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Genovesa Island, Galapagos

A small, isolated island to the north of the Galapagos, Genovesa is best known for its frigatebirds, red-footed boobies, fur seals, and massive sloping cliffs. This flat island within Darwin Bay has a huge sunken crater into which visitors sale.

Darwin Bay – This white-coral sand beach stretches out into the ocean from the lagoons and surrounding cliffs of Genovesa Island’s west side. Frigatebirds, red-footed boobies, and Nazca boobies inhabit this shoreline, and sea lions make a home in the nooks and crannies of the volcanic ocean cliffs.

Prince Philip’s Steps / El Barranco – Named for the naturally-formed stone steps that lead from the shoreline up to a rock face on the edge of a high cliff, El Barranco is surrounded by lush palo santo and muyuyo forest. Local fauna includes red-footed boobies, doves, and short-eared owls, as well as storm petrels that dip and dive.