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
Your tour begins with pickup from your hotel on Santa Cruz Island in time for an 8am departure. 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’ll also have 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.
Viator Traveler's Reviews
, 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.