The charming Finch Bay - named after the famous Darwin's Finches abundant in the surroundings - is just steps from the beach on a private seaside location, surrounded by mangroves. Here guests can cherish the privacy, natural surroundings and superb service offered by the Finch Bay Eco Hotel.
Located on Santa Cruz Island at Punta Estrada the Finch Bay is across the bay from the town of Puerto Ayora. This Galapagos Island Hotel is situated in a quiet location, with only pedestrian and bicycle circulation - there are no cars in the neighborhood.
Finch Bay has 6 ocean-view Suites and 21 premium rooms (with twin or king-size beds), each with private facilities, air conditioning and unlimited water supply, as the hotel has its own desalinization plant. 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.
Delicious healthy international and Galapagos inspired menus are prepared daily, using the freshest ingredients. Finch Bay is easily accessible. After a two-hour flight from Ecuador's mainland, guests arrive to the airport of Baltra in the Galapagos and then take overland transportation to Puerto Ayora and the Finch Bay. Finch Bay is the only full-service Galapagos eco hotel situated directly on a beach.
Activities at Finch Bay Eco Hotel
In addition to the Finch Bay Hotel's pool, there is equipment for snorkeling and kayaking in the Galapagos Marine Reserve, the second largest in the planet. Right in front of the Finch Bay Hotel at Punta Estrada Bay, beginners can practice kayaking, and a short distance away is Academy Bay, an excellent location to explore by kayak. Each of the 8 available kayaks is designed to hold two participants. The hotel will advise the hours of high tide – the best time for this activity.
Packages at the Finch Bay Eco Hotel utilize one of two yachts to experience day tours of the Galapagos Islands. The Sea Finch Yacht was built in 1988 by Hatteras (United States) and remodeled in 2006 in Ecuador. The Sea Finch Yacht is 58 feet long and carries up to 20 guests with a crew of 4 plus one naturalist guide. The Sea Lion Yacht was build in 1987 by Van der Hoeven Yachts of Holland. She was remodeled in 2009 in Ecuador. The Sea Lion Yacht is 74 feet long and carries up to 16 guests with a crew of 4 and two naturalist guides.
Accommodations at Finch Bay Eco Hotel
21 rooms offer twin or king size beds (one cot for child). 17 rooms are at ground level, with 4 rooms on the second floor. Each room has wooden blinds, a black-out curtain, tile floors and a telephone. All rooms are nonsmoking. Each room has a private bath with hot water, hair dryers and soap and shampoo dispensers.