Hotels, Eco Escapes & Lifestyle Resorts | Unearthing the Exceptional
Just the word ‘Galapagos’ conjures up a world of adventure and spectacular natural beauty, painted in bold brushstrokes of turquoise sky, dark volcanic rock, and bright green, orange, red and yellow beaches.
At Finch Bay, our eco hotel on Santa Cruz Island, you have the opportunity to discover the Galapagos of your dreams at your own pace, unfettered by cruise schedules and in tune with your surroundings.
Set between beach and mangrove, in gardens alive with the sound of birds (including the famous Darwin’s Finches) and enjoying a secluded pedestrian-only location not far from Puerto Ayora, Finch Bay is the only full-service beachfront hotel in the Galapagos and two-time winner of the title ‘South America’s Leading Green Hotel’. It’s a rare combination of modern design and comfort, appreciation of Nature and innovative environmental initiatives.
Finch Bay Hotel offers a number of ways to enjoy the magical archipelago. From day trips to nearby islands on board our own yacht, to ocean adventures including scuba diving, sea kayaking, snorkelling and swimming, as well as multiple opportunities to see the islands’ famous wildlife, the Galapagos are yours to explore.
Within the hotel grounds, the pool attracts finches, herons and ducks as well as sunbathers throughout the day, and the talcum-white beach is just steps away, its gently-lapping waters blue as a boobie’s foot.
At dusk, as the sunset casts its golden shadows across the sea and thousands of cattle egrets fly towards the mangroves to roost, you can look forward to a gourmet meal from our Cordon Bleu chef using fresh local ingredients, and falling asleep to the uninterrupted sound of the waves.
The Finch Bay Eco Hotel has 21 Garden View Rooms and 6 brand new Ocean View Suites.
* 4 are connecting rooms (2-2)
This ecologically-oriented hotel also boasts innovative garbage processing and recycling programs. The entire infrastructure as well as the activities are totally oriented to a concept of true ecotourism in a pristine natural environment.
Finch Bay is the only full-service Galapagos Eco-Hotel situated directly on a beach.
Puerto Ayora – Galápagos Islands
The hotel is located at the south side of Santa Cruz Island, in front of Puerto Ayora town. To reach the Galapagos Islands (unless your arriving on your plane or boat), it is necessary to take a flight from the mainland of Ecuador (Quito or Guayaquil airports) to Baltra airport (GPS); there are at least 2 daily flights from either city.
Make sure you book your flight to Baltra Island (GPS), or even better, ask us to book your flight so that you don’t take unnecessary risks. If you booked a package with us, our staff will receive you upon arrival to Baltra Island. Otherwise, ask us to organize your transfer or simply follow the directions below.
Upon arrival to Baltra Island (airport) take a short ride by bus to the Itabaca Canal (make sure you take the bus to the canal, NOT to the pier) then cross the Itabaca Channel by ferry to Santa Cruz Island. Once on the other side of the canal, take a bus or a taxi to Puerto Ayora town (through the highlands of Santa Cruz, distance of 26 miles or 42 km). Upon arrival to Puerto Ayora, walk to the public dock and take a water taxi to the dock of the Finch Bay Hotel; from here you will need to walk a short path to the hotel (5 or 7 minutes).The Finch Bay Eco Hotel is close to: