Galapagos Facts Month by Month
- Espanola’s Island : Adult male marine iguanas become brightly colored to attract mates.
- Green sea turtles start laying eggs on beaches.
- Land birds begin to nest.
- Hatching of Giant tortoises’ eggs.
- Weather: wet and humid.
- Greater flamingos start nesting on Floreana Island.
- Penguins migrate away from Bartolome Island to cooler waters of Isabella and Fernandina Island.
- Nazca boobies end their nesting season.
- In Santa Cruz Island, marine iguanas start nesting.
- Weather: water and air temperatures rise due to the rainy season.
- Marine Iguanas nest on Fernandina and North Seymour Islands.
- The waved albatross of Española start arriving.
- Frigate birds mating season starts on San Cristobal and Genovesa islands.
- Perfect time for snorkeling.
- Weather: warm and rainy.
- Sea turtles, marine iguanas and land iguanas nesting.
- Waved albatross come back to Española Island and begin nesting.
- Waved albatrosses begin their courtship.
- Weather: Rainy season comes to an end.
- Waved albatross lay eggs on Española Island.
- Blue-footed boobies begin their world known courtship.
- Galalpagos sea lions start mating.
- Due to the lack of rain during the months of April and May, the arid zone hanges from green to brown, only the highlands remain green.
- Weather: water and air temperatures start getting cooler.
- Whale sharks may be seen in the northwestern islands toward the end of the month.
- Male frigatebirds begin their courtship by inflating their red pouches.
- Santa Cruz giant tortoises migrate to lowlands searching for good nesting-places.
- Humpback whales can be seen around the islands.
- Due to the lack of rain during the months of April and May, the arid zone changes from green to brown, only the highlands remain green.
- Weather: rare rain with temperatures getting cooler, the start of the “dry season.”
- Nesting season for blue-footed boobies begin.
- American oystercatchers on Española, and other coastal birds nest on Santiago.
- Start of sea lion breeding season.
- Greater flamingos begin their courtship with a “dance.”
- Nesting starts of flightless cormorants.
- Near Darwin and Wolf Islands, whale sharks can be spotted.
- On Española, blue-footed bobby’s chicks, eggs and juveniles can be observed.
- Lava lizards mating season initiate and continue until November.
- Weather: July and August are the months with strongest winds due to cold currents (Humbolt).
- Sea lions give birth during this time especially on the western and central islands.
- On Santiago and Española islands the courtship of the Galapagos hawks start.
- Nazca boobies and swallow-tailed gulls nest on Genovesa.
- Frigatebirds’ eggs start hatching.
- Giant tortoises go back to the highlands after laying their eggs.
- Weather: coolest air and water temperatures.
- You can spot Galapagos penguins during their courtship on Bartolome Island and continue until December.
- Seabirds at nesting sites can be seen.
- Near the northwest islands, humpback whales or whale sharks can be seeing migrating.
- A good month to see baby sea lions.
- Weather: peak of light rainy season.
- Blue-footed booby chicks can be seen on Española and Isabella.
- Lava herons begin to nest.
- Galapagos fur sea lions mating season begins.
- Weather: windy and dry.
- The opportunity of seeing whale sharks in the far northwest of the Islands.
- Green sea turtle mating season starts.
- Galapagos sea lion pups are born.
- Great for swimming and snorkeling with baby sea lions.
- Weather: start of the warm season
- Baby giant tortoises start hatching.
- Young waved-albatross migrate to return in March.
- Land iguanas begin mating.
- Sea lions and fur sea lions breeding.
- Great time to observe land birds: finches, doves. Don’t forget binoculars.
- Weather: sunshine and hot to enjoy the water.