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Galapagos Finch Bay hotel
Galapagos Islands now offer the unique opportunity for visitors to embark on adventure-filled days, in close contact with the natural world, at the Finch Bay Hotel Resort. The Galapagos archipelago is an enchanted place, its very nature is powerful and inspiring; peaceful and magical, and above all, unique. The ideal spot for an unforgettable vacation.
Experience the Galapagos of your dreams in this in-depth Galapagos Adventure that puts you in close contact with the natural world, while enjoying a relaxing stay at the Finch Bay Hotel on Santa Cruz Island. Whether your interests lie in observing the natural wildlife of the Galapagos, enjoying world-class diving, mountain biking, exploring lava fields, relaxing on the beach, or a bit of everything, your stay at the Finch Bay Hotel offers you the freedom to select the activities of your choice: Hike to Tortuga Bay, Swim, Snorkel, Enjoy the sun at the beach or the pool side, Photograph and observe the wildlife, Stroll around the village of Puerto Ayora, Enjoy day cruises to nearby islands, Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station, World-class scuba diving , Adventure mountain biking , Stargazing and much more.
You don't even have to go far from your hotel, as just a relaxing walk within the grounds can be a revealing introduction to the outstanding variety of Darwin's Finches, famed for their role in Darwin's evolutionary theories.
At the Darwin Station The world-renowned Charles Darwin Research Station, with the famous giant Galapagos tortoises after which the islands are named, is only a short distance away.
Spend a full week as you combine relaxation at the Finch Bay Hotel, the only hotel by the beach in Santa Cruz Island, with action-packed days as you thoroughly explore this paradise at your own pace and mood. Shorter hotel packages are also available.
This is also the perfect venue to complement your Galápagos Cruise exploration with a pre or post cruise land stay in the islands. At the Finch Bay Hotel you will truly experience a place of superb natural beauty and intimate connection with nature like the Galapagos. At dusk, the orange colored skies are the backdrop for thousands of cattle egrets that fly overhead on their way from the highlands of Santa Cruz Island to their nesting area in the mangroves at the back of the hotel. Blue footed boobies and brown pelicans plunge into the ocean looking for their last bite before retiring for the night, while the night herons awaken and emerge from the mangroves to look for food along the beach.
The ex-hotel Delfin has been fully renovated and transformed into the Finch Bay Hotel, with important changes to upgrade its facilities and landscaping. The hotel's new look features environmentally friendly materials and use of natural light with large windows, beachfront access, large pool and outdoor Jacuzzi. The charming Finch Bay Hotel - 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. Located on Santa Cruz Island at Punta Estrada, across the bay from the town of Puerto Ayora, the hotel is situated in a quiet location, with only pedestrian and bicycle circulation - there are no cars in the neighborhood.
Finch Bay Hotel features:
* 21 air conditioned double rooms
* Private Pool
* Bar & Lounge
* Outdoor Jacuzzi
* International Cuisine (blending tastefully with local flavors)
* Breakfast & Lunch are buffet style. Dinner is a la carte
* Communications: telephone, fax, email, Internet access
* Beautiful walking grounds
* Beach-front access
* No motorized vehicles
* No paved roads
* Plenty of enjoyment, fun and relaxation
* Multisport Nature Active Options: Scuba Diving, Birdwatching, Ocean (Sea) Kayaking, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Wildlife Observation, Bay Tours
* Environmental Interpretation with Galapagos Naturalists
Active Nature Tourism "Galápagos a la Carte"
Finch Bay Hotel innovates in the way traditional visits to Galapagos have been handled. Now, you design your program, as you please. You do a lot, or you rest a lot. It is your day, anyway.
The waters of Galapagos are a Natural Heritage Site, and world known for top notch diving. In Galapagos, the water realm brings the diver right up front with the healthiest marine life of the planet, as well as unique encounters with big animals like rays, sea turtles, sharks, and an array of tropical and subtropical species of fish. The diving is generally not for beginners, but the different sites offer varied options. Some diving is done within Academy Bay, while other options include minimal traveling in order to reach other islands and their dive sites. Please inquire at the hotel lounge for more details. Diving will provide you with an incredible new perspective of Galapagos. It will leave you totally enchanted.
With the aid of binoculars, or in most cases without them, you will notice that the many natural features of the hotel host many species of Galapagos birds. The trails within the hotel grounds are easy to follow and pretty much self-guided. Don't be surprised if after one outing your list of recorded species is above twenty, with little time invested. Perhaps, the not-so-attractive birds will reveal the greatest natural history: the Darwin's Finches. Being the most interesting bird species in the Galapagos, the finches deserve great attention. The key element for successful observation relies in their beaks. Watch carefully, and you will notice there's a great deal of beak size and depth variation. This feature is similar to the use of different tools for different purposes. In finch world, different beaks can break different seeds. Differentiation has become the factory for new species to develop.
Hiking, Strolling, Trekking & Walking
Many hiking options can give our guests a wonderful way to experience Galapagos. An easy option can be a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station, to see the giant tortoise conservation program, and afterwards a great stroll along the streets of Puerto Ayora. For those that want a longer walk within the National Park, a great option is Tortuga Bay and its breathtaking long white sandy beach. A guided adventure up in the highlands can be a more challenging visit since the distance covered will be greater, and hiking conditions a bit more strenuous. More active, longer, and detailed trekking programs can be customized. The hotel staff can give you all the advice needed for enjoying this great activity even more.
The great location of our hotel allows our secluded beach to be the most appropriate area for ocean (sea) kayaking. We use the Ocean Kayak brand, with model Malibu Two. Each kayak holds two participants, and the bay is the perfect location for learning or practicing. Those with more experience can explore the nearby shores and discover the wonders of being right at the water line, next to boobies, herons, mangroves, and more. Besides great physical effort, there's a lot of teamwork added to the kayaking experience. More kayaking details can be found at the lounge.
Bay Discovery Tour
Academy Bay is not the common bay. It is part of a collapsed wall of a giant submarine volcano, where flora and fauna abound within its shores. Watch brown pelicans, magnificent frigatebirds, egrets, herons, boobies, sea lions, rays, turtles, and sharks, coastal & arid zone vegetation. It is a great and relaxed program where the wildlife of Galapagos blooms in every corner of the bay. The hotel can assist you at booking this outing.
After an incredible day, nothing can be more rewarding than watching a starry night at the Equator. Not only the Galapagos' skies lack what is known as "light pollution", due to the small population that lives here, but the equatorial skies allow views of southern and northern constellations at the same time. To make this even more successful, the hotel has prepared a great multimedia show and explanation of how skywatching works, and their Stargazing Laser Pointer adds a new dimension to understanding amazing stories. An evening of fun encounters with the stars.
Since 1978, Galapagos Islands is an insular province of Ecuador. Its provincial capital is Puerto Baquerizo Moreno in San Cristóbal Island. The majority of the inhabitants, and of course most tourist trade, happens at Puerto Ayora in Santa Cruz Island. It is here where the headquarters of the Galapagos National Park and Charles Darwin research Station are located.
The town is quite an interesting one, where great attention has been devoted to avoid interference between development, conservation and tourism. Visitors from all over the world enjoy their time here, as many options are available, including those of pure leisure value. Right off the municipal dock, there is the main park with benches facing beautiful Academy Bay. Then, as you stroll along Puerto Ayora several souvenir shops carry a wide variety of merchandise: from natural history books to t-shirts, from personal needs to woodcarvings, and from Internet cafes to ice cream parlors. Most needs can be purchased locally. An ATM machine is also available at Banco del Pacífico. Nightlife can be a great way to add excitement to your day, and some bars and pubs provide such entertainment.
Of course you want to spend as much as time possible at the hotel and its tranquility, but if you feel like visiting Puerto Ayora we can assist you at a moment's notice. Please ask the hotel staff for assistance and details.
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