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North Seymour and Bachas Beach

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Embark on a thrilling Friday cruise with Galaxy Daily in the Galapagos Islands' North Seymour and Bachas Beach! Begin your adventure to North Seymour Island, famous for its blue-footed boobies and pirate frigate birds. Hike 2.5 km, exploring the largest breeding colonies of land iguanas, marine iguanas, and pelicans. After a delightful lunch on board, head to Bachas Beach for snorkeling or a leisurely beach walk, discovering green sea turtle nesting areas and vibrant marine life. Conclude the day with an enriching Galapagos adventure.
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Highlights
  • Snorkel with colorful reef fish and various rays and other marine species
  • Discover the large colonies of blue-footed boobies and Galapagos pirates
  • Hike on a 2.5 km trail to visit the largest breeding colonies on the island
Activity Level: Relaxed
Involves minimal physical effort and is typically associated with leisurely activities. Activities are low-intensity or last less than a few hours each day.
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Day 1: North Seymour | Bachas Beach

Today, join the tour group at the indicated meeting point and time. Then, depart by bus to the Itabaca Channel, and board the Galaxy Daily, thus beginning your adventure to North Seymour Island. This island is located north of Santa Cruz Island. It is known for its large colonies of blue-footed boobies and frigate birds, known as the Galapagos pirates.

After arriving in North Seymour, have a dry landing and immediately start hiking on a 2.5 km (1.55 miles) trail. You can go clockwise along the coast or head inland first to visit the colony of boobies. During this tour, access the nesting sites of the largest breeding colonies on the islands. You will then understand why Seymour is known for its rich wildlife. Get ready to spot land iguanas and marine iguanas; also, a colony of sea lions, lava lizards, and pelicans!

While you advance along the path, observe several trees where the male and female frigates nest. As you continue through the trail, the terrain becomes rocky. Then, have the opportunity to appreciate the nesting place of the spectacular blue-footed boobies. This species is fascinating for its courtship dance in which they can dance for hours until finally captivating the female attention to nesting together. Did you know that these boobies never build a nest? That is because a ring of white guano marks their nesting area. If you like plants, see some endemic flora species in North Seymour during the walk, such as Opuntia, Croton, Castela, and Sesuvium cacti.

After visiting North Seymour and having a delicious lunch aboard, go to the beach called Bachas, located north of Santa Cruz Island. Here, you can snorkel or take a relaxing walk on the beach. For this, make a wet landing, and jump from the panga to the shore of the beach. Again, disembarking barefoot and wearing light walking shoes for the rest of the journey is recommended. Bachas beach is lovely, ideal for swimming, with a lagoon behind and a longer coast for walking and wildlife watching. The saltwater lagoon behind the beach often has great blue herons and small birds. Both the large and small beaches are nesting areas for green sea turtles.

As for snorkeling, during the activity, you may see many types of colorful reef fish and various rays, among other marine species. At the end of the experience in Bachas, return to the Itabaca Channel. Then, transfer to Puerto Ayora's pier to end your day-long adventure.

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Child Discount

Children 5% (between 6 and 11 years old)

Children under 12 may receive discounts on Galapagos flight fares and entrance fees. Contact us for details.
Included
  • 1 Lunch
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Bilingual Naturalist Guide 
  • Adventure Life Pre-departure Services and In-Country Assistance (Quito Representative)
  • Coffee & Tea
  • Snorkeling gear (Mask and tube)
  • Towels
  • Transportation to/from the meeting point to Itabaca Channel
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Galapagos Park Entrance Fee: $200 per adult, $100 per child under 12 (fees of $100 per adult and $50 per child valid on arrivals through Aug 1, 2024). Payable upon arrival to the Galapagos, only in cash dollars. Subject to increase by Galapagos Park Service.
  • Internal Flights: Mainland Ecuador - Galapagos - Mainland Ecuador: $475-675
  • Wetsuits are not included but are available to rent on board - $10/day per person.
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages.
  • Fins are not included but are available to rent on board - $5 per day per person.

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