When is the Best Time to Visit the Galapagos Islands?
Wildlife activity in the Galapagos Islands varies throughout the year, so there's always something to see depending on which islands you’re near.
For snorkelling, June to December is usually the best time to visit the Galapagos Islands. Sea lions and frigate birds can be spotted throughout the year. Mating and nesting season for many other species of animals usually starts around February and lasts until April.
August to October is peak season, and it’s a bit windier so the seas can be choppy. There’s a brief rainy season from January to March, but it's also the warmest time of year and the rain is sporadic, so it shouldn’t deter you from going.
From June to August the Humboldt current causes a mist over the sky, as a result of which there’s neither sunshine nor rain and temperatures are slightly cooler.
When is the best time to see wildlife in the Galapagos?
The warmer weather after the winter signals the beginning of mating season. Scores of animals usually begin their nesting season in February, lasting through April.
Because sunlight is good all year round however, most species on the Galapagos are “tropical breeders,” meaning they don’t particularly rely on seasons. It’s different every year for most species, and very few species are seasonal. A few notable species that are seasonal include: