Galapagos, when to go

There's never a bad time to visit the Galapagos. The peak season lasts from mid-June through early September and from mid-December through mid-January. The national park limits the number of visitors to each island and co-ordinates each ship's itinerary. This way, the Galapagos islands never feel crowded.

 

December to May.

During these months the water and the air temperature are warmer. This is also called the ‘rainy season’. In reality this just means a little drizzle for a short period of day. It gets it name as there is normally very little rain on the coastal parts of Galapagos.  Therefore it’s only slightly ironic that this is also the sunniest time of year! The end of December and the beginning of January is also the high tourist season, so expect more people than during the rest of the year.

Because the water temperature is at its warmest, swimming and snorkeling during this time are very enticing. This is the breeding season for land birds. Therefore it’s an excellent time to watch some unusual mating rituals. It’s also a great time for turtle watching. Sea turtles nest on the beach, and March to May you can land tortoises searching for mates around the lowland areas of the islands. Sea lions also mate in this season. Their natures in its most dramatic form as you watch Bull sea lions fight for dominant to lead the female colonies. March and April you will be able to see the adorable newborn pups.

From February to April , flowers start to blossom and the islands are awash with bright colours. Also from January to May the seas are normally calmer, making travel between the islands more comfortable

 

June to November

June through November the Humboldt Current creeps its way up from Peru and the Southern parts of South America, to arrive at the Galapagos islands.  The Humboldt current brings cooler water and weather. However it also brings water rich in nutrients and plankton which in turn attracts even more fish and birds. This the ‘cloudy’ season yet it rarely rains. Many scuba divers claim this is the best time of year to visit the Galápagos, with the greatest richness in sea life. As there are more fish at this time of year there are also even more seabirds. Albatrosses arrive on Española in June and stay until December. Penguins also like the cooler water and the abundance of fish and so you will see more it these.  On Genovesa, the elusive owls mate in June and July so you have the best chance of seeing them at this time. It is also the mating time for the Blue-footed boobies and you can easily witness their enchanting ‘sky point’ mating ritual.