One of the most common questions we get asked: when is the best month to travel to Galapagos? Is our vacation to Galapagos in June a good idea, or should we go in May or July? Is it too hot / cold / rainy in June? Are the June seas warm enough for swimming? Our answer is always the same – June is a wonderful month at Galapagos, and so too are all the other months! The Galapagos Islands are an all year round travel destination, with comfortable weather and great wildlife viewing every month of the year. So yes, June is as good a month as any to visit Galapagos.
Read on for weather and wildlife tips if you are planning to visit Galapagos in JUNE.
June is the start of the COOL & DRY Galapagos season, so expect cloudy skies, cooler temperatures, and mostly dry weather. Remember to use sun protection, as it is easy to burn, even under cloudy skies close to the equator.
In COOL & DRY months like June, the island cooler seas are rich in nutrients, perfect for marine species like Sealions, Sea Turtles, and species of Seabird, who find food plentiful.
The highlands are starting to lose their leaves, leaving barer vegetation. Don’t worry though, the land Galapagos species are also easily spotted in June, even though there is less green food available for them.
June at Galapagos is fully into the swing of the Cool & Dry season. Skies have become cloudier, and temperatures have dropped to an average of 26 degrees celcius - still very pleasant for visitors, and less humid than previous months. The rains have also stopped - June is the driest Galapagos month with just 0.15 inches of average rain fall. Behind the clouds the June equatorial sun is still very strong, so high protection sun cream and a sun hat are still a must.
June water temperatures have cooled down to 23 degrees celcius. Cooler seas bring more nutrients which suits all marine species and seabirds, so expect spectacular underwater snorkeling action. However, with the cooler water temperature, some Galapagos visitors might prefer to enter the water with a wetsuit.
Is June in Galapagos a good month for wildlife? Remember, every month at the Galapagos Islands (including June) is amazing for wildlife spotting, and almost all land and marine species can in fact be found all year-round.
That said, each month does bring something different to the archipelago. Subtle changes in animal behavior such as breeding, nesting, hatching, feeding, growing, migrating. The Galapagos natural world is in constant change. In general June is a month of Galapagos arrivals, welcoming migratory birds, various whales species, and whale sharks to Darwin & Wolf islands. All of these new arrivals are attracted by the cooler nutrient rich waters - their ideal feeding grounds.
Check out the infographic below for some of the special wildlife highlights to expect at Galapagos in June.
In conclusion, June is a fascinating month at the Galapagos islands. The weather is cool, pleasant and dry, visitors can snorkel with abudant marine life, and seabirds are active.
We really hope that this June in Galapagos blog was useful. If you are looking for a complete summary of Galapagos climate across the year, then also check out our general Galapagos Weather blog.
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