The Galapagos Islands are one of the world’s most iconic wildlife destinations and a bucket-list item for many! But when is the best time to visit the Galapagos? This is a question our Travel Specialists hear all the time…and the short answer is, there really isn’t a ‘best’ time of year! However, there are pros and cons to travelling at different times of the year. So, let us help you discover the right time for you!
When should I travel to the Galapagos Islands?
The fact that Galapagos is located in Ecuador (therefore, near the Equator) means it has good weather all year round. From December to June, temperatures are warmer with higher humidity and the sea is also warmer. Whereas July to November, air and sea temperatures are cooler and the water can be a little choppier.
So, if snorkelling is your passion, then maybe the first half of the year is better for you! Warmer seas mean you can spend longer gazing at the vast and varied marine life underwater. Alternatively, if you can’t handle hot and humid weather, then aim for the second half of the year.
No big seasonal changes in weather, means wildlife is always active and close encounters are likely to occur no matter what time of year you travel. But there are a few particularly interesting wildlife events which we often get asked about!
Among these is the courtship dance of the waved albatross. This graceful mating ritual is truly a sight to behold and one of those magic “David Attenborough” moments that happen so frequently in the Galapagos. If this is something you’d love to witness, then you should travel between September and November, and make sure your cruise visits Española Island.
Another popular species is the Galapagos Penguin. The good news is that these can be easily sighted from around May to September. Bartolome is a fantastic place to snorkel and observe them darting underwater.
And finally, there is the species that everyone wants to see, the Giant Tortoise. Well, again you’re in luck, because they can be spotted all year round on Santa Cruz. You’ll also find populations on Isabela, San Cristobal and Española. The breeding season is January to May, though mating occurs year round.
So you see, there really isn’t a ‘best’ time to visit the Galapagos Islands! Just difference experiences to enjoy! If you’d like to know more about wildlife seasons in the Galapagos Islands, talk to our Travel Specialists!