Baltra | Galapagos Islands
Prince Phillips Steps | Galapagos islands
Egas Port | Galapagos Islands
Isabela Island | Galapagos penguins

Cruise to galapagos on an 8 day 7 night itinerary on board the tip top iv

A route that covers the remote western islands in depth and reveals the magical waters at the Bolivar channel where dolphins, whales and other marine life swim alongside your boat. This area is great for spotting penguins, flightless cormorants and swimming with the playful sea lions and peaceful marine turtles. From lava fields to cloudforests where giant tortoises roam. The Tip Top IV is a sleek monohaul yacht that offers comfort and high touch service.

Flight from mainland Ecuador (Quito or Guayaquil) to Baltra arriving at 09H20 a.m. approximately. Your guide conducts 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.

 

After breakfast, we make a wet landing on Darwin Bay to walk and observe frigatebirds, herons, mockingbirds, boobies 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.

 

After breakfast, we make a wet landing on James Bay (Puerto Egas), to walk and observe sponges, snails, hermit crabs, a 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.

 

After breakfast, we make a panga ride on Punta Vicente Roca to observe plenty of sea lions, marine iguanas, blue-footed and 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.

 

After breakfast, we make a panga ride on Tagus Cove, a protected cove between the shoulders of two volcanic craters which 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.

 

After breakfast, we make a wet landing on Urbina Bay to take a walk and observe a coral area, land iguanas, flightless 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.

 

After breakfast, we make a wet landing on Point Cormorant for a short walk to the Flamingos Lagoon of this island. Then we 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.

 

After breakfast we make an early disembark in the pier for a quick visit to the Twin Craters. Then the bus takes us directly to the airport (Baltra). Your guide accompanies you on this ride.

 
Galapagos map

Highlights

  • As you navigate the Bolivar channel, the possibility of spotting dolphins at the bow of the boat is enticing
  • Fernandina island is one of the more remote sanctuaries on the planet and a haven for marine iguanas, flightless cormorants and penguins
  • The highlands of Santa Cruz contrast with the rest of the scenery, here you will be able to walk amongst giant tortoises and giant scalesia trees
  • At Egas port you will be able to spot the fur seals as they play in the groto, as you return to the beach you will be able to swim with the sea lions
  • Reach the rim of the Sierra Negra volcano an get a sight of the worlds second largest crater
Cruise to the North and West corners of the Galapagos Islands

Cruise to the North and West corners of the Galapagos Islands

Cruise to the Galapagos islands in the south and central part of the archipelago

Cruise to the Galapagos islands in the south and central part of the archipelago