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Scalesia Lodge, Isabela Island

Positioned on the slopes of a volcano on the Galapagos island of Isabela, Scalesia Lodge offers a selection of upscale safari-style tents with fantastic views.

Of all the populated islands in the Galapagos, Isabela is one of the most pristine with an untamed landscape of towering volcanoes, natural forest and shallow waters. You’ll find the majority of the archipelago’s famous wildlife roaming the island, including blue footed boobies, marine iguanas and penguins in addition to numerous bird species. The iconic Galapagos tortoise can be found in the Sierra Negra Volcano area, whilst whales and dolphins can be spotted offshore.

You’ll find Scalesia Lodge nestled in the island’s forested highlands where it enjoys fabulous views over the coast and Pacific Ocean beyond. The property comprises 16 peaceful tents, each offering a superb base from which to enjoy a multitude of activities. You can go scuba diving, take birdwatching tours, hike up an active volcano or take to the water on a kayak. Why not visit the nearby tortoise breeding centre for an insight into the work being done to preserve these magnificent creatures.

Scalesia Lodge, at a glance

  • Luxury tented resort enveloped by 40 acres of natural forest on Isabela Island
  • 20 minutes from the small town of Puerto Villamil
  • 16 large tents in total, 4 have king beds and 12 have twin beds
  • Each tent has a full bathroom and spacious terrace
  • Minimalist décor and modern amenities
  • Sensational forest and coastal views
  • Contemporary, stylish main lodge with wraparound decks – the perfect spot for socialising  
  • Restaurant and lounge area housed within the main building

For leisure and pleasure

  • Choose from a wide range of guided programs, excursions and tours
  • Great kayaking and surfing opportunities
  • Snorkelling and scuba diving excursions bring you even closer to the island’s unique marine life
  • Visit the tortoise breeding centre at Puerto Villamil
  • Hike up the Chico and Sierra Negra volcanoes
  • Enjoy island hopping tours that combine Isabela with Santa Cruz, Floreana and San Cristobal
  • Visit the neighbouring and uninhabited Isla Tortuga with its rich birdlife

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