Galapagos Islands wildlife activity calendar

Galapagos seasonal wildlife calendar with details and important dates

Our wildlife activity calendar will let you know what is going on each month of the year in the Galapagos Islands. This calendar is a reference to the wildlife activity and it may differ from reality as animals can be unpredictable.
To help you with your travel plans we have provided animal highlights information on a monthly basis (click on the below months in the wildlife activity calendar to see the wildlife activity and to know what happens in the Galapagos):

January

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February

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March

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  •  The rainy season reaches the highest precipitation (this does not mean it rains every day).
  • Sporadic tropical rains, intense sun, and hot climate. Air temperature can reach up to 30C (86F). Humidity is high.
  • Marine iguanas nest on Fernandina
  • March 21st, the beginning of the summer (equinox) signals the arrival of the waved albatross to Española.
  • Even the western islands have warm waters where snorkeling is excellent. Punta Vicente Roca (Isabela) can be an amazing site. Penguins still active in the water, next to tropical fish! (How bizarre!)
  • Some shores, especially those facing the north side, can receive deep surge (ola de fondo) coming from the northern currents. Wet landings at places like Puerto Egas, Gardner Bay, Bartolome can sometimes be a challenge.
  • Snorkelers will remain long periods of time in the water by choice, marine life is very active.
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April

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May

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June

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  • The beginning of the garúa season
  • Giant tortoises on Santa Cruz Island migrate from the highlands to the lowlands in search of suitable nesting places
  • The beginning of the nesting season of giant tortoises
  • Southeast trade winds return. Currents become a bit stronger. Seas pick up in surge and wave action.
  • Many red pouches by males of Magnificent Frigatebirds on North Seymour.
  • Southern migrants have started their journey towards the north. Galapagos is a rest stop for such birds. Some species of cetaceans also follow this pattern of migration.
  • Some groups of Humpback whales that migrate up to equatorial latitudes along the coast of Ecuador, can reach the Galapagos too.

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July

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August

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September

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October

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  • Lava herons start nesting until March
  • The Galapagos Fur Seals (subspecies of Sea lions) begin their mating period
  • Blue-footed boobies raise chicks all over Española and Punta Vicente Roca (Isabela)
  • Giant tortoises are still laying eggs
  • Days are not always sunny. Garúa can be expected in most locations, except the western islands where most days have a misty start but after few hours of daylight it burns off.
  • Sunrises in the west can be quite beautiful after the garúa covers only certain locations of the western volcanoes.
  • Summits are clear, but low-lying fog covers the shoreline.

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November

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  • Pupping of sea lions continue.
  • Sea lions are sexually active in the eastern part of the archipelago.
  • Breeding season for the brown noddies
  • Some species of jellyfish can be seen around the islands.
  • The genus Physalia is commonly seen floating around Gardner and Tortuga Islets. Some can also be seen stranded at the shores of the Flour Beach at Floreana.
  • Band-rumped storm petrels begin their second nesting period
  • Seas are calm. Southeast trade winds have decreased strength. Water temperatures are slowly rising.
  • Generally great weather due to transition between one season and the next one
  • Good visibility for snorkelers
  • Sea lion pups (especially at Champion Islet) play aqua-aerobics next to snorkelers. Most pups here are curious enough to nibble at fins of snorkelers. The average age of most pups is 3-4 months.

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December

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