Red Footed Boobies at Genovesa!
Early this morning we sail via a narrow shallow water channel into the huge submerged caldera of an ancient dormant volcano at the island of Genovesa (also known as Tower Island). After breakfast we visit Darwin Bay. This is a wet landing on a beach of white, coralline sand. Within yards we´re seeing, close up, red-footed boobies, Nazca boobies, swallow-tailed gulls and frigate birds. It is an amazing sight. Eager hikers continue across a lava terrain to a viewpoint over the bay. Others take a more leisurely walk around the beach area and enjoy free time swimming and snorkelling.
Our afternoon landing site is reached on board our private panga fleet. We head for Prince Philip´s Steps, named after the Duke of Edinburgh who visited here in the 1960´s. From the panga we climb some steep steps and are rewarded with a lovely hike along fairly level terrain through a palo santo forest to a storm petrel colony. We pass boobies and frigates along the way and try our best to find a hunting owl ... but despite best efforts, we have no success. However it is a wonderful walk on the most wonderful of islands. It is not surprising that Genovesa is regarded as a highlight of the Galapagos archipelago.