AdventureSmith Explorations knows Galapagos Islands climate and weather from experience. Let us assist you plan your Galapagos trip with our knowledge on seasonal variations and climate nuances. Read our weather tips for Galapagos travel and scroll down to see climate tables with detailed data on temperature, rainfall and water temperature averages.
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.
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. The ocean water is more calm during this time making for ideal underwater visibility and 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 (garua) may linger into the day.
June starts the dry season with relatively cooler temperatures. 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. Penguins, sea lions and marine birds are active, with sea lion births becoming more common. 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).
More Galapagos Weather by the Month
Seeking more Galapagos weather information and when to best see the wildlife you’re interested in? Read best time to visit Galapagos. This month-by-month guide has tips on weather, wildlife and the general benefits of each month.
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