North Seymour is a small island located north of Baltra, suitable for all levels of divers, has a sandy bottom where you can see colonies of garden eels, sea turtles, sea lions, eagle rays, hammerhead sharks, shark edge white, Galapagos sharks. And, Mosquera is an islet that emerges from the sea between Seymour and Baltra island. A sandy bottom at 15-18 meters is scattered with curious garden eels and pelagic species as well as an underwater wall flowing downwards from the shallows into the deep.
You will departure at 6:30 or 7:15 am from your dive center situated in Puerto Ayora. You will ride 40 minutes by shared bus until Itabaca Channel, here you will take a comfortable speed boat trip to Seymour Channel. The site normally is for all level of divers, although sometimes there can be strong currents, platform reefs with a diversity of fish species, has sandy bottom with 10 meters reef where there is a lot of tintoreras sharks and fish cleaning station. Your diving experience start with your dive master’s briefing and you will be assisted to wear all your dive equipment. Your first scuba dive, 10 to 12 meters beginners or 10 to 25 meters advance, allows you to explore cleaning station, sea lions, Galapagos sharks, white and black tip shark, hammerhead shark, mobulas, turtles, reef fishes, sting rays, eagle rays, Galapagos eel, barracudas and variety of invertebrates. 1 hour or 1 hour and a half interval surface time is taken to move to the next diving site. In Mosquera Islet there are no strong currents, sandy bottom between 10 meters with garden eels and pelagic species. Your second diving stars approximately at 12:00 pm which allow you to dive next to hammer head sharks, Galapagos shark, black tip reef shark, white tip reef shark, sea lions, turtles, barracudas, reef fishes, sting rays, eagle rays, mobulas, Galápagos eel, variety of invertebrates. Your tasty lunch is provided aboard or at the local restaurant.
If you are not certified diver, you will do an introductory or discovery scuba diving (1 submersion). All divers are required to use 7 mm wetsuit in order to neutralize the sea temperature, because it falls below 20ºC from June to November and it is up to 27ºC from December to May.
Departure: 6:30 or 7:15 am bus pick up at Dive Center or Hotel in Puerto Ayora.
Returning time: approximately at 3:30 pm
Transportation: 40 minutes ride by bus until Itabaca Channel, and then a comfortable speed boat will ride around 30 minutes to Seymour Channel.
Difficulty Level: Intermediate
Highlight activity: 1 dive at Seymour Channel or Mosquera Islet
Journey Time: Full day
Important: A day before to the diving tour all passengers must be at 6pm in the dive center for equipment fitting and release form signing.
Confirmation and payment policy: Payments are due based on the following schedule. All reservations require a deposit to confirm.
• 61 to 91+ days in advance Deposit 30% of program’s cost (or $100.00)
• 31 to 60 days in advance Deposit 50% of program’s cost
• 30 days in advance Deposit 100% of program’s cost
Cancellation Policy: Reservations are subject to the following cancellation schedule.
• 90+ days before trip No penalty
• 60 to 89 days before trip Fine 30% of program’s cost (or $100.00)
• 30 to 59 days before trip Fine 50% of program´s cost
• 0 to 29 days before trip Fine 100% of program´s cost
Discounts & benefits:
• For tour leaders is a 50% discount off meals and lodging for groups of 1 – 4 guests. For groups of 5 guests or more, meals and lodging are complimentary.
• For tour leaders, tour guide, or any companions we don’t offer discounts off navigation journeys.
• Kids under 2 are free. For ages 2 – 6, we offer a 10% discount off of meals, lodging, and navigation journey. Kids aged 7 or older pay the standard rates.
• We don’t offer discounts for senior citizens.
• We may be able to offer additional discounts for tour companies who send tour groups to the Galapagos Islands on a recurring basis. Contact us for more details.
Recommendations & clarifications:
• It is required the traffic control card issued by Galapagos Governing.
• Guests with medical conditions and/or special dietary restrictions must make them known to us in sufficient time for us to accommodate their request.
• Guests are required: wear mask, use hand sanitizer, and practice social distancing as required.
• Guests are strongly encouraged to: wear comfortable, closed-toe shoes with sturdy, rugged soles.
• Bring sun protection such as sunscreen, sunglasses, and hat.
• Bring insect repellent.
• It is recommended to wear a wetsuit in order to neutralize the sea temperature, because it falls below 20ºC from June to November and it can be chilly at times so we recommend also bringing a windbreaker, hat, and scarf.
• Galapagos and Ecuador uses the U.S. dollar as its official currency.
• Most vendors accept cash. We recommend that guests bring U.S. dollars with them if they might want to buy souvenir.
• The prices are according to the double/triple/quadruple room.
• Accommodations in our lodge or boat (cruise) are subject to availability. If the hotel or boat is full, we will arrange for our guests to stay in a hotel or boat of an equivalent category and provide transfers.
• Photography is encouraged always keeping mind the Galapagos National Park Rules for Visitors.
• All itineraries, dining options, accommodations, and journey experiences are subject to change without notice due to factors such as climate conditions, season, host availability, operational issues, and guest security.
• The described species in the program can be encountered during the tours but it is not guaranteed that always will be encountered as it depends on natural factors, climate, seasons, and marine currents.