One of the most common questions we get asked: when is the best month to travel to Galapagos? Is our vacation to Galapagos in February a good idea, or should we go in January or March? Is it too hot / cold / rainy in February? Are the February seas warm enough for swimming? Our answer is always the same – February is a great month at Galapagos, and so too are all the other months! The Galapagos Islands are an all year round travel destination, with comfortable weather and great wildlife viewing every month of the year. So yes, February is as good a month as any to visit Galapagos.
Read on for everything you need to know about Galapagos in FEBRUARY – temperatures, rainfall and wildlife highlights.
February is towards the start of the WARM & WET Galapagos season, so expect plenty of sun, with occasional heavy showers, and some humidity. Sunblock, a hat, and sunglasses are a must.
In WARM & WET months like February, the rains and sunshine transform the island highlands into a lush and green Paradise. February is perfect for land species such as the Giant Tortoise, Land Iguanas, Darwin Finches & other land birds, who find food plentiful.
Don’t worry, the Galapagos marine species are also easily spotted in February, even though the warmer seas mean fewer nutrients for them to feed on.
February sees REGULAR demand for Galapagos cruise spaces throughout the month. Possible exceptions are if Carnaval public holiday weekend falls during this month, then demand from Ecuadorian travelers is very high and Galapagos flight spaces may be full. February is also a good month for Galapagos Land Tours.
February at Galapagos is a month of very pleasant weather - warm temperatures of average 30 degrees celcius, and just 1 inch of rainfall on average falling though the month. So most days you’ll be in shorts and Tshirt and slapping sun cream on your back, but February showers or drizzle are quite common in the highlands - so keep a light raincoat handy too.
In February the Galapagos water temperature is pleasantly warm on average (25 degrees celcius), so it's a great month to get into the water swimming and snorkeling. It is not usually necessary for February Galapagos visitors to use a wetsuit.
Is February in Galapagos a good month for wildlife? Remember, every month at the Galapagos Islands (including February) is amazing for wildlife spotting, and almost all land and marine species can in fact be found all year-round.
That said, each month does bring something different to the archipelago. Subtle changes in animal behavior such as breeding, nesting, hatching, feeding, growing, migrating. The Galapagos natural world is in constant change. One highlight to look out for in February is the nesting of Marine Iguanas - digging burrows in preparation to lay eggs, often very close to visitor trails.
Check out the infographic below for some of the special wildlife highlights to expect at Galapagos in February.
In conclusion, February is a great month to visit the Galapagos islands, with enviable weather (lots of sunshine, and only occasional showers or drizzle), warm seas for snorkelers, lush green vegetation in the highlands, and top wildlife spotting opportunities.
We really hope that this February in Galapagos blog was useful. If you are looking for a complete summary of Galapagos climate across the year, then also check out our general Galapagos Weather blog.
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