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 :). After this trip I want to visit all the other regions famous for their wildlife, like seeing the orangutans in Borneo or going whale watching california way. This was a great place to start though, due to its links with Charles Darwin who played a huge role in the theories we now accept as fact when it comes to the natural world. 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 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.
Choosing the island
We chose Seymour Norte Island, as we fell 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.
The day starts
We’re really excited to experience the Yacht based Galapagos tours. 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.
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.
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.
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.