Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel: About

Located in Galápagos Islands, Ecuador

Following his first visit to the Galápagos in 1835, Charles Darwin described the archipelago as “a little world within itself.” Not much has changed here since then: Sea lions still loll on shore, wizened marine iguanas sunbathe on volcanic rocks, and giant tortoises roam through misty meadows. Situated at the heart of it all, Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel offers guests complete immersion in this extraordinary wildlife sanctuary, where animals still rule. The only beachfront hotel on Santa Cruz Island, Finch Bay both embraces and reflects its surroundings, with contemporary, clean lines and an artful design that incorporates natural elements. This island retreat offers the best of all worlds: abundant opportunities to explore Santa Cruz’s diverse ecosystems, as well as easy access to the rich biodiversity found on other islands within Galápagos National Park.


  • Cruise to wildlife-rich islands aboard the lodge’s own Sea Lion Yacht, exploring with naturalists and encountering blue-footed boobies, marine iguanas, frigate birds, and much more.
  • Snorkel with sea lions and sea turtles, kayak in secluded coves, and swim in the azure waters of volcanic rock pools.
  • Venture into the highlands of Santa Cruz to observe giant tortoises in the wild, and learn about the restoration of this iconic species at the Charles Darwin Research Station.
  • Relax and rejuvenate while swimming in the pool or swinging in a hammock on your private deck, and stroll through gardens blooming with native plants.
  • Savor delicious, locally sourced meals in the restaurant or outdoors overlooking the beach.

Why We Love This Lodge

In a unique destination like the Galápagos, where every effort is made to protect the delicate ecosystems, Finch Bay has set the standard for environmentally responsible hotels. The lodge maintains a light environmental footprint and supports the islands in numerous ways—sourcing local foods whenever possible, integrating endemic species into its landscaping, and employing native Galápagueños from nearby communities.

Sustainability efforts also extend beyond the shores of Santa Cruz. The lodge is a forum for collaboration and conservation, hosting meetings between organizations such as the Charles Darwin Research Station and the Galápagos National Park Service. Finch Bay has also established several successful educational initiatives, which include taking local students to explore the islands aboard the lodge’s own Sea Lion Yacht. Through these voyages, hundreds of young Galápagueños have gained a deeper understanding of the natural wonders of their native archipelago—and have been inspired to help protect them.

Lodge Features

  • 27 rooms and suites that incorporate natural elements of the Galápagos
  • Gourmet restaurant that serves sustainably sourced dishes and a wide selection of fine wines
  • Indoor and outdoor lounge areas
  • Outdoor bar
  • Outdoor pool
  • Spa and fitness center with two outdoor hot tubs
  • Beachfront access
  • Business center and library
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout the property

National Geographic Exclusive

Each of our lodges has created a special complimentary experience offered exclusively to guests who visit through a National Geographic expedition. At Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel, National Geographic guests are treated to a private cooking class with Finch Bay’s executive chef or sous chef. Learn how to make authentic ceviche, then enjoy your tasty creation while relaxing by the pool.

Awards and Recognitions

  • Condé Nast Traveller, Reader’s Choice Awards, Top 20 Resorts in South America, 2017 and 2019
  • Condé Nast Traveller, Readers’ Choice Awards, Best Resorts in Central & South America, 2014
  • World Travel Awards, South America's Leading Green Hotel, 2012-2016 and 2018
  • World Travel Awards, World’s Leading Green Hotel, 2014, 2015, 2017-2019
  • National Geographic World Legacy Awards, Finalist, 2017

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