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Eastern Islands

8 Day Sample Cruise aboard Tip Top II
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Enjoy this 8-day cruise through the eastern islands of the Galapagos. Enjoy the unique green sand beaches of Cormorant point, the flamingos of Floreana, and friendly interactions with playful sea lions. Make friends with the gentle giant tortoises at the Charles Darwin Research Station. Overflowing with wildlife, volcanic wonders, and breathtaking landscapes, this is the perfect vacation choice.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Baltra - Santa Cruz Island
Day 2 : Santa Fe - South Plaza Island
Day 3 : Chinese Hat - Rabida
Day 4 : Santa Cruz Island
Day 5 : Floreana
Day 6 : Espanola
Day 7 : San Cristobal - Leon Dormido
Day 8 : North Seymour - Baltra

Ship

Tip Top II

Places Visited

  • Ecuador
  • Galapagos
  • South America
  • Baltra
  • Black Turtle Cove
  • Charles Darwin Center
  • Chinese Hat
  • Dragon Hill
  • Espanola
  • Floreana
  • Leon Dormido
  • North Seymour
  • Rabida
  • San Cristobal
  • Santa Cruz
  • Santa Fe
  • Santiago
  • South Plaza Island

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Kids loving Santa Cruz Island A pair of friendly sea lions with the sun bathing iguanas Snorkeling in the Galapagos. Galapagos tortoise taking a little swim.

Day 1 Baltra - Santa Cruz Island

Arrive in Baltra where a guide will meet you and accompany you to the bus that will be taken to the Itabaca Channel. Cross the channel by barge and then continue to Puerto Ayora by bus. Once aboard the Yacht, receive a small orientation while enjoying a nice light snack. Later in the afternoon, embark on the first excursion to the Charles Darwin Station and its Interpretive Center. Enjoy a walk through the port town and admire the various handicrafts. Return to the Yacht and enjoy a nice welcome cocktail followed by dinner.

Day 2 Santa Fe - South Plaza Island

Embark on a morning excursion to Santa Fe Island to visit the cactus forest and a colony of land iguanas. Later on take some time to go swimming, snorkeling, and kayaking if you are in the mood. Enjoy some lunch aboard the ship and then sail on to South Plaza. Here have a chance to be entertained by the antics of the sea lions hanging out here. There is a cactus forest here that is great for observing land iguanas and many species of tropical birds. After this amazing day of sightseeing, return to the boat for a great dinner.

Day 3 Chinese Hat - Rabida

Chinese Hat is a small island off the Coast of Santiago Island where an abundance of wildlife can be seen. Amongst the species here include Galapagos penguins, eagle rays, sea lions, and marine iguanas. This is an excellent snorkeling site and should definitely be taken advantage of if wanted. There is an optional opportunity for some swimming, snorkeling, and kayaking for those who would like to.

Rábida is a great place to take a nice walk and observe marine iguanas, sea lions, pelicans, blue-footed boobies, masked boobies, and brown pelicans in there natural habitat. A short walk takes you to a small saltwater lagoon where the incredible beauty of the pink flamingo can be observed. Watch as they manage to stay balanced on one foot. There will be time for nice swim along with some excellent snorkeling. You can also enjoy kayaking around the island a bit before returning to the ship for dinner.

Day 4 Santa Cruz Island

After breakfast take a panga ride on Black Turtle Cove. This area consists of a series of mangrove-surrounded coves and islets which is an excellent place for observing white-tipped sharks, marine turtles, spotted eagle rays, and yellow cow-nosed rays.

Dragon Hill is an excellent location for seeing land iguanas in large quantities. Walk to a hypersalinic lagoon that is saltier than the ocean. This is a great location for observing various species of birds including flamingos, common stilts, pintail ducks and other species of birds. Take some time for some excellent snorkeling and explorer the unique underwater world. You can also enjoy a peaceful kayaking excursion or just take a nice relaxing swim in the crystal clear waters.

Day 5 Floreana

Post Office Bay is a historic site that recalls the days of the whalers. They presumably placed a wooden barrel here in the 18th century to use it as a post office. Leave a postcard and grab another that has been left to deliver at home.

Then take a panga ride on La Lobería of Post Office and observe sea lion rookeries, a main attraction, on the beach and in the bay of the Lobería, sea turtles and marine iguanas. After lunch, visit the Devil’s Crown, a submerged volcano. This is a great location for snorkeling for those who wish to participate. It is one of the best snorkeling sites in the Islands.

Point Cormorant for a short walk to the Flamingo Lagoon of this island. Continue the walk until you reach the beach called "La Picona" to see marine turtles and their spawning grounds. There will be an optional chance for a nice swim and some snorkeling at this beach. Later return to the Yacht for dinner and nightly orientation.

Day 6 Espanola

Punta Suarez has amazing lava beds to walk to and observe unique colonies of marine birds, including albatross. After lunch make a wet landing in Gardner Bay for a walk on the beach to observe a colony of sea lions. These friendly sea lions inhabit the beach in great quantity during the breeding season. This location is also an important nesting area for sea turtles.

Travel by panga to Osborn Islet and the islets of Gardner. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon swimming or snorkeling in the crystal blue waters here. Return to the boat for a delicious dinner and evening orientation.

Day 7 San Cristobal - Leon Dormido

In the morning head out to Punta Pitt in San Cristobal Island. There is a trail here that includes an olivine beach and a trail that ascends to the top of a volcanic tuff hill that passes through several natural viewpoints. Punta Pitt is composed of volcanic tuff substrate and the high winds here have led to natural erosion. This is the only site in the Galapagos Islands where you can watch the three species of boobies and 2 species of frigates nesting in the same area.

Later sail around Kicker Rock, a massive tuff-rock that juts abruptly almost 500 feet straight up from the ocean. Many sea birds use Kicker Rock as a nesting place. Enjoy some optional swimming and snorkeling at this location.

Make a wet landing on Cerro Brujo and walk over the beautiful white sand beach where you can observe sea lions, brown pelicans, marine iguanas, and blue-footed boobies. Have some fun kayaking, snorkeling, or swimming at this location. There are many incredible sites to see. Return to the ship for a nice meal and evening orientation.

Day 8 North Seymour - Baltra

Start early after breakfast and head to North Seymour Island for a walk along the coast and interior of the island. North Seymour is a low, flat island that was uplifted from the sea by underground seismic activity. There are many animals to observe here including blue-footed boobies, marine iguanas, pelicans, frigate birds, shore birds, sea lions, and endemic Palo Santo. Your guide will later accompany you to the airport for the return to the mainland.

Tip Top II

Per person starting at
$4,074
Tip Top II's Lower Deck Twin Cabins.
Deluxe Single Main Deck
$4,074
2 single cabins on the Main Deck
Tip Top II's Upper Deck Single Cabin.
Deluxe Double Main Deck
$6,908
4 deluxe double cabins on the Main Deck
Tip Top II's Upper Deck Single Cabin.
Deluxe Double Upper Deck
$4,580
4 deluxe double cabins with a balcony on the Upper Deck.

Notes

​Rates include:
  • All meals and activities throughout the cruise
  • Bilingual national park guide
  • Snorkeling gear (mask, snorkel and fins)
  • Kayaks
  • Fuel surcharge
  • Air ticket
  • Transfer airport/yacht/airport on Gps
Rates do not include:
  • $100 (Subject to change) Galapagos National Park entrance fee
  • $20 Transit Control Card
  • Alcoholic beverages consumed onboard
  • Gratuities
  • Cancellation/medical insurance

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

Included

  • 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

Excluded

  • Airfare (see Galapagos Flights)
  • Quito/Guayaquil Hotel and Transfers
  • Fuel Surcharge
  • $100 Galapagos Park Fee
  • $80 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 - $595
  • Guayaquil - Galapagos Roundtrip
    • $475 - $540

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