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Tip Top III - Galapagos Naturalist Cruise (non-diving)




Length / Width

32 m / 7 m

Year built / renovated

2001  / 2008

Rental equip.

YES ($)






  • Naturalist Guides aboard Tip Top III are completely trained for the itineraries' excursions and certified by the Galapagos National Park
  • Two panga boats transport you from the mothership to explore the land with the dedicated Naturalist. Expect to be immersed in this enchanted land and learn as you travel around
  • Make use of the yacht’s two kayaks and snorkelling equipment to go off and explore or participate in a daily excursion including a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station
  • Encounter turtles, marine iguanas, Galapagos penguins, sea lions, sting rays, white tipped and black tipped sharks
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Booking process


Once we receive your booking, we double check availability with the dive operator and reserve your spot


We usually get back to you within 24 hours to confirm that your booking is final


You then have 48 hours to take care of other travel arrangements. Your credit card will only be charged after that period

Payment & cancellation

Payment terms

  • Now: 0%
  • 48 hours after booking confirmation: 25% (downpayment)
  • 104 days before trip start: 75% (balance)

Cancellation fee

Free cancellation for 48h after confirmation

  • 25% of the total booking amount will be charged if you cancel more than 90 days prior to arrival
  • 100% will be charged if you cancel less than 90 days prior to arrival



As part of the three-vessel Tip Top fleet, Tip Top III comes from a 100-percent Ecuadorian family company founded in 1982 by Captain Rolf Wittmer, a pioneer of tourism in the Galapagos Islands.

The first-class yacht Tip Top III was designed and constructed in 2001, and redesigned in 2008, to offer the highest level of security and comfort in Galapagos Island cruising.

Common Areas Aboard Tip Top III

Tip Top III's social areas include a Bar, Dining Room, Lounge and Sun Deck. The lounge is located on the Main Deck and offers a variety of board games, videos, books and music for your enjoyment. Look for the famed book “Floreana” by Margret Wittmer, a fun historic read. There is also a desktop PC for your use.

The dining room, also on the Main Deck, has a combination of Ecuadorian and International cuisine freshly prepared, daily. Available 24 hours a day are: purified water, coffee and herbal teas free of charge. Sodas and liquors are available for purchase on board.

A beautiful sun deck is located on top of the boat, providing an ideal place for a moment of relaxation as you travel around the wonders of the Galapagos Islands; here the sun and the sea will be complicit during your unforgettable stay, while you admire the amazing Archipelago.

The yacht is in constant contact with the Tip Top Galapagos office via radio. Any inquiries regarding lost or delayed luggage, flight confirmations or any emergency will be monitored from the office at all times. Although the Galapagos Islands are an extremely remote location (more than 600 miles from the mainland), the Tip Top fleet has the best technology available to serve your communication needs.

Activities Aboard Tip Top III

There are two kayaks on board for your use, as well as snorkeling equipment to use for the duration of the cruise: masks, snorkels and fins (sizes 3-5 to 11-13). The Tip Tip III crew provides these to each passenger with a bag to store and transport the equipment. Wetsuits are available to rent upon request; please notify your Adventure Coordinator prior to your cruise if you wish to reserve a wetsuit.

Crew & Guides Aboard Tip Top III

Tip Top III has a crew of 8 including the Captain and a multilingual Guide, Engineer, Cook, Barman and Waitress and two Sailors. Once you are aboard Tip Top III, you are welcomed by a Guide who will brief you on vessel safety, special procedures, Galapagos National Park rules and the cruise in general.

Naturalist Guides aboard Tip Top III are completely trained for the itineraries' excursions and certified by the Galapagos National Park. The level of the Guides are two and three levels, based on the number of languages they speak. The Guides will be able to speak Spanish and English or Spanish, English and German. You will be introduced to the crew members the first night of the cruise. Tip Top III's friendly and professional crew members do their best to make your Galapagos Islands visit an unforgettable experience. Each one ensures a safe, personalized cruise.

Guests are transported from the mothership in two Panga Boats for exploration on land with the dedicated Naturalist, so expect to be immersed in this enchanted land and learn as you travel around. For an insight into a few locations that Tip Top IV visits, check the Diving description section. Tip Top III is not a Scuba Diving Boat.

Sustainability Aboard Tip Top III

The Tip Top fleet is highly committed with management assurance and environmental protection. Tip Top III complies with laws, regulations and other agreements regarding quality, environmental protection, safety at sea, best practices, occupational health and security. In addition, she is certified under international standards as a Smart Voyager by Rainforest Alliance.

Cabins Aboard Tip Top III

10 cabins accommodate 16 passengers aboard Tip Top III on the Upper and Lower decks. Each cabin features air conditioning, safety box, locker, drawers and a private bathroom with toilet, shower, washbasin and vanity with hair dryer. Phones are available for your use to call other cabins using the internal system.


Please refer to logistics section of each itinerary to find detailed info on how to get there.

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Deck Plan


Diving gear

  • Rental Equipment (Free)
  • Rental Equipment ($)

Diving Facilities

  • Battery Charging Station
  • Warm-Water Showers

For your safety

  • Fire Alarm
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Life Jackets
  • Life Rafts
  • Emergency Oxygen Kit
  • Emergency Positioning Radio Beacon

Languages spoken

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Other

Boat Amenities


  • Land Excursions

Food & drink

  • Buffet
  • Alcohol
  • Vegetarian Food


  • Lounge/Tv Area
  • Equipment For Kids
  • Us Power Sockets
  • Power Socket Adapters

Great for families

  • Movies


  • Cash

Sports & Watersports

  • Snorkeling
  • Kayaking

Amenities & services

  • En-Suite Bathroom
  • Air-Conditioning
  • Separate Zodiac/Dhoni


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