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Also known as Tower Island, this small island, which is an eroded volcanic caldera that created a stunning U-shaped island. Millions of years ago, this large volcano caldera was much bigger, but as time has passed, it has gradually sunken back into the ocean from whence it came, leaving only the upper rim of the volcano and a few small plains that have become a veritable birder’s paradise. Your boat will actually take you into the sunken caldera of this long-extinct volcano, where you will anchor for the day’s hikes exploring Darwin's Bay, El Barranco, and Prince Philips Steps are the best place in Galapagos to observe the endemic short-eared owl and the home to massive numbers of red-footed boobies, blue-footed boobies, frigate birds, tropicbirds, and more.

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Darwin Bay is a fantastic spot for snorkeling or swimming from the white coral beach. Here, you will get to snorkel right over a cleaning station for the hammerhead sharks. In one of nature’s most interesting displays of symbiosis, the massive predators swim right into the shallows of Darwin Bay to be cleaned by the fish which eat the dead skin cells, parasites, and bacteria. There are also other interesting species to be found, including rays, starfish, and other tropical fish. A short hike on the beach will take you past large rocks and into an area colonized with an impressive population of the distinct frigatebirds. In addition to the frigates, you will likely see Galapagos doves and sea lions lounging on the beach.

El Barranco (Prince Philip’s Steps) – A dinghy will leave you at the bottom of these steep stone steps carved right into the rock wall. Once you reach the top, you will be met by a sweeping plateau of birds of all species. Nazca & red-footed boobies can be seen doing their curious mating dance here, and a short walk will take you across the arid mesa to a stunning trail where storm petrels, frigates, boobies, and other native and endemic land and sea birds soar through the air. If you have a sharp eye, you might even catch a glimpse of the camouflaged short-eared owl, a dangerous predator for anything unfortunate enough to be on this stealthy predator’s menu.

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