Galapagos Islands in October

One of the best months for seeing the bizarre mating ritual of the waved albatross. Whale and dolphin spotting can also be excellent in October.

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INFORMATION TO HELP YOU PLAN YOUR SAFARI

A low-season month, October presents a good opportunity for a well-priced trip as temperatures begin to rise and wildlife activity remains strong.

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At a Glance

Overview

  • Expect the cool and dry weather that characterises the Galapagos summer, with the stronger winds of previous months beginning to abate.
  • The Humboldt Current is at its strongest in October, which means lots of marine life (including green sea turtles) and excellent diving/snorkelling conditions.
  • Make sure to bring a wetsuit if you’re planning on entering the water, as well as a few layers in case you’re outside our on the deck of a ship as night falls.
  • The seas can also still be fairly rough in October, which is something to bear in mind for those interested in water-based activities.
  • October is a great month for photographers, with overcast skies providing excellent natural lighting.
  • Morning mists will begin to fade starting from October, with increased visibility making for some superb sunrises over the many volcanoes of the Galapagos.

 

Where to Go and What to See

  • Lava herons, a species of bird whose dark plumage blends in perfectly with the lava fields of the Galapagos, will begin to build their nests in October.
  • It’s a good idea to remain vigilant around Galapagos sea lions and fur seals at this time of year, as their mating seasons can make the males of both species rather aggressive.
  • Look out for nesting blue-footed boobies and their chicks on Espanola Island and Punta Vicente Roca.
  • Take advantage of the lower humidity of October and try taking a walk across some of the islands, keeping an eye out for giant tortoises and nesting seabirds.
  • Waved albatrosses, flightless cormorants, greater flamingos and masked boobies are just some of the species you may see on your travels.

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