Danubio Azul

Being part of the three-vessel Tip Top fleet, the Tip Top III offers the highest level of security and comfort one yacht can offer. The itineraries start and finish in Baltra with domestic flights from Quito or Guayaquil included. Guests can explore the Galapagos Islands and its amazing diversity in trips that range from 3 to 14 nights. Explore the islands’ volcanic origin, snorkel with penguins, sea lions, and eagle rays or observe iguanas, and blue-footed boobies. With 10 cabins in total, and many facilities onboard, the Tip Top III 8 crew members are ready to give any guest the trip of their lifetime.

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Danubio Azul Liveaboard

The Overall Review

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In summary, this is what divers think:

  • Editor Rating
  • Rated 2 stars
  • 40%

  • Danubio Azul Liveaboard
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  • Last modified: 24-08-2019

2 reasons to dive

  • The crew were friendly and welcoming.
  • Some divers stated when they did dive they saw an abundance of marine life.

5 reasons NOT to dive

  • A couple of people noted that the boat is old and not well kept.
  • Some people were taken back by the repetitive and poor quality of the food presented to them.
  • A few people claimed that the dive boat itself was a wreck with the generator mostly giving in leaving them without air-conditioning, lighting and water pumps.
  • People also stated that the equipment was below par even though sizes were given a couple of weeks in advance.
  • Some divers said they used a zodiac boat for diving but it needed constant maintenance to counter a state of sinking.

Key facts

Year (re)built:2016
Max divers10
InternetNo
NitroxYes ($)
Rental equip.Yes ($)
Camera stationNo
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconYes

Prices

The avarage price for diving with this liveaboard is
$345$
per day.

We've calculated this price based on a 7 day stay.
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Highlights

  • Two panga boats aimed at guests’ transport from the mothership to any visited land
  • Dedicated trained naturalist guides onboard
  • Two kayaks and snorkeling equipment available at all times
  • Daily excursions that include a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station
  • An encounter with turtles, marine iguanas, sea lions, Galapagos penguins, stingrays, white tipped and black tipped sharks
  • Large open-plan lounge area with variety of books, games, videos and music
  • Undercover saloon, bar area and beautiful large shaded sun deck

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Description and details

Diving on the Danubio Azul in Galapagos

Captain Rolf Wittmer, in 1982, founded a 100% Ecuadorian family company, with the aim of being the pioneer of tourism in the Galapagos Islands. The first-class yacht Tip Top III was constructed and designed in 2001, as part of the three-vessel Tip Top fleet. It was redesigned in 2008, all in order to offer the highest level of security and comfort that one yacht that cruises the Galapagos Islands can offer. With trips between 3, 4, 7 or 14-nights, guests can visit places like Sullivan Bay and explore the volcanic origin of the islands, have panga rides to Punta Vicente Roca to observe iguanas, sea lions, and blue-footed boobies, or snorkel at Chinese Hat with penguins, sea lions, and eagle rays.

Tip Top III Interior and Features

There are 10 cabins available, accommodating 16 passengers per trip. The cabins are divided between the upper and lower decks. Each cabin has a private bathroom with toilet, shower, and washbasin, individual air-conditioning, safety box, and locker. Phones to call other cabins using the internal system are also available for guests to use.

There are many common areas around the body of the ship. The main deck is where most of the social gatherings occur. In the large open-plan lounge area, guests are offered a variety of books, games, videos and even music for personal enjoyment. One book the crew always recommends on this trip is the famous “Floreana” by Margret Wittmer, which in fact is a fun read based on history. For those with technology in mind, Tip Top III has a desktop PC that is always open for personal use.

The dining room and the kitchen are also situated on the main deck. Most of the meals during the trip are served here and are based on a freshly prepared combination of Ecuadorian and International cuisines. Guests have access to purified water 24 hours a day, and coffee and herbal teas, which are also free of charge. Sodas and liquors are also available for purchase on board.

The upper deck and the sun deck are created for enjoyment. Besides the bridge being located on the upper deck, guests will be able to find and undercover saloon as well as an open bar area that will set anyone with a drink or two. A beautiful large shaded sun deck is located on top of the boat, as an ideal place for a moment of relaxation during the travels around the wonders of the Galapagos archipelago. In here the combination of sun and the sea will offer a great place for relaxation and joy of the sea breeze, all while enjoying some stunning Galapagos views, and admiring the overall amazing landscape.

Safety on Board

The yacht is constantly communicating with the Tip Top office via radio. Any inquiries regarding lost or delayed luggage, flight confirmations or emergencies are monitored from the office at all times. Despite the fact that the Galapagos Islands are more than 600 miles from the mainland, guests can be assured they have the best technology for communication needs available onboard. In addition, Tip Top III has all the necessary emergency equipment, starting from first aid kits, up to life vests, emergency flares and rafts.

  • Editor Rating
  • Rated 2 stars
  • 40%

  • Danubio Azul Liveaboard
  • Reviewed by:
  • Published on:
  • Last modified: 24-08-2019
Boat features
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Audio & video entertainment
  • Aircon Cabins
  • Sun Deck
  • Non-Diver (Snorkeler) Friendly
  • Warm Water Showers
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Custom built for diving
  • Charging stations
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Outside Showers
  • Naturalist Itineraries
  • Leisure Deck
  • Bar
  • Available for Charter
  • Naturalist Guide

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