As the seasons in the Galapagos are split into cool and dry (June to November) and warm and wet (December to June), the best time to enjoy the Galapagos Islands on a Cruise depends on what travelers want to see, here are some Galapagos weather facts to take in consideration at the time to choose this destination.

Warm Season

Is the best time to visit the Galapagos for diving, as the sea is calmer and underwater visibility is really good.

Species Watching

Animals here can be seen basically all year, with few migratory species and no need to wander off in search of waterholes or food.

Cool Season

The dryer and cooler months lend themselves more to hiking along the coast and throughout the highlands.

Galagapagos weather


The Galapagos Islands are located within the Eastern Tropical Pacific; there are different characteristics that influence the climate.

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Galagapagos weather

Ocean Currents & Winds

The weather is controlled by oceanic currents that surround the islands. The interaction of four warm and cool oceanic currents creates areas of upwelling and strong surface currents.
*Southeast trade winds.
*Climate variability related to the El Niño Southern Oscillation phenomen.


Climate in the Galapagos Islands can be misleading, as the lowlands can be very dry during the warm season and the highlands of the islands can be wet during the cold season.

The Change Evolution

As the archipelago is located right along the equator, the Galapagos Islands are often mistakenly thought of as a tropical destination. Yes, the year-round temperatures are quite warm; however, the weather is not typical of the tropics.

As you can see The Galapagos Islands are a unique place that can be visited during all year long on board some of the most spectacular cruises to discover the most impressives landscapes. While the connectivity has increase to arrive to Ecuador and easyly travel to the archipelago more and more visitors arrive to this worldwide natural destination.