Best time to visit Galapagos Islands
Galapagos Archipelago can be visited throughout the year, but depending on the month and season, each island has its own specific. We chose April because it is considered one of the best periods for biodiversity, nice weather, and the temperature of the ocean perfect for snorkeling. We stayed on Santa Cruz Island and visited North Seymour, Santa Fe, and Bartolome Islands by day trips and Floreana Island on our own.
On Santa Cruz Island we discovered many tourist attractions, restaurants with delicious food, beach areas, natural reserves, lagoons, and many beautiful ways to spend time. On North Seymour Island we saw beautiful frigate birds, both chicks and adults during their courtship period, blue-footed boobies who carefully nested, and we swam with sea lion pups. The warm and clear ocean was perfect for a day tour around Santa Fe Island, snorkeling among tropical fish, sea lions, and rays. We saw for the first time a colony of penguins on Bartolome Island where we ventured into the ocean among starfish and sharks. Inhabited by around 100 people, Floreana Island fascinated us with its charming sea lions and marine iguanas that greeted us as soon as we landed on the island.
As in any other tropical area, biodiversity in Galapagos Islands is influenced by two seasons:
The weather from December to May is influenced by the warm currents of Panama and the winds from the north-east. Despite heavy rains, the volcanic soil absorbs water quickly, resulting warmer air temperatures. Because of this, the ocean temperature reaches up to 27C, which makes the rainy season excellent for swimming and snorkeling.
From June to November the currents bring cold air to the islands, called garua. The dry season is characterized by light and often rains especially in the highlands. The temperature of the ocean does not reach more than 22C.