Finch Bay Hotel, Galapagos Islands

Finch Bay Eco Hotel,
Puerto Ayora, Ecudaor, Galapagos Islands

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.

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The Galapagos Islands, the Finch Bay Way

Finch Bay 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.

Accommodation

The Finch Bay Eco Hotel has 21 Garden View Rooms and 6 brand new Ocean View Suites.

Ocean View Suites

  • 2 with king sized beds (for 1-2 guests)
  • 4 Doubles with 2 twin beds (for 1-2 guests)*

* 4 are connecting rooms (2-2)

Garden View Rooms

  • 17 doubles with 2 twin beds (for 1-2 guests)
  • 4 rooms with king beds (for 1-2 guests)

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.

Facilities

Finch Bay is the only full-service Galapagos Eco-Hotel situated directly on a beach.

  • Eco-Hotel with International Service Standards
  • Modern design incorporating Galapagos’ natural elements
  • Each room has wooden blinds, a black-out curtain, tile floors and telephone
  • All rooms are nonsmoking
  • Air conditioned rooms (via in-room remote control),
  • Each room has a private bath with hot water, hair dryers and soap and shampoo dispensers.
  • Beach towels available
  • On-site desalinization and purification plan
  • Ice machine
  • Laundry service
  • Private Outdoor Pool
  • Mangrove-rich coastline
  • Bar and Lounge
  • Restaurant featuring International Cuisine (tastefully blended with local flavors). Buffet Breakfast. Both, fixed menues and a la carte menus for lunch and dinner Vegetarian and special dietary requirements can be accommodated
  • Communications: telephone, fax, e-mail, Internet access.
  • Beautiful grounds for strolling
  • Beach-front access
  • No motorized vehicles
  • No paved roads
  • Day trips to nearby islands, via yacht, as per itinerary
  • Multisport Nature Active Options: Scuba Diving, Birdwatching, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Wildlife Observation, Bay Tours.
  • Environmental Interpretation with Galapagos Naturalists

Activities

  • Excursions to nearby islands aboard the hotel’s own yachts
  • Mountain bike in the highlands of Santa Cruz Island
  • Scuba diving excursions
  • Snorkeling at various spots (snorkeling equipment is provided)
  • Explore the bay in Sea Kayaks
  • Birdwatching along the mangrove forests that surround the hotel
  • Hikes to Tortuga Bay – one of the most beautiful beaches in the Galápagos Islands
  • Trek to Las Grietas, lava crevices that form beautiful deep ponds
  • Observe giant Galápagos tortoises in their natural habitat

Location

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.

We Can Book Your Flight

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.

Arriving By Your Own Means

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:

  • The beach! We are the ONLY beachfront hotel in all of Puerto Ayora
  • 7 minutes from the main shopping district of the Galapagos (Puerto Ayora)
  • Las Grietas (one of the top snorkelling sites in the Galapagos)
  • 45-60 min by land to the world-renowned Tortuga Bay Beach
  • 15 min walking from the Charles Darwin Station
  • 30 min by land to the highlands where there are giant tortoise reserves, lava tunnels, the twin craters and more waiting to be explored!

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