Nov 10, 2017 - National Geographic Endeavour II
Today’s exploration, our last of the week, took place on a small island in the right-hand corner of the Galapagos Archipelago, Genovesa Island. This island is home to many species of birds, including the red-footed and Nazca boobies, frigate birds, storm petrels, short-eared owls and four species of finches, including the large ground finch, the sharp-beaked ground finch, the cactus finch and the warbler finch. Today we started the morning with an early kayak outing along the edges of Genovesa for some bird watching, followed by a beautiful hike on the island after going up 82 feet along Prince Phillip’s Steps. The beauty of this island as you get to the top of the stairs is overwhelming; Nazca and red-footed boobies welcome you just 6 feet apart. Along the trail, close encounters continued in this breathtaking landscaping. After some snorkeling to look for Moorish idols and some more kayaking and paddle boarding, we visited Darwin Bay where more sea birds welcomed us on the beautiful, white coral beach. A fantastic day to end a very special expedition, an expedition in the Galapagos Islands.