Seymour Norte Island Day Tour – Galapagos Islands

On our last full day in the Galapagos Islands, we took a day tour to Seymour Norte Island to see the adorable blue-footed boobies.  

I never thought of myself as an animal person, but after spending 14 days on the Galapagos Islands, I am now a changed woman :). Although I kept my distance, I found myself admiring the wildlife that makes the Galapagos Islands unique in the world. Seymour Norte makes no exception… 

 

Seymour Norte islands in Galapagos Islands.

Seymour Norte Island

Seymour Norte is a small island north of Santa Cruz, who’s only inhabitants are the blue-footed boobies, the frigates, and land iguanas.

Bertrand and I debated on whether we should do a day tour or not. The main reason was the high prices. Our budget had shrunk as we were only three weeks away from going back home after six months of travel.

We waited until the last day available for a tour, so we could get a last minute price.

Seymour Norte islands in Galapagos Islands.

Seymour Norte islands in Galapagos Islands.

Choosing the island

We chose Seymour Norte Island,  as wfell in love with the blue-footed boobies and this was THE place to see them. It was also the most recommended tour by the locals. And we always listen to the locals :). So we made a financial effort and booked the tour with the help of our lovely hosts.

 

Seymour Norte islands in Galapagos Islands.

The day starts

A bus picked us up in the morning and drove us for about 45min to our boat called Espanola. The boat had a good size, was very clean, and with nice staff.

The first stop was Las Bachas, a nearby secluded beach, where we did some wildlife spotting as well as snorkeling. 

After lunch, which was quite good, fresh, and served by the captain himself, we made our way to Seymour Norte Island. 

A group of frigates welcomed us on the island by flying above and around us, and “attacking” a fellow traveler’s GoPro. The guide was just as amazed as we were by the bird’s behavior, saying that he had never seen anything like this before. Well, lucky us!

After the bird’s “attack”, we passed by a sea lion breastfeeding (no biggie) and continued our search for beautifully colored and extremely photogenic animals.

 

Seymour Norte islands in Galapagos Islands.

Seymour Norte island in Galapagos Islands.

Seymour Norte island in Galapagos Islands.

Seymour Norte island in Galapagos Islands.

Seymour Norte island in Galapagos Islands.

Seymour Norte island in Galapagos Islands.

Seymour Norte island in Galapagos Islands.

Seymour Norte island in Galapagos Islands.

Seymour Norte island in Galapagos Islands.

Seymour Norte island in Galapagos Islands.

The blue-footed boobies

I was not much of an animal person prior to visiting the Galápagos Islands. Since then, I can’t stop gushing about how beautiful and elegant the birds are, how fascinating and still both the sea and land iguanas can be, and how I had totally missed out during my 32 years of life by not pursuing more wildlife destinations :).

My absolute favorites were the blue footed boobies which I love to just call boobies because it confuses people :). They are so damn cute with their blue foots and funny walks as if they were dancing.

We admired these fascinating creatures for about an hour and left the island happy and satisfied.

 

Seymour Norte islands in Galapagos Islands.

Seymour Norte islands in Galapagos Islands.

Seymour Norte islands in Galapagos Islands.

Seymour Norte islands in Galapagos Islands.

Visiting Seymour Norte on our last day in Galápagos was one of the trip’s highlights.

Galapagos Islands is fascinating and a must see no matter the age. I was happy as a child and in awe at the unique wildlife and beautiful nature.

Another great experience in the Galapagos Islands was Tortuga Bay and Isabela Island. Read all about it here and here.

 

How and Where to

Where to stay: We stayed at Captain Max B&B and loved it. It has a great location, right in the center of Puerto Ayora, and the owners are some of the nicest and most helpful people we met in South America. The tour to Seymour Norte happened because of them.

Where to eat: The kiosks serve OK food at a much lower price than most restaurants. Also nice and affordable is the small empanadas place at the intersection with the kiosks.

How to get there: From Baltra airport, there is a free shuttle, then a short boat ride, and then 35-40 min bus journey to Puerto Ayora.

 

This post is in collaboration with Captain Max B&B.

Photography by Bertrand Delvaux.

18 Responses
  • Maggie
    July 29, 2016

    Great post! The Galapagos are on our list for next year so I love reading posts about it!

  • atunitsirc2014
    July 30, 2016

    It’s quite expensive, but worth it. I will go back when I’m rich :)

  • william strobolson
    August 3, 2016

    Of all the places we went in Ecuador, the Galapagos is the only one we wish we hadn’t missed out on seeing. Those little blue footed boobies are cute!

    • atunitsirc2014
      August 7, 2016

      It’s definitely ones of the must see places. They are cute, aren’t they? :)

  • Samantha
    August 3, 2016

    How long did you stay on Seymour Norte Island? All the animals and birds on this island look very unique, especially the blue-footed boobies.

    • atunitsirc2014
      August 7, 2016

      It was a day-trip Samantha.

  • Lara Dunning
    August 3, 2016

    I would love to see blue-footed boobies in person! How cool! What was the savings by waiting to book a tour?

    • atunitsirc2014
      August 7, 2016

      We saved about $50 per person, which is great when you are on a budget :).

  • Angela
    August 3, 2016

    I never thought I would say this, but “man, those boobies are pretty!” Haha Galapagos has always been high on my list of places to visit. Looks like you had a great time and I’m so glad to hear it changed you into a bit of an animal person!

    • atunitsirc2014
      August 7, 2016

      Thanks, Angela :).

  • Arzo Travels
    August 3, 2016

    Visiting is on the top of my list the wildlife and the scenery is just stunning and I hope to make it there soon.

    • atunitsirc2014
      August 7, 2016

      Good luck Arzo!

  • Samyana Stories
    August 4, 2016

    Wow awesome post…Very informative…great photos

    • atunitsirc2014
      August 7, 2016

      Thanks, Samyana!

  • Cristal
    August 4, 2016

    Wow! I’ve never been to the Galapagos because I always thought it was too pricey. After spending 6 months in Ecuador it was always lovely to hear the stories of the people visiting . Your photos are amazing though! I love all the wildlife and it seems like it would have been a great experience getting up close.

    • atunitsirc2014
      August 7, 2016

      It was the most expensive place we went to in South America, but definitely worth it Cristal. I hope to be able to go back some day. There’s so much more to see…

  • Bharat & Supriya
    August 14, 2016

    Ah love these pictures and this just brought back our memories of Galapagos islands. We visited North Seymour, Bartolome and South Plaza- hard to say which was the best..lol.

    Did you try snorkel in Bachas beach? We had a tough time because of the waves.

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