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Chinese Hat (Sombrero Chino) Island, Galapagos

Central Islands

Example 4 Day Cruise aboard Tip Top III
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Embark on a 4-day cruise that explores the highlights of the central islands of the Galapagos. Indulge yourself in the picturesque beauty of the unique landscape here. Relax on the beach, do some exploratory snorkeling, and wander to the hidden inlands. 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-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 - Baltra


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Trip Snapshots

Chinese Hat (Sombrero Chino) Island, Galapagos Puerto Ayora Sea lions napping on a dock in the Galapagos Kayaking along the rocks Giant tortoise

Day 1 Baltra - Santa Cruz Island

After a flight from mainland Ecuador to Baltra airport, 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 to board the yacht. Enjoy a light snack and run through orientation before the first excursion to the Charles Darwin Research 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

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The first excursion of the day will be 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

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, start the day with a trip to Chinese Hat (Sombrero Chino), a small island off the coast of Santiago Island. It got its name from the unique shape of the island that resembles a hat. 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.

Enjoy some lunch and then head to Rábida to walk and observe marine iguanas, sea lions, pelicans, blue-footed boobies, masked boobies, and brown pelicans. Walk to a small saltwater lagoon where the incredible pink flamingo 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

  • 1 Breakfast
Start the day out with a 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.

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Tip Top III's Lower Deck Cabins.
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Cabins 1-6
Lower deck cabins. Cabins 1-2 with double lower berth and single upper berth. Cabins 3-6 with single and double lower berths.
Tip Top III's Upper Deck Single Cabin.
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Cabins 7 & 8 - Single Cabins
2 upper deck cabins with one double lower berth
Tip Top III's Upper Deck Twin Cabin.
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Cabins 9 & 10
2 upper deck cabins with two single lower berths


Internal Galapagos flights included.

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 III 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
  • $80 Galapagos Transit Card and Airport Assistance
  • $45 International Departure Tax
  • Wetsuits available: $35 for 4-day cruises, $40 for 5-day cruises, $50 for 8-day cruises, $75 for 11-day cruises, $80 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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This was our first trip to South America and we were a little nervous. But Adventure Life made things so easy! All our questions were answered before we left, and our guide, Vidal, was amazing! He gave us enough space to explore without rushing us along. He also knew where the best picture taking opportunities were, which was great.
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