Finch Bay is a small beachfront hotel catering for guests individually with an array of excursions and activities to choose from. A stay here is a great alternative or complement to a cruise if you want to explore an island more intimately.
This small beachfront hotel is located near the main settlement of Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island. This unique volcanic archipelago presents visitors with the opportunity to get up close and personal with an incredible diversity of wildlife including sea lions, iguanas and boobies.
While most explore the islands on a cruise, Finch Bay is an excellent option for those preferring a land-based stay, or indeed for anyone who likes the idea of seeing the Galápagos from both perspectives.
Its rooms are simply furnished with private bathroom, a terrace or balcony and air-conditioning. It sits right on the beach, close to town, and offers guests a large pool, outdoor Jacuzzi, restaurant, bar and large sun terrace to supplement the attractions of the lovely sands on the water's edge.
Finch Bay has been voted the World’s Leading Green Hotel 2016 at the World Travel Awards event which acknowledges and celebrates excellence across all sectors of the global travel and tourism industry, with votes from the general public and travel professionals. This award recognises the Hotel’s responsible environmental management in one of the world’s most delicate and pristine ecosystems and the teamwork of its staff.
What our clients say
97% of our clients rated their experience with us as Excellent or Good.
The hotel was lovely as were all the staff we encountered.HB, Todmorden
"It knows what it's doing! Great front counter staff. Enjoyed relaxing in the hammock in the evening. Good pool and while I was only eating cereals, really impressive breakfast spread."PW, Norwich
Superb hotel, great staff, lovely location, a win winEG, Dorking
Excellent Best hotel we have ever stayed in! Great location, excellent staff, were made to feel really special. Food was just incredible!!!...In our case the holiday was exactly as we wanted.SC, Oswestry
Lovely place. Staff very helpful but could do with more in restaurant.SH,
Excellent. Great room, amazing location, great food, helpful staff. Only fault was a minimum price of $40 for a bottle of wine. They'd sell more if they did a bargain house red and white, but this is a quibble.bbi would go there again.IA, London
"This a perfect choice to chill following a cruise....the staff were all attentive and keen to make your stay welcoming...has a lovely swimming pool. A definite favourite."JC, Usk
A great base
"This is a very nice hotel in a good location - a great base to explore the neighbouring islands.”BB, Surrey
This more than lived up to its pre-departure billing. It was quiet, comfortable and beautifully located across the bay from Puerto Ayora. It had its own shuttle water taxi to enable coming and going. The food was excellent with, again, an excellent buffet breakfast with a more imaginative choice of options than many. The bar served an excellent margarita and even stretched a delicious, locally brewed, artisan beer.DM, Nottingham
So glad we visited
“The Galápagos Islands are spectacular and we are so glad we had the time to visit. After a busy four days onboard La Pinta it was good to have a days break at Finch Bay. It was certainly a well needed rest for us both.”EK, Saltash
Absolutely wonderful hotel.Fantastic location and totally relaxing. Beautifully warm swimming pool. Stunning views from our sea view suite. All staff very courteous and helpful. Just what we needed after a full on 3 weeks itinerary...They have their own private water taxi too which was absolutely marvellous we were given a mobile and just rang it when we wanted picking up. We ate in the restaurant in the evenings lovely food and service.VH, Bristol
We loved it
"We particularly loved Finch Bay because of the wildlife; we found a turtle in the bay after failing to find any in all our snorkelling trips!"HS, Chiswick
"Can highly recommend ocean view rooms. Hotel was spotlessly clean and food of a very high quality (we ate there for all three nights)."AH, London
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