Galapagos Climate

Temperature & Rainfall

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Avg High 84 86 88 86 82 78 76 74 76 77 78 80
Avg Low 70 74 77 72 72 68 66 64 62 64 66 68
Water Temp 74 76 76 76 74 74 72 66 68 70 72 74
Rainfall 1.6 1.9 2.2 3.0 1.7 0.9 0.5 1.1 2.2 2.1 2.7 1.5

June is the dry season

June starts the dry season with cooler temperatures (Air: 66-77F; Water 64-70F). Giant tortoises migrate from highlands to lowlands for suitable nesting places. In July, blue- footed boobies and cormorants are active and whales can be observed off the western coast of Isabela Island. In August, masked boobies, swallow tailed gulls and Galapagos hawks nest and court. In September, air temperatures are at their lowest (66F). Penguins, sea lions and marine birds are active, with sea lion births becoming more common. Water conditions may be windy and choppy. In October, fur seals begin their mating period. In October and November, the majority of sea lion pups are born (however visitors may see sea lion pups during most of the year).

Year round comfort

Weather in the Galapagos Islands is attractive to adventure travel and small ship cruising year-round. The climate of Ecuador’s Pacific coast and the Galapagos Islands are almost entirely influenced by the ocean currents.


Northern Currents

The warm Panama current from the north warms the water and brings sunny days with sporadic rains from December until May. The rain usually arrives in the afternoon, and often clears up by the early evening. Underwater visibility is optimal during this time and the water is more calm, providing for optimal snorkeling.

Southern Currents

From June to November both the cool Humboldt and Peru currents from the south arrive and cooler weather predominates, but rain is uncommon creating comfortable hiking weather. Although seas are rarely rough, tradewinds cause the ocean to be choppier this time of year and a misty fog may linger into the day.

Galapagos Trips for Any Season

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