The only Galapagos eco-hotel directly on a beach

Surrounded by mangroves and wildlife in Puerto Ayora’s only beachfront location, this charming eco-friendly hotel is a great alternative to a Galapagos cruise – or the perfect retreat for a few relaxing nights at the end of one. Steps from the beach in a private seaside location at Punta Estrada, on the Galapagos Island of Santa Cruz, this quiet, tranquil hotel is surrounded by land where transport is restricted to bicycles and pedestrians.

From here, you can soak in the sun on the back deck, or head out to explore the mangrove-laden coastline on foot. If you’re keen to learn more about your captivating surrounds, head out with Galapagos naturalists by land or sea to learn about the local fauna and flora. Uncover the wonders that await beneath the waves while scuba diving and watch as the penguins that seem slow on land transform into elegant acrobats. There are plenty of hiking and mountain bike trails to traverse, and you can also head out aboard the hotel’s own yacht to discover the enchanting islands beyond.

The beautiful grounds make a great place for a gentle stroll, taking in the hotel’s highly acclaimed conservation efforts. This concern for the natural environment is echoed in the cuisine, with many of the specially-crafted Galapagos-inspired dishes using ingredients sourced from the hotel’s organic vegetable garden.

The recently refurbished rooms and suites offer a peaceful setting and modern amenities. The Finch Bay Rooms have shared porches or balconies with their own hammocks while Finch Bay Suites offer direct ocean views and a private balcony with hammock.

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Key information

A unique and secluded beachfront location on the island of Santa Cruz in the town of Punta Ayora

Airport transfer time: Approx. 1½ hours' drive from Baltra Airport
Rooms: 27

Good to know

Finch Bay can only be added as a pre or post-cruise extension when starting or finishing in Baltra. Tipping – Please budget to pay an additional $20 per person per day in tips (approximately) at the end of your stay. This is for guides and for hotel staff. Tipping is entirely discretionary and only payable upon a satisfactory experience.

Accommodation information

27 rooms and suites


• Stroll through the picturesque grounds • Head out on the hotel’s private yacht • Rent a bike • Relax on the beach front of Punta Estrada • Experience the underwater world while scuba diving • Take out a kayak to explore • Indulge with a massage.


One restaurant serving healthy international and Galapagos-inspired dishes, one bar

What's included

Breakfast at the restaurant, a 1-hour transfer from Baltra Island

*Denotes local charge