The lodge on Floreana is different from any other that we stayed in on our trip. First of all, the island is more isolated than anywhere else we’ve ever been.
The lodge is a series of cabins right on the beach, known as Playa Negra (meaning Black Beach – for obvious reasons) and is just a couple of minutes by foot to the main town of Puerto Velasco Ibarra.
The cabins are comfortable and cosy. In our cabin we had a bunkbed (2 single mattresses) and another single bed. The rooms have flashlights (for the walk to/from the restaurant), a safe, a nice bathroom and an amazing view.
It wasn’t until we left Floreana that we realized that there wasn’t a television. We were so busy, it wasn’t even a passing thought. I don’t expect there is much of a signal there anyway…
The island is remote. Really remote. We have cell phones on an Ecuador network (Movistar) and there was no signal, of course. I have a USB internet modem and of course, no signal. The only signal that we could pick up was for our GPS – because it receives signals direct from satellites.
I think the two days we spent on Floreana is about as far off the grid as we have been. It was refreshing to not have the phone ring, or email come in, or anything. There was nothing – just a huge island to explore. It was a great feeling and I can’t wait to go back.
The lodge and the town do have power, provided in part by solar panels that you can see on the hike to the restaurant. Some of the other islands use diesel generators to make power.
For a video tour of the lodge, check out the video below: