Darwin's Bay & and Prince Philip’s Steps
  • Daily Expedition Reports
  • 09 Nov 2019

Darwin's Bay & and Prince Philip’s Steps

  • Aboard the National Geographic Islander
  • Galápagos

This morning after a hearty breakfast, we prepared to visit one of the most fantastic islands in the world, Genovesa Island. Just navigating toward Genovesa aboard our Zodiacs we spotted red-footed boobies, Nazca boobies, frigate birds, sea lions and many more unique species from this part of the world.

We landed on a beautiful white-sand beach which houses an important population of Galapagos sea lions. We encountered several young sea lions with their mothers and spent the morning walking around an immense colony of red-footed bobbies, Nazca boobies, great frigate and many other marine and land birds endemic and native to the Galapagos Islands.

It is a fantastic feeling being able to observe these wonderful and rare ocean birds so closely.

Red-footed boobies nest in trees, magnificent frigate birds nest in bushes and Nazca boobies nest on the ground. After this adventure, we went on a snorkeling excursion around one of the borders of this Caldera. We saw many tropical reef fish, including the Moorish idol,

a rare fish that came to the Galapagos from the West Pacific long ago with one of the Niño events from 1982.

In the afternoon, we visited another exceptional destination – Prince Philip’s Steps. Yet another unique world full of wildlife, including the short-eared owl, one of the rarest species of birds in the Galapagos.

What a fantastic afternoon in this birds’ lost paradise.

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