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The Galapagos

The Galapagos Islands are a great year-round destination and there really is no “off-season” as opposed to many other wildlife sanctuaries around the world. However, the high season tends to be from mid-December to January and then again from June to August.

JANUARY

Average Temperature: Day – 30 degrees / Night – 22 degrees
Average Sea Temperature: 24.5 degrees

• 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 Flamingos breeding and nesting (year-round, depending on food supply)

• Best underwater visibility (along with Feb & March)

FEBRUARY

Average Temperature: Day – 30 degrees / Night – 24 degrees
Average Sea Temperature: 25 degrees

• 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 Flamingos breeding and nesting (year-round, depending on food supply)

• Best underwater visibility (along with Jan & March)
• Water temperature is the highest all year (until April)

MARCH

Average Temperature: Day – 31 degrees / Night – 24 degrees
Average Sea Temperature: 25 degrees

• 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 Flamingos breeding and nesting (year-round, depending on food supply)

• Best underwater visibility (along with Jan & Feb)
• Rainy season reaches its peak in the highlands
• Water temperature is the highest all year (until April)

APRIL

Average Temperature: Day – 31 degrees / Night – 24 degrees
Average Sea Temperature: 25 degrees

• 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 Flamingos breeding and nesting (year-round, depending on food supply)

• Rainy season reaches its peak in the highlands
• Water temperature is the highest all year

MAY

Average Temperature: Day – 28 degrees / Night – 22 degrees
Average Sea Temperature: 24.5 degrees

• 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 Flamingos breeding and nesting (year-round, depending on food supply)

• Beginning of the Garua season (cool dry season – until December)
• Along with the month of June, this month offers the most pleasant weather. The intense hot climate of the earlier months begins to cool off, but there are still plenty of hours of clear skies.

JUNE

Average Temperature: Day – 26 degrees / Night – 21 degrees
Average Sea Temperature: 23 degrees

• 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 Flamingos breeding and nesting (year-round, depending on food supply)

• Beginning of the Garua season (cool dry season – until December)
• Along with the month of May, June offers the most pleasant weather. The intense hot climate of the earlier months begins to cool off, but there are still plenty of hours of clear skies.

JULY

Average Temperature: Day – 26 degrees / Night – 20 degrees
Average Sea Temperature: 22 degrees

• 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 Flamingos breeding and nesting (year-round, depending on food supply)

• The presence of the Humboldt Current begins to strengthen, making nutrients in the water more abundant and marine life more active. Snorkeling is great during this period.
• Dolphin and Whale spotting, particularly on our crossing to Fernandina Island, becomes more common.
• Along with August, July has more pronounced winds. However, winds in Galapagos never get too strong, as compared to other destinations like the Caribbean.

AUGUST

Average Temperature: Day – 26 degrees / Night – 19 degrees
Average Sea Temperature: 21.5 degrees

• 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 Flamingos breeding and nesting (year-round, depending on food supply)

• The presence of the Humboldt Current begins to strengthen, making nutrients in the water more abundant and marine life more active. Snorkeling is great during this period.
• Dolphin and Whale spotting, particularly on our crossing to Fernandina Island, becomes more common.
• Along with, August has more pronounced winds. However, winds in Galapagos never get too strong, as compared to other destinations like the Caribbean.

SEPTEMBER

Average Temperature: Day – 26 degrees / Night – 19 degrees
Average Sea Temperature: 22 degrees

• 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 Flamingos breeding and nesting (year-round, depending on food supply)

• The presence of the Humboldt Current is strong, making nutrients in the water more abundant and marine life more active. Snorkeling is excellent during this month and swimming with sea-lion pups is very common.
• Dolphin and Whale spotting, particularly on our crossing to Fernandina Island, is very common.
• Winds are still pronounced during September.

OCTOBER

Average Temperature: Day – 26 degrees / Night – 20 degrees
Average Sea Temperature: 22.5 degrees

• 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 Flamingos breeding and nesting (year-round, depending on food supply)

• The presence of the Humboldt Current continues to be strong, making nutrients in the water more abundant and marine life more active. Snorkeling is great during this period and swimming with sea-lion pups is very common.
• Dolphin and Whale spotting, particularly on our crossing to Fernandina Island, is very common.
• Winds are still pronounced during October.

NOVEMBER

Average Temperature: Day – 26 degrees / Night – 21 degrees
Average Sea Temperature: 23 degrees

• 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 Flamingos breeding and nesting (year-round, depending on food supply)

• The presence of the Humboldt Current is strong, making nutrients in the water more abundant and marine life more active. Snorkeling is very good during this month and amazing marine encounters are very common.
• Dolphin and Whale spotting is very common in The Bolivar Channel crossing on our way to Fernandina Island.
• Winds are still present during November.

DECEMBER

Average Temperature: Day – 27 degrees / Night – 22 degrees
Average Sea Temperature: 22.5 degrees

• 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 Flamingos breeding and nesting (year-round, depending on food supply)

• This month marks the start of the warm season in Galapagos and the Humboldt Current loses strength. There are plenty of hours of clear skies.
• This is the start and the end of the breeding and mating seasons for many animals in Galapagos, making wildlife encounters very attractive.
• The sun starts to get more intense during December.