Galapagos Weather - When to Go

 
Galapagos When to Go - Swim with Sea LionsWhen it comes to booking a great vacation, it isn't just your own schedule that can place constraints on when you can go -- some places are simply seasonal. Fortunately for travelers everywhere, the Galapagos Islands aren't one of those places. Thanks to their remote position that straddles the equator, the Galapagos are a joy to tour no matter when you go. Still, there are some considerations to keep in mind in regards to the advantages of choosing one time to visit over another.
 
'High' Season versus 'Low' Season
Most travel agencies would agree that the low season for the Galapagos occurs during the following months: April, May, September and October. These are the less busy times for the Islands, which may make a tour cheaper and more enjoyable for you.
 
If you need to or would prefer to travel outside the low season, be advised that many hotels/boats/services/etc. will be filled well in advance, so make sure you plan ahead, too. The sooner the better, because if you wait until too close to your leave date, you might wind up with an itinerary or accommodations that you like, but don't love.
 
Climate/Weather
No time of year is too hot or too cold to enjoy the Galapagos, but the climate is not exactly the same throughout. June through December are considered the cooler months in terms of both the air and water. This is also the time of the dry season, where the highlands of the major islands are kept lush but the beaches and flat lands receive very little rain. Blue skies interrupted by sparse and sporadic afternoon showers are the norm. 
 
Even though June through December are the colder months, the temperature change is more than made up for with the increase in sea animal and aviary activity. It is the ideal time to witness various sea birds' mating dances, for instance.
 
After the cooling current pulls away, the waters surrounding the Islands heat up again and in January through May it is the warm season. During these months in the first half of the year, the Galapagos are a tropical treat. Rain comes almost daily, and the land birds are particularly perky. The warmer waters that occur during this time are a delight to swim and snorkel in.
 
Wildlife
The Galapagos are pretty much synonymous with an abundance of wildlife, and the viewing of such is guaranteed to be fantastic regardless of the date. Some creatures have certain time-sensitive mating rituals, however, that you won't want to miss. One to watch out for is the migrating waved albatross in October.
 
You can reference the following section which will tell you average temperatures, rainfall and wildlife activity in order to gather information and determine when the best time to come to the Galapagos is for you!
 

JANUARY

Galapagos in January• 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
 
Wildlife Activity:
• 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)

FEBRUARY 

Galapagos Weather February• 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
 
Wildlife Activity:
• 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)

MARCH 

Galapagos Weather March• 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
 
Wildlife Activity:
• 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)

APRIL 

Galapagos Weather April• 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
 
Wildlife Activity:
• 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)

MAY 

Galapagos Weather April• 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
 
Wildlife Activity:
• 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)

JUNE 

Galapagos Weather June• 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
 
Wildlife Activity:
• 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)

JULY 

Galapagos Weather July• 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
 
Wildlife Activity:
• 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)

AUGUST

Galapagos Weather August• 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
 
Wildlife Activity:
• 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)

SEPTEMBER 

Galapagos Weather September• 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
 
Wildlife Activity:
• 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)

OCTOBER 

Galapagos Weather October• 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
 
Wildlife Activity:
• 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)

NOVEMBER 

Galapagos Weather November• 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
 
Wildlife Activity:
• 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)

DECEMBER 

Galapagos Weather December• 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
 
Wildlife Activity:
• 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)