Galapagos Islands

Galapagos Islands in August

August Weather & When To Go

August is quite a dry month, and relatively cool, with an average temperature in the daytime of around 26 degrees Celsius. The marine life is very active at this time if you can brave the cooler water temperatures, and as always, the bird life is absolutely fascinating.

August can be an excellent time to travel if you want to see tiny new-born sea lions.

Humpback whale season lasts from June to September, so if you go to the right places, spotting them is quite common, along with other cetaceans, such as orca and dolphins. This isn’t the only marine life that it is possible to see at this time, as the tiny baby sea lions can be seen with their mothers before getting their sea legs. If you want to snorkel with the playful baby pups, the best time to travel is November. In general, due to the nutrients brought in from the Humboldt Current, marine life is very active, making snorkelling a very exciting experience.

Tortoises are laying eggs in august on Santa Cruz Island, and waved albatross are nesting, as well as blue footed boobies, red footed boobies and Nazca (masked) boobies. The impressive Galapagos hawks are courting and may be seen on Espanola Island and Santiago Island, and migrant birds start to arrive on the islands, where they will stay until March. Other bird species you can encounter include greater flamingos, magnificent and great frigate birds, waved albatross and much more. It may also be possible to snorkel with Galapagos penguins at Bartholomew Island.

August is the coolest month for the Galapagos Islands, and the seas can be quite rough, with a temperature dropping to 18 degrees Celsius in some areas in the islands. West and south facing shores can expect the choppiest seas.

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