Your View at Academy Bay
Academy Bay – Your view at Galapagos Habitat
From its own private corner of Academy Bay on Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos Habitat Eco-hotel enjoys privileged views of the pristine ocean and an expansive mangrove colony, home to all manner of marine life, just a stone’s throw from the bustling town of Puerto Ayora. With easy access to all of the local visitor sites and an exclusive yacht for day tours, there’s no better place to stay for a land-based Galapagos experience than Galapagos Habitat.
Views from the hotel
This waterfront hotel dates back to 1995, when it was built as the Red Mangrove – a nod to the surrounding mangrove forest that is home to pelicans, rays, marine iguanas, and other land, sea, and bird life. The 17 different rooms at Galapagos Habitat overlook either the turquoise waters of Academy Bay or the dense mangroves. It’s not uncommon to see friendly sea lions lounging right in front of the wrap-around deck. The hotel itself was built with the environment in mind, and everywhere you look, it seems that the hotel melds seamlessly with the surrounding habitat.
Charles Darwin Research Station
Not far from Galapagos Habitat is the Charles Darwin Research Station, where conservationists, scientists, and researchers work together in a large complex of offices and labs for marine and terrestrial studies and investigation. With conservation as its main goal, the CDRS also focuses on sustainable development and restoration projects throughout the Galapagos Islands. It is home to the famous Fausto Llerena Breeding Center, where visitors can see tortoises and iguanas being bred and raised from hatchling to maturity before being repatriated safely into their natural environments.
The Windrose Yacht
Unlike many of the other hotels in the Galapagos Islands which might primarily focus on the local visitor sites that can be reached on land, Galapagos Habitat has a luxurious private yacht that visits the surrounding uninhabited islands and even wet landing sites for snorkeling, including Bartolomé, Santa Fe, Plazas and North Seymour, and Chinese Hat.