Garrapatero Beach

Garrapatero beach at Santa Cruz Island

Garrapatero Cove and beach, located on the eastern side of Santa Cruz Island, are considered to have the finest sand in all Galapagos! Enjoy activities like birdwatching, swimming, and kayaking. Or take a short trip on a tandem; relax on the beach; or walk to a brackish lagoon—home to stilts, plovers, pintails, and flamingos.


Las Grietas

Take the path to Las Grietas from the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel

Las Grietas are a fascinating rock formation of two cliffs separated by an ocean water chasm. They are found along a walkway from the hotel through a mangrove and opuntia cactus-filled landscape, passing by old salt mines. The Grietas is a lovely place for swimming and snorkeling since the water here is stunningly clear and calm. That attracts numerous marine species and offers a great place to cool off on a hot day.

Notice:  You need a guide to take you to the Grietas; we can provide this service.



Hikes in Galapagos Islands

Explore the otherworldly landscapes formed by volcanic activity, some as recent as 100 years ago. Hikes in Galapagos vary from island to island and give visitors a chance to learn first-hand about geology. And, of course, to get selfie distance away from fearless iconic island wildlife.


Island Hopping

Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel's Island Hopping Program from Isabela to Santa Cruz.

Our innovative island-hopping concept allows you to discover the best of the two most beautiful islands in the Galapagos: Santa Cruz and Isabela. By staying at the Finch Bay Galapagos hotel and our partner, Scalesia Lodge. On each island, stay at the best hotels with the most comfortable accommodations, including a stunning inter-island flight and waking up ready for new inspiring views and adventures. This trip perfectly illustrates the archipelago’s incredible diversity of flora and fauna.



Kayaking at Divine Bay in Galapagos.

Our kayaking program takes place in Divine Bay, a beautiful location with protected waters that make for a pleasant trip. We leave when the tide is high from Playa de Los Alemanes (German Beach), located by Finch Bay – one of the advantages of staying at the only beach-front hotel in Santa Cruz! Paddling around the waters of the Marine Reserve is a great way to get some exercise and spot unique endemic wildlife. Birds rest on the cliffs that form the edges of the islands. Sea lions and their pups lie meters away on the beaches.


Giant Tortoise Reserve

Couple exploring Santa Cruz Island's Highlands with one of Finch Bay's remarkable guides

Giant tortoise reserve located in the highlands of Santa Cruz Island. The area is teeming with life: woodpeckers, mockingbirds, flycatchers, ducks, and gallinules make this an exciting morning visit. The Galapagos giant tortoise is the largest living tortoise species, weighing up to 250 kg (550 lb). These gentle giants can be seen grazing on the surrounding vegetation, wallowing in muddy banks, or in a small red-colored pond (impressively colored by surface red pondweeds).


Wildlife Observation

tailor-made Galapagos tour

Wildlife observation is the main reason why so many people choose to visit the archipelago. Nowhere else can we observe animals so closely and calmly. Galapagos’ iconic wildlife provides a fantastic opportunity to see their daily lives. As we journey through the islands’ haunting volcanic landscapes, we find inspiration in the unique endemic species that have evolved in unexpected ways. And, from your base at the hotel, you can encounter many of the Galapagos’ BIG15.



Pristine waters, lush flora and fauna, and unique wild and marine life make the Galapagos Islands one of the best snorkeling spots in the world. Beginners and experienced snorkelers will quickly fall in love with snorkeling in Galapagos. The Marine Reserve showcases numerous unusual colored fish species, enormous sea turtles, and harmless sharks. And sharing the water with playful sea lions is, of course, an unforgettable experience.


Tortuga Bay

Strolling down Tortuga Bay Beach in the Galapagos Islands

This stunning white sand beach is considered by many to be the most beautiful in the Galapagos archipelago. The beach is reached via a marked and cobblestoned two-kilometer path, open daily from 6:00 AM to 6:30 PM. There is excellent birdwatching along the way, with plenty of Darwin’s finches and other sea birds. And for active visitors, it is an ideal place to kayak and snorkel! Beyond the immediate stretch of the beach, there is a calmer spot, perfect for swimming, splashing around, tanning, and relaxing in the shade of the surrounding mangrove trees.


Scuba Diving

Scuba diving experiences, Galapagos Island

The Galapagos Islands are ranked among the world’s top 5 best SCUBA diving experiences. We offer our guests the best when it comes to discovering the Galapagos. Additionally, we provide numerous diving packages that depart right here from the one-and-only beachfront property on the island! In terms of the aquatic life that divers can see and swim around them, includes sea turtles, Galapagos sharks, hammerheads, rays, and much more!


Lava Tunnels

Galapagos lava tunnels exploration

Visit one of the island’s lava tunnels, significant geological formations that take us back in time and remind us of the island’s volcanic origins!


Charles Darwin Research Station

Charles Darwin Research Station in Galapagos

To deepen and broaden your knowledge, make your way to the Galapagos National Park Service headquarters and the recently renovated Charles Darwin Research Station in Puerto Ayora. You’ll find a fascinating interpretation center and can wander through the tortoise-rearing program facilities. Here, we observe giant tortoises and learn how they vary from island to island. We also explore some volcanic terrain that hugs the coastline and forms the foundation for many unique wildlife habitats while learning about many endemic and native species in the Galapagos.


More Activities

Relaxing in Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel's hot tub


Take it easy, rest on a pool lounger or a hammock, and dig your bare toes into the sand steps away from your room. Sip a cocktail at the bar, savor fine dining at our renowned restaurant, end the day with a massage and then watch as the stars illuminate the night sky with its Equatorial constellations.


Experience stroll streets


Explore the town of Puerto Ayora. There is something to entertain everyone with its small cafes, boutiques, and nightclubs. Check out everyday life for locals at the farmer’s market on Saturdays or visit the fisherman’s wharf any day of the week.


Bond through Family Travel

The Galapagos Islands and Finch Bay present an enviable stage for a family to travel, have fun, and learn together. There’s something for everyone, regardless of age, unique experiences to be shared: from swimming with sea lions to understanding geology, from an afternoon by the pool to encounters with giant tortoises.


Daniela Vaca


Love can come in many ways, shapes, and forms, but most of all, we want to be able to show our loved ones, no matter the occasion, just how much they mean to us with romantic gestures and declarations of love. A quick getaway or romantic few weeks at the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel, located in one of the most secluded places in the world, will catapult your plan to the stars, undoubtedly surpassing your expectations of a perfect romantic occasion. At the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel, we don’t have a favorite romantic event- we celebrate them all! Our main goal is to make all your dreams come true in the perfect and intimate setting of love.

At the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel, we specialize in:

  • Destination weddings
  • Honeymoons
  • Wedding anniversaries
  • Marriage proposals

So, what can we offer you? Our unique boutique hotel offers a personalized experience for every guest and, if your dream isn’t on our list of activities, ask one of our staff members or put in a special request. We’ll go above and beyond all expectations to create your perfect getaway – no matter the occasion.


Couple enjoying Los Alemanes Beach, right across the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel

What makes the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel the perfect place to celebrate a romantic occasion?

Easy! Our exceptional facilities, pristine and remote location, premium service, and wide-ranging list of available activities, such as day tours on our private yacht, are all at your disposal for every occasion. Plus, we have all the biosafety protocols to ensure you’ll have a pleasant and safe stay!

Note: We have also designed a Galapagos Honeymoon Package! It includes all of our best activities, including a couple’s massage, a day tour adventure on the Sea Lion Yacht, and exquisite meals in our top-class restaurant!

Romantic Location

Romantic strolls in secluded beaches are a must if you visit the Galapagos Islands with your partner!
Romantic strolls in secluded beaches are a must if you visit the Galapagos Islands with your partner!

Of course, the Galapagos Islands are one of the most enchanting places in the world, but the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel is ideally situated for romance. It is a secluded, and private hotel tucked away in a pedestrian-only neighborhood of Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island. In fact, it’s so exclusive that guests have to cross the bay in the hotel’s private water taxi to get there! Once at the hotel, guests can step from the hotel’s pool area directly onto the sandy white beach of Playa de Los Alemanes. The soft sound of lapping waves is heard throughout the hotel, creating the perfect dreamy atmosphere.

Are you interested in exploring the ultimate secluded destination?

Intimate Hotel

Couple celebrating a romantic occasion in the Galapagos Islands
Share unforgettable moments with your partner in our dreamy facilities!

Our luxurious rooms have everything any romantic occasion could ask for. With a total of only 27 rooms available in the entire hotel, everything about it has been designed to be personalized and exclusive. The wooden walkways among the mangroves, the small duck pond surrounded by cacti, and the hotel’s elegant architecture show just how spectacular and premium this hotel is. The romance of Finch Bay truly comes to light when you enter the lounge and dining room area. The soft white curtains flutter in the breeze, and plush furniture mixed with accents of color and wicker pieces allow guests to relax in an open but private setting.


Each of our rooms has both private indoor and outdoor spaces where guests can relax in hammocks on their spacious balconies. Each room is furnished with the finest linens, furniture, and cozy design. Our six Finch Bay suites have views looking directly over the ocean along with a private balcony. These rooms are perfect for a wedding night or anniversary.

Bar and Pool Area

Pool area at the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel
We’re the only beachfront hotel in Puerto Ayora

Our intimate open-air bar is perfect for all occasions, from small celebrations to service for an intimate wedding. Each cocktail has been specifically crafted to encompass the nostalgia and romance of the Galapagos archipelago into unique and surprising drinks. Our friendly bartenders can help you order a meal or snack while you watch the sunset – the perfect way to end a perfect day!

The pool area was recently renovated in 2019 and is open exclusively to guests. You can enjoy the lounge chairs out in the sun or, if you prefer some shade, the ample pergola offers both intimacy and relaxation. The pergola is the perfect place for a social occasion such as a wedding.

Around our pool area are a few intimate outdoor tables where you can dine by candlelight with the sound of the waves crashing in the distance. Not surprisingly, many proposals have been organized and carried out here to perfection.


Relax and unwind in the beautiful Spa area! A perfect occasion to share with your couple
Relax and unwind in the beautiful Spa area!

Our recently built spa is hidden along a mangrove-sheltered path in a secluded spot away from other guests and the hotel, which makes it a great place to relax with your loved one in a couple’s massage or by enjoying one of our outdoor hot tubs. The hot tubs must be reserved at the front desk, which means that only you and your party will be able to relax in private.

Dining Area

The dining area allows guests to enjoy an intimate meal without interruption from other guests. The extensive menu includes the incredible flavors of the islands, a twist of the Ecuadorian cuisine, and a touch of home. Every meal is lovingly prepared to ensure your romantic getaway exceeds every expectation.

Private yacht – Sea Lion

Why is Galapagos a great place to celebrate romantic occasions? For the intimacy and the incredible places you will visit with your couple
Our intimate yacht is the perfect vessel to both explore the natural beauty of the Galapagos Islands and create amazing memories with your partner!

The Sea Lion yacht is available for Finch Bay guests only, making the onboard experience extremely personable and luxurious. A day tour on our private yacht is the perfect opportunity for spectacular wedding photos or a romantic cruise in the Galapagos archipelago while enjoying a glass of wine in the cozy rooftop seating area or lounging on the sun chairs on the front of the vessel. The staff is both highly trained and highly experienced, ensuring that you and your group will have the best possible experience on board. The yacht is only able to hold 20 people, meaning their attention is always focused on you.


Enjoy the best food in the Galapagos Islands with your couple
We offer our guests ceviche cooking lessons (or cocktail lessons) they can share with their significant other!

The Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel is more than just a hotel – it’s an experience. There are many activities that you can enjoy depending on how you want to spend your romantic occasion. You can enjoy a ceviche cooking class with one of our head chefs or, if you prefer something a little more active, you can go kayaking or paddleboarding around the bay. You can even enjoy a cocktail-making class with one of our expert bartenders. Each activity can be carefully modified to make your romantic occasion all about you and your partner.

We also pride ourselves on our exceptional service in every area of the hotel. Even if you don’t see your desired activity on our website or want to plan something special for your loved one, the staff are willing and excited to help you.

Do you want a destination wedding? Contact us! Would you like to arrange a surprise beachside proposal? Send us an email! Every facet of our hotel is designed to provide you with the best and most romantic experience that you will find in the Galapagos Islands. Don’t hesitate to contact us with your dreams and desires. Let us help you make your most romantic aspirations come true!

Isabel Espinoza


Sea Lion Yacht in the Galapagos Islands
Expedition in the Galapagos Islands
Land Iguana in the Galapagos Islands
Sea Lion Yacht's Interior in the Galapagos Islands
Sea Lion Yacht in the Galapagos Islands
Expedition in the Galapagos Islands
Land Iguana in the Galapagos Islands
Sea Lion Yacht’s Interior in the Galapagos Islands

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Bartolome Island in Galapagos
Route to Bartolome Island from the Itabaca Channel
Galapagos Land Iguana
Blue footed booby in Bartolome Island, Galapagos
Galapagos Sea Lion

Bartolome Island

One of the most fascinating and otherworldly islands in the Galapagos.

Available on Tuesdays and Saturdays

Galapagos iconic species:

  • Galapagos Penguins
  • Blue-footed Boobies
  • Galapagos Sea Lions
  • Galapagos Hawk
  • Frigatebirds
  • Marine Iguanas

Get to know all the details in our blog Sea Lion Yacht Experience: Bartolome Island!

Price per person:

 USD 391*


South Plaza Island

Crystalline waters, volcanic shorelines, and mesmerizing colors await!

Available on Wednesdays and Fridays

Galapagos iconic species:

  • Blue-footed Boobies
  • Nazca Boobies
  • Land Iguanas
  • Marine Iguanas
  • Frigatebirds (Great and Magnificent)
  • Sea Lions

Get to know all the details in our blog Sea Lion Yacht Experience: South Plaza Island!

Price per person:

USD 391* 


South Plaza expedition
Route to South Plaza Island from Puerto Ayora
Blue Footed Boobies in South Plaza Island, Galapagos
Galapagos Land Iguana in South Plaza Island
Magnificent Frigatebird in South Plaza Island
Route to North Seymour Island from Puerto Ayora, Galapagos
American Flamingo in North Seymour Island, Galapagos
Marine Iguana in North Seymour Island, Galapagos

North Seymour Island & Las Bachas Beach

Teeming with history  and nature everywhere you look.

Available on Mondays (Las Bachas/North Seymour) and Sundays (North Seymour/Las Bachas)

Galapagos iconic species:

  • American Flamingos
  • Blue-footed Boobies
  • Nazca Boobies
  • Marine Iguanas
  • Land Iguanas
  • Frigatebirds
  • Sea Lions
  • Fur Seals

Get to know all the details in our blog Sea Lion Yacht Experience: North Seymour Island & Las Bachas Beach!

Price per person:

 USD 391* 


Santa Fe Island

Pristine landscapes with endemic and iconic fauna.

Available on Thursdays

Galapagos iconic species:

  • Galapagos Hawk
  • Blue-footed Boobies
  • Santa Fe Land Iguana
  • Frigatebirds
  • Sea Lions
  • Marine Iguanas
  • Nazca Boobies

Get to know all the details in our blog Sea Lion Yacht Experience: Santa Fe Island!

Price per person:

 USD 391*


Santa Fe Island in Galapagos
Ruta a Plaza Sur desde Puerto Ayora, Galápagos
Blue Footed Booby in Santa Fe Island, Galapagos
Santa Fe Land Iguana in the Galapagos Islands

Your Galapagos Day Tour includes:

  • Transportation from the Puerto Ayora dockTransportation from the Puerto Ayora dock
  • Guided excursions in the Galapagos Islands Excursions with certified Naturalist Guide
  • Guided snorkeling activities in the Galapagos IslandsGuided snorkeling activities
  • Lunch onboard at the Sea Lion Yacht  Lunch onboard
  • Use of towels at the Sea Lion YachtUse of towels
  • Price with taxes Taxes



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