North Seymour Island Tour
North Seymour Island is a natural haven for some of the most sought after residents in the Galapagos Islands, the Blue-Footed Boobie. A nature trail meanders leisurely through large colonies of nesting Frigate birds and Blue-Footed Boobies. Depending on the time of year, this is an excellent place to witness the thrilling mating rituals these birds are famous for. You can also intimately observe the fascinating dynamics between a mother and its chick. Just off shore you can often witness the original Galapagos surf club members, Sea Lions riding the crashing waves all the way into shore. This tour also stops at isolated Bachas beach for a refreshing snorkel in the tepid waters. A side trip to a small lagoon provides an opportunity to see feeding Flamingos. Due to its teaming wildlife and close proximity, North Seymour is one of the most popular day tours from Santa Cruz and is not to be missed!
Tour Highlights and Inclusions:
- Explore isloated Bachas beach where you can visit a Flamingo Lagoon.
- Snorkel from the beach in a protected cove.
- Tour the island of North Seymour with a certified Galapagos Naturalist Guide.
- See nesting Blue-Footed Boobies and Frigate bird colonies.
- Enjoy the unique geology, flora & fauna of this popular island.
English Name: North Seymour Island Spanish Name: Isla Seymour
Location & Geography: North Seymour island is located immediately north of Baltra Island, less than an hour from the Ithabaca canal. The small, flat island was formed by seismic uplifting.
Terrestrial Wildlife: Nesting Blue-Footed Boobies and Frigatebirds, Colonies of California Sea Lions, Marine Iguanas, Land Iguanas, Swallow-tailed Gulls, Red-billed Tropicbirds and Nazca Boobies (more rare).
Marine Wildlife: Galapagos Sharks, White-tip Sharks, Large Rays, Pelagic and Reef Fish
Difficulty: Moderate due to terrain and exposure : hiking over unpaved trails and rocks, dry and wet landing transfers from motor yacht to zodiac to dock or rocks, snorkeling from beach.
You will need: closed shoes, water, hat, sunscreen, snorkel gear, bathing suit/ change of clothes and light jacket for the return trip.
|Start time: 8am Hotel pick up||Duration: Full-day||Origin: Santa Cruz||Embarcation Point: Ithabaca Canal|
|Group Size: 16-20 maximum||Vessel Type: Motor Yatch||Activity level: moderate||Total Travel Time: Land 2 hours; Water 1.5 hour|