The Climate Of the Galapagos Islands

galapagos weather chart

When is the best time to travel to the Galapagos?

The Galapagos Islands are a year-round destination.

January to May - The Wet Season

During the "hot" season with it's frequent afternoon rain showers, the islands are generally much greener and the land birds most active. It is also during this time period that the ocean temperature is warmer for swimming and snorkeling. Also, the seas are generally calmer, so if you are prone to sea sickness, this is the time for you to visit. The rain showers are short and pass quickly and leave behind a bright blue sky. There is no reason to avoid the rainy season as it is a great time to visit.

June to December - The Dry Season

During the "cool" season, the sea mammals are most active. This is the best time for observing courtship displays in the sea birds. Baby chicks are in abundance in November. Seas can be choppy during this time, although seldom deemed rough. Sea surges can make landings more difficult. Ironically, the skies are more often gray than blue during the dry season (especially in August and September) because of overcast thin cloud layers.

No matter what time of year you visit the islands, you will always find the wildlife activity to be absolutely amazing.