This is the first review I have ever written for Trip Advisor because I feel compelled to shout from my home in Southern California....TIP TOP IV blew my mind! We bid on the trip at a charity auction and didn't realize that there was an expiration date of Dec 2013 so we booked trip in a week and left the day after Thanksgiving! I had no way to prepare so therefore I had no preconceived expectations! My husband was not able to get away from work so I brought along a girlfriend, packed a bag of shorts, tee shirts, hats and tons of sunscreen and opened my heart up for an incredible journey!
The boat was spectacular! I grew up on boats so I noticed how impeccably clean and well taken care of Tip Top IV was! Crew was professional and so incredibly kind and gracious! Our group was just 12 so the trip felt like a private tour of the Galapagos!!! The FOOD...OMG, it was delicious at every meal! The chef , Fernando, is FANTASTIC! A couple of our passengers had special dietary restrictions which were easily addressed with dignity and privacy for the passenger.
All of our excursions were spectacular and were lead by a fantastic tour guide and his assistants. They answered all of our questions with a smile and a wealth of information and made each day at each island an adventure!
We were able to easily photograph all the top sites and animals with ease. We brought two cameras, one with a huge lens and one palm size Canon Sure Shot with HD which turned out to be the BEST camera as lugging the big one turned out to be a pain and I am not a professional anyway. That little, palm sized Canon took video of the Blue Footed Boobies, sea lions, gulls and marine iguana resting on a rock while we circled it in our kayak, was worthy of spot on National Geographic. We also swam with penguins, ran with dolphins on the zodiacs, sat watching flamingos for an hour, walked on the red sandy beach with 30 or more sea lions and saw the iconic tortoises up close and personal. REALLY! It was an experience of a life time!
I highly HIGHLY recommend Tip Top IV to any one!! was a fantastic trip and one I will remember forever!
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