Genovesa Island

Mar 17, 2018 - National Geographic Islander


Today we have woken up on the Northern Hemisphere after crossing the equatorial line at night and crossing to the north part of the Galapagos Islands, we have woken up on Genovesa Island. This island is bird paradise, everywhere you look you find birds flying, feeding, nesting, perching or just observing the passing humans. We started the day we an early kayaking outing and we continued the morning on Darwin Bay, a white sand biogenic beach surrounded by black lava rocks and mangroves. This is home to many species of birds and plants, for instance swallowed tailed gulls take advantage of the pieces of corals found on the beach and collect them to build their nests.

In the afternoon, we hiked up Prince Phillips and across Genovesa Island, along the hike, we encountered Nazca and Red-footed boobies so close you could see the details in their beautiful light blue bills and feathers. As we approached the last part of the trail, we looked for the short-eared owl, another beautiful bird found in this spectacular island.

This week have been a beautiful experience that have showed our guests who would the world be if we all live in harmony with nature with animals not being afraid of us.

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About the Author

Gianna Haro

Naturalist

Most of Gianna´s memories seem to be dreams, made on flawless white sandy beaches with black lava rock contours and gorgeous turquoise ocean waters. Most of it happened while barefoot, in an enchanting place that some people regard as an ideal natural laboratory, the Galápagos Islands. For her it was home. Gianna grew up going to the beach nearly every day, snorkeling in crystal clear waters, playing with wild flowers, having sea lions steal her ice cream, observing marine iguanas, and identifying invertebrates. The latter was by no means technically accurate—she dubbed each new discovery with its own made-up scientific name. At some point during those early years, being an observer became an innate ability and she knew she wanted to be a biologist. 

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Ixora Berdonces

Naturalist

Ixora was born in the Galapagos Islands, back when the streets were made of sand and gravel. Void of TV and tablets, her childhood friends and pristine natural surroundings made for an inspiring upbringing. She was always drawn to the ocean and her local environment, with her first adventures taking place underwater, in mangrove estuaries, and perched in treetops. Not surprisingly, she was scuba diving before the age of 12 and led her first diving trips as a Dive Master in the Galapagos Marine Reserve when she was 18. 

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Taylor Butz

Video Chronicler

Taylor was born in Seattle, Washington and grew up on Vashon Island in Puget Sound. It was on this island he picked up his first video camera and began producing, directing and editing backyard blockbusters. Alien invasions, ninja assassins and haunted forests were all rich plotlines for these early films. Growing up on remote Vashon Island gave him a fascination and connection with nature that would prove vital in his development as a filmmaker.

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