South Plaza Island
South Plaza Island
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VOLUNTEERMOM
Illinois99 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
Just beautiful! Gorgeous color and views. Lots of wildlife. Sea lions, iguanas, birds. Really enjoyed our hike with the naturalist. Hesitated on booking this tour, but it was so much more than we expected. Some of our best pictures.
Written September 11, 2022
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County-Hunter
Tacoma, WA3,640 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Couples
This was one of the smaller islands that we visited in the Galapagos, but there a lot of different animals and birds as well as some stunning seascapes. What we found interesting was how many different species would cluster in the shade of a cactus. You would see a sea lion and an iguana and a swallow tailed full all hanging out together. Our guide was thorough and so we spent two hours on our nature walk. I would recommend a visit to South Plaza Island.
Written August 2, 2021
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Robin P
Sydney, Australia368 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Of the two uninhabited Plaza Islands, South Plaza Island accepts visitors. Located (+ two hours by boat) off the east coast of Santa Cruz Island, it is one of the smallest islands in the archipelago covering an area of 0.13 sq km with a maximum elevation of 23 Meters. It is covered in red Sesuvium, a ground vegetation which changes color from green in the wet season. Very flat but with an incredibly rough terrain, we walked across this island - rated intermediate level! If you have access to a walking pole, take one. The Island has a dry landing.

Mostly land iguanas are found here but South Plaza is also the only island where the hybrid Galapagos iguana is found. Bird species are plentiful and include the Nazca, Blue footed Boobies, swallow-tailed gulls and red-billed tropicbirds. We saw hundreds of birds flying near the cliffs, including pelicans and some smaller varieties trying to land in the wind, one I watched must have made a dozen attempts to land and kept missing.

Rejoining our boat, which had to stay some distance from the coastline as there is a large amount of submerged volcanic rock which I could see (when snorkling later in a lovely sheltered cove) very close to our feet but we’d been told not to touch it as lots of barnacles which are very sharp.

Our Boat then cruised along northern side of Santa Cruz (which is always clear) up the coast, passed several small beaches and left us at top of Santa Cruz and we took a bus the 42 km back to Puerto Aroyo (nearest town to our hotel) on an almost dead straight road.
Written March 27, 2020
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Christopher M
Jersey, UK122 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2017 • Couples
We pre-booked and paid Viator weeks ahead and were notified of a confirmed reservation. We travelled to Santa Cruz, but our hotel front desk was advised the night before the tour that it was cancelled. There was a story about a boat repair but we do not believe that story. December is low season with plenty of available replacement boats around and fewer tourists. We believe this confirmed tour was cancelled at short notice for commercial reasons, as they realised they could not make up a full boat and bank the expected massive profit at the high prices charged.
We will now be very warey in future of any Viator priced and branded tours.
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Written December 15, 2017
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Mishka F
Brisbane, Australia171 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018 • Couples
We added this day trip on at the end of a 12 day (5 + 7) itinerary. The island is unique and well worth a visit - including watching sharks trying to ambush seal pups and extraordinary flora on the island itself. But in December don’t book ahead- there are so many options to choose from Puerto Ayora, from as little as $100US per person. We booked in advance and paid $264USD per person - it was not good value. Snorkelling is poor compared with what you become accustomed to on a cruise. Definitely, the cruises are much better value.
Written January 9, 2018
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RazorRen
Poole140 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2016 • Couples
A small cactus isle located east of Santa Cruz, it hosts a variety of wildlife especially the Land Iguana which are a common sight here. Other species I seen were the Swallow Tailed Gull and some Sea Lions especially pups.

This is a good day tour to take if you want to see lots of animals.
Written May 27, 2016
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BLtrvl
Glenview, IL1,382 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016 • Couples
Saw many large sea lions as well as land iguanas, pelicans and small finches - partially white sand beach, partial volcano rock
Written May 8, 2016
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lightningboy
Vancouver, Canada2,938 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Family
Our boat departed Itabaca Channel at approximately 9am. The water was slightly choppy but not huge swells. We reached Plaza Sur after about 70 minutes and the dry landing was easy. There are many sea lions, land iguanas, and many birds including lava gulls, red-billed tropic birds and frigates. The hike to the top is over loose lava rock and the entire loop is an easy 1km walk. On the south side of the island are magnificent cliffs where birds soar and perch on the rocks. Plaza Sur is an easy island to get to if you’re staying on Santa Cruz and the wildlife sightings are good.
Written May 17, 2018
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Bruce H
Brisbane, Australia1,482 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Couples
The turquoise waters contrasted brilliantly with the white sand and black lava of the shoreline. We noticed a carpet of scarlet succulents which serves as ground cover but these were in contrast to the luminescent green prickly-pear cactus beyond The island is populated by yellow-grey land iguanas. Along the coastline we found many sea lion colonies, while seabirds along the cliffs were plentiful. The small but spectacular island of South Plaza is a must visit.
Written October 7, 2017
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K. CHAE
Seoul, South Korea195 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Solo
South Plaze island is small. And doesn't have much fame compared to some bigger islands in Galapagos. However, this little piece of land is special, even in Galapagos standards. I traveled Galapagos for 15 days, visiting almost all the islands. So you know I know what I'm talking about when I tell you South Plaze is something else. Its landscape is unique, yellow land iguanas are easy to be spotted, and it's just all in all a mesmerizing place. It's a easy day trip out of Puerto Ayora as well, so why miss it? I highly recommend you take time to check it out.
Written August 27, 2017
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