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Finch Bay Eco Hotel

The Finch Bay Eco Hotel

Galapagos, Ecuador

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.

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

Eco/ethical tourism, Family, Wildlife

Insider's View

You are only a 45-minute stroll away from one of the real gems of the Galapagos - Tortuga Beach with its beautiful white sand, swimming, sea lions, marine iguanas and turtles.

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Insider's View

Before breakfast take the footpath to Las Grietas where you may be rewarded having this beautiful natural swimming pool to yourselves.

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Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to The Finch Bay Eco Hotel or take a look at our itineraries to Galapagos


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.

Named after the famous Darwin Finches and surrounded by mangroves where iguanas make their nests, the Finch Bay Eco Hotel accommodates up to 52 guests in 27 air-conditioned guest rooms, with en-suite bathrooms and views over the gardens or to the ocean. There is a spacious outdoor pool, sometimes visited by friendly ducks, herons and pelicans. International and Galapagos-inspired menus are prepared daily by the chef, using the freshest ingredients.

The Galapagos is home to a wealth of fascinating wildlife and is a truly idyllic destination for lovers of nature and the outdoors. Various activities can be organized by the expeditions team at Finch Bay. The Finch Bay has its own motor yacht, the Sea Lion which visits nearby islands to view the native wildlife, swimming and snorkeling. Other activities on Santa Cruz island itself include mountain biking, scuba diving, visits to ranches where you can see giant tortoise, snorkeling, bird watching and kayaking.

The hotel is located on Santa Cruz, one of the main islands in the Galapagos on the other side of the harbor from the town of Puerto Ayora. It is only accessible by boat and there is a frequent water-taxi service available to take guests into town for a visit to the Charles Darwin Center, the fish market (a hangout for hungry pelicans and sealions) and a few low-key restaurants.


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.


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 snorkeling 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 hotel has a private motor-yacht available for daily tours and there is a water-taxi service running between the hotel and Puerto Ayora.


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 organize scuba diving, hiking, kayaking and mountain biking.

For guests who would like to mix up some land-based activities with some visits to neighboring islands, the Finch Bay's own motor yacht, the Sea Lion is a great bonus. Taking up to 20 guests, she visits the wildlife rich islands such as North Seymour, South Plaza, Bartolome and Santa Fe with a naturalist guide on board and wetsuits and snorkeling equipment.

Visits to the islands are strictly regulated to ensure minimal impact on the wildlife, so it is important for us to know if there are any particularly animals that you would like to see because they are not on all of the islands.

Location & Directions

Galapagos, Ecuador

The Galapagos archipelago consists of 19 volcanic islands and 40 islets, 600miles off the coast of Ecuador.

When to go

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.

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Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to The Finch Bay Eco Hotel or take a look at our itineraries to Galapagos

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