Genovesa Island, Galapagos

The Bird Island

Overview

Genovesa Island is a circular island with a dramatic horseshoe bay that sits to the northeastern of the Galapagos. Its distinctive shape is the result of the collapse of a large volcanic crater, and this resulted in the formation now known as Darwin Bay, which is surrounded by steep cliffs that provide homes for many different seabirds.

In the centre of the island is Lake Arcturus, which is a salt-water crater lake. Genovesa's volcano hasn’t erupted in recorded history, but there is some evidence of more recent lava flows in some places so it's not yet extinct. Genovesa has the well-earned nickname of “The Bird Island” because of the vast numbers that nest here. You can’t fail but but be impressed with the huge numbers of Frigatebirds, Nazca-Boobies and Red-footed Boobies, Swallow-tailed Gulls, Storm Petrels, Red-billed Tropicbirds, finches, and mockingbirds, among many other species that you can see when you visit.

Genovesa is one of the few islands in the Galapagos where Red-footed Boobies are found in very large numbers. On shore, the island’s only reptiles are her native Genovesa Marine Iguanas, the smallest species in the whole Galapagos. 

Photos of Genovesa Island

Fast Facts about Genovesa Island

  • Her circular shape is because she was formed from the caldera of a volcano
  • Home to many species of seabirds who love her high cliffs for nesting
  • Thousands of Ladybirds were released here to control invasive pests
  • One of the few islands that is home to Red-Footed Boobies

Possibile Activities on Genovesa Island

Hiking, Snorkeling, Kayaking, panga rides

Highlights

Darwin Bay

A birdwatcher's paradise...

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Possibile Activities

Hiking, snorkeling, panga rides

Prince Philip's Steps

Rocky cliffs with an abundance of seabirds

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Possibile Activities

Hiking, Snorkeling, Kayaking, panga rides

Map of Genovesa Island

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