The word BEST can aptly be defined as:
adj. Superlative of good.
1. Surpassing all others in excellence or quality;
2. Most desirable;
THE ISLANDS ….
Why? It’s a long journey up to this northeastern island, but well worth the trip (the journey is done during the overnight hours). The English name ‘Tower’ refers to an admiral, not the shape of the island. It is actually a semi-sunken (or collapsed) crater, into which you sail. Genovesa receives the #2 nomination due to its diverse and unique wildlife (many of which are not commonly found in Galapagos), along with the unique panorama. This island is a birder’s paradise.
Darwin Bay, a lovely coral beach, is home to such wildlife as Red-footed Boobies (rare in Galapagos), Marine iguanas (smallest version in archipelago), Sea lions, Hammerhead sharks, Finches, Yellow-crowned night herons, white-cheeked pintail ducks, Galapagos doves, Lava gulls, Swallow-tailed gulls & Frigatebirds.
Prince Phillip’s Steps, is a steep trail to the top of the cliffs. Here you will enjoy such creatures as the reclusive Fur seal, Red-billed tropicbirds, Frigatebirds, Nazca boobies, Red-footed boobies, Storm petrels & Short-eared owls.