Amongst the attractions of Santa Cruz are Dragon Hill and South Plaza, where you're sure to spot land iguanas. Sea turtles can be observed in peace from your dinghy in Black Turtle Cove.


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    Daphne Island

    The cliff shore of Daphne island is home to sea lions, pelicans, blue footed boobies and tropical birds. Large schools of fish can be observed from the zodiac rides.

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    During World War II, Baltra was a U.S. military base, protecting the Panama Canal from attack. Now, Baltra is home to the region's airport and is where you will meet your ship.

  • Black Turtle Cove

    The only way to get to Black Turtle Cove is by dinghy. A shallow inlet, it protects a range of wildlife. Look out for: white-tip reef sharks, rays and sea turtles.

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    Dragon Hill

    Dragon Hill is named after its population of land iguanas. The site offers a beautiful view of the landscape and two small brackish lagoons where flamingos and other shore birds occasionally feed.

  • Las Bachas

    Welcome to Las Bachas: a white-sand beach on the northern coast of Santa Cruz Island. This is one of the largest nesting areas of the Pacific Green Sea Turtle in the Galapagos.

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    Puerto Ayora

    Here, you have the opportunity to visit a giant tortoise reserve in the lushly vegetated highlands, or to wander through the lovely streets of Puerto Ayora for some shopping.

  • Santa Fe Island

    To the southeast of Santa Cruz Island you’ll find one of the oldest islands in the Galapagos, Santa Fe. Sea lions are the main attraction here, as well as multiple dive sites and walking trails.

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    South Plaza

    This little island off the coast of Santa Cruz will bring you up close with seal pups. South Plaza has one of the biggest colonies of sea lions in the Galapagos.

  • North Seymour Island

    Layers of lava that originally erupted underwater have created a low-lying island packed with wildlife. A hike along the shore and into the island’s interior reveals mystery upon mystery.

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    Mosquera Islet

    At its most narrow, Mosquera Islet is only 160km across. You’ll find sea birds here, as well as sea lions; it is home to one of the biggest populations in the Galapagos.


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