Genovesa Island Darwin’s Bay and Prince Phillip Steps

Oct 27, 2017 - National Geographic Endeavour II

Today we arrived to Genovesa, one of the most pristine and remote islands of the Galapagos, located in the northeast part of the archipelago. This island is also unique because it harbors the biggest colony of red-footed boobies in the world. We landed on Prince Phillips steps early in the morning, and were welcomed by Nazca and red-footed boobies. As we walked along the path, we observed the smallest marine iguanas of the Galapagos. The subspecies of marine iguana that lives on this island has adapted to the warm and nutrient-poor waters, strongly influenced by the Panamic current.

Later in the morning, we kayaked around Darwin Bay, a collapsed caldera. As we paddle, we observed fur sea lions basking on the cliffs as well as many frigatebirds chasing red-billed tropic birds to steal the food they had caught for their chicks. 

In the afternoon, we landed on Darwin’s Bay beach, where we observed several chicks of red-footed boobies and great frigatebirds nesting on red mangroves. 

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Luis Vinueza


Luis arrived in the Galápagos Islands for the first time when he was 11 years old in 1983, and from that time on he knew that Galápagos would one day be his home. He returned to the islands in 1995 and spent 14 months camping in a tent. Seven of those months were spent on Española Island, studying the relationship of reproductive success and mate retention of Nazca boobies. In 1997, he started working for the marine lab at the Charles Darwin Research Station (CDRS) on different fields including diving surveys to assess the patterns of marine biodiversity around the Galápagos Marine Reserve. His research included counting lobsters and sea cucumbers and participating as an advisor for CDRS during the negotiation process that led to the 1998 creation of the Galápagos Marine Reserve. 

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