Tip Top III

Our First Class yacht Tip Top III was designed and constructed in 2001 and redesigned in 2008 to offer the highest level of security and comfort to our guests.

Technical Information

  • Length: 104 feet
  • Beam: 22 feet
  • Draft: 5 feet
  • Cruising speed: 11 knots

Safety & Communications System:

  • (2) 24 miles 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 17 feet 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 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 drawers
  • Safety box
  • Air conditioned

Guest Accommodation:

Lower Deck:

  • 2 cabins with one double lower berth and one single upper berth (cabins: 1 & 2)
  • 4 cabins with two single lower berths (cabins: 3 to 6)

Upper Deck:

  • 2 cabins with one double lower berth (cabins: 7 & 8)
  • 2 cabins with two single lower berths (cabins 9 & 10)

Social Areas (main deck):

  • Bar
  • Dinning room
  • Lounge
  • Sun deck

Crew:

8 members:

  • Captain
  • Multilingual guide
  • Engineer
  • International cook
  • Barman & waitress
  • Two sailors

 

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Include

  • Snorkel equipment
  • Kayaks
  • International and Ecuadorian food
  • Water
  • Coffee & Herbal tea
  • Personalized service
  • Air ticket

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 IIIN

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. 

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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