Liveaboard Review

Tip Top II cruises offer visitors unique opportunities of diverse wildlife sightings. The travel aboard Tip Top II is comfortable and of the highest safety standards, with top multi-lingual naturalist guides. There are two 8-day cruise itineraries, which can be either shortened into 4 or 5-day cruises or combined into 11 or 15-day cruises. Available for 16 passengers at a time, the yacht is offering 10 spacious cabins. The chef onboard combines Ecuadorian and International cuisines to create delicious dishes. With its two kayaks and snorkeling equipment always available, guests can experience the Galapagos archipelago in a truly unique way.

Our Overall Review


Things we like:

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    Some people stated that the Tip Top team handled everything professionally from hotel booking to the cruise itself.
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    The cabins were spacious and luxurious well worth the money spent.
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    Many people were happy with the guide taking them to the various secluded beaches and viewing the wildlife on display.
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    The crew was exceptional delivering a service fit for a queen.
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    Many people were happy with the cruise ans said they would return.

Things we don't like:

  • check-markSome people were taken back by the lack of entertainment in the evening.
  • check-markSome divers said the equipment didn't fit all of the divers, some had to use 2 sizes smaller.

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Diving on the Tip Top 2 in Galapagos

The Tip Top II Catamaran offers guests fantastic itineraries that range from 4 to up to 15 days, all for exploring the Galapagos Islands. All trips start from Baltra Island and include return domestic flights which are included in the trip cost and are either from Quito or Guayaquil. Trips themselves offer everything one could hope to expect from a Galapagos cruise. No matter if that is a hike to the summit of Bartolome Island, snorkel amongst penguins and turtles or visit colonies of sea lions and enjoy panga rides around the rugged coast – these itineraries can have it all. There is also a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Centre where anyone can learn all about the diverse area they are in at that moment.

The Tip Top II ship was built in 2008 and redesigned in 2015-2016. Yacht’s owners descend from Galapagos history books, and they make sure they continue with the family history of adaptation, innovation, and environmental concern. Traveling aboard Tip Top II is comfortable with the highest safety standards. It carries two kayaks on board and snorkeling equipment, all offered free of charge. There are also wet suits available to rent, though a pre-travel order is needed. Guests are transported from the mother ship in two panga boats for land exploration, always supported by dedicated naturalists. The enchanted land leaves any guest immersed.

Tip Top II Features and Interior

The new Tip Top II is a first-class 31.5m (104 feet) long yacht with a crew of 8, the captain, an engineer, a multi-lingual naturalist guide, an international chef, a barman, a waitress, and two sailors, all catering to guests needs. With a maximum of 16 passengers, the ship is accommodated with 10 cabins with individual air-conditioning. Each cabin has an en-suite bathroom (toilet, shower, washbasin, and vanity), safety box, locker, drawers, and hairdryer. The cabins are situated on the main and upper decks and comprise of 2 cabins with one double bed and 6 cabins with two single beds, as well as 2 cabins with one king-size bed. Some of the cabins are equipped with a balcony, so guests can fully immerse in the beauty of the ocean. Daily housekeeping is also included in the overall package.

Guests will also find lots of space to relax. The comfortable lounge is air-conditioned and has a flat-screen TV. It is a perfect place to enjoy some cool air, while for sun lovers, the spacious sun deck offers great cushioned loungers. There are an outdoor lounge and bar which is a great place to enjoy the sea breeze and have a cool beer or glass of wine whilst discussing the days’ events. The chef onboard knows just how important is to stay fueled for the next adventure. As such, he combines Ecuadorian and International cuisine which transform into delicious dishes. Special dietary requirements can always be accommodated, though should be noted during the booking. Onboard guests also enjoy complimentary purified water, coffee, and herbal teas.

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