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South Plaza Island Tour

Galapagos Alternative South Plaza Island Tour

A tour to South Plaza Island puts you face to face with Sea Lion pups, Land Iguanas, Sally Lightfoot Crabs, and various nesting sea birds. South Plaza Island is half of a pair of islets off the east coast of Santa Cruz. The channel between the two islands provides the perfect haven for California Sea Lion pups. In fact, South Plaza has one of the largest Sea Lion colonies in the entire Galapagos Archipelago. Often you can see bulls defending their harems in the azure waters of the channel. On land, you can see Red and Yellow Land Iguanas, Swallow-tailed Gulls, Red-billed Tropicbirds, Audubon’s Shearwaters, Nazca and Blue-footed Boobies, Frigates and more. On the return cruise you will stop for a snorkel just outside of the Ithabaca Canal, a refreshing way to end this interesting day tour.

Tour Highlights and Inclusions:

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English Name: South Plaza Island         Spanish Name: Isla Plazas

Location & Geography: South Plaza island is one of two small islets located off the east coast of Santa Cruz Island. It is a small wedge-shaped island formed by tectonic uplift. The island slopes gradually upward and ends with a cliff that drops abruptly into the sea offering stunning views of the open water below.

Terrestrial Wildlife: Colonies of California Sea Lions, Red and Yellow Land Iguanas, Swallow-tailed Gulls, Red-billed Tropicbirds, Audubon’s Shearwaters, Nazca and Blue-footed Boobies, Frigates

Marine Wildlife: Galapagos Sharks, White-tip Sharks, Large Rays, Pelagic and Reef Fish

Difficulty: Moderate due to terrain and exposure : two mile hike over unpaved trails and rocks, dry landing transfer from motor yacht to zodiac to dock, open water snorkeling in canal from motor yacht.

You will need: closed shoes, water, hat, sunscreen, snorkel gear, bathing suit/ change of clothes and light jacket for the return trip.

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Start time: 8am Hotel pick up Duration: full day Origin: Santa Cruz Embarcation Point: Ithabaca Canal
Group Size: 16-20 maximum Vessel Type: Motor Yatch Activity level: leisurely Total Travel Time: Land ~2 hours; Water ~2 hours

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