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When to Go

The climate of the Galapagos is always conducive to boat tours and adventure , but there are slight climatic variations throughout the year. From June to December, the dry season, the southern trade
winds bring the colder Humboldt Current north to the islands. The sea is generally cooler at
this time and a sea mist occurs ensuring the highlands remain lush. From December to May,
the warm season, the Galapagos’ climate is more tropical with daily precipitation and more
overcast. Ocean temperatures are increased during this season. Whatever the time of year
the Galapagos Islands are a unique, spectacular destination to visit.

January

• Marine Iguana
• Beginning of the rainy season.
• Land birds start nesting, generally after the first rain.
• On Española (Hood Island) adult marine iguanas become brightly coloured
(green & red + black).
• The green sea turtles arrive at beaches in Galapagos for the egg laying
period.
• Land iguanas begin reproductive cycles on Isabela Island.
• Both water and air temperatures rise and stay warm until June.
• Ideal time for snorkelling.

February

• Nasca (masked) boobies
• On Floreana Island greater flamingos start nesting.
• Bahama pintail ducks (black-tailed pintail) start their breeding season.
• Nazca (masked) boobies on Española are at the end of their nesting season.
• Marine iguanas nest on Santa Cruz Island.
• The highest water temperature reaches 25C (77F) which remains constant
until April.
• Very few penguins are sighted at Bartolome Island (most have followed the
cool waters back to the west or near up welling areas)
• Nesting season of the Galapagos dove reaches its peak.

March

• Waved Albatross
• Sea lions at Gardener Bay
• The rainy season reaches the highest precipitation (this does not mean it
rains everyday)
• Sporadic tropical rains, intense sun and hot climate. Air temperature can
reach up to 30C (86F). Humidity is high.
• Marine iguanas nest on Fernandina
• March 21st, the beginning of the summer equinox, signals the arrival of the
waved albatross to Española.
• Even the western islands have warm waters where snorkelling is excellent.
Punta Vicente Roca (Isabela) can be an amazing site. Penguins still active in
the water, next to tropical fish! (How bizarre!)
• Some shores, especially those facing the north side, can receive deep surge
(“ola de fondo”) coming from northern currents (warm).
• Disembarking at certain areas like Puerto Egas, Gardner Bay, and Bartolome
can be quite a challenge.
• Snorkellers can remain long periods of time in the water.

April

• Green Sea turtle
• Massive arrival of waved albatrosses to Española. Amazing courtship starts.
• End of hatching season of the giant tortoises.
• Eggs of green sea turtles begin to hatch.
• Eggs of land iguanas hatch on Isabela.
• While the rains have ended, the islands continue to regain green.
• Good visibility in the water for snorkelers.
• Perhaps, together with May, the best months to visit the Galapagos i.e.
weather, animals, water, temperature

May

• Blue-footed boobies courting
• North Seymour’s blue-footed boobies begin their courtship.
• Sea turtles are still hatching on Gardner Bay, Punta Cormorant, and Puerto
Egas.
• Most of marine iguanas’ eggs hatch from nests on Santa Cruz.
• Palo Santo trees begin to shed their foliage.
• Waved albatross on Española start laying their eggs.
• Band-rumped storm petrels begin their first nesting period.

June

• Galapagos Tortoise
• Beginning of the “garúa” season (see FAQs).
• Giant tortoises on Santa Cruz Island migrate from the highlands to the
lowlands in search of suitable nesting places.
• Beginning of the nesting season of giant tortoises.
• South east trade winds return. Currents become a bit stronger. Seas pick up
in surge and wave action.
• Many red pouches by males of magnificent frigate birds on North Seymour.
• Southern migrants have started their journey towards the north. Galapagos
is a rest stop for such birds. Some species of cetaceans also follow this
pattern of migration.
• Some groups of humpback whales that migrate up to equatorial latitudes
along the coast of Ecuador can reach the Galapagos too.

July

• Nazca Booby with egg
• Sea bird communities are very active (breeding), especially the blue footed
boobies on Española. Flightless cormorants perform beautiful courtship
rituals and nesting activities on Fernandina.
• If you walk along the shores of Puerto Egas (Santiago Island) you could find
American oystercatchers nesting.
• Lava lizards initiate mating rituals until November.
• Cetaceans (whales & dolphins) are more likely to be observed, especially off
the western coast of Isabela.
• Great month to see the four stages of nesting in blue-footed and nazca
boobies: eggs, chicks, juveniles and sub adults.
• Water temperature does not reach more than 21C (68F)

August

• Baby Sea lion
• Galapagos hawks court on Española and Santiago
• Nazca (masked) boobies and swallow-tailed gulls nest on Genovesa Island
• The temperature of the ocean drops to 18C (64F), which obviously varies
according to the geographic zones among the islands.
• Migrant shore birds start to arrive, and stay on the islands until March.
• Giant tortoises return to the highlands of Santa Cruz.
• Oceans are quite choppy, currents at the strongest levels, surge can be
expected along the shores that face west or south
• Pupping season (births) of sea lions has started. Western and central islands
are common places for such sightings.

September

• Galapagos penguin
• Peak of the cold (garúa) season.
• The air temperature reaches its lowest levels (19C-66F).
• Galapagos penguins show remarkable activity on Bartolome, delighting
swimmers and snorkellers alike as they frolick at the surface and swim
torpedo-like underwater.
• Sea lions are very active. Females have reached estrus stage, and so haremgathering
males are constantly barking and fighting. Shore fighting is heavy.
Western and central islands are the most active ones in terms of sea lions’
activities.
• Most species of sea birds remain quite active at their nesting sites

October

• Frigate chick
• Lava herons start nesting until March.
• The Galapagos fur sea lions begin their mating period.
• Blue footed boobies raise chicks all over Española and Punta Vicente Roca
(Isabela).
• Giant tortoises are still laying eggs.
• Days are not always sunny. Garúa can be expected in most locations, except
the western islands where most days have a misty start but after few hours
of daylight it burns off.
• Sunrises in the west can be quite beautiful after the garúa covers only
certain locations of the western volcanoes. Summits are clear, but low-lying
fog covers the shoreline.

November

• Sea Lion pup
• Pupping of sea lions continue.
• Sea lions are sexually active on the eastern part of the archipelago.
• Breeding season for the brown noddies
• Some species of jellyfish can be seen around the islands. The genus physalia
is commonly seen floating around Gardner and Tortuga Islets. Some can also
be seen stranded at the shores of the Flour Beach at Floreana.
• Band-rumped storm petrels begin their second nesting period
• Seas are calm. South east trade winds have decreased strength. Water
temperatures are slowly rising.
• Generally great weather due to transition between one season and the next.
• Good visibility for snorkellers.
• Sea lion pups (especially at Champion Islet) play aqua-aerobics next to
snorkellers. Most pups here are curious enough to nibble at fins of
snorkellers. The average age of most pups is 3-4 months.

December

• Hatching of giant tortoise eggs begins and lasts until April
• Green sea turtles display their mating behaviour
• Rainy season begins; all plants of the dry zone produce leaves. Galapahos
becomes ‘green’
• The first young waved albatrosses fledge
• Great weather with mostly sunny days! Hardly any wind from the south east
waters continue to warm up
• Western islands remain very dry. Water temperature still cool for long
snorkeling periods
• First red pouches of great frigate birds seen at Genovesa
• Northern migrant birds start their journeytowards the south. Galapagos is a
resting location for these birds. Some speices of Cetaceans also follow this
pattern of migration