Finch Bay Galápagos Hotel: The Experience

Located in Galápagos Islands, Ecuador

“Finch Bay: Your Way” is a fitting motto of Finch Bay Galápagos Hotel, as the lodge facilitates many different ways to experience the Galápagos. Explore these magical islands by land or by sea, or a little of both, drawing on the expertise of Finch Bay’s staff, all of whom are native to Ecuador. Days here can be as busy or as relaxing as you desire, with opportunities to snorkel, kayak, bike, dive, and venture to neighboring islands aboard the lodge’s yacht. And when you’re not seeking out sea lions and giant tortoises, the lodge offers a welcoming waterfront oasis.

Things To Do

The following experiences are included in the cost of your stay. Please note that in order to preserve the archipelago’s fragile ecosystems, guided excursions in the islands are regulated daily by the Galápagos National Park Service and are subject to change.

Nature Walks and Hiking

Discover Santa Cruz’s otherworldly landscapes, which were formed by volcanic activity. Set out on a self-guided coastal walk with binoculars in hand, or hike through cactus groves to swim in the dramatic, water-filled crevices known as Las Grietas.

Snorkeling

An ideal destination for both beginning and experienced snorkelers, the Galápagos showcases a kaleidoscope of magnificent sea creatures, from colorful fish and sea turtles to eagle rays and whitetip reef sharks. Santa Cruz boasts a number of excellent snorkeling spots, and guided snorkeling excursions to neighboring islands can also be arranged at additional cost. Complimentary snorkeling gear and shorty wetsuits are available to guests during their stay.

Beaches

Santa Cruz is home to some of the most spectacular beaches in the archipelago, including the idyllic white sands of Tortuga Bay. The calm, clear waters are enticing during any season, and many of the best swimming spots can be reached on foot. The lodge itself occupies a prime location next to the only public beach in Puerto Ayora, and opportunities for swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, and sunset strolls are just a few steps away.

Stargazing

With its unique position straddling the equator, the Galápagos offers a rare opportunity to view the constellations of the both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres at the same time. Relax in a hammock on your deck after sunset and watch the night sky light up with stars.

Optional Activities and Experiences

The following experiences are offered at an additional cost.

Private Yacht Island Excursions

Board the Sea Lion, Finch Bay’s private yacht, and join a talented team of crew members and naturalists on day trips to nearby islands. With no more than 20 fellow passengers, you’ll enjoy a delicious buffet lunch, air-conditioned interiors, ample viewing decks, and snorkeling and hiking opportunities. Visitor sites typically include wildlife-rich North Seymour, iconic Bartolomé, rugged South Plaza, and scenic Santa Fe. Snorkeling equipment is included.

Giant Tortoise Reserve

Venture into the highlands of Santa Cruz to experience up-close encounters with Galápagos giant tortoises, the largest living tortoise species. At El Manzanillo ranch, situated on the edge of the island’s giant tortoise reserve, observe these prehistoric-looking creatures as they forage through grassy fields and dew-dappled forests. Have lunch at the ranch, followed by a visit to one of Santa Cruz’s renowned lava tunnels, where visitors can experience the island’s volcanic origins firsthand.

Charles Darwin Research Station

Enjoy a guided visit to the headquarters of the Galápagos National Park Service and the Charles Darwin Research Station, located side by side on the outskirts of Puerto Ayora. At the Charles Darwin Research Station, learn about local research and conservation efforts, including a captive breeding program for the Galápagos giant tortoise. Get an intimate look these iconic creatures while walking amid open-air enclosures, and visit a facility where tortoise hatchlings are reared before being repatriated to the islands.

Sea Kayaking

Paddle the crystalline waters around Santa Cruz for a water-level view of dramatic coastal landscapes and wildlife. Spot sea lions frolicking in the surf, birds nesting on cliffs, and fish darting below the waves. There are a host of prime kayaking spots nearby, and beginners can practice at the beach in front of the lodge before paddling out to sea.

Diving

Dive in deep and discover a magical undersea world of tropical fish, rays, sharks, eels, and more. Designed by the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI), Finch Bay’s diving packages allow guests to experience the thrill of scuba diving in a safe and fun environment. Choose a five- or eight-day package featuring guided excursions to many of the top dive sites in the central islands, including North Seymour, Daphne Minor, Cousins Rock, and Gordon Rocks.

Surfing

Finesse your surfing technique, or try out the sport for the first time. Near the lodge, Tortuga Bay is an internationally recognized surfing destination, where robust swells break over ivory sands. The lodge can arrange for private or group surfing lessons, as well as board rentals.

Biking

Take a mountain bike for a spin, enjoying breathtaking views as you cruise downhill to one of Santa Cruz’s beaches. Or choose a more challenging route through the highlands, where a variety of birds can be spotted.

Massages

After an active day exploring on land or in the water, indulge in a soothing massage in the privacy of your room or suite.

Food and Drink

The wildlife isn’t all that’s extraordinary here. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the lodge’s restaurant features some of the best food in the Galápagos, served in a tranquil, airy space where large windows welcome the ocean breeze. Enjoy artfully prepared dishes presented at your table, like chargrilled kebab of octopus, Ecuadorian jumbo prawns drizzled in Chardonnay sauce, and sesame-encrusted tuna with citrus soy sauce and seaweed. These are just a few of the culinary creations of Cordon Blue-qualified Gastronomy Director Byron Rivera and Executive Chef Fabricio Hidalgo, who craft an ever-changing menu of international and Ecuadorian-inspired dishes. In between meals, whet your appetite with a handcrafted cocktail or a snack served at the poolside bar. The staff will happily arrange personalized meals or a candlelit dinner by the pool, and vegetarian and other dietary requirements can also be accommodated.

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