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when to visit the
galapagos islands?

GALAPAGOS SEASONALITY IS THERE A BETTER OR WORSE TIME TO GO?

The Galapagos Islands are a great year-round destination for a Galapagos cruise and there really is no “off-season” as opposed to many other wildlife sanctuaries around the world. However, the high season for tourism tends to be from mid-December to January and from June to August, which coincides with the general holidays and vacation months around the world. If you are planning your Galapagos getaway during the “popular” holiday months, we recommend you book your trip at least 6 months prior to your desired travel date and when possible, even sooner.

For anyone interested in visiting the islands, there is really no better or worse time to visit. In part this is because the Galapagos Islands are right on the equator so that air and water temperatures do not vary much. Read more on Galapagos Climate and Weather month by month. In addition, almost all of the animal species you will see on the Islands arrived because they floated there on logs or beds of plants, or they were blown in. This means that species like the Galapagos penguin, flightless cormorant, marine iguana, land iguana, blue footed booby, Galapagos hawk, fur sea lion, California sea lion and many others spend the entire year in the Galapagos and do not migrate. The Waved Albatross is one of the few migratory exceptions and is best seen in spring and summer.

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galapagos climate &
wildlife by month

january

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Climate conditions:

  • Air Temp (Max / Min): 30/22C, 86/72F
  • Hours of clear skies: 5.3
  • Average Rainfall: 2.5cm, 1.0in (in the highlands)
  • Average Water Temperature: 24.5C / 76F


Animals Mating / Breeding:

  • Red-footed boobies and masked boobies breeding and nesting (year-round)
  • Sea turtles nesting
  • Marine Iguanas and Land Iguanas mating
  • Magnificent and Great Frigate birds nesting (year-round on North Seymour Only)
  • Tortoises laying eggs (in the wild)
  • Flightless Cormorants, Penguins and Greater Flamingoes breeding and nesting (year-round, depending on food supply)

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Special Notes:

  • Best underwater visibility (along with Feb & March)
  • The sun is very intense during this month. We Recommend sun-block SPF 30 or higher.
  • Additional information about January in the Galapagos.

february

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Climate conditions:

  • Air Temp (Max / Min): 30 / 24C, 86 / 75F
  • Hours of clear skies: 7.5
  • Average Rainfall: 2.5cm, 1.0in (in the highlands)
  • Average Water Temperature: 25C / 77F


Animals Mating / Breeding:

  • Red-footed boobies and masked boobies breeding and nesting (year-round)
  • Green Sea turtles nesting
  • Marine Iguanas and Land Iguanas nesting
  • Magnificent and Great Frigate birds nesting (year-round on North Seymour Only)
  • Tortoises laying eggs (in the wild)
  • Flightless Cormorants, Penguins and Greater Flamingoes breeding and nesting (year-round, depending on food supply)

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Special Notes:

  • Best underwater visibility (along with Jan & March)
  • Water temperature is the highest all year (until April)
  • The sun is very intense during this month. We Recommend sun-block SPF 30 or higher.
  • Additional information about February in the Galapagos.

march

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Climate conditions:

  • Air Temp (Max / Min): 31 / 24C, 88 / 75F
  • Hours of clear skies: 6.0
  • Average Rainfall: 5.1cm, 2.0in (in the highlands)
  • Average Water Temperature: 25C / 77F


Animals Mating / Breeding:

  • Red-footed boobies and masked boobies breeding and nesting (year-round)
  • Green Sea turtles nesting
  • Marine Iguanas and Land Iguanas nesting
  • Magnificent and Great Frigate birds nesting (year-round on North Seymour Only)
  • Great Frigate birds mating and nesting on Genovesa (Tower) Island
  • Tortoises laying eggs (in the wild)
  • Flightless Cormorants, Penguins and Greater Flamingoes breeding and nesting (year-round, depending on food supply)

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Special Notes:

  • Best underwater visibility (along with Jan & Feb)
  • Rainy season reaches its peak in the highlands
  • Water temperature is the highest all year (until April)
  • The sun is very intense during this month. We Recommend sun-block SPF 30 or higher.
  • Additional information about March in the Galapagos.

april

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Climate conditions:

  • Air Temp (Max / Min): 31 / 24C, 88 / 75F
  • Hours of clear skies: 7.5
  • Average Rainfall: 3.8cm, 1.5in (in the highlands)
  • Average Water Temperature: 25C / 77F


Animals Mating / Breeding:

  • Red-footed boobies and masked boobies breeding and nesting (year-round)
  • Green sea turtles nesting
  • Marine Iguanas and Land Iguanas nesting
  • Magnificent and Great Frigate birds nesting (year-round on North Seymour Only)
  • Waved albatross begin mating and nesting
  • Great Frigate birds mating and nesting on Genovesa (Tower) Island
  • Tortoises laying eggs (in the wild)
  • Flightless Cormorants, Penguins and Greater Flamingoes breeding and nesting (year-round, depending on food supply)

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Special Notes:

  • Rainy season reaches its peak in the highlands
  • Water temperature is the highest all year
  • The sun is very intense during this month. We Recommend sun-block SPF 30 or higher.
  • Additional information about April in the Galapagos.

may

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Climate conditions:

  • Air Temp (Max / Min): 28 / 22C, 82 / 72F
  • Hours of clear skies: 5.2
  • Average Rainfall: 1.9cm, 0.75in (in the highlands)
  • Average Water Temperature: 24.5C / 76F


Animals Mating / Breeding:

  • Red-footed boobies and masked boobies breeding and nesting (year-round)
  • Green Sea turtles nesting season is ending
  • Marine Iguanas and Land Iguanas nesting
  • Waved albatross nesting
  • Magnificent and Great Frigate birds nesting (year-round on North Seymour Only)
  • Great Frigate birds mating and nesting on Genovesa (Tower) Island
  • Tortoises laying eggs (in the wild)
  • Flightless Cormorants, Penguins and Greater Flamingoes breeding and nesting (year-round, depending on food supply)

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Special Notes:

  • Beginning of the Garua season (cool dry season – until December)
  • Along with the month of June, this month offers the most pleasant weather. The intense hot climate of the earlier months begins to cool off, but there are still plenty of hours of clear skies.
  • Additional information about May in the Galapagos.

june

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Climate conditions:

  • Air Temp (Max / Min): 26 / 21C, 79 / 70F
  • Hours of clear skies: 4.4
  • Average Rainfall: 0.6cm, 0.25in (in the highlands)
  • Average Water Temperature: 23C / 73F


Animals Mating / Breeding:

  • Red-footed boobies and masked boobies breeding and nesting (year-round)
  • Waved albatross nesting
  • Magnificent and Great Frigate birds nesting (year-round on North Seymour Only)
  • Flightless Cormorants, Penguins and Greater Flamingoes breeding and nesting (year-round, depending on food supply)

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Special Notes:

  • Beginning of the Garua season (cool dry season – until December)
  • Along with the month of May, this month offers the most pleasant weather. The intense hot climate of the earlier months begins to cool off, but there are still plenty of hours of clear skies.
  • Additional information about June in the Galapagos.

july

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Climate conditions:

  • Air Temp (Max / Min): 26 / 20C, 79 / 68F
  • Hours of clear skies: 2.8
  • Average Rainfall: 1.3cm, 0.50in (in the highlands)
  • Average Water Temperature: 22C / 72F


Animals Mating / Breeding:

  • Blue-footed boobies begin nesting
  • Red-footed boobies and masked boobies breeding and nesting (year-round)
  • Waved albatross nesting
  • Magnificent and Great Frigate birds nesting (year-round on North Seymour Only)
  • Start of California sea lion breeding season
  • Flightless Cormorants, Penguins and Greater Flamingoes breeding and nesting (year-round, depending on food supply)

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Special Notes:

  • The presence of the Humboldt Current begins to strengthen, makingnutrients in the water more abundant and marine life more active.Snorkeling is great during this period.
  • Dolphin and Whale spotting, particularly on our crossing to Fernan dina Island, becomes more common.
  • Along with the month of August, this month has more pronounced winds. However, winds in Galapagos never get too strong, as com pared to other destinations like the Caribbean.
  • Additional information about July in the Galapagos.

august

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Climate conditions:

  • Air Temp (Max / Min): 26 / 19C, 79 / 66F
  • Hours of clear skies: 3.3
  • Average Rainfall: 0.6cm, 0.25in (in the highlands)
  • Average Water Temperature: 21.5C / 71F


Animals Mating / Breeding:

  • Blue-footed boobies nesting
  • Red-footed boobies and masked boobies breeding and nesting (year-round)
  • Waved albatross nesting
  • Magnificent and Great Frigate birds nesting (year-round on North Seymour Only)
  • California sea lions breeding
  • Fur Sea lions begin breeding
  • Tortoises (in Santa Cruz Island only) lay eggs in the wild
  • Flightless Cormorants, Penguins and Greater Flamingoes breeding and nesting (year-round, depending on food supply)

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Special Notes:

  • The presence of the Humboldt Current begins to strengthen, making nutrients in the water more abundant and marine life more active. Snorkeling is great during this period.
  • Dolphin and Whale spotting, particularly on our crossing to Fernan dina Island, becomes more common.
  • Along with the month of July, this month has more pronounced winds. However, winds in Galapagos never get too strong, as com pared to other destinations like the Caribbean.
  • Additional information about August in the Galapagos.

september

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Climate conditions:

  • Air Temp (Max / Min): 26 / 19C, 79 / 66F
  • Hours of clear skies: 2.9
  • Average Rainfall: 1.3cm, 0.50in (in the highlands)
  • Average Water Temperature: 22C / 72F


Animals Mating / Breeding:

  • Blue-footed boobies nesting
  • Red-footed boobies and masked boobies breeding and nesting (year-round)
  • Waved albatross nesting
  • Magnificent and Great Frigate birds nesting (year-round on North Seymour Only)
  • California sea lions breeding
  • Fur Sea lions breeding
  • Flightless Cormorants, Penguins and Greater Flamingoes breeding and nesting (year-round, depending on food supply)

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Special Notes:

  • The presence of the Humboldt Current is strong, making nutrients in the water more abundant and marine life more active. Snorkeling is excellent during this month and swimming with sea-lion pups is very common.
  • Dolphin and Whale spotting, particularly on our crossing to Fernan dina Island, is very common.
  • Winds are still pronounced during this month.
  • Additional information about September in the Galapagos.

october

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Climate conditions:

  • Air Temp (Max / Min): 26 / 20C, 79 / 68F
  • Hours of clear skies: 3.8
  • Average Rainfall: 0.6cm, 0.25in (in the highlands)
  • Average Water Temperature: 22.5C / 73F


Animals Mating / Breeding:

  • Blue-footed boobies nesting
  • Red-footed boobies and masked boobies breeding and nesting (year-round)
  • Waved albatross nesting
  • Magnificent and Great Frigate birds nesting (year-round on North Seymour Only)
  • California sea lions breeding
  • Fur Sea lions breeding
  • Tortoises (in Santa Cruz Island only) lay eggs in the wild
  • Flightless Cormorants, Penguins and Greater Flamingoes breeding and nesting (year-round, depending on food supply)

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Special Notes:

  • The presence of the Humboldt Current continues to be strong, making nutrients in the water more abundant and marine life more active. Snorkeling is great during this period and swimming with sea-lion pups is very common.
  • Dolphin and Whale spotting, particularly on our crossing to Fernan dina Island, is very common.
  • Winds are still pronounced during this month.
  • Additional information about October in the Galapagos.

november

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Climate conditions:

  • Air Temp (Max / Min): 26 / 21C, 79 / 70F
  • Hours of clear skies: 3.5
  • Average Rainfall: 1.3cm, 0.50in (in the highlands)
  • Average Water Temperature: 23C / 73F


Animals Mating / Breeding:

  • Blue-footed boobies nesting
  • Red-footed boobies and masked boobies breeding and nesting (year-round)
  • Waved albatross nesting
  • Magnificent and Great Frigate birds nesting (year-round on North Seymour Only)
  • Green Sea turtles begin mating
  • California sea lions breeding
  • Fur Sea lions breeding
  • Flightless Cormorants, Penguins and Greater Flamingoes breeding and nesting (year-round, depending on food supply)

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Special Notes:

  • The presence of the Humboldt Current is strong, making nutrients in the water more abundant and marine life more active. Snorkeling is very good during this month and amazing marine encounters are very common.
  • Dolphin and Whale spotting is very common in the Bolivar Channel crossing on our way to Fernandina Island.
  • Winds are still present during this month.
  • Additional information about November in the Galapagos.

december

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Climate conditions:

  • Air Temp (Max / Min): 27 / 22C, 81 / 72F
  • Hours of clear skies: 4.0
  • Average Rainfall: 1.3cm, 0.50in (in the highlands)
  • Average Water Temperature: 22.5C / 73F


Animals Mating / Breeding:

  • Blue-footed boobies nesting
  • Red-footed boobies and masked boobies breeding and nesting (year-round)
  • Waved albatross nesting
  • Magnificent and Great Frigate birds nesting (year-round on North Seymour Only)
  • Green sea turtles begin mating
  • Marine Iguanas and Land Iguanas begin mating
  • California sea lions breeding
  • Fur Sea lions breeding
  • Flightless Cormorants, Penguins and Greater Flamingoes breeding and nesting (year-round, depending on food supply)

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Special Notes:

  • This month marks the start of the warm season in Galapagos and the Humboldt Current loses strength. There are plenty of hours of clear skies.
  • This is the start and the end of the breeding and mating seasons for many animals in Galapagos, making wildlife encounters very attractive.
  • The sun starts to get more intense during this month. We recom mend guests to use sun-block SPF 30 or higher, at least for the first few days.
  • Additional information about December in the Galapagos.
the galapagos skies, air & water temperatures
& underwater visibility

SKIES

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January through March

  • Rainy Season on Island Highlands
  • Avg Rainfall: 5.1cm/ 2 in
  • Best months for clear skies
  • 6 to 7.5 hours of clear skies


April through July

  • Avg Rainfall: 1.5cm/ 0.5 in
  • 4 to 5 hours of clear skies


August through December

  • Avg Rainfall: 0.6cm/ 0.25in
  • 3 to 4 hours of clear skies

air temperatures

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January through March

  • Max Temp: 31°C/ 88°F
  • MinTemp: 24°C/ 75°F


April through July

  • Max Temp: 28°C/ 82°F
  • MinTemp: 20°C/ 68°F


August through October

  • Max Temp: 26°C/ 79°F
  • MinTemp: 19°C/ 66°F


November through December

  • Max Temp: 27°C/ 81°F
  • MinTemp: 21°C/ 70°F

water temperatures

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January through March

  • Avg Temp: 25°C/ 77°F


April through July

  • Avg Temp: 23C°/ 73°F


August through October

  • Avg Temp: 22C°/ 72°F


November through December

  • Avg Temp: 23°C/73°F

underwater visibility

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January through March

  • Best months for underwater visibility
  • Underwater visibility: 30m/ 100ft


April through December

  • Underwater visibility: 10-20m/30-70ft
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