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This island was formed when a series of submarine lava flows were uplifted. The arid vegetation that highlights most of this island make it home to numerous sea birds. The ever-popular blue-footed booby lives here, and the largest population of great frigatebirds can be seen inflating their distinct red pouches here as they try to call the attention of a female soaring overhead. Although land iguanas have had a troubled history here, always on the edge of disappearance from the island, the conservation efforts of the National Park have helped stabilize the population around 600, 200 of which were actually born in the wild. If you choose to snorkel from this island, you might see garden eels, rays, reef sharks, and various tropical fish.

8 Cruises to North Seymour Island, Galapagos for 2024-2025

10 Luxury Cruises to North Seymour Island for 2024-2025

Trip NameFromDaysNext DepartureSummary
North & Central Islands$58455Apr 30, 2024Enjoy an extensive adventure into the unique world of the Galapagos on this incredible 5-day journey. Admire the incredible natural beauty of this …
Western & Eastern Islands$94908Apr 27, 2024Join the M/C Elite on a spectacular 8-day small ship cruise of the Galapagos Islands. Visit San Cristobal, North Seymour, Santa Cruz, Isabela, …
Luxury Central Galapagos Islands Cruise$46904Apr 21, 2024This luxury Galapagos cruise explores the central and eastern islands of the archipelago on the new Endemic Galapagos catamaran. Hike sea-side …
Northern Galapagos Catamaran Cruise$51905Apr 30, 2024The Ocean Spray luxury catamaran takes you on a 5-day Galapagos Northern Islands cruise, exploring Genovesa, South Plaza, Mosquero, and Santiago. …
Western Islands$81955Apr 6, 2025Set off on a 5-day Western Islands Galapagos cruise aboard the Hermes Ultra Luxury Cruise. Begin at Baltra and sail to Bachas Beach for wildlife …
Northwestern Islands$129958Apr 3, 2025Embark on an 8-day Hermes Ultra Luxury Cruise in the Northwestern Galapagos Islands. Explore unique wildlife, including giant tortoises and lava …
Private Charter - Western & Eastern Islands Aboard Hermes Ultra Luxury Cruise$2754059Apr 6, 2025Embark on a private 9-day Western & Eastern Galapagos Islands trip aboard the Hermes Ultra Luxury Cruise. Discover Bachas Beach, Tagus Cove, Urbina …
Private Charter - Western Islands Aboard Hermes Ultra Luxury Cruise$1557055Apr 6, 2025Set off on a 5-day private Western Islands Galapagos cruise aboard the Hermes Ultra Luxury Cruise. Begin at Baltra and sail to Bachas Beach for …
Private Charter - Beyond Darwin's Footsteps Aboard Grace$1722008Apr 30, 2024Close encounters with nature highlight this 8-day private Galapagos cruise onboard the Grace. The islands are teeming with animals that are eager to …
Beyond Darwin's Footsteps$99508Apr 27, 2024This 8-day adventure aboard Grace offers close encounters with wildlife. The islands are full of creatures that love to interact with visitors. …

North Seymour Island Facts and Highlights

  • North Seymour Island is home to a remarkable array of wildlife, including sea lions, marine iguanas, blue-footed boobies, frigatebirds, and land iguanas.
  • The island is particularly renowned for its birdlife, providing birdwatchers with an incredible opportunity to see rare species in their natural habitat. Marvel at the magnificent frigatebird, blue-footed boobies, and the Galapagos mockingbird, walk amongst nests, observe mating rituals, or catch a glimpse of nestlings and fledglings during hatching seasons.
  • The land iguanas found in North Seymour are not native to the island. They were moved from Baltra in the early 1930s in order to provide better conditions for their survival and to get them away from the introduced goats species that were destroying the habitat on Baltra and contributing to a dangerous decline in their population. Since then the goat population  has been eradicated from protected areas.
  • North Seymour Island is one of the most important breeding sites for blue-footed boobies in the Galapagos, with visitors able to observe the birds performing their famous courtship dances.
  • The waters surrounding North Seymour Island are teeming with marine life, including tropical fish, sharks, rays, and sea turtles, making it a popular destination for snorkeling and diving.
  • The island's rugged terrain provides visitors with an opportunity to explore its many trails, offering stunning views of the surrounding landscape and wildlife.
  • North Seymour was formed by uplifts of submarine lava, rather than volcanic eruptions, along with Baltra and the northeastern part of Santa Cruz, resulting in distinctive flat plateaus. See firsthand the unique geological formations that make the islands so distinctive. 

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