Tip Top II is a first-class Galapagos Islands yacht carrying 16 guests. The veteran of the family-run three-yacht Tip Top fleet, Tip Top II was built in 1983 and completely redesigned in 2011. She is comfortable and of the highest safety standards, with top naturalist guides and two kayaks on board as well as snorkeling equipment.
Common Areas Aboard Tip Top II
Tip Top II guests enjoy numerous social areas including a bar, dining room, lounge and sun deck. The lounge is located on the Main Deck and offers board games, videos, books and music for you to enjoy while on board. 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, features a combination of Ecuadorian and international cuisine designed in a daily menu. Available 24 hours a day are: purified water, coffee and herbal teas free of charge. You will also find a variety of sodas and liquors on board for purchase. A sun deck is located on top of the boat, providing an ideal place for relaxing as you travel around the Galapagos Archipelago.
Tip Top II 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 time. 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 II
There are two kayaks on board Tip Top II, as well as snorkeling equipment you can use for the duration of the cruise: masks, snorkels and fins (sizes 3-5 to 11-13). The Tip Tip II 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 AdventureSmith Adventure Coordinator prior to your cruise if you wish to reserve a wetsuit.
Crew & Guides Aboard Tip Top II
Tip Top II's crew of 8 includes the captain and a multilingual guide, engineer, cook, barman and waitress, and two sailors. Once aboard, you will be welcomed by a guide who will brief you on vessel safety, special procedures, Galapagos National Park rules and the cruise in general. The naturalist guides aboard Tip Top II are fully trained for the 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 are 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 II's well-trained, friendly and professional crew members do their best to make your Galapagos Islands visit an unforgettable experience.
Sustainability Aboard Tip Top II
The Tip Top fleet is highly committed with management assurance and environmental protection. Tip Top II 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 II
8 cabins accommodate 16 passengers aboard Tip Top II. 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.
6 cabins (#1-6) with two single lower berths are located on the Lower Deck.
2 cabins (#9-10) with two singler lower berths are located on the Upper Deck between the Bridge and the Sun Deck.