After our day trip to Floreana island in Galapagos, we decided to look for a non inhabited island to visit next. We knew we had a fair choice of islands to choose from for our island hopping in Galapagos, but didn’t have a lot of information as to what each island offered. As such, we decided to use our hotel’s agency, Land, Sea and Air, for information. They were nice enough to provide us with a full print-out of all the tours they offered along with details of what each island would offer.
After some thought we decided to try a day tour to North Seymour, located just above Baltra. After some hard negotiations we managed to get the tour for $130 each, this would include pick-up from the hotel, all equipment and lunch on board the boat. The supposed reason this was so much more expensive than Floreana was because larger yachts had to be used, after checking with other agencies we found that the price was indeed above the $130 mark for the tour.
The trip started at 8am with a drive back to the Itabaca Channel to board the boat. We headed straight out to North Seymour and spent the morning taking a nature tour of the island’s birds and iguanas including; night-time gulls, Frigate birds during their nesting season, marine iguanas sunbathing on the rocks, and Blue Footed Boobies, which we were lucky enough to watch during a courtship dance. The really amazing thing about the island was how close you get to all the animals, you never had to zoom in for any of the photos.
After lunch we headed out to the north of Santa Cruz for a short snorkelling trip. At this point of the tour you got 30 – 40 minutes where you could choose to either go see the couple of flamingos in the nearby lake, relax on the beach or go snorkelling. We opted for the latter, hoping for a better experience than that in Floreana.
There were more fish in the water than in Floreana but I can’t say it was great in terms of variety and quantity, plus the wet suit I had hired out this time was a short version, which meant I got cold very quickly in the water. Following our snorkelling we headed back to catch our bus back to the hotel.
All-in-all the day trip was better than Floreana as we managed to see more wildlife and finally felt like we were seeing the native Galapagos; the only complaint was that the snorkelling was not very good for us during that trip.