Tip Top II Catamaran

Our M/C Tip Top II was built in 2008 and redesigned in 2015-2016 to offer the highest level of comfort and the best experience in the Islands.

Technical Information

  • Length: 104 feet
  • Beam: 40 feet
  • Draft: 5 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, Icom M802 HF-MF/DSC Radio
  • (2) Icom M506 VHF/DSC radios, ACR Epirb, ACR 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) Viking inflatable life rafts for 25 passengers each one
  • (30) life jackets
  • Twin 17 feet Caribe Nautica Inflatable boats with 25 HP four stroke outboard motors for 12 passengers each one

All safety equipment complies with International Coast Guard regulations.

Mechanic Equipmment:

Twin Detroit Diesel MTU 350 HP main engines. Twin 60 KW John Deere/Marathon (M) electric generators. Water Separator, Raritan Marine Sanitation Device sewage treatment system. Westfalia 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 drawers
  • Hair dryer
  • Safety box
  • Air conditioned

Guest Accommodation:

Main Deck: (2)

  • cabins with one single lower berths – Cabins 1 & 2

Main Deck: (4)

  • cabins with two single lower berths – Cabins 3 to 6

Upper Deck: (2)

  • cabins with two single lower beds – Cabins 7 & 8

Upper Deck: (2)

  • Cabins with one king size berth – Cabins 9 & 10

Social Areas (main deck):

  • Bar or  can sunbathe in the sundeck
  • Dinning room
  • Comfortable Lounge

Crew:

8 members:

  • Captain
  • Bilingual naturalist guide
  • Engineer
  • International cook
  • Barman & waitress
  • Two sailors

Video

Deck Plan

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Include

Our passengers will have different visits to the islands according to the established itinerary with a bilingual naturalist guide. The naturalist guides on board are trained for the excursions and certified by the Galapagos National Park. Our passengers can discover the unique Galapagos marine life while snorkeling, panga raiding or kayaking in a friendly and familiar atmosphere. Our guests can read books about the Galapagos Islands, enjoy the selected movies or have fun with the games on board.
Our eight experienced crew members will provide a personalized service to each guest. Our chef will combine Ecuadorian and International cuisine to create delicious dishes. We will always have complementary: purified water, coffee or herbal teas that can be consumed free of charge.

Itinerary

Sumary

OPTION 1

No Day AM PM
1 Friday  Baltra Las Bachas Beach (SN/WA)
2 Saturday Sullivan Bay (Santiago Island) (SN/WA) Bartolome Island ( SN/PR/WA)
3 Sunday Prince Phillip´s Steps (SN/PR/KY/WA) Darwin Bay (SR/PR/KY/WA)
4 Monday James Bay (SN/WA) Buccaneer Cove (SN/PR/KY) 
5 Tuesday Punta Vicente Roca (Isabela Island) (SN/PR) Punta Espinosa (Fernadina Island) (SN/WA)
6 Wednesday Urbina Bay (SN/WA) Elizabeth Bay (PR)
7 Thursday Sierra Negra (WA) Wetlands (WA) /Tortoises Breading Center (WA)
8 Friday  Twin Craters (Santa Cruz Island) (WA) Baltra

OPTION 2

No Day AM PM
1 Friday  Baltra Charles Darwin Station (Santa Cruz Island) (WA)
2 Saturday Santa Fe Island (SP/PR/KY/WA) South Plaza Island (WA)
3 Sunday Chinese Hat ( SN/PR/KY/WA) Rabida Island (SN/PR/WA)
4 Monday Black Turtle Cove (PR) Dragon Hill (SN/WA)
5 Tuesday Post Office Bay (WA)- Baroness Viewpoint (PR/KY) Devil´s Crown (SN)- Punta Cormorant (SN/PR/WA)
6 Wednesday Punta Suárez (WA) Gardner Bay (SN/KY/WA) Osborn Islet (SN) Garden I (PR/SN) 
7 Thursday Port Baquerizo Moreno-Jacinto Gordillo Breeding Center-Interpretation Center (WA) Kicker Rock (SN)- Cerro Brujo (SK/KY/PR/WA)
8 Friday  Noth Seymour (SN/PR/ WA) Baltra

 

 

 

 

Friday, Day 1ITINERARY 3 4 TIP TOP 2

Flight from mainland Ecuador (Quito or Guayaquil) to Baltra, with AVIANCA Airlines; arriving at 09:20 a.m. approximately. A guide meets us and 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.

Saturday, Day 2

After breakfast, we 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 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 a delicious dinner and our nightly orientation.

Sunday, Day 3

After breakfast, we make a wet landing on Chinese Hat (Sombrero Chino), a small island off the Coast of Santiago Island, 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. We return to the boat for a delicious lunch. After lunch, 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, snorkel and/ or Kayak. Return to the Yacht for dinner and our nightly orientation.

Monday, Day 4

After breakfast, we make an early panga ride on Black Turtle Cove, series of mangrove-surrounded coves and islets; where we can observe white-tipped sharks, marine turtles, spotted eagle rays, and yellow cow-nosed rays.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. 

itineraries 5 days tip top II

Monday, Day 1

Flight from mainland Ecuador (Quito or Guayaquil) to Baltra, with AVIANCA  Airlines; arriving at 09:20 a.m. approximately. Your guide conducts you to a bus and after a short 5-kilometer ride to the pier; we board the Yacht without delay. We greet you with our first orientation and we offer a light snack. In the afternoon, we make a dry landing on Dragon Hill, where we can see land iguanas; we walk to a hypersalinic lagoon (saltier than the ocean), where we can observe flamingos, common stilts, pintail ducks and other species of birds. Optional: time for those who would like to swim and/or snorkel. We board the Yacht for dinner and the first of our nightly orientations.

Tuesday, Day 2

After breakfast, 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. Then, we make a panga ride on La Lobería of Post Office, where we can observe sea lion rookeries (the main attraction) on the beach and in the bay of the Lobería, sea turtles and marine iguanas. Return to the Yacht for lunch. In the afternoon, we visit the Devil’s Crown, a submerged volcano, for snorkelling for those who wish it (this is one of the best snorkelling sites in the Islands), then we make a wet landing on Point Cormorant for a short walk to the Flamingo Lagoon of this island. We 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/or snorkel. We return to the Yacht for dinner and our nightly orientation.

Wednesday, Day 3

After breakfast, we make an early dry landing on Punta Suarez to walk along lava beds where we will observe unique 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. Then we make a panga ride around the islet of Gardner. Optional: time for those who would like to swim and/or snorkel. Return to the Yacht for dinner and our nightly orientation. 

Thursday, Day 4

After breakfast, we make a dry landing San Cristobal port, after a short drive we arrive at Jacinto Gordillo Turtle Breeding Center where we learn about its reproductive process and the programs to maintain the species. We take the bus back to the port  to visit the Interpretation Center of Human History of the Islands; this tour takes us through the geological and human history of the islands and its conservation. We come aboard for a delicious lunch.  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.

Friday, Day 5

After breakfast we make an early 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. 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

THESE ITINERARIES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT A PREVIOUS NOTICE, DUE OPERATIONAL REASONS, WEATHER CONDITIONS OR BY THE AUTHORITIES OF THE GALAPAGOS NATIONAL PARK.

ASK FOR SPECIAL ITINERARIES FOR 3, 4 OR 10 NIGHTS 

 

 

 

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