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Finch Bay Hotel

4 star hotel
Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island, Ecuador
21 rooms
FREE Internet

Scuba Iguana

PADI 5 star dive center
Offsite (Free pickup)
Max 6 divers per guide

Package highlights

  • One of National Geographic's Unique Lodges of the World, Finch Bay Hotel is a luxurious base from which to explore the world-famous Galapagos National Park
  • Completely cut off from the wider world for many years, the wildlife here - both above and below the waves - is as unique as it is breathtaking
  • Dive with great schools of hammerheads and agile marine iguanas, and swim with Galapagos penguins and playful fur seals
  • Finch Bay's dedication to sustainable practices means you can enjoy guilt-free relaxation, in the knowledge that you are helping to preserve local ecosystems
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Booking process

1. BOOKING

Once we receive your booking, we double check availability with the dive operator and reserve your spot

2. CONFIRMATION

We usually get back to you within 24 hours to confirm that your booking is final

3. 48H FREE CANCELLATION PERIOD

You then have 48 hours to take care of other travel arrangements. Your credit card will only be charged after that period

Payment & cancellation

Payment terms

  • Now: 0%
  • 48 hours after booking confirmation: 50%
  • 91 days before trip start: 100%

Cancellation fee

Free cancellation for 48h after confirmation

  • 35.0% of the total booking amount will be charged if you cancel more than 98 days prior to arrival
  • 55.0% will be charged if you cancel between 98 and 67 days prior to arrival
  • 100.0% will be charged if you cancel less than 67 days prior to arrival

Explore diving around the Finch Bay Hotel

Best dive sites in Galapagos

El Arco, Darwin Island – This site could well show up on anyone’s list of the world’s top 10 dive sites. Divers regularly encounter schooling hammerheads, whale sharks and spotted eagle rays along with prowling Galapagos and silky sharks. It’s accessible only by liveaboard and one dive strategy is to simply hold your position underwater and let the pelagic show cruise by. El Arenal, Darwin Island – Darwin’s Arch is a distinctive stone arch above the water and this dive site slopes off the arch. The site abounds with marine life. Big-eye jacks along with hammerhead, blacktip and whale sharks all frequent the area. Roca Redonda, Isabela Island – Off the north coast of Isabela, this dive site is the tip of an underwater volcano that rises from the sea floor and emerges as an island. You’ll find Galapagos sharks, schools of hammerhead sharks and barracudas. As you dive around the rocks and pinnacle, you’ll probably be accompanied by sea lions and may find sea horses in the shallows. Cape Douglas, Fernandina Island – This dive site is a great spot to watch penguins “fly” past. Done as a drift dive, you can also see fur seals and Galapagos sea lions mingling with munching marine iguanas. Pitt Point, San Cristobal Island – This dive site is an exposed rock at the most northeasterly point of the island. You’ll likely bump into schools of snapper, grunt and jacks. You may also see diving boobies while underwater. Camaño Islet, Santa Cruz Island – This is a usually calm spot outside Academy Bay that allows you to see groupers, batfish, sea horses, sea lions, and sharks. You may get lucky and spot marine iguanas as they dive beneath the waves in search of food.
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What to see

The endemic wildlife here is spectacular, and are completely contained within this detached location. You can expect to see marine iguanas, fur seals, and penguins during a dive, as well as manta rays and tunas. Galapagos is one of the best places on the globe to scuba with Hammerhead sharks, who will visit the island in impressive droves.

From mangroves to lagoons to coral reefs, there are many habitats to explore, each featuring an abundance of fantastic marine life.

Dive Center

Highlights

  • Discover the underwater gems of the Galapagos Islands with Scuba Iguana - the perfect choice for divers seeking land-based accommodation without compromising dive quality
  • Make your Galapagos memories last a lifetime with a night dive at Academy Bay, where unique creatures become active after the sun sets
  • Admire unique landscapes of rugged lava rock, get lost in clouds of fish and watch large rays and pelagics emerge from the blue
  • During your surface intervals, dry off with complimentary fresh towels then tuck into a satisfying lunch with a view. Extra snacks are available all day

Description

Based out of Puerto Ayora, in the heart of the Galapagos Islands, Scuba Iguana offers a variety of epic and unforgettable Galapagos diving adventures.

It's time to dive into the underwater world of the Galapagos, among the world's most amazing dive sites and most impressive diving destinations. Swim with huge schools of hammerheads, fur seals, penguins and marine iguanas as they go about their daily business. 

For something a little different, opt for night diving at Academy Bay. See one of the "Seven Underwater Wonders of the World' in a totally new way, as the weird and wonderful marine creatures come out to play. 

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DIVING SERVICES

PADI membership level

  • Padi 5 Star Dive Center
  • Padi 5 Star Dive Resort

Diving gear

  • Nitrox ($)
  • Tanks With Int (Yoke) Valves
  • Rental Equipment ($)
  • Filling Station

PADI® Courses Available

  • Open Water (Referral)
  • Open Water Diver
  • Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Rescue Diver
  • Divemaster

Diving Facilities

  • Shop
  • Wi-Fi (Free)
  • Fish Id And Diving Books

Dive boat facilities

  • Tea And Coffee
  • Ladder
  • Custom Built
  • Drinking Water
  • Shaded Space
  • Seating Area
  • Dry Area
  • Surface Interval Snacks
  • Lunch Provided On Full Diving Days

Languages spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

For your safety

  • Emergency Oxygen Kit
  • First Aid Kits
  • Automatic External Defibrillator (Aed)
  • Vhf Radio

Resort Amenities

Food & drink

  • Private Dining
  • Buffet
  • A La Carte
  • Snacks All Day
  • Alcohol
  • Vegetarian Food

Great for families

  • Kids Pool
  • Kids Playground

Activities

  • Island Hopping
  • Cultural Excursions
  • Hiking

Facilities

  • Beach Front
  • Restaurant
  • Bar / Lounge
  • Swimming Pool(S)

Payments

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Cash (Local Currency)

Amenities & services

  • Wi-Fi (Free)
  • Air-Conditioning

Wellness & Relaxation

  • Fitness Center/Gym
  • Spa Facility
  • Massage Services
  • Beauty Treatments
  • Yoga

Sports & Watersports

  • Kayaking
  • Cycling

Resort Description

Finch Bay Hotel is an award-winning hotel in the peaceful beachfront town of Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island, close to Galapagos National Park. 

Diving with long-established PADI 5* dive resort Scuba Iguana, you can have the best of both worlds; land-based luxury and world-class diving adventures. Daily diving tours give you the chance to visit the best dive spots in style. 

From schooling hammerheads, endemic marine iguanas, playful fur seals and adorable penguins, there's a full array of marine life to be discovered. With 13 major islands and seven islets to explore, it's a fantastic destination for experienced divers seeking a place like no other.

How to get there

Arrival 

  • Baltra Airport is around an hour and a half's drive from the resort. 
  • The resort can arrange return transfers for you from/to the resort for an additional fee (advance notice required).
  • Check-in time is 2 pm. 

Departure

  • Check-out time is 11 am. 
  • On your final day, the resort will drop you back at the airport (additional cost, advance notice required). 

Getting to the Dive Center

  • You'll take a short water taxi ride (3 min) with the hotel's boat (for free) to get to the main pier, then it's a 15 min walk along the promenade (or a 5 min taxi, costing roughly $1.50) to the park entrance (the dive center is located next to the park entrance).

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