• Swimming turtle,  Galapagos Islands


This is the beginning of a cooler, drier period for the Galapagos Islands, with lots of vegetation, nesting birds and marine life to enjoy.


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At a Glance


  • Although classified as a shoulder month, May is one of the best times of year for beach-lovers as temperatures on land and in the water are relatively high, while the chance of rainfall is lower than in previous months.
  • As the rains steadily subside, the Galapagos will get steadily cooler, and some nights may even get a tad chilly.
  • Visitors will also notice a lower degree of humidity in May compared to previous months.
  • May is a great time of year to enjoy land-based activities, as many of the islands will be blossoming with lush vegetation.


Where to Go and What to See

  • Galapagos penguins can be seen nesting in May, with Fernandina Island and the west coast of Isabela Island being particular hotspots.
  • Waved albatrosses will also be laying eggs at this time, with thousands of them taking up residence on Espanola (Hood) Island.
  • The fascinating courtship ritual of the blue-footed booby is a highlight for many of those visiting the Galapagos in May – look out for the males’ high-stepping strut!
  • Other bird species that you may spot include the Nazca booby, magnificent frigatebird, flightless cormorant and greater flamingo.
  • If you want to see iguana hatchlings in May, your best bet is to head over to Santa Cruz Island
  • Galapagos shearwaters can be seen on the islands in May, which coincides with the birds’ breeding season.


Contact one of our Destination Specialists to start planning your journey to Galapagos Islands. Please note we recommend a budget of from £7,000 / $10,000 USD per person for our style of trip to this destination. 

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