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Cruise the Galapagos on the Tip Top IV Ship

Private Charter - Eastern Islands Aboard Tip Top IV

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This Galapagos cruise gives you the amazing opportunity to explore the highlights of the southern islands on this 4-day private cruise full of exploration and adventure! Explore pristine crystalline waters via outstanding snorkeling and swimming, roam the striking volcanic landscape, and observe fascinating native wildlife as you cruise through the beautiful southern archipelago. Enjoy the history and unique splendor of these amazing islands.
Sea lion by the kayaksSwimming side by side with an amazing sea turtle.Hiking at Punta Pitt, San CristobalExploring the Galapagos - Kicker RockCruise the Galapagos on the Tip Top IV Ship
  • Spot unique wildlife on the stunning Galapagos islands
  • Explore volcanic landscapes and sunny beaches
  • Discover highlights of the Galapagos with your private group
Activity Level: Relaxed
Involves minimal physical effort and is typically associated with leisurely activities. Activities are low-intensity or last less than a few hours each day.

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Day 1: Baltra | Embark | 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.

In the afternoon, land at the pier for a visit to the Fausto Llerena Breeding Center. Return to the Port for a walk through the little town to appreciate various handicrafts. Board and have a welcome cocktail with the entire crew and dinner.
Activities: Walking

Day 2: Punta Suarez | Gardner Bay | Gardner Islet | Osborn Islet

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 that inhabit the beach in great quantity during the breeding season; this is also an important nesting area for sea turtles. This location is also an important nesting area for sea turtles.
​Activities: Walking

Optional: time for those who would like to swim and/or snorkel. Then, make a panga ride around the Osborn and Gardner islets, Return to the Yacht for dinner and nightly orientation.
​Activities: Gardner Bay (Snorkeling, Kayaking, Walking), Gardner Islet (Panga Ride, Snorkeling), Osborn Islet (Panga Ride)

Day 3: Punta Pitt | Kicker Rock | Cerro Brujo

After breakfast, make a wet landing on Punta Pitt on San Cristobal Island; the trail includes an olivine beach approximately 90 meters and a trail that ascends to the top of a volcanic tuff hill passing through several natural viewpoints. Punta Pitt is composed of a volcanic tuff substrate. High winds present there 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. Optional: time for those who would like to swim, or snorkel, at Punta Pitt Islet. Aboard for a delicious lunch.
Activities: Punta Pitt (Walking, Kayaking, Panga Ride, Snorkeling)

Later in the afternoon, the 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 sea birds. Then 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, and/or kayak. Return to the Yacht for dinner and nightly orientation.
Activities: Kicker Rock (Panga Ride), Cerro Brujo (Walking, Kayaking, Panga Ride, Snorkeling)

Day 4: Mosquera | Baltra | Disembark

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After breakfast, make an early wet landing on Mosquera Island, a reef of rocks and coral (the result of an uprising), and a great white sand beach and tide pools. Observe colonies of sea lions, brown pelicans, blue-footed boobies and sally light-foot crabs, the contrast between these bright red crabs on top and blue on the bottom and the black lava is stunning.
Activities: Walking, Snorkeling

Return to the Yacht for disembarking on Baltra pier. Your guide accompanies you on the bus ride directly to the airport.


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6 lower deck with two twin beds that can be converted into king beds. Some rooms are interconnecting, which is a great option for families.
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4 upper deck cabins with two twin beds that can be converted into king beds.


Please reserve your wetsuit in advance prior to trip.

Child Discount

50% discount for children under the age of 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.
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
  • 3 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • 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
  • Use of all on-board water toys, such as snorkeling gear, kayaks, paddle boards, etc.
  • Internal Flights: Mainland Ecuador - Galapagos - Mainland Ecuador
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Galapagos Park Entrance Fee: $200 per adult, $100 per child under 12 (fees of $100 per adult and $50 per child valid on arrivals through Aug 1, 2024). Payable upon arrival to the Galapagos, only in cash dollars. Subject to increase by Galapagos Park Service.
  • 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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