Galapagos Islands

Galapagos Islands in May

May Weather & When To Go

Similar to April, May is another shoulder month, and often experiences less visitors than the start of the year. It experiences lovely weather, with less rainfall, and milder temperatures. The wildlife of the Galapagos Islands is great year round, and May is no different, with lots to see; from large flocks of Galapagos shearwaters, to the fascinating blue footed boobies.

The start of a cooler, drier period in the Galapagos Islands, and a great time to travel for wildlife.

May is one of our favourite months to travel, with reduced humidity, and a lot going on in the animal world. Green sea turtles are still hatching, and seeing them emerge from their eggs is just such a wonderful sight. Head to the beautiful Gardner Bay on Espanola Island, Punta Cormorant on Floreana Island and Puerto Egas on Santiago Island to see this. Blue-footed boobies start their fascinating courtship as the males show off their pretty blue feet to the females by embarking on a high-stepping strut. The bluer the feet, the more attractive the mate.

Those looking for penguins should head to Fernandina Island or the west coast of Isabela Island where you may be able to see them nesting in May. Waved albatross lay their eggs in May (well usually between April and June), and can be seen on Espanola Island.

Other species you can see in May include red footed boobies, Nazca (masked) boobies, marine iguanas, land iguanas, great frigate birds, magnificent frigate birds, greater flamingos and flightless cormorants.

The landscapes in May are beautiful, with lots of green, especially in the highlands, and the Palo Santo trees begin to shed their foliage.


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