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Santa Cruz Fish Market

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“fresh fish”(29 reviews)
“fun to watch”(21 reviews)
Suggested duration: < 1 hour
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
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All reviews sea lions and pelicans fresh fish fun to watch lobster catch of the day for sale daily catch hanging around great spectacle free entertainment filet daily life local animals fish head the main street santa cruz great photo opportunities
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Reviewed 23 July 2018

You need to be here at the right time to see the show. When fish is brought in, you'll see sea lions, pelicans and other birds all trying to get some. It's quite the sight and really fun to watch.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank shatiel
Reviewed 19 July 2018 via mobile

The fish market is located right in the downtown area where they are getting fresh fishes on a daily basis. There are pelicans, sea lions, birds, etc. for the left over fishes. You can get an up closed to them for pictures, but it is...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank hvu2000
Reviewed 13 July 2018

I was expecting a bit of a show based on prior reviews, but we tried to stop at the market two times (going at "prime time" based on local advise and each time there was just 1 sea lion there with one lady selling her...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank crazy4travel01
Reviewed 10 July 2018

Super cool place to visit. Watching the fisherman come in with delicious lobster and all types of fish. The funniest thing is watching the Seals and Pelicans trying to get a “free” meal. As the fish is being displayed for sale. The workers there are...More

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank alomotogkz
Reviewed 6 July 2018 via mobile

You may have to compete with a sea lion or sea gull for a piece of fish. Daily fresh fish out of the water off the boat. Great prices. Ocasional local indigenous food fare available at lunch - very good!

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank clboak
Reviewed 5 July 2018

We just happened upon the fish market as we were walking the Main Street. It is a fun place to watch the seals and Pelicans hope that the skilled women selling fish will throw them a few scraps :). You can get very close to...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Maggie H
Reviewed 3 July 2018 via mobile

This fish market has a high rating of approval by sea lions and pelicans who wait around the tables for the scraps from fishermen who gut and fillet their fresh fish catches. Plenty of humans line up for this fresh fish market, giving it an...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank L6285MOjohnw
Reviewed 25 June 2018

This is a perfect example of the Galapagos. You see sea lions hanging out with the locals trying to grab fish. Plus pelicans and iguanas waiting for their turn. We spent 1/2 hour and could have spent longer watching. There was an egret and frigate...More

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank Cathy R
Reviewed 19 June 2018

Great place for a photo opp. Kids loved to watch the sea lions and pelicans just hanging out. Some seem to pose for a photo.Old fishing boats ..great view.

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank nantucketraveler
Reviewed 9 June 2018

I guess it is a market because people would come and buy fresh fish, but there was not much variety or much fish. However, the best was seeing the sea lions begging for food and competing with the pelicans. Big baby seals were everywhere nursing...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Keiko T
21 October 2018|
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Response from Sunsequitur | Reviewed this property |
Usually open every day. Go in the morning 8 AM. Often by lunch (12-1 PM) they are done for the day.
15 January 2018|
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Response from Alice W | Reviewed this property |
La Garrapata restaurant cooked it for us, but our tour guide made the arrangements. Could ask the restaurant, maybe.
Herb E
31 January 2017|
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Response from GetLostAndBefound | Reviewed this property |
Midday to late afternoon seemed to be when it was busiest, and when the sea lions came to play!