Tip Top 4

First Class Galapagos Cruise

The Ship

Board the Galapagos Tip Top IV for a wonderful cruise experience in the equally wonderful islands. Constructed in the year 2006, the TipTop IV Yacht with a powerful engine, was especially designed to provide the utmost level of security to all its passengers.

This first-class luxurious yacht was designed keeping in mind the luxury and comfort of its voyagers during their tour on it. This 16-passenger motor yacht is 125 feet long with a cruising speed of 12 knots.

The presence of multilingual naturalist guides ensures that the tour is complete fun with information and knowledge with regards to the rich biodiversity of the islands.

The 16-passengers are accommodated in 10 cabins. Each cabin is fully furnished with air-conditioner and hot water facility. Each cabin has a full bathroom, vanity, and washbasin. Apart from these, the lavish motor boat has bar, dining room, lounge, library with Charles Darwin collection, drawers and lockers. The 8-member crew including the international cook, barman, and waitresses ensure that the experience on the yacht is a once-in-a-lifetime one.

The past guests who have already traveled on this Adventure Cruise Galapagos vouch for its service and comfort.

The facilities on board this expedition yacht are divided into two decks- the upper deck and the lower deck. The lower deck has 6 cabins (1-6) and the upper deck has 4 cabins (7-10). This spacious motorboat has enough space for the voyagers to roam in the public part of the cruise.

The yacht is equipped with the freezer, refrigerator, DVD, VCR, email access, and both types of water systems hot and cold, etc. Apart from that this long and cozy yacht has all the required safety equipment like life jackets and stroke outboard motors. It also boasts of a desktop computer that has an internet access to it. It enables you to rejuvenate your senses while at the same time, connecting you to the rest of the world.

The TipTop IV Yacht goes above and beyond all the minimum requirements for the purpose of environmental protection. It started its operations with a serious commitment to reducing the environmental impact.

This Galapagos first-class yacht provides excellent high standards of service, comfort along with attention towards detailing.

  • 16 passengers 
  • Desktop computer
  • Ample social areas
  • Kayaks
  • Modern decoration
  • Fully air-conditioned staterooms

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From USD 2.722 per person

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Tip Top 4 Information

 8 days itinerary A ▼  8 Days Itinerary B▼

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8 days Itinerary A
8 days – 7 nights

Day 1 Santa Cruz Island – Baltra & North Seymour
Day 2 Genovesa Island – Darwin Bay & Prince Phillips’s Steps
Day 3 Santiago Island – Egas Port & Buccaneer Cove
Day 4 Isabela Island – Punta Vicente Roca & Fernandina Island – Punta Espinoza
Day 5 Isabela Island – Tagus Cove – Elizabeth Bay
Day 6 Isabela Island- Urbina Bay & Sierra Negra Volcano
Day 7 Floreana Island – Point Cormorant, Champion Islet & Post Office Bay
Day 8 Santa Cruz Island – Twin Craters
Day 1:  Santa Cruz Island – Baltra & North Seymour
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Flight from mainland Ecuador (Quito or Guayaquil) to Baltra arriving at 09H20 a.m. approximately. Your guide conducts…

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…you to the bus and after a short 5-kilometer ride to the pier; we board the Yacht without delay. As the crew weighs anchor, we greet you with our first orientation and we offer a light snack.

In the afternoon, we make a dry landing for a walk along the coast and the interior of North Seymour Island, a low, flat island that was uplifted from the sea by underground seismic activity. We observe blue footed boobies (they nest from May to November), marine iguanas, pelicans, frigate birds, shore birds, sea lions and endemic Palo Santo. Optional: time for those who would like to swim, snorkel and/or kayak. We return to the Yacht for a welcome cocktail with the entire crew, and dinner.

Day 2:  Genovesa Island – Darwin Bay & Prince Phillips’s Steps
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After breakfast, we make a wet landing on Darwin Bay to walk and observe frigatebirds, herons, mockingbirds, boobies…

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…shorebirds, turtles, marine iguanas, etc. Optional: time for those who would like to swim, snorkel or kayak. We come aboard for a delicious lunch.

Later in the afternoon, we make a dry landing on Prince Phillips’s Steps (Barranco), we walk and observe the interesting lives of the birds here. Dinner on the Yacht, and then our orientation about conservation efforts made to protect the Islands.

Day 3:  Santiago Island – Egas Port & Buccaneer Cove
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After breakfast, we make a wet landing on James Bay (Puerto Egas), to walk and observe sponges, snails, hermit crabs, a…

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…variety of shore birds, barnacles and the endemic four-eyed blenny, marine iguanas and sea lions. Optional: time for those who would like to swim or snorkel. We return to the boat for a delicious lunch.

In the afternoon we navegate around Buccaneer Cove (Caleta Bucanero), an area of steep cliffs and dark beaches. The cliffs and pinnacle are used as nesting areas by several species of seabirds. This was a popular place for 17th & 18th century buccaneers to careen their vessels. Optional: time for those who would like to swim, snorkel or kayak. Dinner and our nightly orientation.

Day 4:  Isabela Island – Punta Vicente Roca & Fernandina Island – Punta Espinoza
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After breakfast, we make a panga ride on Punta Vicente Roca to observe plenty of sea lions, marine iguanas, blue-footed and…

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…masked boobies, and flightless cormorants. Optional: time for those who would like to swim and/or snorkel. We come aboard for a delicious lunch.

In the afternoon, we make a dry landing on Punta Espinoza to observe and see a large colony of sea lions, marine iguanas and the flightless cormorants and clumps of lava cactus. Return to the Yacht for dinner and our nightly orientation.

Day 5:  Isabela Island – Tagus Cove – Elizabeth Bay
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After breakfast, we make a panga ride on Tagus Cove, a protected cove between the shoulders of two volcanic craters which…

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…protect it from the open sea; we observe penguins, marine iguanas, sea lions and a variety of birds including flightless cormorant and blue footed boobies. Optional: time for those who would like to swim, snorkel and/ or kayak. Return to the Yacht for lunch. In the afternoon, we make a panga ride around the islets of Elizabeth Bay to see marine iguanas, penguins, marine turtles, seabirds and shorebirds, herons and blue-footed boobies. Return to the Yacht for dinner and our nightly orientation.

Day 6:  Isabela Island- Urbina Bay & Sierra Negra Volcano
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After breakfast, we make a wet landing on Urbina Bay to take a walk and observe a coral area, land iguanas, flightless…

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…cormorants and giant tortoises. Optional: time for those who would like to swim, snorkel and/ or kayak. Sail to Punta Moreno, again we make a wet landing. We make a walk along shore lagoons located among petrified lava flows where different type of birds can be seeing. On top we have a panoramic view of the famous volcanoes Sierra Negra and Cerro Azul, as well as the highest part of Fernandina Island. Return to the yacht for dinner and our night orientation.

Day 7:  Floreana Island – Point Cormorant, Champion Islet & Post Office Bay
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After breakfast, we make a wet landing on Point Cormorant for a short walk to the Flamingos Lagoon of this island. Then we…

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…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/or snorkel. Later, we make a panga ride on Champion Islet, a small island off the Coast of Floreana Island. The principal attraction of Champion Islet is the nearly-extinct Charles (Floreana) Mockingbird. Visitors can also observe bird species such as Swallow-tailed Gulls, Nazca Boobies or Brown Noddies. It is a great place for snorkelling; we will see sea turtles, reef fishes, Galapagos Penguins and white-tipped reef sharks. Optional: time for those who would like to swim and/or snorkel. Return to the Yacht for lunch.

In the afternoon we make a wet landing on 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. Optional: time for those who would like to swim and/or snorkel. Return to the Yacht for dinner and our nightly orientation.

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Day 8:  Santa Cruz Island – Twin Craters
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After breakfast we make an early disembark in the pier for a quick visit to the Twin Craters. Then the bus takes us directly…

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to the airport (Baltra). Your guide accompanies you on this ride.

8 days itinerary A ▲ 8 Days Itinerary B▼

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8 days Itinerary B
8 days – 7 nights

Day 1 Santa Cruz Island – Charles Darwin Station
Day 2 Española Island – Punta Suarez & Gardner Bay
Day 3 San Cristobal Island – Punta Pitt & Kicker Rock 
Day 4 Mosquera Island & Black Turtle Cove
Day 5 Chinese Hat & Rabida Island
Day 6 Santiago Island-  Sullivan Bay & Bartolome Island
Day 7 Santa Fe & South Plazas Islands
Day 8 Bachas Beach & Departure
Day 1:  Santa Cruz Island – Charles Darwin Station
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Flight from mainland Ecuador (Quito or Guayaquil) to Baltra, arriving at 09:20 a.m. approximately. A guide meets us and…

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…accompanies us as we ride the bus to the Itabaca Channel, we cross the channel by barge and then we continue to Puerto Ayora by bus. We aboard the Yacht and the crew greets us and offers us a light snack and we have our first orientation. In the afternoon, we land at the pier for a visit to the Charles Darwin Station and its Interpretive Center. Return to the Port for a walk through the little town to appreciate various handicrafts. We have a welcome cocktail with the entire crew, and dinner.

Day 2:  Española Island – Punta Suarez & Gardner Bay
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After breakfast, we make an early dry landing on Punta Suarez to walk along lava beds where we will observe unique…

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…colonies of marine birds, including Albatross (May – December). Return to the Yacht for lunch.

In the afternoon, we 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. We then make a panga ride around the Osborn Islet and the islets of Gardner. Optional: time for those who would like to swim and/or snorkel. Return to the Yacht for dinner and our nightly orientation.

Day 3:  San Cristobal Island – Punta Pitt & Kicker Rock 
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After breakfast, we make a wet landing on Punta Pitt in San Cristobal Island; the trail includes an olivine beach…

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…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 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. We come aboard for a delicious lunch.

Later in the afternoon, our 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 nesting place for many sea birds. Optional: time for those who would like to swim and/ or snorkel. Then we 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. We return to the Yacht for dinner and our nightly orientation

Day 4:  Mosquera Island & Black Turtle Cove
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After breakfast, we make an early wet landing on Mosquera Island, a reef of rocks and coral (the result of an uprising)…

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…and a great white sand beach and tide pools. We 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. We come aboard for a delicious lunch.

In the afternoon, we make a panga ride on Black Turtle Cove, series of mangrove-surrounded coves and islets; here we can observe white-tipped sharks, marine turtles, spotted eagle rays, and yellow cow-nosed rays. We board the Yacht for dinner and the first of our nightly orientations.

Day 5: Chinese Hat & Rabida Island
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After breakfast, we make a wet landing on Chinese Hat (Sombrero Chino), a small island off the coast of Santiago Island….

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… we can observe on the rocky shoreline: Galapagos penguins, eagle rays, sea lions and marine iguanas. This is an excellent snorkeling site. Optional: time for those who would like to swim, snorkel and/ or Kayak. Return to the Yacht for lunch.

In the afternoon, we make a wet landing on Rabida, to walk and observe marine iguanas and sea lions, pelicans, blue-footed boobies, masked boobies and brown pelicans. We walk and we arrive at a small saltwater lagoon where we can see pink flamingos. Optional: time for those who would like to swim or snorkel. We return to the Yacht for dinner and our nightly orientation.

Day 6:  Santiago Island-  Sullivan Bay & Bartolome Island
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After breakfast, we make a wet landing on Sullivan Bay, a perfect place to get a feel of the volcanic origin of the islands…

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…Optional: time for those who would like to swim and/or snorkel. We return to the boat for a delicious lunch.

In the afternoon, we make a dry landing on Bartolome Island, to hike to the summit; during the hike we observe colonies of marine iguanas and lava lizards. On the summit we have an impressive view of the surrounding islands, including the eroded tuff cone of Pinnacle Rock. We return to the yacht for a delicious dinner and our nightly orientation

Day 7:  Santa Fe & South Plazas Islands
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After breakfast, we make a wet landing on Santa Fe Island to visit the cactus forest and a colony of land iguanas native from…

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…Santa Fe. Optional: time for those who would like to swim, snorkel and/or kayak.

Return to the Yacht for lunch and sail to South Plaza, where we make a dry landing on the pier of the island, there we 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. At the end of the afternoon, we return to the Yacht for dinner and our nightly orientation.

Day 8:  Bachas Beach & Departure
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After breakfast we make an early disembark on Las Bachas Beach, a place where we can appreciate a Flamingos lagoon…

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…During all walks, your guide will be explaining details about the lives of the birds and animals. We 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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Technical Specification 

 

  • Length: 125 feet
  • Beam: 25 feet
  • Draft: 6 feet
  • Cruising speed: 12 knots
  • Safety & Communications System:(2) 24 mile range Furuno Navnet Radar/Chart Plotter

    (2) Furuno-FCV620 Eco sounder, GPS, Furuno NX300 Navtex, Furuno SC-Satellite Fluxgate compass, Furuno HF-MF/DSC Radio

    (2) VHF/DSC Standard radios, ACR Epirb, Sart

    (2) ACR VHF bi directional rescue radios, Ritchie Magnetic Compass, hydraulic helm, barometer, clock, thermometer, helm indicator, searchlight, horn, fire & smoke detector system

    (2) You Lung inflatable life rafts for 25 passengers each one

    (50) life jackets

    Twin 19 feet Nautica Inflatable boats with 25 HP four stroke outboard motors for 16 passengers each one.

    All safety equipment complies with International Coast Guard regulations.

  • Mechanic Equipment: Twin DEUTZ BF8M 1015 MC 442 HP engines. Twin 55 KW CUMMINS ONAN 6BS.9-D (M) electric generators (M). Village Marine Tec Oil / Water Separator, Tidal Wave HMX HEADHUNTER Marine Sanitation Device sewage treatment system (MSD)TW. Westphalia Separator Mineral oil Systems. WMSQ-2500 Reverse Osmosis desalination system.

  • Capacity: 16 passengers
  • Cabins: 16 passengers accommodated in 10 cabins.
  • Each cabin has:Private bathroom (toilet, shower, washbasin, and vanity)Locker and drawersSafety boxAir-conditioned
  • Guest Accommodation:Lower Deck: 6 cabins with two single lower berths (cabins: 1 to 6)Upper Deck: 4 cabins with two single lower berths (cabins: 7 to 10)Upon request, all the cabins can be used as king size berths (01 double bed).
  • Social Areas (main deck):BarDinning roomLoungeSun deck
  • Crew:8 members:CaptainMultilingual guideEngineerInternational cookBarman & waitressTwo sailors

Deck Plan

Sun Deck

Upper Deck

Main Deck

Lower Deck

  4 Days 5 Days 8 Days 
Double Cabin Single Cabin Double Cabin Single Cabin Double Cabin Single Cabin
Lowe deck 1 & 6 cabin 2.722 3.898 3.382 4.940 4.850 7.306
Upper deck 7 & 10 cabin 3.017 4.370 3.772 5.577 5.463 8.285
Charter 40.660 50.160 73.340

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November 22, 2017