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Floreana Lava Lodge
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5 reviews
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“The best diving experience.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 22, 2009

We have had the best diving experience, we were deciding between a live aboard and the “Dive triangle” with the Red Mangrove. A great decision!!!
Diving was excellent, the diving, the crew, the guides and accommodation were great, and overall it exceeded our expectation.
It was one of the best trips in our life.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
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El Cerrito, CA
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 27, 2009

We only spent one night here and it was raining during our stay, so my review is a bit tainted by the weather conditions.

First off, the island does not allow large boats to dock directly. So we were forced to transfer to a smaller boat that would take us to shore. In the rain, this can get a little slippery, but the guides made sure none of us got hurt.

Due to the rain, the road and the area surrounding the property was very muddy. In drier weather, I'm sure it's fine.

The cabins are very basic, 3 beds to each, two are bunk beds. There is no air conditioning or fans, so you must open all windows. Even though it's a waterfront property, we had no ocean breeze coming into our cabin to cool it down.

The bathroom is tiny and there is a permanently open (but screened) window in the shower. Veronica (our hotel liason) informed us that there would be no hot water available after 7pm (so no hot morning showers). A small, rechargeable flashlight is provided for every cabin.

There is a dining area and water cooler at the far end of the property, and a small outdoor seating area in the middle. One long, continuous deck separates the cabins from the waterfront. There is no adjoining beach, like in Isabela, only lava rocks.

The restaurant is in town (about a 15 min walk). Probably fairly easy to walk to during the day, but a little tricky at night, even with the supplied flashlights from the cabins. However, it was likely the best meal I had during our trip.

The electric supply for the entire island is solar, so we experienced power outages during the night into the morning. We also had power issues with one of the cabins at our arrival to the property. If you had to recharge your portable equipment (cameras, ipods, etc.), I'd suggest plugging it in during the daylight hours.

Mosquitoes were abundant during our visit (likely due to the rain). And insects on the island are plentiful, large, and fearless.

I would readily say this is probably not the ideal accommodation for the average traveler. But if you don't mind "roughing-it", you'd probably do just fine here.

  • Stayed February 2009
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Galapagoslover, owner at Floreana Lava Lodge, responded to this review, March 3, 2009
Thank you for your candid review. You are quite correct in the various limitations you describe about Floreana. We constantly pay careful attention to guest feedback and when and where possible, incorporate your ideas and solutions on how we can improve.

Power, and the lack of, is always an issue on Floreana and we do our best to work within that realty. We agree that Floreana is a relatively basic cabin, but the incredible white beach we are lucky enough to have in front of our Lodge in Isabela is a rarity, not the norm in the Galapagos. The norm is the black lava rock shoreline as exists in front of our Floreana Lodge.

What we love (and what we hope our guests love) the most about Floreana is the opportunity to experience an overnight in such an isolated, desolate location. Nowhere else in the Galapagos can you have this type of experience. Nowhere! It gives you the opportunity to experience a shred of what early settlers in this lonely destination might have felt. And that this is true on the island in the Galapagos best known for its early settlers seems all the more fitting to us.

Sorry to hear about mosquitoes. At our Aventura Lodge, we do supply a fantastic organic repellent made just for us by a small company here in Ecuador and your feedback has made it abundantly clear that we should keep a supply available at our other lodges as well. We thank you for bringing that to our attention and I'm sure guests in the future will appreciate it, too.
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2009

Most people will stay here as part of the Darwin triangle tour and hence it will be a single night and an English speaking guide will be with them.

I chose to get Red Mangrove to transport me to the island and stayed there for 4 nights. If you do this, you will have no English speaker there except for breakfast which is served down the road. I had fun with sign language and considered that part of the deal. Learning a few words of Spanish like breakfast, lunch, dinner, times of the day would be useful.

The huts are basic but have bathroom with hot water, electric lights and a rechargeable torch which is needed as power on the island goes off at night. There is chilled drinking water at the end of the row of huts and a shaded seating area. There is no air conditioning so you need to leave the windows open and use the fly screens.

Beds were upper and lower bunks plus a single. There is one drawer and a couple of hooks but thats it.

Note if you are staying without the tour, there are no shops to buy provisions so you will be stuck with the lunch and dinner arrangements that are made for you. These meals are typical local food, very cheap but no choice ($3.50 each). If you want to walk a full day, I suggest you bring provisions from Santa Cruz - you will certainly need water bottles to fill from the chiller but snacks for lunch would be good. Remember there is no fridge so they must be long life.

There is also no transport if you are not on the official tour which means a 9km each way hike to the highlands. There is a workers truck at 6am but you would miss breakfast. The walk is only recommended for the super fit and only if you are well prepared. You might get lucky a find a ride or you might get invited to join a tour.

The walk to the sealion rookery is easy and the path passes behind the cabins.

There is no guide needed but note you can't get to the visitor sites that the cruises go to and there are no tours available from the island.

If you want more time to photograph the birds in the highlands, I think staying here independantly is worth it but otherwise take the island hopping tour. Its not luxury but I've stayed in a lot worse and there is little alternative.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Nowhere to purchase food. Would be vastly improved by bicycle hire and snack machine
  • Stayed February 2009, traveled solo
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Long Grove
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 14, 2009

Small cabins, this island has the History of Galapagos, The Baronesa came with the 2 men, and many many nice historys I was told by this very nice Guy Claudio that works with Red Mangrove I would say he is the Robinson Crusoe of this years. I had such a rewarding Stay in Floreana.
Small very clean rooms with excellent view

  • Liked — Island History
  • Disliked — Only 1 day at Darwins Triangle
  • Stayed December 2008
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Chatannoga
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 27, 2008

Second Night in the Triangle, small cabins, made me think I was in a Robinson Crusoe Island only 80 people live in this islands, very basic, Clean, Safe and no more to say about it

  • Liked — View
  • Disliked — Small beds
  • Stayed December 2008, traveled as a couple
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AtchisonIL
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6 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2008

Small wood cabins, very basic as the Island only have 120 People living there, I would recomend the cabins and the Island for no more than 1 night. I did the Darwing Triangle with Red Mangrove 1 Night in Santa Cruz, 1 Night Floreana, 2 Nights Isabela, 1 Night again in Santa Cruz.
The Whole experience very very nice, Yes the trip betwen Islands is not so nice but being in the water only for one leg a day is not that bad, I will review Isabela and Floreana Too

  • Liked — The Island
  • Disliked — Small Beds
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled with friends
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Property: Floreana Lava Lodge
Address: Via a la Loberia, Ecuador
Location: Ecuador > Galapagos Islands > Floreana
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty Lodging in Floreana
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Floreana Lava Lodge 2.5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Floreana Lava LodgeFloreana´s fascinating story and the desire of the local people to offer a more relaxed , more enjoyable and environmentally sensitive kind of tourism, is why Tropic has chosen to launch its new Galapagos adventure here. Together with the local community and the owners of ‘Floreana Lava Lodge’, and under the supervision of the Galapagos Authority, Tropic has created a new program designed for visitors who are looking for something out of the ordinary, who will understand the value of slow tourism.Located in Puerto Velasco Ibarra (named after a five times president of Ecuador) Lava Lodge is owned by members of the Cruz family, one of the Floreana´s oldest. The hotel is a comfortable lodge with top class service and the best of friendly local hospitality, built on black lava sands at the ocean´s edge: one of the best sites on the island. Situated only 5 minutes walk from the centre of the village, Lava Lodge is also only a few steps from the ‘lobería’ where visitors can watch the islands famous sea lions in their natural surroundings. ServicesThe 10 independent cabins are each equipped with 2 twin beds (bunk beds for up to 3 people are also available). Each ocean front cabin has its own bathroom, front porch, a reading and shady area to provide privacy and enjoyment of the outdoors.The lodge also has a common area where guests can relax together and savor a welcome drink while enjoying the striking Galapagos sunsets. ... more   less 
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