One of the most common questions we get asked: when is the best month to travel to Galapagos? Is our vacation to Galapagos in September a good idea, or should we go in August or October? Is it too hot / cold / rainy in September? Are the September seas warm enough for swimming? Our answer is always the same – September 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, September is as good a month as any to visit Galapagos.
Read on for everything you need to know about Galapagos in SEPTEMBER – temperatures, rainfall and wildlife highlights.
September is in the middle of the COOL & DRY season at Galapagos, so skies are often cloudy, and temperatures are cool and comfortable., with dry skies. Remember to use sun protection, as it is easy to burn even under cloudy skies close to the equator
In COOL & DRY months like September, the cool ocean currents from Antarctica bring rich nutrients to Galapagos, making great feeding grounds for marine species like Sealions, Sea Turtles, and species of Seabird. Various whale species are also frequent September visitors.
The highlands are dry and bare. Don’t worry though, the land Galapagos species are still easily spotted in September, even though there is less green food available for them.
September at Galapagos is in the middle of the cool and dry season - that means cloudy skies, low humidity, and nice temperatures of around 26 degrees celcius. September is one of the drier months, registering an average of just 0.5 inches of rainfall. Even on cloudy September days at Galapagos the sun is extremely strong behind teh clouds, and many visitors are surprised at the end of the day to find themselves covered in sunburn - so do remember to use sunscreen and protect yourself.
September water temperatures at Galapagos are a cool 22 degrees celcius - one of the colder months in the ocean, so a wetsuit is recommended. The good news is that September is a spectacular month at the Galapagos islands for underwater action - marine species are very active, including whales, making for unforgettable snorkeling and diving.
Is September in Galapagos a good month for wildlife? Remember, every month at the Galapagos Islands (including September) 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. September is another great month to see cute new born sea lion pups, and booby hatchlings. Migratory whale species are still active too, so head to the channel between Isabela and Fernandina to try spotting them.
Check out the infographic below for some of the special wildlife highlights to expect at Galapagos in September.
In conclusion, September is a top month to visit the Galapagos islands, for comfortable weather, and amazing wildlife experiences, especially in the oceans.
We really hope that this September 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.
If you need any help planning your Galapagos Vacation (in September or any other month!), then just drop us a line.
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