galapagos weather

galapagos weather

 



Average Air
Temperatures
Average Sea Temperatures
Average
Rainfall

max ºC min ºC max ºF min
ºF
ºC ºF
inches
mm
January
30
22
86.0
71.6
24.5
76.1
2.4
  60.9
February
30
24
86.0
75.2
25.0
77.0
4.6
116.8
March
31
24
87.8
75.2
25.0
77.0
4.0
101.6
April
31
24
87.8
75.2
25.0
77.0
2.9
  73.7
May
28
22
82.4
71.6
24.5
76.1
0.6
 15.2
June
26
21
78.8
69.8
23.0
73.4
0.2
   5.1
July
26
20
78.8
68.0
22.0
71.6
0.3
   7.6
August
26
19
78.8 66.2
21.5
70.7
0.2    5.1
September 26
19
78.8 66.2
22.0
71.6
0.2    5.1
October
26
20
78.8 68.0
22.5
72.5
0.2    5.1
November 26
21
78.8 69.8
23.0
73.4
0.2    5.1
December
27
22
80.6
71.6
23.5
74.3
0.3   7.6

galapagos information wather

 

January is the beginning of the rainy season. The rains last until early April, but are rarely particularly excessive. This is a good month to see nesting birds, green sea turtles who arrive for their nesting season and colourful iguanas. This is the best time for snorkelling and diving vacations in the Galapagos, and the water and air temperatures stay warm until July.

February sees lots of flamingoes nesting on Floreana Island. Pintail ducks start breeding and the Galapagos dove starts nesting. There are very few penguins sighted on Bartolome Island (though more elsewhere), but plenty of marine iguanas are found on Santa Cruz Island where they start to nest. Masked boobies are coming to the end of their nesting season. The water temperature is at it's highest (until April) so it's great for diving and swimming in the Galapagos.

March in the Galapagos Islands sees the rainiest weather - downpours are interspersed with intense sun. You'd be advised to bring a raincoat! The temperature and humidity are a their highest in this month. Marine iguanas are nesting on Fernandina Island, the waved albatross arrives on Espanola Island and penguins are still very active. Again ,this is an excellent time for diving as the waters remain warm and relatively calm.

April is considered one of the best all round months to visit the Galapagos Islands. Waved albatrosses arrive in huge droves. You are likely to see the hatching of the eggs of giant tortoises, land iguanas and green sea turtles. The rains have ended, the islands of the Galapagos remain green and beautiful and visibility is still excellent for snorkelling and diving. Great weather, great wildlife, great sea conditions and beautiful scenery mean April is a fantastic month to visit.

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May, like April, is one of the best months to take a vacation or cruise. Blue footed boobies begin their fascinating courtship dances, sea turtle and marine iguana eggs are still hatching (the latter on Santa Cruz Island) and the waved albatross on Espinola island start to mate and lay their eggs.

June is the start of the Garua season, which sees less rain but more mist. The Garua is a kind of semi permanent fuzzy haze which means the landscape is not quite so beautiful, as the scenery is less visible. Giant tortoises start to migrate and nest on the islands. The currents become stronger and the waves are larger, so swimming and diving conditions are becoming poorer. There are numerous migrating birds coming from the south and sightings of groups of Humpback whales are common.

July sees sea birds breeding actively, particularly on Espanola Island. Flightless cormorants begin their dance like courtship rituals on Fernandina Island. On Santiago Island, oystercatchers are nesting. Lava lizards start their mating rituals, which continue until November. Whales and dolphins are more likely to be seen, especially off Isabella Island. The weather is cooler - the water temperature is not more than 21 Celsius. July is a good month for seeing both birds and larger marine animals.

August sees Galapagos Hawks court on Espanola and Santiago Islands. Swallow tailed gulls and masked boobies start to nest on Genovesa Island. The weather remains cool - the water is at it's coldest (18 Celsius). The seas are at their roughest, but the Sea lion pupping season has started on the western and central Galapagos Islands, ie. baby sea lions are likely to be seen!

September in the Galapagos Islands has the coldest weather as this is the peak of the misty Garua season. Galapagos penguins are particularly active on Bartolome island. It's a good time to go swimming with the penguins. Sea lions are very active also, with the males constantly fighting - don't get too close! Most birds are still very active.

October sees lava herons nesting until March. The Galapagos Fur Sea Lions begin mating. Blue footed boobies start to raise their young on Espanola and Isabella Island and giant tortoises are still laying their eggs. It's coming to the end of the misty Garua season, and so the weather is not always sunny, though it's sunnier in the western parts of the Galapagos Islands - if you're taking a shorter length cruise, make sure it heads West for the best weather!

November still has baby sea lions playing. Brown noddies start breeding and there are more jellyfish at this time of year. The seas have calmed and the water temperature starts to rise again, making this a better month for swimming. On the whole, November has the best weather of all months. Visibility is good for snorkelling and diving, and the sea lion pups commonly play with divers and snorkellers.

December sees giant tortoise eggs hatching until April. Green sea turtles start their mating rituals. The rainy season is only just starting and on the whole the weather is great.

 

 

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Summary

The climate in the Galapagos Islands is equatorial, cooled by the Humboldt current, and is characterized by two main seasons: (1) the warm, wet season (January to April), and (2) the cool, dry season (May to December). December to May is the best season for visiting the islands when the weather is pleasantly warm and the winds are light.

The rainy season, which lasts from January to April, is marked by decreased winds and warmer sea currents. The days are warm and the seas are calm during these months. Heavy rains in the upper elevations send streams of water down the slopes to even the lowest island points.

From June to November the weather is overcast and cool. The water around the islands is surprisingly cold and the meeting of the Humboldt current and the warm air sometimes causes mist over the islands. Occasionally the Humboldt current is replaced by the warm El Niño current, a phenomenon which can affect weather conditions throughout the South Pacific.

From May to December, when the winds blow in a southeasterly direction, the shores of the southern islands are bathed in cool waters, chilling the air and creating unusually cold conditions for equatorial islands. During this period, rain is scarce on the coastal regions. Only plants that can survive long periods of time without water -- such as lichens and cacti -- thrive in these areas. Higher up, however, clouds of moisture support the thick vegetation.

 

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When is the best time to visit Galapagos?

 

Galapagos is a place that can be visited at any time. There are two season and the warmest is between December to May and it is the time when the sky is always clear and the sun shines strongly. If you love to dive in amazing places, the best time to visit Galapagos is from June to November. During this season the weather is a little cold but it gives you the chance to enjoy the best from Galapago's famous marine reserve.

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