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:Discover the Enchanted Islands in an exclusive environment.

Bedrooms 4
Separate WC's1
Space 5,000 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
Speaks English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
4 December, 2017

About Furio Valbonesi

Medical Doctor with degree in Political Science.

Furio Valbonesi purchased this villa in 2000

Why Furio Valbonesi chose Puerto Ayora

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 Puerto Ayora in Galápagos Islands

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 5000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 12:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 09:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • 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:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool
  • Sauna ...
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • churches
  • 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


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average rating of 4.883721 based on 54 reviews

Staying in this house was the best decision we made on our trip!

  • 5 of 5

It would be hard to overstate how much we enjoyed staying here. We had considered some lovely hotels closer into "town," but that would have been a big mistake. Taking the water taxi (80 cents) at the end of each day and walking the path to the house took us away from the busy day, and onto the water with our private dock and lovely covered patio. Having morning coffee with the resident iguana on the dock and the many birds and sea lions, set amid the mangroves, was a great way to start each day. The kitchen is well equipped, the beds comfortable, the living room and dining room large enough for our group of 8 to spread out. Furio is on hand day and night to make arrangements for tours and taxis (not to mention making us two of the best meals we had the entire time!).

Don't miss the short path behind the house that leads to Las Grietas--bring your snorkel and go early to avoid the crowd. We arrived about 9 am, and enjoyed snorkeling with parrotfish and some others. As we were leaving an hour later, the place was really getting crowded. If you want to go Tortuga Bay (a long walk but worth it for the pristine white sand beach), bring your snorkel and no valuables. We didn't realize how shallow the beach would be (walk past the first beach you come to toward the swimming beach), and how many fish would be there. Wonderful birds as well.

Stay here, and invite Furio to dine with you. You will come away wanting to return simply to see him.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Jennifer,I am so glad that you enjoyed your stay in Galapagos. I also had a wonderful time with you,you are all great persons and I do not know how to thank you for your generosity. I am sure we will meet again in this life or in another one but,if you decide to come back to Galapagos,any time,I will be honored to have you again at my house but this time,as my personal guests. Big hug to everybody, Furio
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This place is beautiful, and Furio is the best host!

  • 5 of 5

We are a family of five, and I knew for weeks before our arrival that Furio would make sure our stay was wonderful. He is quick to respond, caring, and kind. We had flight issues I contacted him about, and he even called the airlines for us! The house is idyllic and right on the water. There are many perks with staying here that we hadn't even anticipated. We never had to buy bottled water, because he has a dedicated sink in the kitchen with purified water. We watched groups of tours pull up not far from his home, wait in line, and get into kayaks to explore the bay. Not us. Furio's kayak was at our disposal. We went out in the morning and kayaked among sea lions, iguanas, pelicans, and diving blue-footed boobies - all of which could also easily be observed from his deck as well. The kids could safely swim in his pool and enjoy the hot tub right outside our door, where we could relax in beach chairs. He was there when we needed him and gave us the privacy we needed. He had a cleaning service there for us daily, so we came home each day to our dishes done and our beds made. We were astounded by what a gracious host he is - from our welcome beverages to our warm send-off. He seemed like a pro, with an infectious laugh that lights up a room. Before we left, we found out he's a former hotel owner, so yes, he really is a pro!

  • Review Submitted: 27-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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The problem with Furio

  • 5 of 5

The problem with Furio is that he makes you feel at home from the first hand shake and everything he does during your stay (including saving your life on occasion) that when you have to leave you feel heart broken. He has a sunny personality and a contagious laugh which is the best preamble for a great vacation

We stayed for a week at the house and our interaction with Furio started month earlier when we started to plan the trip. He gave us a lot of good information and put us in contact with all the right people so that the entire trip was well planned.

Our flight from Quito was delayed and although he was not at the house to receive us the first night he made all the arrangements so we arrived safe and sound which was of great help.

I personally bonded with Tornado (who is mentioned on all the reviews!) and he guarded my room every night during my stay :-)

The house and location is beautiful and I wish we could have spend more time just relaxing by the pool but the archipelagos has so many beautiful sites that had to be explored that we were gone a lot.

One enchanting evening together with Furio we had great fun making pizza and even the best chef can learn something from him.

  • Review Submitted: 26-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Christine, Thank you for your kind words. I had a great time with you and all of you. Also I will always remember your mother when she was examining and testing the bread and when she gave me the thumb up! You are great people and I am honored to have had you as my guests.Take care. See you in Chicago!
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Magical and enchanting trip

  • 5 of 5

Furio was wonderful-warm and very responsive to all our requests for advice and help. He helped arrange taxis for us and tried hard to find day trips for us during the busy Easter week we were there.

Our 3 children loved Tornado, the dog, the pool, kayak and just the variety of wildlife that came to the house.

We also loved the secluded location of the house and closeness to the grietas and the beach.

The daily housekeeping service was also very helpful in keeping the house neat and tidy.

Great place for families!

  • Review Submitted: 15-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Rayvey, I am so sorry it took me so long to thank you for your review.For some reasons I do not understand,I just forgot. But I very clearly recall your kindness and your education.Your children were great and so well educated that I was really surprised by their wonderful and respectful behavior.You and your husband did a great job;congratulations. I f ,one day, you wish to come back to Galapagos,know that I will be honored to have you as my personal guests at absolutely no cost.All the best to you and your family. See you soon,Furio
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Sydney, NSW Australia

What a gem

  • 5 of 5

Could not fault this place. Furio was the best host ever - happy to be around, but also good at leaving us on our own. We had some great Italian cooking lessons and of course were told the best places to shop for the ingredients. And what an amazingly well equipped kitchen - I don't usually cook when on holiday but it was a pleasure to do so here. The place is in a fantastic setting, easy to get to but off the beaten track. Basing yourself on Santa Cruz is a good idea as you can do day trips from there (North Seymour and Pinzon a must) and probably only have to leave to spend a couple of nights in Isabela. I loved the Galapagos and it was made more special staying here

  • Review Submitted: 07-Feb-2017
  • Date of Stay: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Catherine, See you in Australia!
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Warsaw, Poland

A wonderful and unforgettable experience

  • 5 of 5

While the trip to the Galapagos Islands was a special experience in itself, the stay in Casa de Furio made it even more unique. An excellent location - in a very peaceful bay at the shore, yet with a quick and easy access to Santa Cruz island's key attractions: within a walking distance to Las Grietas for example.

Apart from all the facilities necessary, the house has a remarkable interior - the part we liked most. The parlour is tastefully decorated with genuine Italian art - a beguiling contrast to the local fauna and flora and a clear indication of Furio's origins.

The host himself is a cheerful, good-natured and helpful person, eager to share his experience of living in the region for quite a long time. His dog, Tornado, is an example of an intelligent and a child-loving animal.

We had a wonderful time in la Casa de Furio.

  • Review Submitted: 24-Jan-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thankyou Konrad and Katarzyna, It has been for me a great honor to receive you and your kids in my house. Your knowledge of international affairs and specifically the past and present history of Poland was very enlightening. I sincerely hope to meet you again in the near future.All the best to you. Furio
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Las Grietas
"Water Canyon ,rocky formation surrounded by salt water and fresh water lakes.Birds of the zo..."
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 Puerto Ayora, Central & South America

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
19 Dec 2017 - 3 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £374.65
Daily Cleaning Service £0
Tax Rate 12.0%

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

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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