Seabirds galore

Added 29 Nov 2014

Overnight we sailed from Santiago Island to Genovesa. This island consists of a huge, dormant volcano. Part of the rim has collapsed and the whole caldera is filled with sea water. We sail right in and anchor inside! Genovesa is one of the most pristine islands in the Galapagos archipelago and it offers an amazing seabird experience. Frigate birds, red-footed boobies, Nazca boobies, swallow-tailed gulls, storm petrels, tropicbirds and more!

Our first option here is an early-bird kayak outing. We follow the cliffs and get a first look at the wonderful seabird experience and also spot some Galapagos fur seals (which are sea lions, of course). Kayakers are very lucky because they also spot a short-eared owl sitting on the cliff inside the caldera. To see an owl is pretty lucky and to see one inside the caldera is highly unusual. Their habitat is normally the plateau and forest above.

After breakfast everyone heads ashore to a white coralline beach called Darwin Bay. We enjoy a great walk, not long in distance, but hugely rewarding in terms of bird sightings, and all up close and personal. By up close we mean within a foot or two! None of the birds have any fear of humans so they do not fly away or take any notice of us. After our walk some guests enjoy a final snorkel expedition and some take a swim from the beach.

This afternoon we climb up to the plateau via Prince Phillip's Steps and follow a trail over the cliff top and through Palo Santo trees. We are told to look out for the elusive Short Eared Owl. We are told it is difficult to see them. We walk 20 metres. An owl is sitting on the ground about two feet from the path. It is beautiful and clearly not worried about us passing by. We all have a good view and take great photos. A magnificent ending to an incredible week in Galapagos.