactus forest and a colony of land iguanas. For those who would like to swim, snorkel, and kayak, this is a great location to do so. Return to the Yacht for lunch and sail to South Plaza, and enjoy the antics of the sea lions who make their home here. Observe land iguanas and many species of tropical birds while taking a walk through a cactus forest.

      Day 3

        Chinese Hat - Rabida

        After breakfast, start the day with a trip to Chinese Hat (Sombrero Chino), a small island off the coast of Santiago Island. Here you can observe Galapagos penguins, eagle rays, sea lions, and marine iguanas on the rocky shoreline . This is an excellent snorkeling site and there will be time for those who would like to swim, snorkel, and kayak. After lunch, head to Rábida to walk and observe marine iguanas, sea lions, pelicans, blue-footed boobies, masked boobies, and brown pelicans. After a nice walk, arrive at a small saltwater lagoon where pink flamingos can be observed. After this have the opportunity to enjoy a relaxing swim, do some exploratory snorkeling, or enjoy some easy snorkeling.

        Day 4

          Santa Cruz Island - Baltra

          Enjoy a delicious breakfast and then an early panga ride on Black Turtle Cove. This is a series of mangrove-surrounded coves and islets. This is an excellent opportunity to observe white-tipped sharks, marine turtles, spotted eagle rays, and yellow cow-nosed rays. Return to the Yacht to disembark and then be escorted by a guide to the airport for return to the mainland.

          All itineraries are subject to change due to weather or changes by the National Park Service or yacht operator.

          Single Supplement

          This yacht requires single travelers to pay a supplement for private accommodations unless a roommate can be found.

          Child Discount

          10% discount for children under age 12 at time of Galapagos cruise.
          Children under 12 receive a discount of $135 off adult flight rates, and discounted Galapagos Entrance Fee of $50


          • Accommodations on board Tip Top II based on double occupancy
          • Meals while in the Galapagos
          • Bilingual Naturalist Guide
          • Shore Excursions
          • Swimming and Snorkeling
          • Adventure Life Pre-departure Services and In-Country Assistance (Quito Representative)
          • Transfers and Baggage Handling in the Galapagos
          • Snorkeling Equipment
          • Sea Kayaking


          • Airfare (see Galapagos Flights)
          • Quito/Guayaquil Hotel and Transfers
          • Fuel Surcharge
          • $100 Galapagos Park Fee
          • $35 Galapagos Transit Card and Airport Assistance
          • $45 International Departure Tax
          • Wetsuits available: $30 for 4-day cruises, $35 for 5-day cruises, $40 for 8-day cruises, $65 for 11-day cruises, $70 for 15-day cruises
          • Gratuities and drinks aboard the ship
          • Travel Insurance

          Galapagos Flights

            Quito - Galapagos Roundtrip

          • $530 - $590

            Guayaquil - Galapagos Roundtrip

          • $475 - $520

          Optional Hospitality Packages