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Eastern Islands

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Experience more than just the highlights of the Galapagos' eastern islands with this 8-day adventure. Teeming with wildlife, volcanic wonders, and breathtaking landscapes, the eastern islands are an excellent place to spend a vacation! Snorkel, kayak, and become acquainted with the archipelago's endemic wildlife species including spotting sea lions, flamingos, sharks, frigatebirds and a spectrum of species unique to the Galapagos.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Baltra | Bachas Beach
Day 2 : Prince Phillip's Steps | Darwin Bay
Day 3 : South Plaza | Santa Fe
Day 4 : Twin Craters | Tortoise Breeding Center, Santa Cruz Island
Day 5 : Baroness Point | Post Office Bay | Cormorant Point | Champiom Islet
Day 6 : Suarez Point | Gardner Islet | Osborn Islet | Gardner Bay
Day 7 : Cerro Brujo | Kicker Rock | Jacinto Gordillo Interpretation Center
Day 8 : Black Turtle Cove | Disembark | Baltra

Highlights

  • Discover Bachas Beach, a place where you can appreciate the Flamingos lagoon
  • Admire the archipelago's unique wildlife including frigate birds & boobies
  • Walk through South Plaza to observe many species of tropical birds
  • Visit the Interpretation Center of Human History of the Islands

Ship

Tip Top II

Places Visited

  • Ecuador
  • Galapagos
  • South America
  • Bachas Beach
  • Baltra
  • Black Turtle Cove
  • Charles Darwin Center
  • Darwin Bay
  • Devil's Crown
  • Espanola
  • Floreana
  • Gardner Bay
  • Genovesa
  • Los Gemelos (Twin Craters)
  • Post Office Bay
  • Prince Philip's Steps
  • Punta Cormorant
  • Punta Suarez
  • San Cristobal
  • Santa Cruz
  • Santa Fe
  • South Plaza Island
  • Witch Hill

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Devil's Crown Galapagos Flamingos in the Galapagos Kayaking with sea lions Snorkeling at Espanola South Plaza Island
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Day 1 Baltra | Bachas Beach

Flight from mainland Ecuador (Quito or Guayaquil) to Baltra, arriving at 09:20 a.m. approximately. Your guide meets you at arrivals gate, your crew takes care of your luggage. Your guide conducts you to a bus and after a short 5-kilometer ride to the pier; you board the Yacht immediately. As the crew weighs anchor, enjoy the first orientation and a light snack. After navigating, disembark on Playa Las Bachas, a place where you can appreciate a Flamingos lagoon. During all walks, your guide explains details about the lives of the birds and animals.

Optional: time for those who would like to swim and snorkel, in the evening you have an orientation about the Galapagos Islands in general: their origin and evolution.

Welcome cocktail with the entire crew, and dinner

Day 2 Prince Phillip's Steps | Darwin Bay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, take a panga ride and you make a dry landing on Prince Phillips’s Steps (Barranco), you walk and observe the interesting lives of the birds here. Optional: time for those who would like to swim and snorkel or kayak. You come on board for a delicious lunch. Later in the afternoon, you make a wet landing on Darwin Bay to walk and observe frigate birds, herons, mockingbirds, boobies, shorebirds, turtles, marine iguanas, etc. Optional: time for those who would like to swim, snorkel or kayak. Dinner on the Yacht, and then your orientation about conservation efforts made to protect the Islands.

Day 3 South Plaza | Santa Fe

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, make a dry landing on the pier of the South Plaza, where you can enjoy the antics of the sea lions. A walk through a cactus forest allows us to observe land iguanas and many species of tropical birds. Return to the Yacht for lunch. Then, you make a wet landing on Santa Fe Island to visit the cactus forest and a colony of land iguanas native from Santa Fe. Optional: time for those who would like to swim, snorkel or kayak. At the end of the afternoon, return to the Yacht for dinner.

Day 4 Twin Craters | Tortoise Breeding Center, Santa Cruz Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, you will disembark to take the bus to the highlands of Santa Cruz Island for a visit to the native forests, Twin Craters, then, you will go to enjoy the giant tortoises in the wildlife in a farm. You will be delighted with lunch on the farm. After lunch, you will return to Puerto Ayora to start the visit to the Interpretation Center Fausto Llerena inside the Charles Darwin Research Station. You return to the Yacht for dinner and our nightly orientation.

Day 5 Baroness Point | Post Office Bay | Cormorant Point | Champiom Islet

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, you make a dry landing, you will continue to the Baroness Point view, named due to the presence of a particular character who lived on Floreana Island, it is the Baroness Eloisa von Wagner, you will enjoy of the beautiful landscape and the ruins of her house. Then, you will continue to Post Office Bay, a historic site that recalls the days of the whalers, who presumably placed a wooden barrel in the 18th century to use it as a post office. Return to the Yacht for lunch. In the afternoon, you make a wet landing on Cormorant Point for a short walk to the Flamingo Lagoon of this island. You then continue the walk until we reach the beach called "La Picona" to see marine turtles and their spawning grounds. Optional: time for those who would like to swim and snorkel. Then, you have a panga ride in Champion Islet, for snorkeling for those who wish it.
You return to the Yacht for dinner and our nightly orientation.

Day 6 Suarez Point | Gardner Islet | Osborn Islet | Gardner Bay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, make an early dry landing on Punta Suarez to walk along lava beds where you can observe unique colonies of marine birds, including Albatross (May - December). Return to the Yacht for lunch. In the afternoon, make a panga ride around the Osborn Islet and the islets of Gardner. Then, you make a wet landing in Gardner Bay for a walk on the beach and observe a colony of sea lions, which inhabit the beach in great quantity during the breeding season; this is also an important nesting area for sea turtles. Optional: time for those who would like to swim, snorkel or kayak. Return to the Yacht for dinner.

Day 7 Cerro Brujo | Kicker Rock | Jacinto Gordillo Interpretation Center

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, you make a wet landing on Cerro Brujo to walk on a white sand beach and observe sea lions, brown pelicans, marine iguanas, and blue-footed boobies. Optional: time for those who would like to swim, snorkel or Kayak. Then, your experienced Captain sails easily around Kicker Rock (Leon Dormido), a massive tuff-rock that juts abruptly almost 500 feet straight from the ocean. Kicker Rock serves as a nesting place for many seabirds. Optional: time for those who would like to swim and snorkel. You come aboard for a delicious lunch. In the afternoon, you make a dry landing on San Cristobal port, after a short drive, you arrive at Jacinto Gordillo Interpretation Center where you learn about its reproductive process and the programs to maintain the species. You take the bus back to the port to visit the Interpretation Center of Human History of the Islands; this tour takes you through the geological and human history of the islands and its conservation. You return to the Yacht for dinner, and our nightly orientation.

Day 8 Black Turtle Cove | Disembark | Baltra

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast, take a panga ride to Black Turtle Cove, a series of mangrove-surrounded coves and islets; here you can observe white-tipped sharks, marine turtles, spotted eagle rays, and yellow cow-nosed rays. Return to the Yacht for disembarkation on the pier at 09:00. Your guide accompanies you on the bus ride directly to the airport.
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Cabins 9-10 are located on the Upper Deck, are 170 sq ft and feature a private balcony. Cabins 9 &10 feature a single king bed.

Notes

  • Children under 12 during the time of the cruise will receive a discount, providing flight tickets are booked by Tip Top Travel and the child is accompanied by an adult.‚Äč
  • Generally infants are not accepted on board the Tip Top II, however each case is subject to review and availability. If accepted, the child discount applies.
  • In order to apply for the Family Room on board the Tip Top II, your party must include either 2 adults and one child under 12 years of age, or 2 adults and 2 children under 12 years of age. No additional discount applies to the Family Room rate. The Family Room rate cannot be applied to 3 or 4 adult passengers.
  • Please reserve your wetsuit in advance prior to trip.

Child Discount

10% discount for children under age 12 at time of Galapagos cruise. Child discounts are conditional and may not apply on certain departures. Please contact us for more information.

Children under 12 may receive discounts on Galapagos flight fares and entrance fees. Contact us for details.

Included

  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
  • 7 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Professional, bilingual guide service as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed
  • Bilingual Naturalist Guide 
  • Adventure Life Pre-departure Services and In-Country Assistance (Quito Representative)
  • Shore Excursions, Swimming and Snorkeling 
  • Transfers and Baggage Handling in the Galapagos
  • Snorkeling and kayaking equipment is included in the cruise cost and available for your use on board.

Excluded

  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Internal Flights: Mainland Ecuador - Galapagos - Mainland Ecuador: $475-675
  • Wetsuits are not included but are available to rent on board - $30 short and $35 long size for 4-day tours; $35 short and $40 long size for 5-day tours; $40 short and $50 long size for 8-day tours; $65 short and $75 long size for 11-day tours; and $70 short and $80 long size for 15-day tours.
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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