Galapagos Travel Information / FAQ

Fauna and Sea Characteristics Overview

January 

Green Sea Turtles lay their eggs, Giant tortoise eggs still hatching, Española Marine Iguanas are brightly colored, Isabela Land Iguanas begin breeding season

  • Warm, relatively calm seas.

February

Santa Cruz Marine Iguanas begin nesting

  • Warm and calm seas.

March 

Fernandina and North Seymour Marine Iguanas nesting

  • Warm & calm seas.

April   

Sea turtle eggs begin to hatch, Isabela Land Iguana eggs hatch, Giant Tortoise hatching season ends

  • Warm & calm seas.

May  

Green sea turtles hatching on Punta Cormorant, Puerto Egas and Gardener Bay, Santa Cruz Marine Iguanas hatching

  • Still warm sea but a little more swell.

June 

Santa Cruz Giant Tortoises migrate from the highlands to the lowlands to begin mating, humpback whales migrate through Galapagos, Furthermore, its a great time to see whale sharks off Darwin and Wolf Island, until November

  • Still warm sea, but more wind causes a bit of a swell.

July 

Lava Lizards begin mating behavior, until November, whales and dolphins are common in waters between Isabela and Fernandina Islands

  • Warm, cloudy, windy. Choppier sea, start to cool off with the cold waters brought in by the Humboldt Current.

August 

Galapagos sea lions begin to give birth, Giant Tortoise on Santa Cruz migrate back to the highlands.

  • Cooler, cloudy, windy, mostly dry. Cool, choppy seas.

September

Sea lions are very active as breeding season kicks off, this means males often fight on land and in water to defend their harems.

  • Rough seas. Many Galápagos cruise boats are out of action for low season maintenance.

October

Galapagos Fur Sea Lion mating season begins, Giant Tortoises lay eggs

  • Cool and less rough sea.

November

Excellent time to see sea lions pups at nurseries

  • Cool choppy seas.

December 

Giant tortoise eggs begin to hatch, this will last until moth April, Green sea turtles mating in shallow waters

  • Galápagos Christmas season. Calmer seas.

What are the big 15 of Galapagos Archipelago?

The Galapagos Archipelago is one of the most exciting destinations for wildlife viewing in the world. Here you’ll find unique and endemic species living in their natural habitat in their remote and volcanic paradise. The beautiful landscape is home to the following famous 15 endemic main species.

 

1. The largest bird on the Galapagos Islands is the Galapagos Albatross. It is exclusive to Espanola Island. They can be found during the cooler, dryer months from April-August.

 

2. The blue-footed booby can be found on nearly every stunning island.

 

3. The red-footed booby is more difficult to find and generally is only seen on the following places: Genovesa, Florena’s satellite, Punta Pitt and North Seymour.

 

4. The rarest, largest, and most unique of the cormorant species is the beautiful and heavy flightless cormorant.

 

5. The magnificent frigate birds are pelagic and find their food out at sea. On the other hand the great frigate birds catch most of their food near the coast or steal it from other birds.

 

6. The Nazca booby is quiet aggressive and the largest booby. He loves fighting for nesting space along shorelines.

 

7. The huge Galapagos hawk is very unique as only about 150 breeding pairs are still alive today.

 

8. The famous American flamingo!

 

9. The Marine iguanas can be found and admired on every island in the Galapagos.

 

10. Land iguanas live up to 60 years. Thanks to the national parks program the number of these stunning land iguana’s has increased.

 

11. Another beautiful creature is the Santa Fe iguana. You can only find it at the Santa Fe Island – be patient in searching them, because, these animals do perfectly blend into their surroundings.

 

12. Tha Galapagos Peguin is the only species of penguin to live this close to the equator.

 

13. The giant tortoise can live to be over 500 pounds and 100 years old.

 

14. Admire beautiful sea lions on the shore.

 

15. The small fur Seals can be admired at the Islands: Fernandina and the western side of Isabela.

What to bring for the Galapagos Islands?

1. Passport (valid vor at least six more months)
2. Sun protection! (sun block / sunglasses / hat)
3. Insect repellent
4. Water bottle
5. Personal medications – be sure to take enough medicine for the entire tour
6. Personal book
7. Comfortable breathable clothes
8. Shorts and T-shirts
9. Swimsuits
10. Comfortable (hiking) shoes/sandals
11. Small day backpack
12. Camera with plenty of memory cards
13. Plastic bags to protect the cameras from rain
14. Binoculars
15. Wide brim hat

When is the best time to visit Galapagos?

The Galapagos Archipelago is a all-year-round paradise destination. Despite their sub-tropical location on the equator, the cold waters of the Humboldt Current surround the islands keeping temperatures pleasant.

The Galapagos has two main seasons:

  • From December to June – warm (From January to March: hot and humid)
  • From July to November – more wind, cooler, mainly dry, with some misty drizzle

Do I get seasick while visitng Galapagos Islands?

The seas around the Galápagos are generally shallow and despite being the crossroads of several currents, the waters are not very rough. The seas are at their calmest are from January to April. December, May and June are transitional months during which seas are relatively calm, although it varies year to year depending on the shift in the currents. From July through November you’ll find rougher seas as there is more wind.

Certain vessels are more stable than others and cabin location can also help avoid seasickness. Furthermore, most travel is done at night while passengers are sleeping. However, of course there are short midday transits. Passengers spend most of the day on land exploring the beauty of the different islands or snorkeling.

For more information about the different vessels contact us at any time at (877)500-1929 ext. 706 or see here the different beautiful cruises.

Why do I need to pay a National park fee?

The National Park service asks for the National Park fee of the amount of $100 USD, which must be paid directly at the Galapagos aiport. This fee is used to help preserve and protect the beautiful Archipelago.

Do I have access to Internet / ATMs while on the cruise?

We recommend you start your trip fully prepared as internet connetion is hard to find. If you do get the chance to use the internet during the cruise it will be an added bonus. There are ATMs and internet cafes at both Puerto Ayora in Santa Cruz Island and Puerto Baquerizo Moreno which is on the San Cristobal Island.

Galapagos Wildlife Penguin

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