During the time that we were there, they were in a transition of combining properties - the accommodations were fine and on the beach but coordination between four different buildings and opening / closing one restaurant to another, etc. was a bit of a stretch after a LONG day of sightseeing... Don't miss this island and I am sure that things at the hotel are fine now...
One of the most magical days await us - a trip to Los Tuneles and then more snorkeling and nature watching. We took a slightly larger craft (not a cabin cruiser but probably about 20 feet long (Evelyn was happy about this) - the trip to the tunnels was about an hour, this is a spot that few people see on their Galapagos trip, in fact while were there for two plus hours, there was not another person around. What a magical place you have to see it - completely undisturbed where we spotted a pair of blue footed boobies do a mating dance. The reason why so few people visited the tunnels is that it is really off the beaten track, you need a small boat to access it and since most people opted for the 3-5 day Galapagos tours, there just wasn't the time to see it (anyhow I digressed again). On the way to the tunnels, we spotted a couple of dolphins, sea turtles and sea lions - this area is completely unspoiled and after lunch we head back, stopping for some snorkeling where it is reported that sea turtles, sea horses and sea lions were seen up and close. Marc was tracking the large frigate birds (what a huge wingspan) in addition to the sea turtles that swam by on numerous occasions. Back to the lodge for dinner and another (last) spectacular sunset - tomorrow is our last day on Isabella.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Great Beach Hotel, Iguanas, blue footed boobies, penguins at the beach ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Red Mangrove Isabela Hotel
- Red Mangrove Hotel Isabela
- Redmangrove Galapagos Islands/Isabela, Ecuador