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Frigate birds, The Galapagos Islands

When is the best time to visit the Galapagos Islands?

The best time to visit the Galapagos Islands depends on the wildlife you want to see. The waved albatross, for example, can only be observed between April and November.

As for climate, the seasons in the Galapagos split roughly into two: cool and dry (June to November), and warm and wet (December to May). August and September see the coolest temperatures and choppiest conditions, but many cruises still operate at this time and our specialists will select a vessel with increased stability if you have concerns about motion sickness.

The warmer season is better if you want to go diving, because the water will have calmed down and the visibility will have improved. There are also more sea turtles around.

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There isn’t really an optimum time to visit the Galapagos Islands: different months bring different experiences. Personally, I love visiting in April when the waved albatrosses generally arrive on the island of Española, and you can observe them reacquainting themselves with their partners amid much honking and clattering of beaks.

Lizzie, Latin America and Polar Specialist

Month-by-month guide to traveling in the Galapagos Islands

Waved albatross, Galapagos Islands

Visiting the Galapagos Islands in January - February

The land and sea temperatures in the Galapagos are warming. Despite this being the wet season, the months from January to May are also the sunniest, with the rain usually only manifesting itself in short periods of drizzle. Land birds begin unusual courtship rituals that are fascinating to watch, sea turtles are nesting and marine iguanas become brightly colored.

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