The northeasternmost and farthest to reach from other islands in the archipelago, Genovesa Island is a bird watcher’s paradise. There are 200,000 pairs of petrels around the low-lying island. A rare colony of red-footed boobies lives inland-an exciting find for birdwatchers from around the world. Other birds that frequent the area include great frigate birds, Nazca boobies, swallow-tailed gulls, different kinds of finches, and Galapagos Doves.
The marine iguanas of Genovesa Island are the smallest in size and number, sometimes seen along the steep cliffs of Darwin Bay. The bay is the collapsed cone of the volcano that formed the island.
The peaceful, clear, turquoise waters off the sandy Genovesa Beach lead to exciting adventures snorkeling beneath the sea.
Prince Phillip’s Steps
Prince Phillip’s Steps, named for a royal visit from Prince Phillip, are a series of wooden steps that ascends 80 ft. trough volcanic crevasses. At the end of the stairway, a plateau opens up to the breeding grounds of the island’s red-footed booby colony. The trail continues through ground brush where Nazca boobies nest. The terrain changes again to a dark lava field where dense clouds of petrels circle in the air overhead.
Activities-Hiking, birdwatching, photography
Wildlife-Sea lions, red-footed and Nazca boobies, petrels, short-eared owls.
Coral Beach At The Head Of Darwin Bay
Located on the other side of the bay is Genovesa Beach-an expanse of coral sand that is home to sea lions, marine iguanas, sally lightfoot crabs, and great frigate birds.
Courtship rituals of great frigate birds commence when males inflate their bright red pouches to the size of a basketball-ballooning in size to attract a potential mate.
Swallow-tailed gulls, red-billed tropicbirds, Galapagos mockingbirds, rarely spotted owls, and red-footed and Nazca boobies swoop down from the cliffs and trees nearby in search of food on land and beneath the sea.
Snorkeling here puts you at arm’s length from sea lions and turtles, graceful rays, hammerhead sharks, and in the middle of colorfully painted schools of reef fish moving as one. It’s an experience that makes the Galapagos a bucket list destination-a chance to explore one of the most diverse marine reserves on the planet.
Darwin Bay is often found on itineraries that include kayaking. The bays expanse and marine and wildlife make exploring on the water immersion into the natural world of the Galapagos.
Activities-Hiking, snorkeling, swimming, kayaking, and birdwatching
Wildlife– Great frigate birds, red-footed and Nazca boobies, swallow-tailed gulls, red-billed tropicbirds, Galapagos mockingbirds, and owls.
Marine Life– sea lions and turtles, graceful rays, hammerhead sharks, schools of colorful reef fish
Located in the center of the islands, Lake Arcturus is the collapsed cone of a volcano that formed the island. The sea water lake is a stunning sight against the blue sky and surrounding seas of the Galapagos. Snorkeling, kayaking, and swimming in the far off lagoon are included in some visits-a rare chance to relax at the end of the world.
Activities-Hiking, bird watching, photography, kayaking, and snorkeling.
Wildlife-Flamingos, magnificent frigatebirds, and boobies
- Discovering the inland island’s red-footed booby and petrel populations
- Swimming and snorkeling in the waters of Darwin Bay.
Note: All information is intended as a general guide of what you might be able to see or do on this island. In reality, wildlife sightings are by nature unpredictable, and activities may be subject to change by your guide or the National Park Authority.