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Last updated on December 31st, 2018 at 12:01 pm

When is the Best Time to Visit the Galapagos?

Are you curious about when is the best time to visit the Galapagos Islands? Great question!

Because the Galapagos Islands are approximately on the equatorial line (they belong to Ecuador, after all, which is the Spanish word for the Equator), the Galapagos Islands enjoy year-round sunshine and warm weather. So really, anytime is a good time to visit the Galapagos. However, if you are interested in seeing specific types of wildlife, then you will want to read on for the best time to visit the Galapagos Islands to see wildlife. We also have compiled some average temperatures in the chart below.

 Galapagos Islands – Best Times to Go – Month by Month

Best Time to Visit the GalapagosJanuary

  • Marine iguanas on Española Island get a bright coloring to attract mates
  • Iguana courtship period
  • Green sea turtles start laying eggs
  • Giant tortoises eggs hatch
  • Weather is typically wet and humid


  • Greater flamingos start nesting on Floreana Island
  • Marine iguanas nest on Santa Cruz Island
  • Penguins migrate away from Bartolomé Island to cooler waters of Isabela and Fernandina Island
  • Weather: the rainy season

Best Time to Visit the GalapagosMarch

  • Marine iguanas nest on Fernandina and North Seymour Islands
  • Frigate birds mating season starts on San Cristóbal and Genovesa Islands
  • Weather: warm and humid, great time for snorkeling


  • End of the rainy season
  • Water temperature is the highest – great for snorkeling
  • Sea turtles and iguanas nesting
  • Waved albatross begin nesting on Española Island
  • Arid zone turns brown, only highlands stay green

Best Time to Visit the Galapagos


  • Waved albatross lay eggs on Española Island
  • Blue-footed boobies begin their courtship
  • Weather: fine and clear


  • Whale sharks can be seen in the northwestern islands
  • Santa Cruz giant tortoises migrate to lowlands searching for good nesting places
  • Humpback whales can be seen around the islands
  • Weather: the dry season begins, with its clear skies, mid-day showers, and mist


  • Nesting season for blue-footed boobies, American oystercatchers, waved albatross,  and flightless cormorants
  • Start of sea lion breeding season
  • Lava lizards mating season
  • Weather: typically, strong winds

Best Time to Visit the GalapagosAugust

  • Frigatebird chicks are hatching
  • Sea lions give birth during this time
  • Giant tortoises go back to the highlands after laying their eggs
  • Weather: strong winds


  • You can spot Galapagos penguins during their courtship on Bartolomé Island
  • Seabirds at nesting sites can be seen
  • A good month to see baby sea lions
  • Weather: typically misty


  • Blue-footed booby chicks can be seen on Española and Isabela
  • Lava herons start nesting
  • Galapagos fur sea lions mating season


  • Chance of seeing whale sharks in the far northwest of the Islands
  • Green sea turtle mating season starts
  • Great for swimming and snorkeling with baby sea lions
  • Weather: Clear and warmer

Best Time to Visit the GalapagosDecember

  • It marks the start of the warm season in the Islands
  • Baby giant tortoises start hatching
  • Waved-albatross nesting season is ending
  • Marine and land iguanas begin mating
  • Sea lions and fur sea lions breeding
  • Weather: sunny, warm, and warm water temperatures
Month by Month Average Temperatures in the Galapagos
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Interested in visiting the Galapagos Islands?

We can help you find the best time to visit the Galapagos! You can book Galapagos cruises, flights, tours, transfers – we can arrange it all! Plus, we can help you arrange a trip to other parts of Ecuador – or even combine the Galapagos Islands and Machu Picchu into one exciting trip. Check out our Galapagos cruise itineraries here