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Darwin Bay

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Teeming with wildlife, this scenic bay is named for Charles Darwin, the...

Teeming with wildlife, this scenic bay is named for Charles Darwin, the famous scientist and naturalist who created the Origin of Species theory.

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There is a coral beach here and the water is much cooler than I imagined and rough. There is so much to see . We spot some redfooted boobies and Nasca Boobies ( masked boobies... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 12 January 2017
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017

There is a coral beach here and the water is much cooler than I imagined and rough. There is so much to see . We spot some redfooted boobies and Nasca Boobies ( masked boobies) swallow tailed gull with there crayon box colored feet and red rimmed eyes and of course sea lions . I never got tired of taking... More 

Thank easterntreker
Delray Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016

Great for snorkeling. Saw some sea rays, starfish, all kinds of fish and some sea lions laying on the beach.

Thank Rschagrin
Altadena, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016 via mobile

Obviously great bird watching. The boat ride out to genovesa was a bit rough so if you don't have sea legs going to see the red boobies on San cristobol at punta pit may be a better way to go. The only unique birds you will see here are the red footed boobies. The snorkeling was ok, but I would... More 

Thank JImHaigwood
Brighton, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2016

We saw great Frigate Birds, Brown Pelicans, Red footed Boobies, Fur Seals and Galapagos Sea Lions. There was nature walks. Zodiac snorkeling and beach snorkeling and Kayaking. We had a great time.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2016

Started the day climbing the Prince Philip steps and seeing all the wildlife up close. Blue footed boobies, red footed boobies, Galapagos short eared owl, Nasca boobies...you name it. Was on the Ecoventura boat M/S Letty. Followed this up with a Darwin Bay snorkel. Hammerhead sharks, lots of fish, sea turtles and sea lions. Afternoon was paddle boarding and kayaking... More 

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2016

Darwin Bay is located on Genovesa Island, that is located quite some distance from the other islands and very few boats are allowed to go there. When we landed, we arrived in the nurseries of the Frigate Bird and Red-Footed Boobies. Absolute wonderful to see the puffed-up male Frigates and the feeding of the baby Frigates. Loved there'd-Footed Boobies. This... More 

Thank blackheath2
The Dalles, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2016

I'm not sure why blue footed boobies get most of the press because the red footed boobies are gorgeous and far more interesting imho. We really loved Genovesa including this 1st stop at Darwin Bay - highly recommended.

Thank hopefulist
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2016

We anchored here during a trip on the Ocean Spray, and spent hours snorkeling, enjoying the beach, and walking the island and observing all the wildlife. A wonderful experience, which we highly recommend.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2016

Genovesa is a long way from the main islands - 8-10 hours boat trip - but it was an amazing amount of bird life, including the rare red-footed booby. You feel very removed and remote from the other, more frequented islands of Galapagos - which is incredible given the number of boats and people there usually are around. Definitely visit... More 

Thank Julian L
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2016

Accessible only by nature cruise, Genovesa / Tower Island is one of the more remote islands visited by tourists (but not as remote as Wolf or Darwin's Arch). After a night of sailing, we had a wet landing in Darwin's Bay to walk Darwin's Trail, during which we observed red-footed boobies, Nazca boobies, swallow-tailed gulls, frigate birds, and sea lions.... More 

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