Finch Bay Eco Hotel
The Finch Bay Eco Hotel
At a Glance
Great for families
Friendly, welcoming staff
Large pool and located right by the beach
Variety of activities and excursions on offer
Great add-on to a Galapagos cruise or for guests who don't have good sea legs and prefer to be based on dry land
Two boats for exploring the nearby islands and amazing wildlife
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
There's never a bad time to visit the Galapagos. The peak season lasts from mid-June through early September and from mid-December through mid-January. The national park limits the number of visitors to each island and coordinates each ship's itinerary, so the Galapagos will never feel like Disney World. But if you visit in the summer, you are less likely to feel a sense of solitude and isolation.
From December through to May the water and the air are warmer, but this is the rainy season. It drizzles almost daily for a short period of time. Ironically, this is also the sunniest time of year.
June through November, the Humboldt Current makes it way up to the Galapagos from the southern end of South America. The current brings cold water and cold weather, but it also brings water rich in nutrients and plankton, which attracts fish and birds. During this season there always seem to be clouds in the air, but it rarely rains. It's also quite windy, and the seas tend to be rougher.
To start planning your holiday to The Finch Bay Eco Hotel
A charming eco-friendly retreat, the Finch Bay Eco Hotel is located just steps away from the beach on the Galapagos island of Santa Cruz, surrounded by fascinating flora and fauna. It works well as an alternative to a cruise or as a beach stay afterwards.
Following a recent refurbishment, the Finch Bay Eco Hotel is looking fresh and breezy and due to its location on one of the island's prettiest beaches, is a great choice for guests who either want to have some relaxation time after a cruise around the Galapagos islands or as a land-based alternative.
The Finch Bay has 21 garden-view rooms, and six larger ocean-view rooms, four of which connect making them suitable for families with small children. Most of the rooms have twin beds, although there are a few in each category with king beds. The rooms are furnished in a simple yet comfortable style and have their own porch or balcony with chairs and a hammock.
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Finch Bay Rooms are connected throughout the property via a wooden walkway where you can stroll and admire the lush gardens. Rooms have balconies with hammocks, great natural light, air conditioning, and cool colours.
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Finch Bay's lovely Finch Bay Suites are the newest additions to its architecture, split into two sets: four to the west of the property and two to the east. All of them are slightly elevated giving them unparalleled views across the bay and the ocean. Private balconies are the ideal place to relax after a day of exploring.
Children are very welcome at the Finch Bay and the friendly staff do their very best to ensure families have an enjoyable and comfortable stay. Four of the ocean view rooms are connecting and the pool is great for children. A trip to the Galapagos is both educational and fun, with great opportunities to learn about the local flora and fauna and enjoy activities such as snorkelling with sea lions and sea turtles and coming face to face with ancient giant tortoises.
The Finch Bay is right in front of a lovely sandy beach and has its own outdoor pool overlooking the ocean, perfect for chilling out and watching the herons, pelicans and ducks who often pay a visit. There is also a breezy lounge area, separate television and internet room and an airy restaurant-bar, serving both local and international dishes, with plenty of seafood on the menu.
The Galapagos Islands are a truly unique destination, home to a wealth of endemic flora and fauna. Much can be visited on Santa Cruz island itself, from sea lions and marine iguanas to giant tortoises, finches and Galapagos fur seals. For those looking for something more adventurous Finch Bay can organise scuba diving, hiking, kayaking and mountain biking.
Jack Guth (Staff)
Finch Bay Hotel is a great land option when exploring the Galapagos. With access to a beach and a large heated swimming pool, you can spend the day relaxing and playing in the water. Finch Bay Hotel also owns its own yacht and runs day excursions to the uninhabited islands around the Galapagos. These are great options for those who do not want to commit to a stay aboard ship but still want to see all of the endemic species of iguanas, birds and tortoises that the Galapagos has to offer! You cannot go wrong by staying at finch Bay.
Scarlett Richard (Staff)
For me, the Finch Bay is the best hotel in the Galapagos. Its location means the weather is often better than it is in the highlands, its well positioned to visit the surrounding islands and is the only hotel to boast a beach front location so it serves as the perfect base to experience the Galapagos but also a great place to relax and have some time at leisure.
Katie Aston (Staff)
Finch Bay is a great option for guests who are looking for a mixture of a beach and wildlife experience on the Galapagos or a few days of R&R pre or post a cruise and suits both couples and families. The hotel is located a short boat ride away from Puerto Ayora town is situated overlooking the protected waters and white sands of Alemanes beach which is a also a nesting ground for land iguanas. The hotel has 21 garden and 6 ocean view rooms (the latter get booked up fast because other than the lovely views they are more spacious and can also connect for families). There is a big swimming pool which you share with the hotel's resident pin tail ducks and kayaks for rent to paddle around the bay. Finch Bay organises daily excursions alternating between land-based exploration which include visiting the Tortoise reserve or the highlands of Santa Cruz with sea-based excursions on it's own comfortable 20 person motor yacht, the Sea Lion. The Sea Lion is a sturdy steel hull boat and with bathrooms, changing area and wetsuits and snorkels, she is a good option compared to the lighter day boats that other hotels use.
Sarah Lee (Staff)
The Finch Bay was one the best hotels I saw whilst in the Galapagos archipelago and is well run. The rooms are comfortable, clean and fresh and there is a nice restaurant area with a pool, which attracts playful Darwin finches. My only reservation with staying at a hotel is that to see the Galapagos in all it’s glory I believe the only real way is by boat as it means you get to go further a field and see the many different islands and the various endemic species native to each. The Finch Bay offers good tours within reach of the hotel but doesn’t reach the real gems such as Espanola. The Finch Bay does however work well for those who don’t quite have the sea legs to manage 5 to 7 nights on a cruise or for those looking for a bit of r & r on dry land after a cruise, which I think would compliment the overall experience very well.
Cerro Puntudo hike
Pass through beautiful scenery and Miconia forest as you hike up to the top of Cerro el Puntudo to take in glorious views of the island of Santa Cruz, and on a clear day views of the neighbouring islands.
Full day Scuba Diving from Santa Cruz Island
Scuba diving in the Galapagos is world-class, thanks to the abundance of tame marine life. You will typically come up lose with large rays, green turtles, sea lions and schools of sharks. The diving is suitable for intermediate and experienced divers.
Kayaking at Finch Bay
Explore the pristine waters that surround the Galapagos Islands on this full-day kayaking adventure from Finch Bay. Gently paddle to your heart's content, keeping your eyes peeled for the endemic wildlife such as fur seals, sea lions and marine iguanas.
Mountain biking Santa Cruz
Enjoy a full-day mountain biking adventure and explore the volcanic landscape of the Galapagos Islands, encountering wildlife and speeding down rugged paths for a fun-filled alternative to the sea-based activities.
Surfing at Finch Bay
Make the most of Finch Bay's location right on the beach and enjoy a full day of surfing in the crystal clear waters of the Galapagos, the perfect soft adventure to break up days of wildlife watching and excursions to the surrounding islands.
Galapagos with Kids
Quito and the Galapagos Islands
from £3100 pp inc flights & transfers for 7 nights
- You will have a myriad of experiences to enjoy on this tailormade itinerary as you can partake in land and water-based activities such as kayaking, snorkelling and biking whilst observing animals such as sea lions and the blue-footed boobies.
- Discover the cultural delights of the city of Quito, flanked by the Andes.
- You’ll be based on the island of Santa Cruz, in the heart of the archipelago where you will have abundant wildlife sightings.
Location & directions
The Galapagos archipelago consists of 19 volcanic islands and 40 islets, 600miles off the coast of Ecuador.
How to get there
13-hour International flight to Quito via Madrid, from there its a further 3-hour domestic flight to the Galapagos Islands.
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