Top Places to Visit in Galapagos – Genovesa

March 4, 2011 § Leave a comment

Red footed Boobies

Our #2 choice for top places to visit in the Galapagos Islands is Genovesa or Tower Island.  Located to the far north, Genovesa can only be visited on a Galapagos Cruises with 40 passengers or less.

The arrival to Genovesa is the most unique of any in the Galapagos.   The island’s volcanic caldera long ago collapsed and as it filled with sea water it created what is now known as Great Darwin Bay.  Arriving in Genovesa you are seemingly surrounded by the island on all sides as your boat lays anchor in the very belly of the island and its one time caldera.

Going ashore at Prince Philips Steps you climb a steep stair case to reach the island’s plateau.  Here you will discover why Genovesa is known as “Bird Island” there is a vast potpourri of sea birds everywhere!  Genovesa is home to the best collection of sea birds in Galapagos – there are frigatebirds, pelicans, herons, swallow-tailed gulls, tropicbirds, storm petrels, lava gulls and all three types of boobies – Nazca, blue-footed and red-footed.

There are smaller birds too like the Galapagos Mockingbird, Darwin Finch, Galapagos doves and short eared owls.

The wildlife of the island is not restricted just to birdlife. Snorkeling at Genovesa is quite exciting as well this is one of the best sites to snorkel with sea lions, fur seals and hammerhead sharks all on the same excursion.

For it’s fascinating collection of birds, great snorkeling and interesting entrance Genovesa is our choice for #2 top places to visit in the Galapagos.

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