National Geographic Endeavour II
Tower or Genovesa Island is home to over one million seabirds. Our highlights here were diverse, including Nazca, red, and blue-footed boobies, gulls, owls, fur seals, hammerhead sharks, turtles, and manta rays. Our adventure began with a walk that started at the famous Prince Philip’s Steps. Nazca and red-footed boobies and frigatebirds surrounded us. My colleague, Christian, was able to find the first elusive short-eared owl of the day. We spotted two more of these diurnal raptors along the cliff. All of us felt rewarded to enjoy this unique view of the only camouflaged owl on the island. Today was a red-footed booby day, and we also spotted frigatebirds. Chicks were everywhere, and Nazca boobies were starting their mating season. Back onboard, we prepared for our last snorkeling outing to search the undersea realm. We had close encounters with many fish, playful sea lions, and fur seals for the last time. Seeing them up close brought excitement and admiration. Some guests opted for a kayak outing. After this great adventure, we came back to our ship where it was anchored inside Genovesa’s caldera. We were briefed about our departure and enjoyed our last delicious lunch, the pride of our culinary staff.