Climate

When is the best time to visit the Galapagos Islands?

Fortunately, there is truly no “best time” for Galapagos Islands travel. There is always a variety of wildlife.

January: Green sea turtles arrive, land birds start nesting, good snorkeling
Average water temperature: 76°F
Average temperatures (max/min): 86/72°F

February: Marine iguanas and Galapagos doves start nesting
Average water temperature: 77°F
Average temperatures (max/min): 86/75°F

March: Sporadic tropical rains, arrival of the waved albatross
Average water temperature: 77°F
Average temperatures (max/min): 88/75°F

April: Land iguanas hatch, end of giant tortoise hatching season
Average water temperature: 77°F
Average temperatures (max/min): 86/75°F

May: Sea turtles hatch, blue footed boobies begin courtship
Average water temperature: 76°F
Average temperatures (max/min): 82/72°F

June: Giant turtle nesting season
Average water temperature: 73°F
Average temperatures (max/min): 79/70°F

July: Whales can be seen, sea birds very active
Average water temperature: 72°F
Average temperatures (max/min): 79/68°F

August: Migrant shore birds start to arrive Average water temperature: 71°F
Average temperatures (max/min): 79/66°F

September: Penguins and sea lions very active October - boobies raise their chicks, Galapagos fur seals begin mating
Average water temperature: 72°F
Average temperatures (max/min): 79/66°F

October: Blue-footed boobies nesting, marine life very active, sea lions breeding
Average water temperature: 73°F
Average temperatures (max/min): 79/68°F

November: Sea lion pups born, green sea turtles display their mating behavior
Average water temperature: 73°F
Average temperatures (max/min): 79/70°F

December: Giant tortoise’s eggs hatch
Average water temperature: 73°F
Average temperatures (max/min): 81/72°F