Genovesa Island is located at the inner part of Darwin Bay. This area contains an abundance of frigatebirds and other interesting seabirds. Behind the small beach filled with nesting areas for frigates, red-footed boobies, and swallow-tailed gulls are a number of tide pools. At high tide it is likely that the trail will be covered with water.
97% of the Galapagos Islands are protected by the Galapagos National Park, and only four islands are inhabited. Genovesa is one of the pristine, uninhabited islands.
- Animals: Red-footed bobbies, Nazca boobies, frigatebirds, swallow-tailed gulls, red-billed tropicbirds
- Genovesa Visitor sites:
- EL BARRANCO / Prince Phillip's Steps
Also known as Prince Phillip's Steps, El Barranco's steep, rocky path leads up to a high cliff-face. A marvelous view can be appreciated from here. This site is also home to palo santo vegetation as well as red-footed boobies, short-eared lava owls, Galapagos swallows, and Galapagos doves.
Highlights: Red-footed boobies, short-eared lava owls, storm-petrels, Galapagos doves
Possible Activities: Hiking (2 km)
Type of Landing: Dry, difficult landing
- DARWIN BAY
This white sand coral beach heads a half mile trail (0.75km) that winds through mangroves filled with land birds. Nazca boobies, red-footed boobies, and swallow-tailed gulls can be spotted here. Further down the path are tidal pools where sea lions swim playfully. At the end is a spectacular view from a cliff.
Highlights: Nazca boobies, red- footed boobies, swallow-tailed gulls, mangroves, coral pebbles beach, snorkeling: rays, colorful reef fish and hammerhead sharks
Possible Activities: Hiking (1.5 km), snorkeling, kayaking & dinghy ride
Type of Landing: Wet Landing