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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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Our First Class yacht Tip Top IV was designed and constructed to offer the highest level of security in 2006.

  • Length: 125 feet
  • Beam: 25 feet
  • Draft: 6 feet
  • Cruising speed: 12 knots

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.
  • (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.

Guestt 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):

      • Dinning room for 20 people (435 square feet)
      • Salon room (310 square feet)
      • Comfortable Lounge

Social Areas (upper deck):

      • Bar & Salon (775 square feet)

16 passengers accommodated in 10 cabins:

Each cabin has:

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

Crew:

8 members:

  • Captain
  • Bilingual naturalist guide
  • Engineer
  • International cook
  • Barman & waitress
  • Two sailors
  • 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
9.4
Superb
9.0
Accommodation
10.0
Meals
10.0
Overall
9.0
Transport
9.0
Value for Money

Comments:

  • Ray Wayne

    21 September, 2022 at 5:14 pm

    The crew and staff were attentive to our needs. There are many logistics to a trip like this and we felt that there was always someone to support our needs.
    The crew is well organized and seemed to work together very nicely. A ship is a unique environment and the crew made us feel safe and at home.

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  • Karen

    21 September, 2022 at 5:22 pm

    The Cruise was excellent in every way. The professionalism, expertise, and kind care from the guide and crew made each day sensational, It was a life-changing experience being here. The Islands full of life, the unique land formations, and the glorious blue ocean have all captived my son. There have been so many lessons learned from nature. New friendships have been formed. Thank you for offering the trip at a reasonable price giving me an unforgettable trip of a lifetime. Many blessings.

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4 Nights/5 Days Cruise (MON-FRY)

NoDayAMPM
1MondayBaltraBlack Turtle Cove
2TuesdayChinese HatRabida Island
3WednesdaySullivan BayBartolome Island
4ThursdaySanta Fe IslandSouth Plaza Island
5FridayLas Bachas BeachBaltra

7 Nights / 8 Days OPTION 1

NoDayAMPM
1FridayBaltraNorth Seymour
2SaturdayDarwin BayPrince Phillip´s Steps
3SundayJames BayBuccaneer Cove
4MondayPunta Vicente RocaPunta Espinosa
5TuesdayTagus CoveElizabeth Bay
6WednesdayUrbina BayPunta Moreno
7ThursdayPunta CormorantBaroness Viewpoint
8FridayTwin craters & HighlandsBaltra

7 Nights / 8 Days OPTION 2

NoDayAMPM
1FridayBaltraCharles Darwin Station
2SaturdayPunta SuarezGardner Bay
3SundayPitt Islet -Punta PittKicker Rock- Cerro Brujo
4MondayMosquera IslandBlack Trtle Cove
5TuesdayChinese HatRabida Island
6WednesdaySullivan BayBartolome Island
7ThursdaySanta Fe IslandSouth Plaza Island
8FridayLas Bachas BeachBaltra

Monday, day 1

Flight from Ecuador (Quito or Guayaquil) to Baltra, arriving at 09:20 a.m. approximately. Your guide will take you to the bus and after 5 kilometers of trip on the boat, we will ride the yacht without delay. We will greet with our first orientation and our Christmas fortress. In the afternoon, we will make a panga tour in Black Turtle Cove, a series of coves and islets surrounded by mangroves; where wecanobserve white tip sharks, marineturtles, spottedeaglerays, and yellow daffodils. We sat down to dinner on the yacht and the first of our nocturnal orientations.

Tuesday, Day 2

After breakfast, we will take a walk inChineseHat (SombreroChino), as a small island off the coast of the Island of Santiago, we can see on the coastline: Galapagos, Galapagos, marine and marine. This is an excellent place for animals. Optional: time for those who would like to swim, dive and / or kayak. Return to the yacht for lunch. In the afternoon, we make a wet landing in Rabida, walk and observe marine iguanas and sea lions, pelicans, blue-footed boobies, masked boobies and thickened browns. We walk and develop an animal in a lake where we can observe flamingos. Optional: time for those who wish to swim or dive. We return to the yacht for dinner and our night orientation.

Wednesday, Day 3

After breakfast, we make a wet landing in Sullivan Bay, a perfect place to get an idea of ​​the volcanic origin of the islands. Optional: time for those who wish to swim and / or dive. We return to the boat to make a delicious lunch. Late in the afternoon, we met to land on Bartolomé Island, to fulfill the mission, during the walk we observed colonies of marine iguanas and lava lizards. At the top, we have an impressive view of the surrounding islands, including the eroded tuff cone of Pinnacle Rock. We return to the yacht for an exquisite dinner and our night orientation

Thursday, Day 4

After breakfast, we will head to San Francisco to visit the cactus colony of the Santa Fe native lands. Optional: Time for those wishing to swim, dive and / or practice kayaking. Restoring the boat to sail in the south of the peninsula, where we will meet at the tip of this earth, there we will be glad of the anecdotes. Stroll through the forests to observe the mountains and tropical bird species. At the end of the afternoon, we headed towards Yachtford in a night orientation.

Friday, Day5

After dawn, we will find a place near LasBachas beach, where we can appreciate the Flamingo lagoon. During all walks, your guide will explain in detail the lives of birds and animals. We recruited the school on its route in the cable car 09:00. Your guide takes you on the direct bus to the airport.

Friday, Day 1
 
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.

Saturday, Day 2
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.

Sunday, Day 3
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.
Monday, Day 4
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.
Tuesday, Day 5
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.
Wednesday, Day 6
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.
Thursday, Day 7,
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.
Friday, Day 8
After breakfast, we disembark and a bus takes us to the highlands of Santa Cruz Island for a visit to the native forests and twin craters. Then the bus takes us directly to the airport (Baltra). Your guide accompanies you on this ride.
Friday, Day 1
Flight from mainland Ecuador (Quito or Guayaquil) to Baltra, 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 board 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 board and we have a welcome cocktail with the entire crew, and dinner.
Saturday, Day 2
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. 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.
Sunday, Day 3
After breakfast, we make a wet landing on Punta Pitt in San Cristobal Island; the trail includes an olivine beach 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
Monday, Day 4
After breakfast, we make an early wet landing on Mosquera Island, a reef of rocks and coral (the result of an uprising) 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.
Tuesday, Day 5
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. 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.
Wednesday, Day 6
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/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
Thursday, Day 7
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 dinner and our nightly orientation.
Friday, Day 8
After breakfast we make an early disembark on Las Bachas Beach, a place where we can appreciate a Flamingos lagoon. 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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