Explore the highlights of the Galapagos southern islands on this 5-day trip of exploration and adventure! There is an endless list of activities to make this the most memorable trip ever. Kayak and snorkel in crystalline waters, traverse picturesque volcanic landscape, and observe fascinating native wildlife as you cruise through the beautiful archipelago.
Day 1 : Baltra | Santa Cruz | Embark | Dragon Hill, Santa Cruz Day 2 : Post Office Bay | Devil's Crown | Point Cormorant, Floreana Day 3 : Punta Suarez | Gardner Bay, Española Day 4 : Jacinto Gordillo Turtle Breeding Center | Kicker Rock | Cerro Brujo, San Cristobal Day 5 : North Seymour | Disembark | Baltra
Take a walk to a brackish lagoon, home to flamingos and pintail ducks
Enjoy a panga ride to La Lobería and observe sea lion rookeries
Swim and snorkel in the warm waters of Kicker Rock
Fly in from mainland Ecuador to Baltra. Here a guide conducts you to a bus, and after a short ride to the pier, board the Yacht. Be greeted by the crew and enjoy a light snack before embarking on the first excursion to Dragon Hill. This is a great location for observing land iguanas. Take a walk to a brackish lagoon that is saltier than the ocean. Enjoy viewing flamingos, common stilts, pintail ducks, and other species of birds at this unique lagoon. There is an option to enjoy a nice relaxing swim or exploratory snorkeling at this location.
Day 2 Post Office Bay | Devil's Crown | Point Cormorant, Floreana
After breakfast, make a wet landing on Post Office Bay, 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. It is tradition to leave a postcard and grab another that has been left by previous travelers to deliver at home. Here you can enjoy some optional swim and snokrling time.
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.
Head to 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. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon of snorkeling or swimming. Later return to the Yacht for dinner and nightly orientation.
After breakfast make a dry landing on Punta Suarez to walk along lava beds 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. Here you have the option of swimming or snorkeling in the crystal blue waters. Return to the boat for a delicious dinner and evening orientation.
Day 4 Jacinto Gordillo Turtle Breeding Center | Kicker Rock | Cerro Brujo, San Cristobal
After breakfast, make a dry landing San Cristobal port, after a short drive arrive at Jacinto Gordillo Turtle Breeding Center where you can learn about its reproductive process and the programs to maintain the species. 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.
Come aboard for a delicious lunch. 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. This is also a great place for swimming and snorkeling if you are in the mood.
Make a wet landing on Cerro Brujo and walk over the beautiful white sand beach. Observe sea lions, brown pelicans, marine iguanas, and blue-footed boobies while making your way around this incredible island. 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 5 North Seymour | Disembark | Baltra
After a delicious breakfast start early and head to North Seymour Island. Take a walk along the coast and interior of the island and enjoy its unique landscape. North Seymour is a low, flat island that was uplifted from the sea by underground seismic activity. Observe the blue-footed boobies, marine iguanas, pelicans, frigate birds, shore birds, sea lions, and endemic Palo Santo while wandering around North Seymour.
Return to the Yacht for disembarking on the pier at 09:00. Your guide accompanies you on the bus ride directly to the airport.
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Main Deck Single
Cabins 1 & 2 have one single lower double bed and are 120 sq ft. Can be booked as single or matrimonial.
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Cabins 3-6 have two single lower berths and are 196 sq ft.
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Cabins 7-10 are located on the Upper Deck, are 170 sq ft and feature a private balcony. Cabins 9 &10 feature a single king bed and cabins 7 & 8 have two single lower berths.
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.
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.
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
Swimming and Snorkeling
Adventure Life Pre-departure Services and In-Country Assistance (Quito Representative)
Transfers and Baggage Handling in the Galapagos
Airfare (see Galapagos Flights)
Quito/Guayaquil Hotel and Transfers
$100 Galapagos Park Fee
$80 Galapagos Transit Card and Airport Assistance
$45 International Departure Tax
Wetsuits available - $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
Gratuities and drinks aboard the ship
Quito - Galapagos Roundtrip
$530 - $595
Guayaquil - Galapagos Roundtrip
$475 - $540
Optional Hospitality Packages
$230-$310 Two hotel nights in Quito and two domestic transfers
$200-$290 Two hotel nights in Guayaquil and two domestic transfers
Everything was amazing! The planning with Adventure Life went smoothly. The actual trip was fantastic! One of the best trips I have experienced. The cruise staff members were knowledgeable and attentive. I will be writing more about this on the blog!