• Galapagos Islands Holidays


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


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At a Glance


  • 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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