Genovesa is known for its large and varied bird population, many of which are found on the cliffs around Darwin Bay.
This is one of the few islands where you’re likely to see large numbers of red-footed boobies.
Landing sites and what you might see on Genovesa Island
Landing at Darwin Bay (wet landing) you can follow a short trail to a tidal lagoon and on to a viewpoint to get fine views down into the bay. You’ll see many gulls and other seabirds. As you continue along the trail you can expect to see great frigatebirds and red-footed boobies, the smallest of the three booby species in the Galapagos. Having retraced your steps, you can go snorkelling in Darwin Bay and may see sharks, sea lions, turtles and manta rays.
Prince Phillip’s Steps
The second visitor site on Genovesa is Prince Phillip’s Steps (dry landing) , named to commemorate the 1965 and 1981 visits of the Duke of Edinburgh. You’ll be dropped off at the foot of a stairway which climbs the cliffs passing nesting seabirds. You’ll emerge on a plateau leading through forest to a lava plain. Look out for storm petrels. Unlike other petrels these are active during the day. If you’re very lucky you may spot a short-eared owl, on the lookout for prey.