The Galapagos Islands and the Finch Bay present an enviable stage for a family to travel, have fun, and learn together. There’s something for everyone, no matter the age, and amazing experiences to be shared together: from swimming with sea lions to understanding geology, from an afternoon by the pool to encounters with giant tortoises…
Beginners and experienced snorkelers alike will quickly fall in love with snorkelling in Galapagos. The Marine Reserve showcases numerous unusual coloured fish species, enormous sea turtles, and harmless sharks. And sharing the water with playful sea lions is, of course, an unforgettable experience.
This stunning white sand beach, located a healthy walk from our hotel, is considered by many to be the most beautiful in the Galapagos archipelago. It’s the perfect location for swimming, relaxing, kayaking, snorkeling and even surfing!
The only place on the planet more enchanting than the islands of the Galapagos, is below the surface of the waters that surround them.
Here, in the myriad shades of blue of the Pacific Ocean, live sharks, snake eels, sea turtles, mantas, amberjacks, and barracudas as well as tropical fish, multi-coloured sponges, moray eel, octopus, and more – sharply focused in the crystalline waters. Divers often report playing with curious sea lion pups, watching a marine iguana on a mission, and the heart-stopping thrill of being surrounded by hammerheads. This is a universe all of its own, unsurpassable to divers in variety and abundance of marine wildlife.
As per the rules of the Galapagos National Park, there are only two ways to scuba dive in the archipelago:
Take a live-aboard diving cruise – normally a week-long itinerary for very experienced divers. Three dives per day with no land visits permitted.
Stay at a hotel on one of the inhabited islands and do day dives off a small yacht.
So, if you prefer the life aquatic, the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel is your ideal diving base, either for a few days of diving, or to combine before or after an expedition cruise.
If your companion or companions aren’t into diving like you are, the creatures to discover, kayaks to paddle, bikes to ride and attractive pool make the Finch Bay the best option.
The Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel offers PADI-designed programs to allow guests to experience the thrill of scuba diving in a safe and fun environment while enjoying the best the Galapagos has to offer. A comprehensive underwater experience for adventurous divers who want to take home unforgettable memories, the diving programs include most dive sites within the Central Islands.
SCUBA DIVING DETAILS
DIVE SITES (NUMBER OF DIVES PER SITE):
Santa Fe (2), North Seymour (2), Daphne Minor (2), Mosquera Islet (2), Gordon Rocks (2), Cousins Rock(2), Floreana (2).
NOTE: DIVE SITES MAY BE CHANGED DUE TO SEA CONDITIONS, AVAILABILITY, NATIONAL PARK RESTRICTIONS OR SAFETY REQUIREMENTS.
Barracuda, tropical fish, the pelagic big fish, octopus, etc.
Crabs, oysters and starfish
Endemic fish: scorpionfish, hieroglyphic hawkfish, cardinalfish… and many more!
NOTE: MARINE LIFE ENCOUNTERS CANNOT BE GUARANTEED.
We outsource the SCUBA operation to specialists. Following is the schedule of the yachts which our partners operate for day-dives. Schedules can change, so please consult us. Please bring your SCUBA diving license. Our partners will provide you with all required equipment.
Bartolome / Cousin
Seymour Channel / North Mosquera
South Mosquera / Daphne
Seymour Northeast / Seymour Channel
Punta Carrion / Gordon***
*** MINIMUM OF 25 LOGGED DIVES OR THE EVALUATIONS OF OUR GUIDES
Paddling around the waters of the Marine Reserve is a great way both 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.
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 the chance to learn first-hand about geology and, of course, to get selfie distance away from fearless iconic island wildlife.
Garrapatero Cove and beach, located on the eastern side of Santa Cruz Island, are considered to have the finest sand in all Galapagos! Enjoy a soothing dip in the waters; take a small trip on a tandem, sit-on-top kayak; lie on the beach; or walk a short distance to a brackish lagoon, home of stilts, plovers, pintails and flamingos.
What better place to enjoy your pastime of biking than on Santa Cruz Island: Beautiful views, little traffic and unique animals on either side of the path. Easy downhill paths lead to walks to the beach accompanied by birdwatching opportunities. A great family activity!
When you are a kid, very few things can beat a trip to the beach. Spending days lying under the sun, swimming in the ocean and making sandcastles is enough to make any kid (young or old) happy for a very long time. Add to that the amazingly tame and unafraid wildlife (which range from trees, animals, and craters of huge proportions), the numerous activities from which they can learn and have fun, and emphasis on the importance of caring and preserving our natural environments, and you have an experience of a lifetime.
– Blue-footed boobies courting –
If you are considering a Galapagos vacation with your family, staying at Santa Cruz’s only beach-front hotel – the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel – is the best way to go, especially if there are kids involved. Fill your days with exploration and adventure, and give yourself some moments of well-deserved relaxation while your kids have the time of their lives in Galapagos. Imagine an out-of-this-world family Galapagos experience and read on to learn about our top reasons for why the Galapagos is a kid’s paradise.
The Galapagos are home to some of Ecuador’s and even the entire world’s most beautiful beaches. Tortuga Bay, located at a walking distance from Puerto, was selected as one of the world’s best beaches. After a 45-minute walk down a paved trail you will first arrive to Playa Brava, a beautiful long beach that is known for its strong currents, but don’t stop here quite yet. Keep on walking down the beach and follow the shoreline over to Tortuga Bay: it’s calm, protected waters and the shade of the Poison Apple tree make for the perfect spot to spend the morning or afternoon with the family. And if you wish to explore a little further, visit El Garrapatero beach (30-minute bus ride away) or Las Bachas. Or simply stay at Finch’s very own secluded beach – Playa de Los Alemanes! All of these are gorgeous, white-sand beaches, teeming with life that will make for some unforgettable memories.
Aquatic Fun Awaits
Ah, yes… and then there are cerulean blues of the waters that lap up against the beautiful and aforementioned beaches. The aquatic hues beckon each and every guest to take a dip in their vivid colors to cool off. The best part? They’re teeming with a near overabundance of life below. So strap on this fins and try on that snorkel and mask: you’re about to experience a vast and vivid underwater aquarium. Bonus points for if the kids manage to swim with playful Galapagos sea lions pups!
Everything is Bigger
We all remember how much bigger things were when we were kids. The Galapagos offers adults and children the chance to experience that together. With an abundance of vast, mind-bending terrains and giant underground lava tunnels that look like they’re from another world all the way to the Galapagos giant tortoises that amble around like something out of Jurassic Park, the Enchanted Isles are a place that humbles and mesmerizes by the sheer size of the things it hosts. Oh, and did we mention that Galapagos is home to one of the largest species of daisy in the world?
Galapagos is a Cageless Zoo
Animals, animals… everywhere. For kids, the Galapagos is like walking around in a cageless zoo, where animals peacefully coexist and show absolutely zero signs of fear in the presence of humans. Land and marine iguanas amble by the trails and beaches while Galapagos sea lions waddle ashore and hunker down right next to where you’re lying on the beach.
– There is no sense of “personal space” for these native species, and it’s a great experiential tool to, because…. –
The Galapagos Inspires Young Ones to Care for Nature
Adults will gawk at just how well these animals manage to coexist with our presence.
For the kids, it might even seem trivial that they’re able to living alongside the animal so peacefully, especially because it harkens back to just how natural this way of life is. If this can happen on the scale of the Galapagos islands, the kids will definitely feel encouraged to take the memory of the islands back with them and continue to respect nature the way they saw it was possible here.