Many of the Galapagos cruises drop anchor in the narrow channel that runs between North and South Plaza, usually close enough to the cliffs of North Plaza to allow for views of the busy seabird activity there. South Plaza is reached by a short panga ride to the island's flat northern edge where sea lions take command of the landing jetty. A large population of land iguanas roam over the confined space feeding on the carpets of succulent sesuvium and the distinctive opuntias that are abundant on the island.
The 25m-high cliffs that rise on the southern edge of the island offer an excellent vantage point from which to watch the great variety of seabirds that take full advantage of the abundant nesting sites afforded by the lava’s many crevices and ledges. Eye level aerobatic displays by piratical magnificent frigate birds, Audubon’s shearwaters and red-billed tropicbirds at times seem too close for comfort. This island is a special treat available on various Galapagos cruises.
- Large colonies of both Galapagos land iguanas and Galapagos sea lions
- Marine iguanas and land-marine iguana hybrids
- Magnificent frigate birds
- Red-billed tropicbirds
- Nazca and blue-footed boobies
- Swallow-tailed gulls