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Darwin Bay

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Address: Ecuador

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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Wonderful bird life

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... read more

Reviewed 9 March 2017
wayne m
Greensboro, North Carolina
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Colchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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 and lots of them so you get very close to them. Also some interesting small... More 

Thank sophia27
Greensboro, North Carolina
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Reviewed 9 March 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 ground where they cleaned out a circle around the egg(s). Go if you can!

Thank wayne m
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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 393 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 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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Reviewed 7 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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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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Reviewed 10 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 

Thank FiveDivers
Williamsburg, Virginia
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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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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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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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