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Tip Top IV

As a first-class yacht, the Tip Top IV has been constructed and designed with the highest level of safety in mind. Snorkeling equipment, as well as two kayaks, are always available to anyone who is interested in exploring. There is a multilingual guide assisting guests with any type of instructions or general cruise rules and programs, as well as a naturalist guide. Social areas, including the bar, dining room, lounge, and a sun deck offer great areas for relaxation. In addition, a sun deck with comfortable loungers is also available. With 10 cabins for 16 passengers in total, the Tip Top IV can be just the right vessel to create the trip of a lifetime.

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Tip Top IV Liveaboard

The Overall Review

We spent 7.4 hours reading reviews from experts and divers about Tip Top IV Liveaboard.
In summary, this is what divers think:

The Tip Top IV liveaboard, Galapagos
Tip Top IV Liveaboard
Good Liveaboard

4 reasons to dive

  • Several people noted that the Tip Top IV was in pristine condition.
  • Some of the divers recall having enjoyed the excursion to the many islands while enjoying the sand bars.
  • Many people loved the cooking of the chef and they vigorously recommend it be tried.
  • A lot of people liked the snacks that was on offer after the many activities.

2 reasons NOT to dive

  • Some divers said they would of liked a bit more time diving each time as opposed to diving everyday.
  • A couple of people noted that the wet suits did nothing to control the coldness of the water.

Key facts

Year (re)built: 2006
Max divers 20
Internet No
Nitrox No
Rental equip. Yes ($)
Camera station No
Min. logged dives No minimum
Aircon Yes


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

We've calculated this price based on a 7 day stay.
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The passion behind this guide is run by passionate scuba geeks - and our liveaboard guides are no exception.

    Ron Simon

    Dive instructor/Liveaboard director

    Ron has been a Cruise Director on 10+ Liveaboards throughout the world and has a keen understanding...

    Torben Lonne

    PADI Instructor

    Torben is the Editor of Divein and a true water lover. 

    Boby Taylor

    Liveaboard Director

    Boby has been diving and guiding on liveaboards since 2005, and love it


  • A possible encounter of turtles, sea lions, marine iguanas, Galapagos penguins, stingrays, white tipped and black tipped sharks during dives
  • Use of the two kayaks and snorkeling equipment for exploring in between dives
  • A daily excursion that includes a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station
  • Two panga boats available at any time
  • Naturalist Guides aboard completely trained for itineraries’ excursions and certified by the Galapagos National Park
  • Two kayaks and snorkeling equipment available free of charge
  • Multilingual naturalist
  • 10 cabins
  • Ecuadorian and International cuisine

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Description and details

Diving on the Tip Top IV in Galapagos

The Tip Top IV is a first-class 16-guest yacht that has been launched in 2006. Cruising the Galapagos Islands, this masterpiece is part of a three-yacht fleet – Tip Top, that comes from an Ecuadorian family company founded in 1982. With the highest level of safety in mind. Tip Top IV is in constant communication with the Tip Top Galapagos office via radio. Although the Galapagos Islands are a remote location, the Tip Top fleet has the best technology available for communication purposes. It is also highly committed to management assurance and environmental protection. The Tip Top IV crew makes sure it complies with laws, regulations and other agreements regarding quality, environmental protection, best practices, safety at sea, occupational health and security. In addition, it bears a certificate under international standards as a Smart Voyager by Rainforest Alliance.

Tip Top IV has two kayaks on board. Snorkeling equipment (masks, snorkels, and fins) is available to use for the duration of the cruise. For each passenger, there is a bag to store and transport the equipment. For those interested, wetsuits are available, but only as a rent option. The crew of 8 include the Captain, engineer, chef, barman, a waitress, two sailors and a multilingual guided who once aboard, briefs guests on special procedures, vessel safety, Galapagos National Park rules and the cruise in general.

The multilingual (Spanish and English or Spanish, English, and German) naturalist guides are certified by the Galapagos National Park and completely trained for these itineraries. The guests are transported from the main boat using two panga boats for exploration, always accompanied by a naturalist, so guests can always be immersed in this enchanted land and learn as they travel around.

Tip Top IV Features and Interior

There are several social areas available throughout the boat. The bar, dining room, lounge, and a sun deck are constantly available to host someone and offer great comfort. The lovely outdoor lounge is located on the main deck and keeps a variety of board games, videos, books, and music. There is even a desktop PC for your use. On the top deck, a spacious sun deck with comfortable loungers and a shaded area is laid out for everyone to enjoy it.

The dining room which is also on the main deck is the place where a combination of Ecuadorian and International cuisine is freshly prepared and served. Of course, available 24 hours a day, there is purified water, coffee and herbal tea free of charge. Sodas and liquors, however, are available but come for a charge.

10 cabins are there to accommodate 16 passengers aboard. Each cabin features an air-conditioning unit, a private bathroom with toilet and shower, washbasin, safety box, locker, drawers, and vanity with a hairdryer. All cabins have the choice of twin or double beds. Phones are available in the room, but only to use to call other cabins using the internal system.

Boat features
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Air Conditioned saloon
  • Aircon Cabins
  • Sun Deck
  • Indoor Saloon
  • Non-Diver (Snorkeler) Friendly
  • Warm Water Showers
  • En-Suite bathrooms
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Seaview Cabins
  • Snorkeling Equipment
  • Naturalist Itineraries
  • Dedicated Local & International Crew
  • Naturalist Guide
  • Bar
  • Family Friendly Cruise
  • Available for Charter
  • Naturalist Guide

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