Genovesa Island

Sep 01, 2018 - National Geographic Islander

Our plan for the day was to explore the great seabird breeding grounds of Genovesa Island, which are the ever-temporary home to more than a quarter of a million nesting pairs of great frigate birds, red-footed boobies, and Nazca boobies, to name a few.

We started our day exploring the shoreline with a pre-breakfast kayaking and paddleboarding session. We had a wet landing at the coral pebble beach of Darwin Bay before our snorkeling outing of the morning and a dry landing at Prince Philip’s Steps late in the afternoon.

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Benjamin Ayala


Ben is a German-Ecuadorian naturalist guide who grew up on San Cristobal, the eastern-most island of the Galápagos Archipelago, home to the political capital of the province.

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James Napoli

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Jim was born in rural New England where he quickly developed an appreciation for the outdoors and a love of exploration.  Four years with the U.S. Navy further enhanced his appetite for travel. Always interested in the visual arts, he studied Television at Boston University and Northeast College of Communications, landing his first job in the industry working as an editor at a Boston television station. His wanderlust drew him to a job with two major cruise lines; installing and managing broadcast centers onboard a total of over a dozen ships. He has since moved on to specialize in expedition travel and wildlife productions.  

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