02 May North Seymour Island – A Must-See In The Galapagos Islands
There are many islands in the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador. North Seymour is one of the best you can visit. In this post, I will show you why.
North Seymour Island has a large population of blue-footed boobies, frigate birds, sea lions and Land Iguanas. If you are lucky you might see Nasca birds as well. North Seymour is heaven for bird lovers and is a great place for snorkelling.
It is a small island that is close to Puerto Ayora. The island has a visitor trail of only 2 kilometres, but it is so much you can see on the trail. North Seymour doesn’t have a volcanic origin, but seismic uplift. It is a flat and dry island. And you will really feel the heat while walking there. You can only visit the island with a naturalist guide and you can not sleep or stay there.
Dry vegetation on North Seymour. You will see that the Boobies are on the ground and on rocks the Frigate Birds are on the trees and branches. The landscape might not be the most outstanding but it is a perfect island to see the unique birdlife in The Galapagos.
Like these guys, the Blue Footed Boobies.
Be patient, they might pull up a dance for you.
You will also see a lot of Frigate Birds. I think these are so fascinating when they breathe it looks like a red balloon. I have wondered what happens if they get whole on it.
Frigate Bird eggs. Our guide was strict that we could only take a photo far away. Tourists have also ruined eggs because they go to close. Please respect the wildlife and listen to your guide.
Land Iguana. I just love their face, they are so funny and just chill all day.
Galapagos Sea Lion
This wonderful beach is north of Santa Cruz. Calm waves which are perfect for a chill day at the beach surrounding with Lightfooted crabs and fishes. You might also see flamingos in the lagoon. The tour we did with Galapagos Dreams had Bachas beach included and is pretty close to North Seymour.
Parts of an Abandoned Rusty Barge from the world war 2. That is the reason it is called Bachas because they couldn’t say Barges.
Important tips for visiting North Seymour Island:
- Put Sunscreen on every 60 minutes, at least 50 SPF!
- Use a Big sun hat that covers your face and neck. I also recommend cover as much as possible and using a Surf sweater.
- Bring enough water for the day trip. I recommend at least 2 litres.
- Bring Snorkel set, Underwater camera and a Quick-dry towel if you are going snorkelling or going to Bachas beach.
- Follow the rules, don’t go outside the trail, don’t touch anything and don’t go closer than two meters to the animals.
Have you been to the Galapagos Islands, what Islands did you visit or if you have not been? Do you know what you want to see there?