Daily Expedition Reports
  • Daily Expedition Reports
  • 20 Jul 2019


  • Aboard the National Geographic Islander
  • Galápagos

Genovesa Island, located in the northern portion of the Galapagos, is a caldera whose side broke off long ago, exposing itself the ocean waters we see today. It is from this opening that we had our first wet landing. Activities to follow were hiking, kayaking, and snorkeling.

We visited Darwin Bay and saw an impressive variety of seabirds nesting. Frigates, red-footed boobies, swallow tailed gulls, and more could be easily spotted. The diversity resembled something like a bird factory where all kinds of shapes, colors and sizes are made.

In the afternoon, some of our guests went kayaking again along the caldera walls where thousands of nesting birds are found along the rocks. Later, we visited Prince Phillip's Steps to observe the wildlife of the area. We were fortunate and had a close encounter with the diurnal short-eared owl. Watching this owl’s activities during the day captivated all our guests and It was amazing to be so close to so much wildlife. What a great day of the Galapagos!

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