Other examples of the Bay’s wildlife are sea lions and the emblematic giant tortoises, but there is also an abundance of albatrosses, flamingos, Darwin‘s finches (described for the first time by the celebrated English naturalist), Galapagos doves and cranes.
For diving enthusiasts, the white coral formations along Gardner Bay are a mandatory visit. With an unmatched selection of underwater fauna, the reef offers constant sightings of the most exotic fish for snorkelers and divers.
Although the islands’ natural landscape is carefully protected, discerning tourists have their pick of luxury accommodations. The archipelago boasts 4 luxurious 5 star hotels spread across the main islands. The Galapagos Safari Camp is located in Puerto Ayora, on Santa Cruz Island. Famous for its luxury tents, reminiscent of the best African lodges, it boasts the best views of the ocean and the natural reserve from the private terraces in every room and tent. Also on Santa Cruz, travelers will find the Royal Palm, a luxury hotel designed in high Caribbean style with individual cabins and suites as well as other relaxing amenities.
Galapagos Safari Camp.
The Finch Bay Hotel, an eco-friendly destination features spacious, finely decorated rooms on the water in Puerto Ayora; and on Isabela Island’s Puerto Villamil, the Iguana Crossing Hotel welcomes visitors with direct access to the beaches and unforgettable modern facilities.
Royal Palm Hotel.
In the Galapagos Archipelago, the traditional way of going from one island to another is through small boats typical of the region, but if you are looking for exclusivity, the best recommendation is to lease one of the numerous catamarans, yachts or luxury cruises that transit these tranquil equatorial waters to complete an absolutely sublime experience in the midst of primordial nature. ■