North Seymour Snorkel Tour

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1 Day Tour
Availability : Tue - Wed - Fri - Sat - Sun
Santa Cruz Island
Santa Cruz Island
Min Age : 6+
Max People : 12
Trip Overview

North Seymour is an island full of life! You may have to give way to a sea lion or marine iguana. Blue-footed boobies nest on both sides of the trail (almost 2 km) where mating pairs do their courtship dance.

Departure & Return Location

Santa Cruz Island (Google Maps)

Departure Time

08:00 a.m. approx.

Price Includes

  • English/Spanish Naturalist Guide
  • Snorkeling equipment (fins, mask and snorkel)
  • Lunch

Price Excludes

  • Wetsuit
  • Tips (optional)
  • Alcoholic beverages


  • Water
  • Transportation to/from Itabaca Channel
  • Vegetarian & vegan meal options available
What to Expect
  • Big blue-footed booby colonies and Frigates
  • Sea lions
  • 2 km trek right in the heart of the birds' colonies

1 Day TourNorth Seymour Snorkel

By vehicle or bus, you will go from Puerto Ayora to the Itabaca channel.
You will board the boat once you are in the channel and travel quickly to North Seymour Island (40 min boat ride).

In contrast to the other islands in the archipelago, which were created by volcanic eruptions, this island, which is in the heart of the group, has a surface that is comparatively flat.

You will disembark when you get to the island and hike the about two-kilometer-long track through some of the biggest frigate colonies in the archipelago.
Along with the frigates, this island is home to blue-footed boobies, seagulls, land iguanas, marine iguanas, and a colony of sea lions. 

On the islands, this is also one of the greatest spots to observe frigates puffing up their recognizable crimson, featherless pouches to attract females. 

After exploring North Seymour, you’ll travel to Bachas Beach on Santa Cruz Island’s northern region. You will have time to go snorkeling and enjoy the beach and sea. Because the American troops abandoned two boats (barges) after the Second World War, the name “Bachas” is derived from the

This beach is a great site to see wildlife, such as flamingos, zayapas (Galapagos crabs), and other marine birds, in addition to snorkeling.

What you need to know

You need to bring

  • Hiking shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen (reef-friendly)
  • Hat
  • Bathing suit
  • Water bottle

Please consider

  • To join this tour, you must be in Santa Cruz (Puerto Ayora) one day prior to departure.
  • The itinerary might change due to regulations of the Galapagos National park or weather conditions.
  • Please be aware that the Ecuadorian government has prohibited using plastic straws, polyethylene containers, and shopping bags in the Galapagos Islands to conserve the ecosystem. These items are not permitted onto the islands by visitors.
  • We thank you for your collaboration in protecting the Galapagos’ pristine ecosystem.

Tour duration

7 – 8 hours

Tour type

Shared (max 16 people)

Kind of activities

  • Walking
  • Swimming
  • Snorkeling

Kind of animals

  • Blue sharks
  • Lava heron
  • Zayapas (Galapagos crab)
  • Galapagos Gavilan
  • Sea lions
  • Marine iguanas
  • Sea turtles
  • Rays
  • Tropical fish
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