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Captain Rolf Wittmer is the first man whose birth on Floreana Island has been historically documented. He was born in January 1933, a few months after his parents, Margret and Heinz Wittmer ended a long trip from Germany to the island of Floreana.

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  • Length: 104 feet
  • Beam: 40 feet
  • Draft: 5 feet
  • Cruising speed: 12 knots

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.

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.

Guestt 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.

16 passengers accommodated in 10 cabins:

Each cabin has:

  • Private bathroom (toilet, shower, washbasin and vanity)
    Locker and drawers.
  • Safety box.
  • Air conditioned.

Crew:

8 members:

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

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.

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  • Included
    Air ticket
    Coffee & Herbal tea
    International and Ecuadorian food
    Kayaks
    Personalized service
    Swim fins
    Water
  • Not Included
    Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
    Galapagos Park Fee USD100 per person
    Personal Expenses
    Tips
    Transit Control Card USD20 per person
    Travel insurance mandatory
    Wetsuits for rent
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Superb
10.0
Accommodation
10.0
Meals
10.0
Overall
10.0
Transport
10.0
Value for Money

Comments:

  • Linda Preston

    21 September, 2022 at 5:01 pm

    I have been on many cruises with Celebrity, Princess, Holland America, etc, but your ship was superior , Excellent food , staff , accommodation. Best part of my trip. Thank you so much.

    Accommodation

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OPTION #1 (WEST): 7 NIGHTS / 8 DAYS

Day #Week DayAMPM
1FridayBALTRAMosquera Islet (WA/PR/SN)
2SaturdaySullivan Bay (WA/SN)Rabida (WA/KY/PR/SN)
3SundayEspinoza Point (WA/SN)Elizabeth Bay (PR)
4MondayUrbina Bay (WA/SN)Tagus Cove (WA/KY/PR/SN)
5TuesdayEgas Port (WA/SN)Bartolome (WA/PR/SN)
6WednesdayChinese Hat (WA/KY/PR/SN)Dragon Hill (WA/SN)
7ThursdaySanta Cruz Highlands (WA) /
El Chato Reserve
Interpretation Center Fausto Llerena
8FridayNorth Seymour (WA/PR)
BALTRA

SN SNORKEL, KY KAYAK, PR PANGA RIDE, WA WALKING

 

OPTION #2 (EAST): 7 NIGHTS / 8 DAYS

Day #Week DayAMPM
1FridayBALTRABachas Beach (WA/SN)
2SaturdayEl Barranco Prince Phillip’s Steps (WA/KY/PR/SN)Darwin Bay (WA/KY/PR/SN)
3SundaySouth Plaza (WA)Santa Fe (WA/KY/PR/SN)
4MondaySanta Cruz Highlands (WA)Fausto Llerena Breeding Center (WA)
5TuesdayBaroness Point View (WA/KY/PR) /
Post O. Bay (WA/SN) /
Asilo de la Paz (WA)
Cormorant Point (WA/PR/SN) /
Champion Islet (SN/PR)
6WednesdaySuarez Point (WA)Gardner Islet (PR/SN) /
Gardner Bay (WA/KY/SN) /
Osborn Islet (SN)
7ThursdayCerro Brujo (WA/KY/PR/SN) /
Kicker Rock (PR)
B. Moreno Port /
Gianni Arismendy Human Interpretation Center (WA)
8FridayBlack Turtle Cove (PR)
BALTRA

SN SNORKEL, KY KAYAK, PR PANGA RIDE, WA WALKING

 

OPTION #3 (EAST): 4 NIGHTS / 5 DAYS

Day #Week DayAMPM
1MondayArrival to Baltra Airport.
Santa Cruz Highlands (WA)
Fausto Llerena Breeding Center (WA)
2TuesdayBaroness Point View (WA/KY/PR) /
Post O. Bay (WA/SN) /
Asilo de la Paz (WA)
Cormorant Point (WA/PR/SN) /
Champion Islet (SN/PR)
3WednesdaySuarez Point (WA)Gardner Islet (PR/SN) /
Gardner Bay (WA/KY/SN) /
Osborn Islet (SN)
4ThursdayCerro Brujo (WA/KY/PR/SN) /
Kicker Rock (PR)
B. Moreno Port /
Gianni Arismendy Human Interpretation Center (WA)
5FridayBlack Turtle Cove (PR)
BALTRA

SN SNORKEL, KY KAYAK, PR PANGA RIDE, WA WALKING

 

OPTION #4 (EAST): 4 NIGHTS / 5 DAYS

Day #Week DayAMPM
1FridayBALTRABachas Beach (WA/SN)
2SaturdayEl Barranco Prince Phillip’s Steps (WA/KY/PR/SN)Darwin Bay (WA/KY/PR/SN)
3SundaySouth Plaza (WA)Santa Fe (WA/KY/PR/SN)
4MondaySanta Cruz, Twin Craters (WA)Baltra

SN SNORKEL, KY KAYAK, PR PANGA RIDE, WA WALKING

Friday, Day 1

Flight from mainland Ecuador (Quito or Guayaquil) to Baltra, with LATAM Airlines; arriving at 11:40 a.m. approximately. Your guide will meet you at arrivals gate, our crew will take care of your luggage. Your guide will conduct you to a bus and after a short 5-kilometer ride to the pier; you board the Yacht immediately. As the crew weighs anchor, we greet you with our first orientation and we offer a light snack. After lunch, you make an early wet landing on Mosquera Islet, a reef of rocks and coral (the result of an uprising) and a great white sand beach and tide pools. You 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.

Optional: time for those who would like to swim and snorkel. In the evening, we have an orientation about the Galapagos Islands in general: their origin and evolution. Welcome cocktail with the entire crew, and dinner.

 

Saturday, Day 2

After breakfast, we make a wet landing on Sullivan Bay, a perfect place to get a feel of the volcanic origin of the islands.

Optional: time for those who would like to swim and snorkel. We return to the boat for a delicious lunch. After this, you make a wet landing on Rabida, to walk and observe marine iguanas and sea lions, pelicans, blue-footed boobies, masked boobies and brown pelicans. You make a little walk and you arrive to a small saltwater lagoon where you can see pink flamingos.

Optional: time for those who would like to swim, snorkel or kayak. Return to the Yacht for dinner and our nightly orientation.

 

Sunday, Day 3

After breakfast, we make a dry landing on Espinoza Point to observe and see a large colony of sea lions, marine iguanas and the flightless cormorants and clumps of lava cactus.

Optional: time for those who would like to swim and snorkel. You come aboard for lunch. In the afternoon, you 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.

 

Monday, Day 4

After breakfast, you 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 or snorkel. Return to the Yacht for lunch. In the afternoon, we make a panga ride on Tagus Cove, a 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 or kayak. Return to the Yacht for dinner and our nightly orientation.

 

Tuesday, Day 5

After breakfast, you 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.

You return to the boat for a delicious lunch. In the afternoon, you make a dry landing on Bartolome Island, to hike to the summit; during the hike, you observe colonies of marine iguanas and lava lizards. On the summit you see an impressive view of the surrounding islands, including the eroded tuff cone of Pinnacle Rock.

Optional: time for those who would like to swim or snorkel.

You return to the yacht for a delicious dinner and our nightly orientation.

 

Wednesday, Day 6

After breakfast, you make a wet landing on Chinese Hat (Sombrero Chino), a small island off the Coast of Santiago Island, you 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 or kayak. You return to the boat for lunch. Later in the afternoon, you make a dry landing on Dragon Hill, where you can see land iguanas; you walk to a hypersalinic lagoon (saltier than the ocean), where you can observe flamingos, common stilts, pintail ducks and other species of birds.

Optional: time for those who would like to swim or snorkel. You return to the Yacht for dinner and our nightly orientation.

 

Thursday, Day 7

After breakfast, you will disembark to take the bus to the highlands of Santa Cruz Island for a visit to the native forests, El Chato Reserve, then, you will go to enjoy the giant tortoises in the wildlife in a farm. You will be delighted with the lunch in the farm. After lunch, you will return to Puerto Ayora to start the visit to the Interpretation Center Fausto Llerena inside the Charles Darwin Research Station. You return to the Yacht for dinner and our nightly orientation.

 

Friday, Day 8

After breakfast, you 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.

You observe blue footed boobies (they nest from May to November), marine iguanas, pelicans, frigate birds, shore birds, sea lions and endemic Palo Santo. You 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 OPERATIONALL REASONS, WEATHER CONDITIONS OR BY THE AUTHORITIES OF THE GALAPAGOS NATIONAL PARK.

Friday, Day 1

Flight from mainland Ecuador (Quito or Guayaquil) to Baltra, with LATAM Airlines; arriving at 09:20 a.m. approximately. Your guide will meet you at arrivals gate, our crew will take care of your luggage. Your guide will conduct you to a bus and after a short 5-kilometer ride to the pier; you board the Yacht immediately. As the crew weighs anchor, we greet you with our first orientation and we offer a light snack. After navigating, we disembark on Playa Las Bachas, a place where you can appreciate a Flamingos lagoon. During all walks, your guide will be explaining details about the lives of the birds and animals.

Optional: time for those who would like to swim and snorkel, in the evening you have an orientation about the Galapagos Islands in general: their origin and evolution. Welcome cocktail with the entire crew, and dinner.

 

Saturday, Day 2

After breakfast, you take a panga ride and you make a dry landing on Prince Phillips’s Steps (Barranco), you walk and observe the interesting lives of the birds here.

Optional: time for those who would like to swim and snorkel or kayak. You come on board for a delicious lunch. Later in the afternoon, you make a wet landing on Darwin Bay to walk and observe frigate birds, herons, mockingbirds, boobies, shorebirds, turtles, marine iguanas, etc.

Optional: time for those who would like to swim, snorkel or kayak. Dinner on the Yacht, and then your orientation about conservation efforts made to protect the Islands.

 

Sunday, Day 3

After breakfast, you make a dry landing on the pier of the South Plaza, there you 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. Return to the Yacht for lunch. Then, you 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 or kayak. At the end of the afternoon, we return to the Yacht for dinner and our nightly orientation.

 

Monday, Day 4

After breakfast, disembark to take the bus to the highlands of Santa Cruz Island for a visit to the native forests, twin craters, and the ranch to see the tortoises in the wildlife. You will be delighted with the lunch in the ranch. After lunch, you will return to Puerto Ayora to start the visit to the Fausto Llerena Breeding 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.

 

Tuesday, Day 5

After breakfast, you make a wet landing, you will continue to the Baroness Point view, named due to the presence of a particular character who lived on Floreana Island, it is the Baroness Eloisa von Wagner, you will enjoy of the beautiful landscape and the ruins of her house; then, we will stop at 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 snorkel. Then, we take a bus for a short ride from the small town Puerto Velasco Ibarra to the Asilo de la Paz. It’s is a human historic site, this area was inhabitant by the early settlers who found a freshwater spring and refuge in the “cave of pirates”, this was the home of the first settlers of the island, Patrick Watkins lived there first, then Dr. Ritter and his companion Dora Strauch and then the Wittmer family. We walk through a path and we visit the cave of pirates and a corral built by the National Park Service where we can see Galapagos tortoises (from various islands) in captivity. Return to the Yacht for lunch. In the afternoon, you make a wet landing on Cormorant Point for a short walk to the Flamingo Lagoon of this island. You then continue the walk until we reach the beach called "La Picona" to see marine turtles and their spawning grounds. Then, 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. You return to the Yacht for dinner and our nightly orientation.

 

Wednesday, Day 6

After breakfast, we make an early dry landing on Punta Suarez to walk along lava beds where you will observe unique colonies of marine birds, including Albatross (May - December). Return to the Yacht for lunch. In the afternoon, we make a panga ride around the islet of Gardner. Then, 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.

Optional: time for those who would like to swim, snorkel or kayak.

After this, we will make a panga ride around Osborn Islet. Return to the Yacht for dinner and our nightly orientation.

 

Thursday, Day 7

After breakfast, 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 or Kayak. Then, your 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. You come aboard for a delicious lunch. In the afternoon, you make a dry landing on San Cristobal port, visit to the Interpretation Center Gianni Arismendy at Port, where you learn about the origin and evolution of the Galapagos Islands, regarding the human, natural and conservation aspects. Time in town to do your last shopping or to go to the ATM. You return to the Yacht for dinner, and our nightly orientation.

 

Friday, Day 8

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

Monday, Day 1

Flight from mainland Ecuador (Quito or Guayaquil) to Baltra, with LATAM Airlines; arriving at 11:40 a.m. approximately. A guide meets you 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, you will return to Puerto Ayora to start the visit to the Fausto Llerena Breeding 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.

 

Tuesday, Day 2

After breakfast, you make a wet landing, you will continue to the Baroness Point view, named due to the presence of a particular character who lived on Floreana Island, it is the Baroness Eloisa von Wagner, you will enjoy of the beautiful landscape and the ruins of her house; then, we will stop at 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 snorkel. Then, we take a bus for a short ride from the small town Puerto Velasco Ibarra to the Asilo de la Paz. It’s is a human historic site, this area was inhabitant by the early settlers who found a freshwater spring and refuge in the “cave of pirates”, this was the home of the first settlers of the island, Patrick Watkins lived there first, then Dr. Ritter and his companion Dora Strauch and then the Wittmer family. We walk through a path and we visit the cave of pirates and a corral built by the National Park Service where we can see Galapagos tortoises (from various islands) in captivity. Return to the Yacht for lunch. In the afternoon, you make a wet landing on Cormorant Point for a short walk to the Flamingo Lagoon of this island. You then continue the walk until we reach the beach called "La Picona" to see marine turtles and their spawning grounds. Then, 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. You return to the Yacht for dinner and our nightly orientation.

 

Wednesday, Day 3

After breakfast, you make an early dry landing on Punta Suarez to walk along lava beds where you will observe unique colonies of marine birds, including Albatross (May - December). Return to the Yacht for lunch. In the afternoon, we make a panga ride around the islet of Gardner. Then, 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.

Optional: time for those who would like to swim, snorkel or kayak.

After this, we will make a panga ride around Osborn Islet. Return to the Yacht for dinner and our nightly orientation.

 

Thursday, Day 4

After breakfast, 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 or Kayak. Then, your 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. You come aboard for a delicious lunch. In the afternoon, you make a dry landing on San Cristobal port, visit to the Interpretation Center Gianni Arismendy at Port, where you learn about the origin and evolution of the Galapagos Islands, regarding the human, natural and conservation aspects. Time in town to do your last shopping or to go to the ATM. You return to the Yacht for dinner, and our nightly orientation.

 

Friday, Day 5

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

Friday, Day 1

Flight from mainland Ecuador (Quito or Guayaquil) to Baltra, with LATAM Airlines; arriving at 09:20 a.m. approximately. Your guide will meet you at arrivals gate, our crew will take care of your luggage. Your guide will conduct you to a bus and after a short 5-kilometer ride to the pier; you board the Yacht immediately. As the crew weighs anchor, we greet you with our first orientation and we offer a light snack. After navigating, we disembark on Playa Las Bachas, a place where you can appreciate a Flamingos lagoon. During all walks, your guide will be explaining details about the lives of the birds and animals.

Optional: time for those who would like to swim and snorkel, in the evening you have an orientation about the Galapagos Islands in general: their origin and evolution. Welcome cocktail with the entire crew, and dinner.

 

Saturday, Day 2

After breakfast, you take a panga ride and you make a dry landing on Prince Phillips’s Steps (Barranco), you walk and observe the interesting lives of the birds here.

Optional: time for those who would like to swim and snorkel or kayak. You come on board for a delicious lunch. Later in the afternoon, you make a wet landing on Darwin Bay to walk and observe frigate birds, herons, mockingbirds, boobies, shorebirds, turtles, marine iguanas, etc.

Optional: time for those who would like to swim, snorkel or kayak. Dinner on the Yacht, and then your orientation about conservation efforts made to protect the Islands.

 

Sunday, Day 3

After breakfast, you make a dry landing on the pier of the South Plaza, there you 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. Return to the Yacht for lunch. Then, you 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 or kayak. At the end of the afternoon, we return to the Yacht for dinner and our nightly orientation.

 

Monday, Day 4

After breakfast, you make a dry landing on Puerto Ayora port, after a short drive, you arrive at the Twin Crater, where you will do a fast visit.

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.

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