Galapagos in the Fall – Top 10 Reasons to Travel


One of the best times to visit the Enchanted Islands…

Galapagos in the Fall time
When you’re taking a once in a lifetime trip to the Galapagos, you want to make sure you’re seeing it at its best. Luckily, due to the Galapagos’ idealistic island weather, there’s really no wrong time to visit. If you’re thinking of traveling between September and the beginning of December, here’s the top 10 reasons to travel to Galapagos in the fall.

1. Best Times to Snorkel – Experience the Richest Display of Marine Life

Between July and November, the presence of the Humboldt Current in the Galapagos is strong. If you love to snorkel, you absolutely must visit Galapagos in the fall. The Humboldt Current is strong and that means the nutrients in the water are more abundant than normal. The extra nutrients make the marine life more active, meaning you will get more out of your snorkeling experience!
Learn more here —> The Top 10 Snorkeling Sites in Galapagos Islands

Galapagos snorkeling with green sea turtle
Snorkeling in Galapagos in the Fall
2. Fewer Crowds in the Galapagos Islands

High season in the Galapagos generally runs from mid-December to January and June to August each year. These dates coincide with holiday periods around the world so, if you can travel outside of these of these months to experience the Galapagos in the fall, you’re more likely to have a quieter and more natural experience of the Galapagos.

Fewer crowds in the Galapagos in the Fall

3. Whale & Dolphin Watching Without a Full Tour

As you cruise across to Fernandina Island, keep an eye out for dolphins and whales. You normally have to pay top dollar for a whale-watching or dolphin tour, but that’s not the case when you take part in a Galapagos cruise in the Fall. In fact, you can expect to spot whales when crossing over to Fernandina Island into the Bolivar Channel. Just grab a spot on the deck or your balcony and check for whales and/or dolphins when you visit Galapagos in the fall.

Spotting Dolphin in the Galapagos Islands
Chasing Orca Whales in the Galapagos

4. Mild but Warm Weather with More Sunny Days

While the Galapagos enjoys quite moderate temperature variations throughout the year, the main difference in climate comes between the wet and dry seasons. And, if you’re traveling to the islands from September into early December, it’s perfect time to enjoy drier days with warm, but not too hot, temperatures. Expect daytime highs to range between 66 and 79°F (19 and 26°C) with the water a pleasant 72°F (22°C).
Learn more here —> Galapagos Weather

M/V Evolution in Galapagos Sunset

5. Swimming & Playing with Sea Lions & their Pups

If swimming with sea lions and even their pups is on your bucket list, then fall is the best season to do it. As pups develop, they love playing around humans in the shallower water and may even nip your fins as you snorkel nearby. During November, you might also see impressive courtship displays as mature sea lions mate.

snorkeling with sea lions in the Galapagos
Galapagos Snorkeling with Sea Lions

snorkeling with sea lions in the Galapagos
Galapagos Snorkeling with Sea Lions
6. Great Conditions for Photographers

Whether you’re a professional or just want an Instagram worthy picture, fall in the Galapagos is possibly the best time to take incredible landscape photos. Less rain and a backdrop of light clouds provides excellent lighting conditions to truly capture the magic. You’re also more likely to be able to get close to nesting wildlife for amazing animal close-ups.

The Galapagos - A photographers dream
Excellent lighting conditions during the Galapagos fall season

Galapagos photography in the Fall time

7. Encounter Giant Tortoises & Their Eggs

Seeing a giant Galapagos tortoise is on the ‘must’ list for almost every traveler. But, visit between June and December and you might be fortunate enough to witness giant tortoises laying eggs in the wild on Santa Cruz Island.

Galapagos Giant Tortoise eggs
Galapagos Giant Tortoise in the Fall

Galapagos Tortoise encountered by small child

8. See Penguins When They’re Most Active

During September of every year, penguins are usually at their most active in the Galapagos. You’re likely to spot them while you’re snorkeling and diving as well as on the shore-fronts.
Galapagos Penguins most active in the Fall time

Swimming with Galapagos penguins
Snorkeling in Galapagos with Penguins
9. Watch Seabirds, Especially the Blue-Footed Boobies, Dance!

In the Galapagos in the fall, many Galapagos seabirds nest on the islands, allowing you to get a little closer as prospective mates show off with impressive rituals. Some of the breeds you can expect to see include blue-footed, red-footed and masked boobies, waved albatrosses and both magnificent and great frigate. Have you ever seen blue-footed boobies mating dance? The male birds do a high-stepping strut to attract females, and it is a sight to see!

Blue-Footed Boobies doing their mating ritual dance

SBlue footed Boobies Dancing
Galapagos Blue-footed Boobies Mating Dance

10. Dive with Whale Sharks

Between June and November whale sharks migrate to the islands, offering visitors an unforgettable experience. While you might see one of these enormous, docile fish snorkeling, you’ll increase your chances greatly by joining a trustworthy diver operator.

Diving with Galapagos Whale Sharks
Snorkeling in Galapagos with Whale Shark

Booking Your Galapagos Trip This Fall

If you want to enjoy these top 10 reasons to travel to the Galapagos in the fall, be sure to look at our Galapagos fall and winter specials. With enjoyable weather, fewer visitors and an incredible display of the wildlife you came to see, there’s no time like right now.

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