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Darwin Bay

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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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Reviewed July 3, 2018

We made a wet landing from our panga off the Santa Cruz II at Darwin Bay, and immediately saw a shark in the shallow water. We took a short hike in the area of the landing (populated by sea lions on the beach), and immediately...More

Thank RebelVirginia
Reviewed June 3, 2018 via mobile

As a birder, Genovesa is a must but it also has great Snorkelling opportunities too. Prince Phillip stairs is probably more dramatic but Darwin Bay is great, nesting Red-footed and Nazca Boobies, Great Frigate birds, Swallow-tailed Gulls at close range, displaying Frigates with their fully...More

Thank Adam P
Reviewed March 22, 2018

This was the last full day stop on our tour of the Galapagos Islands, and for birding watching it was quite amazing with frigate birds, red-footed Boobies and Nazca boobies. We even were lucky to spot a short-eared owl. There are two landing points, the...More

Thank snorkelingfan46
Reviewed November 29, 2017

We went for a walk on a path that started at the bay after exiting our panga but the highlight of our visit to Darwin Bay was the snorkelling. Unfortunately, the water was too murky for any good photos, just as it was everywhere we...More

1  Thank Jim R
Reviewed September 10, 2017

We arrived at Darwin Bay via panga from our cruise ship, La Pinta. As the panga arrives into the beach area for a wet landing we were greeted by playful sea lions lounging on the sand. We were guided by our Naturalists along a sandy...More

1  Thank greattripsrw
Reviewed August 19, 2017

I'm normally more interested in marine life, but (as others have said) the quantity, accessibility and range of birds is staggering. Beautiful little beach with sealions too.

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Reviewed July 18, 2017

I stopped at Genovesa Island on the penultimate day of my Galapagos Cruise. I loved every island of the Galapagos but this one is truly spectacular. The sheer volume of birdlife is amazing. Taking a short panga ride to the island and up through the...More

1  Thank Almaca90
Reviewed June 4, 2017 via mobile

This is the first island stop of our cruise. I am typing from the rear deck, enjoying the view.... after a wonderful tour. We saw all the things the other reviews mentioned. The other special thing is how many instances, and how they are not...More

1  Thank tallcouplesf
Reviewed April 14, 2017

It took our boat about 6 hours to get to this island. Sea conditions were not too bad for us, a little bumpy/rolling but OK. The sheltered bay makes for a good place to anchor. Nice beach to swim from. Mostly birds on the island...More

Thank sophia27
Reviewed March 9, 2017

Saw lots of red footed boobies. Then saw many nazca boobies. Quite a few had eggs they were hatching. They either covered them with their bodies or with their feet to incubate. saw month old babies that were still all white. Nests were just the...More

Thank wayne m
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