Genovesa Island: Darwin Bay and Prince Philip’s Steps
  • Daily Expedition Reports
  • 04 Jun 2022

Genovesa Island: Darwin Bay and Prince Philip’s Steps, 6/4/2022, National Geographic Islander

  • Aboard the National Geographic Islander
  • Galápagos

Early in the morning, we woke up as the ship navigated along the northeastern corner of the Galápagos Archipelago. Slowly, the sun appeared above the clouds that surrounded the majestic caldera of Genovesa, the Island of the Birds. We had reached the final full day in the Galápagos Islands.

After six hours of navigation, our first activity of the day took place as we dropped anchor. The morning opened with kayaking and paddleboard outings along the cliff of an old collapsed caldera. After breakfast, the Zodiacs, our best tools for exploration, were lowered, and off we went to explore Darwin Bay. We had the opportunity to take magical pictures of different species of marine birds. The morning activities ended with a great snorkeling. As we swam, plenty of colorful fish and Galapagos sea lions surrounded us. It was a phenomenal experience!

In the afternoon, our excursion took place at Prince Philip’s Steps. We walked through green incense trees and the yellow cordia forest that led us to a lava field. During our walk, we sighted red-footed boobies by the hundreds. The largest population of the world lives on the island. We also found many frigatebirds and the endemic Nazca boobies with their chicks. We ended our walk as the sun was setting, and we returned to the ship with great memories. It was a fantastic day in the northeastern part of the archipelago.

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