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Full Day Plazas & Carrion Point

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icon8 hours  (Approx.)
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Overview

The Galapagos Islands are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most bio-diverse places on earth, but you don’t have to take a pricey multi-day tour to experience Ecuador’s natural wonders. Discover the Plaza Islands on this full-day tour from Santa Cruz and marvel at exotic birds, manta rays, seals, and other wildlife. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
  • Full-day tour of the Plaza Islands from Santa Cruz
  • Explore the beaches and lava landscapes of Plaza Sur and Plaza Norte
  • Spot wildlife such as seals, manta rays, zayapas, and blue-footed boobies in their natural environment
  • Enjoy swimming and snorkeling at the islands’ beaches
  • Great-value tour includes hotel pickup, lunch, and round-trip transport

What's Included

All taxes, fees and handling charges
Local guide
Marine and lan Transport
Hotel pickup and drop-off at the dock in Pto Ayora
Use of Snorkeling equipment
Food and drinks, unless specified
Gratuities
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Departure & Return

Departure Point

Galapagos Islands, Galapagos Islands

Departure Time

7:30 AM
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What To Expect

Your tour begins with pickup from your hotel on Santa Cruz Island. After a short transfer to the port, hop aboard a yacht for the short cruise to the Plaza Islands, just off the east coast of Santa Cruz.

Marvel at the views as you cruise the channel between the Plaza Sur and Plaza Norte islands, then head ashore to explore the wild landscapes. Stroll along the white-sand beaches, clamber over black lava rocks, and look out for colorful zayapas, swallow-tailed gulls, and blue-footed boobies. You also have a chance to swim and snorkel in the warm Pacific waters, spot manta rays along the coast, and visit a huge colony of sea lions.

Finish your island tour with a delicious lunch, before setting sail on the return journey. Back in Santa Cruz, your tour ends with drop-off at your hotel.
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Itinerary
Pass By:  
South Plaza Island
You will visit Plaza island, one of the best spots at the archipielago to see the local fauna and also the unique enviroment of the place
Duration: 4 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Santa Cruz Island
The tour starts between 7:30am - 8am with a transfer to the dock "Canal Itabaca" to board the yacht that will take its course. The "Canal Itabaca" is the pair of two islands of crescent shape that rests just a few hundred meters off the east coast of Santa Cruz. North Island is only used for scientific purposes. “Plaza Sur” is one of the smallest but richest islands in the archipelago. Only 130 meters wide (426 feet), formed of volcanic magma, giving it a unique quality in its species. Our landing is in the channel between “Plaza Norte” and “Plaza Sur” where the island is deployed by the sea. The approach makes an attractive and colorful journey. The turquoise waters of the channel contrast brilliantly with the white sand and black lava coast. The rocks have grown thick with some cactus in certain places, highlighted with colorful zayapas. The path continues gradually to the highest part of the island towards the canyons that allow us to observe the ocean to the south, where the swallow-tailed gulls nest. Tropical birds, masked and blue-footed boobies follow the wind currents. The place is a wonderful spot to observe marine life, including manta rays. The shores of Square makes perfect snorkeling activity in a colony of sea lions that come to almost a thousand. Once all the activities are done we will take you back to the dock of Pto Ayora
Duration: 4 hours 
Admission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Bring your swuimsuit and also your sunblocker
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
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Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

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This was a disaster! We'd booked...
Kevin C
, Feb 2018
This was a disaster! We'd booked this trip several weeks ago while still in the UK. We were told that we'd be picked up from our hotel on Santa Cruz between 07:40 and 08:00. Well, 08:00 came and went, as did 08:15 and 08:30. At about 08:35 our hotel reception received a call from the tour operator to say they'd be with us shortly. An 09:00, a representative from the tour company arrived and bundled us into a taxi. We were driven at breakneck speed from Puerto Ayora to Itabaca Channel at the northern tip of the island - the taxi driver had obviously been told to get us there as fast as possible. However, upon arrival at the port, there was no boat waiting for us! Our taxi driver called the tour operator, who informed my partner that there actually wasn't a place for us on the tour! So, we were drive back to Puerto Ayora - a bit more slowly this time, as I guess the pressure was off. We were met by a different representative from the tour operator, who told us that the boat owner had sold our two places to someone else! Now, we'd booked this tour nearly two months in advance, so how we weren't confirmed right from the start I don't know. An absolute shambles, from start to finish!!!

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