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Enjoy this inmersive 8-day cruise through the Central East Islands of the Galapagos aboard the Tip Top II. Explore Santa Fe's unique cactus forest and colony of land iguanas, discover the wildlife-rich coastline of Santiago Island, enjoy a Zodiac ride in Black Turtle Cove´s series of mangrove-surrounded coves and islets, and 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 | Embark
Day 2 : Genovesa | Darwin Bay | Prince Phillip's Steps
Day 3 : South Plaza | Santa Fe
Day 4 : San Cristobal | Kicker Rock
Day 5 : Floreana
Day 6 : Espanola
Day 7 : Santa Cruz
Day 8 : North Seymour | Disembark | Baltra

Highlights

  • Enjoy plenty of swimming, snorkeling and kayaking opportunities
  • Relax and swim on Bachas beach
  • Walk to Dragon Hill's hypersalinic lagoon for flamingo observation
  • Land in Gardener Bay for a close encounter with a colony of sea lions

Ship

Tip Top II

Places Visited

  • Ecuador
  • Galapagos
  • South America
  • Bachas Beach
  • Baltra
  • Black Turtle Cove
  • Espanola
  • Floreana
  • Genovesa
  • Leon Dormido
  • Los Gemelos (Twin Craters)
  • San Cristobal
  • Santa Cruz
  • Santa Fe
  • South Plaza Island
  • Witch Hill

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

South Plaza Island Sea lion pups Floreana Island Punta Suarez, Espanola Kicker rock

Day 1 Baltra | Santa Cruz Island | Embark

Fly from mainland Ecuador (Quito or Guayaquil) to Baltra, arriving at approximately 9:20 AM in the Galapagos Islands.Take a bus ride to the Itabaca Channel, and cross the channel by barge, then continue to Puerto Ayora by bus. Board the Tip Top II where the crew greets you, settle into your cabin, and enjoy a light snack and your first orientation. This afternoon, sail to Playa Las Bachas, a place where you can observe Flamingos lagoon. Enjoy a welcome cocktail with the entire crew, and dinner.

Day 2 Genovesa | Darwin Bay | Prince Phillip's Steps

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Make a wet landing on Darwin Bay to walk and see frigate birds, herons, mockingbirds, boobies, shorebirds, turtles, marine iguanas, and more.

Later in the afternoon, take a panga ride and make a dry landing on Prince Phillips’s Steps (Barranco).

Day 3 South Plaza | Santa Fe

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Travel to South Plaza, a small island covered in Opuntia cacti. The island is home to one of the largest sea lion colonies and also features many colorful yellow and red land iguanas. Take a brief hike over the terrain for views of the island. In the afternoon, set sail for Santa Fe Island and hike its two visitor trails.

Day 4 San Cristobal | Kicker Rock

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Make a dry landing on San Cristobal port, after a short drive, arrive at Jacinto Gordillo Interpretation Center where you can learn about 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. 

In the afternoon, sail around Kicker Rock (Leon Dormido), a massive tuff-rock that juts abruptly almost 500 feet straight from the ocean. Kicker Rock serves as nesting place for many sea birds. 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. 

Day 5 Floreana

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Make a wet landing in 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. Then, you will continue to the Baroness Point view, named for the Baroness Eloisa von Wagner, who lived on Floreana Island. Enjoy the beautiful landscape and the ruins of her house.

Visit the Devil’s Crown, a submerged volcano, for snorkeling for those who wish it (this is one of the best snorkeling sites in the Islands), then you make a wet landing on 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.

Day 6 Espanola

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Make an early landing at Suarez Point to view blue-footed boobies, albatrosses and Nazca boobies. The most famous attraction on Espanola is a magnificent blowhole which spurts water high into the air. Take a two-mile hike across the island.

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. Then, travel by panga to Osborn Islet and the islets of Gardner. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon swimming or snorkeling in the crystal-blue waters here. 

Day 7 Santa Cruz

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, disembark and take a bus to the highlands of Santa Cruz Island for a visit to the native forests, Twin Craters, then, visit one of the ranches to see the giant tortoises in the wildlife. Enjoy a delightful lunch at the ranch before returning to Puerto Ayora to visit to the Interpretation Center Fausto Llerena.  

Day 8 North Seymour | Disembark | Baltra

  • 1 Breakfast
This morning, visit 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. Disembark and transfer to the airport for your flight back to the mainland. 

Tip Top II

Per person starting at
$5,320
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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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Main Deck
Cabins 3-6 have two single lower berths and are 196 sq ft.
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Upper Deck
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.

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.​
  • 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.

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 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
  • Travel Insurance

Galapagos Flights

  • Quito - Galapagos Roundtrip
    • $530 - $595
  • Guayaquil - Galapagos Roundtrip
    • $475 - $540

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