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:Discover the Enchanted Islands in an exclusive environment.

Bedrooms 4
Separate WCs1
Space 8,000 sq ft
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

Villa, 4 Bedrooms , 6 Baths, (Sleeps 8)

Welcome to Galapagos

The Bay House is nestled in a pristine bay on the edge of Punta Estrada, the exclusive neighborhood on the stunning Galapagos island of Santa Cruz.


Home to Furio Valbonesi and his delightful dog Tornado, this charming self-catering villa is available for short term rental for families and groups of up to 8 people.

'I invite you to explore the myriad wonders of Galapagos' unique eco-system from the comfort of my home. Since first arriving on the islands in 1973, it has been my dream to create a home in this secluded corner of paradise.


Ten years ago this dream became reality and for the past few years I opened the doors to visitors from across the world. Do take a look around this website for a taste of what is in store for you should you choose Galapagos Ocean Villa as your base for visiting the islands.'


Furio Valbonesi


On the ground floor is a large open plan kitchen / dining room overlooking the whirlpool,the infinity pool and the bay. The kitchen is fully equipped with everything you might need to cater for your group.


Next to the pool is the Swedish sauna,the BBQ area with Italian brick oven. Both outdoor and indoor showers, as well as a guest bathroom, a small gym and laundry room are available for your use.


On the first floor are two bedrooms with en suite bathrooms complete with bathtub, shower and bidet. There are two bunk beds suitable for children in the lobby that separate the bedrooms.A large terrace overlooks the bay from this floor.


Next to the main house, separated by a small garden is the Guest House with two air conditioned twin bedrooms, each with their own bathroom and shower.


As there are no cars in the neighborhood it is a safe place for children. You can listen to the mockingbirds, Darwin finches and lava gulls all day long.


Maid service will be available 6 mornings per week (excluding Sunday and National Holidays).



In the exclusive Punta Estrada neighborhood,overlooking the Franklin Bay,a very short walk to the Finch Bay Hotel and the German Beach, and a 10 minutes walk to the famous attraction, ' Las Grietas', and the salt lagoon whose path starts right behind the villa.


Included as part of your rental is the use of the infinity swimming pool, with jacuzzi and sauna. A kayak is also available for your enjoyment. You are encouraged to bring your own equipment for snorkeling in the tranquil bay immediately in front of the house.


A stone's throw away from the villa is the famous must-see Guss Angermeyer Museum. The villa is a 5 minute walk from the famous 'German Beach' and only 10 minutes from 'Las Grietas', a water canyon with brackish crystal clear water.

In Puerto Ayora one can visit the Charles Darwin Research Station and the Galapagos National Park Van Strahlen Hall to see the giant tortoises breeding center and land iguanas. Saturday morning sees a wonderful array of local produce on display at the central market in town.


A trip up into the highlands of Santa Cruz, some 20 minutes by taxi from the town of Puerto Ayora, will allow you to see giant tortoises living in the wild, as well as explore the fascinating underground lava tunnels.


Puerto Ayora is where all day tours to the nearby islands start. With Santa Cruz being situated at the center of the archipelago, it offers most activities and excursions to other islands, as well as to the highlands where you can see the Galapagos Tortoises in their natural habitat. Of all the trips, Furio recommends a trip to the fine white sand of Tortuga Bay beach and to Garrapatero beach where you can rent kayaks and enjoy your own BBQ.


Do ask Furio, either before your visit or once you arrive, to help you with arrangements for your tours and excursions.


Not Included in Rental Rates :

1-Villa transfers from and to the Airport.

2- Any other kind of transfers

2- Refundable Government Taxes :12%.

You will be refunded after leaving Ecuador

More Details

Furio Valbonesi
Member since: 2011
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
16 August, 2018

About Furio Valbonesi

Medical Doctor with degree in Political Science.

Furio Valbonesi purchased this villa in 2000

Why Furio Valbonesi chose Ecuador

I am a Galapagos permanent resident since 1973

What makes this villa unique

Very close to the beach,snorkeling places, visiting attractions and best restaurants.And best and secure neighbourhood.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Home is really nice. Huge living room, kitchen, 3 floors, 3 bedrooms with bathrooms and astonishing view. There are two bedroom in separate building. Outdoor pool and jacuzzi. Your own pier. The best owner I've ever met, who will show and describe everything you need. There is very nice staff guy who cleans the house.
Jan 2012
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Ecuador in World

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 8000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 12:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 09:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Smoking allowed
Location Type:
  • city centre ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • near the sea ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Computer Available
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Mobile Phone
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
    Bathroom 5 - Toilet , Guests Bathroom
    Bathroom 6 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Swimming Pool Bathroom
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Queen size Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (4), Bunk Beds (2)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • 20 garden chairs
  • 4 deck chairs
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool
  • Sauna ...
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • churches
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(50 traveller reviews)

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:Discover the Enchanted Islands in an exclusive environment.
average rating of 4.86 based on 61 reviews
New Rochelle, NY

Perfect location, beautiful and charming house and wonderful hospitality.

  • 5 of 5

We arrived to this charming house after a very stressful flight delay. Once we stepped foot in the house all our anxiety was gone as we were welcomed to Furio's delicious three course gourmet meal, plus home-made bread. Furio arranged all our tours and needed transportation for us to explore the these amazing islands. This was a perfect way to enjoy all the beauty of the Galapagos, including having easy access to town by water taxi. We highly recommend Furio's house as a perfect way to see the Galapagos.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Aug-2018
  • Date of Stay: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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At home with Signore Valbonesi - a most genuine stay

  • 5 of 5

Forget everything you know about grand luxury hotels with bell boys and uniformed porters. and immerse yourself in Furio's world. With over 40 years of Galapagos experience your host knows what to do, where to go, with whom and when. It's a home away from home. Enigmatic Italian furniture and interior design pieces have been brought to this remote corner of the world offering the visitor a memorable stay.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Ulf, Thank you very much for your review. It has been a real honor for me to have you and your family stay at my home. You have been my first Swedish guests and it is such a breath of pure air for me to have met such educated persons with honest values; I have learned a lot from you and your culture,I only wish we could have spent more time talking. I hope to meet you again one day, never know, life is full of pleasant surprises. All the best to you and your family. Sincerely,Furio
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Home in the Galapagos

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our time at our hub in the Galapagos; The house suited our exploration of the Galapagos with taxis and tours arranged by Furio. Kudos for the homemade bread and hospitality. The pool was delicious after a day of touring.

Thank you,

Rosemary Rein

  • Review Submitted: 08-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing place

  • 4 of 5

The best location in Pto Ayora, far from de madding crowd and just in the middle of Nature

  • Review Submitted: 12-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Lucrezia,you and your family have been great guests,, hope to see you soon in Argentina. All the best, Furio
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We had a wonderful time! Loved the property!

  • 5 of 5

We had such a wonderful time period the pool was a nice welcome to cool off after A-day visiting the islands. Furio was an excellent host!

  • Review Submitted: 19-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Lisa.
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The Best of the Best!

  • 5 of 5

Visiting the Galapagos Islands was a bucket list goal, and we decided to plan a pre-Christmas trip with our three adult children. Choosing Furio’s villa as a home base was the best decision we could possibly have made for the following reasons:

1. The villa is beautiful and very comfortable. It has tall ceilings (12 ft., I think), is very spacious and fully equipped with everything you could possibly need. The gourmet kitchen is incredible, and has plenty of room for the whole family to pitch in to get breakfast (or any other meal) on the table in a hurry. In addition to the four bedrooms the listing advertises, there is a spacious second floor landing between the two upstairs bedrooms with bunk beds and a couch. The bottom bunk is larger and very comfortable even for an adult.

2. The waterfront location affords guests the opportunity to observe wildlife while relaxing by the pool. We loved the view of the bay from our ceiling to floor doors and windows in the two upstairs bedrooms. We observed sea lions, marine iguanas, blue-footed boobies, and frigates right at the house. The area is very safe, and there are numerous restaurants, a swimming beach, and Las Grietas all within a short walk.

3. Furio was amazing, literally. He helped us plan our itinerary prior to our arrival, recommending the best tours and locations to visit. He had a great taxi driver, William, waiting for us at the airport when we arrived to guide us through the canal crossing to his waiting taxi, and then on to Puerto Ayora where Furio met us to escort us to his beautiful home. Furio was always available but never intrusive. I can’t overstate how helpful it is to have guidance from a long-term resident who knows the islands, the people, restaurants, the language (AND our language – he speaks six languages fluently), and so much more. If you’re there on a Saturday, be sure to ask Furio about the local vegetable market. Yum, yum. We ate a fabulous meal there and got a great taste of the local culture. We got to know Furio as we chatted over learning to make Italian bread, and we came home with a new friend in addition to memories we will cherish for the rest of our lives.

We love to travel, and we have stayed in AirBNB homes around the world, so we knew what we were looking for. Our conclusion is that it is possible to pay more for a luxury villa in the Galapagos Islands, but if you do you will miss the best of the best.

  • Review Submitted: 28-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
26 Miles
Baltra Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
F..Bay Hotel
Nearest Ferry
0.35 Miles
Finch Bay Dock
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Finch Bay Hotel
Nearest Beach
0.2 Miles
Playa de los alemanes
Nearest Point of Interest
Las Grietas
Nearest Point of Interest
Salt Lagoon
Nearest Point of Interest
German beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Nearest Point of Interest
Finch Bay restaurant
Nearest Point of Interest
Angermeyer Point
Nearest Point of Interest
Love Tunnel
Nearest Point of Interest
Playas de los perros Dock
Nearest Point of Interest
Playa de los perros
Car: not necessary

Las Grietas,water canyons ,15 minutes walk from the villa

German Beach,5 minutes walk from villa

Gus Angermeyer Museum,few yards from villa

Darwin Station 20 minutes from villa,crossing Academy Bay by water taxi

Can use the villa's kayak to explore the bay


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Ecuador, World

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
16 Aug 2018 - 30 Sep 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
October Special
1 Oct 2018 - 15 Nov 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
19 Dec 2018 - 3 Jan 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

Daily Cleaning Service £0

Four hours maid service included except on sundays and national holidays
Taxes ,12% are refundable for foreign tourists,after leaving the country :

Refundable security deposit USD 500 at check in

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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