Galapagos Travel expeditions are on chartered 16 passenger motor yachts. Your floating hotel comfortably carries you from island to island and visitor site to visitor site. To maximize your time on land, longer repositioning moves are normally at night while you sleep. Frequently you'll wake up to find the crew has magically transported you to a new island. The majority of Galapagos Travel voyages are on the motor yacht TIP TOP IV or TIP TOP II, although on occasion we might also use another similar vessel.
On-board instrumentation on all yachts includes satellite navigation, radar, sonar, single sideband radio, and cellular phone. All yachts carry a VCR with a natural history video library. All cabins are air-conditioned, have ample storage space, private bathroom with hot shower, and 110VAC outlets. The yachts are very spacious, with lots of indoor and outdoor reading / lounging / viewing areas. Each boat carries a crew of 7 to 9, including the captain, first mate, engineer, 2 sailors, 2 cooks, a waiter / cabin steward, and a university-level Naturalist Guide.
Tip Top IV
TIP TOP IV - The 125 ft, steel-hulled, TIP TOP IV was built in Guayaquil, Ecuador in 2006, and totally refurbished in 2015. The design includes all modern navigation instrumentation and safety features. She has a crew of 7 and carries just 16 passengers in 10 air-conditioned double cabins (4 on the bridge deck and 6 on the lower deck). All cabins feature 2 lower twin beds, which can also be modified to create a double bed if guests prefer. The interior is very spacious and attractive, and features a library/conference room, and a spacious dining room. There are extensive outside viewing (both sun and shade) areas. Twin diesels give her a cruising speed of 12 knots. Shore landings are made via twin 17-foot inflatable zodiacs. Special equipment on board includes basic snorkeling gear to loan as well as kayaks.
Tip Top II
TIP TOP II - The sleek 104 ft. fiberglass catamaran TIP TOP II was built in 2008, and totally refurbished and re-christened in 2015. Built for Galapagos cruising the 40ft. wide design offers stability paired with all modern navigation instrumentation and safety features. She has a crew of 8 and carries 16 passengers in 10 air-conditioned cabins. Cabin amenities include large view windows, all lower berths (no bunk beds), lock boxes, and private baths, including hot showers and a hair dryer. On the upper deck there are two cabins with king beds, and two cabins with two twin berths - all with private balconies. On the main deck there are 6 cabins, including two singles and four doubles with two twin berths.
The interior of the TIP TOP II is very attractive, and features a library/conference room and a spacious dining room. There are extensive outside viewing (sun/ shade) areas, all with comfortable, cushioned lounge chairs. Twin diesels give her a cruising speed of 12 knots. Shore landings are made via twin 17-foot inflatable zodiacs equipped with 25hp four stroke outboard motors. There is also a desalination water making system on board. There are 2 double kayaks available for guest use, as well as basic snorkel gear to loan.