Situated off the east coast of Santa Cruz, North and South Plaza were uplifted from the sea floor and are very old islands, in the neighborhood of 3,000,000 years old. Currently, visitors are forbidden to go ashore on North Plaza, but diving off the backside of North Plaza is a nice, easy and relaxing dive, with relatively little current or surge. The dive usually begins along the center of the north shore, where a boulder slope with a gradual incline falls to a sand bottom at about 24m (80 ft) white- tipped reef sharks, marble and diamond rays, and waving fields of Galapagos garden eels are found in sandy patches throughout this boulder slope. Most of the action takes place in the first 14 m (45 ft).
Upon our current schedule Plaza can be combined with the following dive sites on the same dive day: