Galapagos Islands

Galapagos Islands in September

INFORMATION TO HELP YOU PLAN YOUR SAFARI

Despite active seabirds and sea lions, September is the quietest month of the Galapagos calendar, with some ships going into dry dock.

At a Glance

Overview

  • Although the Galapagos never experiences wild swings in temperature, it is worth bearing in mind that September is the coolest month here – this is not the time for sunbathing.
  • However, rainfall will also be at its lowest, which is great if you’re interested in a spot of hiking.
  • Full-body wetsuits are recommended for divers and snorkellers due to the at times chilly water temperatures.
  • The cooler, drier temperatures of months like September are preferred by some visitors over the warmer, wetter, more humid months experienced earlier on in the year.
  • As ships will have been put into dry dock in preparation for busier months, September affords visitors the opportunity to experience a less crowded Galapagos.

 

Where to Go and What to See

  • Galapagos penguins are at their most active in September, with most of the birds found in the waters off Bartholomew, Isabela and Fernandina Islands.
  • As sea lions will be engaging in courtship displays and mating rituals throughout September, it is important not to get too close to these marine mammals at this time!
  • The sea lion’s smaller cousin, the Galapagos fur seal, will also be in the midst of its mating season – look out for protective bulls defending their territory.
  • If you’re lucky, you may get to see both sea lion and fur seal pups on the same trip!
  • Keep an eye out for migratory humpbacks off the coast, who will begin to depart from Galapagos waters after the end of September.
  • Both blue-footed boobies and waved albatrosses can often be seen either nesting or fishing.
  • Many of the bird species found throughout the Galapagos will be active at this time, including brown pelicans.

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