We were already anchored inside Darwin Bay when the sun rose. Right away, a group of kayakers and paddleboarders left the stern for one of the most serene paddles possible: the flat water along the base of the inside cliffs. We observed red-footed boobies, frigates, red-billed tropicbirds, and swallow-tailed gulls…everyone was up and moving for the business of courtship and searching for food and/or nest sites.

Genovesa is an extraordinary island with the largest red-footed booby colony on the planet. The island is home to an almost equal number of great frigatebirds, never mind all the other birds. Both the morning and afternoon were one-of-a-kind experiences that will never be forgotten by all who visited.