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.
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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.
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.
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