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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 5 - 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 lagoonwhose 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 :14%.You will be refunded after leaving Ecuador

More Details

Furio Valbonesi
Member since: 2011
Speaks English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
27 April, 2017

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 Galápagos Islands in Ecuador

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 5000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • smoking allowed
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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:Discover the Enchanted Islands in an exclusive environment.
average rating of 4.875 based on 51 reviews

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: Apr 15, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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: Feb 7, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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: Jan 24, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 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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Sydney, NSW Australia

Marvellous location and host!

  • 5 of 5

Thank goodness I never saw the last review (Dec 31) until now or we would have missed out on a marvellous place to stay only one week after that review! I certainly never noticed any smells of dog or mould; and hardly any mosquitos which was a pleasant surprise-since we are near the equator in a humid area.

Furio was a marvellous host -what a treat to be greeted with Italian hospitality in the midst of the Pacific-great location, great food & great company. We shall tell all our friends in Australia (and elsewhere!) about it.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 17, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Catherine for your kind review. I pretty much enjoyed to have you and your friend as my guests.I also liked our cooking time!! I sincerely hope to visit you in Australia soon.Kind regards,Furio
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Don't stay here!

  • 1 of 5

We have stayed in many high end properties in many countries, and this is the worst so far. The only thing to recommend it is the location. We were traveling as a family of 6 adults., and rented the house for a week but were gone to another island for two of the nights. Because of a serious allergy, two of our group had to move to a hotel nearby due to all the mold and mildew. (The smell was very noticable.) Although the floor and counter level surfaces were wiped every day, all other horizontal surfaces were covered with a lot of dust. There are many holes in the screens, or doors that don't hang straight, so there were as many mosquitos inside as out! The owner has a dog, which fact we didn't mind because we all like dogs, but we found that we couldn't use the living room area because the dog smell was so strong, so we even ended up eating our Christmas dinner on the picnic table outside where it was cool and windy. All of us were glad to move on to our next destination.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I strongly and sadly disagree with my guests review. From the beginning I told my guests to inform me of any problem they could encounter during their stay. Unfortunately there was zero communication from them. It is true that they went to Isabela for two nights but what that they don't say is that they had programmed their trip to Isabela with a local agency well before their arrival. Regarding the serious allergy problem,they never informed me of anything. But only one girl apparently moved to a nearby hotel while her husband or boyfriend remained in the room,which looks more like a couple's problem than an allergy problem. There is absolutely no mould or mildew in any room and I doubt that the maid never cleaned the horizontal surfaces,she was trained to do it all the time. Concerning the screen holes,there are small holes due to the effect of the salt that eats the metal screen.I was about to change it but, anyway I very much doubt that those were the cause of mosquitos in the house and only the screens in the living room doors were minimally affected. The dog : it was given a bath just the day before my guests arrival,they never allowed him to enter the house at any time,they had him sleep all nights outside so I just do not understand where this supposed dog smell comes from since the dog,as I said before, was never allowed into the house. The maid was always ready to help them,they asked her to wash by hand with warm water all their laundry,tons of it and she willingly did it at a considerable effort,when she could have done it in the washing machine. I can understand that people can or can not like the house but if one read all house reviews,good or bad, nobody ever complained about any of the issues brought up from my last guests. The house or service does not change from one day to the other. Nonetheless I am very sorry they did not enjoy their stay.
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  • 5 of 5

Our family of 6 adults stayed 10 days at Furio's Villa and we couldn't be any happier. We wanted to find THE PERFECT getaway to celebrate my wife's 60th birthday. Surely, the Galapagos was an all-time best vacation location and Furio's Bay House was THE BEST place to stay on the Islands! From the first contact, Furio was quick to respond and was invaluable, answering all of our many questions and helping us with pre-planning excursions, island transportation, airport arrival, and where to go to find reputable and trusted local shops and services. Furio knows the islands and he knows everyone. There were six of us (Me, my wife and two daughters with their significant others (ages 27-38), and we found Furio's Villa such a warm, comfortable and relaxing getaway on the island. The home is spacious, reminiscent of an old Italian Villa, furnished with Furio's family antiques and collectibles. What you experience is far nicer and richer than the pictures on the website, right down to the Sea Lions and Iguanas on his dock to greet you each morning. Complete with fresh water pool, sauna, hammocks, kayak and his friendly dog "Torranado", it was the perfect home-base for us. I can also recommend Furio's kitchen facilities. Large, spacious and well equipped so we made many meals in that helped stretch our budget. Furio is also the consummate host. One day we returned from an over-night excursion to Isabela Island to find a freshly-baked loaf of bread that he prepared for us. You could not ask for a better host. He generally left us to ourselves and was always available to help and join us when asked. We enjoyed many hours laughing and cooking with Furio in his kitchen - it was just like family. Furio also helped me plan a very special surprise birthday celebration for my wife too. So STOP LOOKING. We all agreed, the entire experience was wonderful and we would return again. This was the affordable alternative to the high-priced resorts and hotels and offered much more than expected for the do-it-yourself adventurer.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Robert, Thank you for your kind review.It has been a privilege for me to have you as my guests and to have the opportunity to know your wonderful family.As I told you while you were here,I hope to have you again as my very special personal guests in the very near future.I promise, you will not regret it! All the best to all.Sincerely,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 Galápagos Islands, Central & South America

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Year Rate
8 Jan 2017 - 17 Dec 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
19 Dec 2017 - 3 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £386.51
Tax Rate 14.0%

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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