Finch Bay

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This is a Satisfaction Rating based on our own customer feedback

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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.

Bartolome, Galápagos

What our clients say

  • 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
  • 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
  • "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 win

    EG, Dorking
  • "This is a very nice hotel in a good location - a great base to explore the neighbouring islands.”

    BB, Surrey
  • 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
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Our expert's view

Sophie Barber
Sophie Barber - Travel Expert

Sophie lived in Chile before joining us and has travelled extensively across Latin America, from Mexico to the furthest tip of Patagonia and beyond to Antarctica.

The location and the facilities make Finch Bay one of my favourite options on Santa Cruz and I think it's great for either a cruise add on or as your sole Galapagos experience. The hotel has its own boat so I highly recommend doing a day trip to one of the nearby islands. As an extra treat, upgrade to one of the 6 suites with an ocean view as well as a private balcony with hammock.


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  • Sophie Barber
    Sophie Barber - Travel Expert

    Sophie lived in Chile before joining us and has travelled extensively across Latin America, from Mexico to the furthest tip of Patagonia and beyond to Antarctica.

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    Kathryn backpacked across Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Peru before joining us. She has a degree in Philosophy and French and is a keen netball player.

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    Heloise started her Latin American journey as an exchange student in Santiago, Chile. With extended summer holidays this was the perfect opportunity to backpack through Bolivia, Peru, Argentina and Brazil.

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