While you are planning your charter yacht in the Galapagos, it is good to know that the weather there is divided in two main seasons: the dry season and the warm season. The dry season goes from June to December, and the warm season goes from January to May. However, the Galapagos Islands are considered to be a round year destination due to amazing activities to enjoy all year long, as well as the rich biodiversity found here. The endemic and unique native flora and fauna make the Galapagos Islands one of the most unique places in the world.

Dry season ,the best time to charter a yacht in the Galapagos?

The dry season in the Galapagos goes from June to December with temperatures between 21°and 30°C. This climate is due to the cold Humboldt Current that comes from the south attracts the cold waters. This season brings cloudy skies, cooler temperature both on land and sea, as well as a dry climate. These cooler temperatures and nutrient-rich water tend to attract rare fish and birds that are spotted during this season in the Galapagos. Species such as albatrosses, penguins, giant tortoises, Brown noddies, penguins, whales, sea lions, coral reefs, hammerhead sharks, frigatebirds, are common during this time of year.

Winds tend to be stronger during this season, resulting in rougher seas and cooler water temperatures causing the fish life to be more active and prolific (as a result of more nutrients in the water).

Many visitors find this season to be better for diving which is one of the favorite activities among visitors because of the diverse marina fauna found in the Galapagos, which is home of 28 different shark species such as whale sharks and blacktip sharks. Besides the amazing fauna species found underwater, divers are amazed by the submerged volcanoes, lagoons, and reefs.

During this season, in October, tourists can watch the breeding of blue-footed boobies in the islands of Isabela and Española.

Planning a yacht charter in the Galapagos during the dry season can be adventurous due to the amazing fauna and flora found in this place, which is exclusive to this area.

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It is important to choose the right travel season to get the most out of your trip.

Warm season

The warm season in the Galapagos starts in December and lasts until May and early June. In average, the temperature at this time of year is 25 °C (77 °F).

Normally, during these months, the days are sunny and the weather is temperate, while the presence of rain is scarce and there are mild breezes. In addition, during the warm season, specifically, in February, March, and April, many land birds, sea lions, and tortoises experience their breeding or nesting seasons. These are the best months to appreciate these fantastic wildlife events from a respectful distance as required by the Galapagos National Park.

Also, in this season, specifically in February, you can watch how the penguins migrate from the Bartolome Island to Isabela and Fernandina due to the water temperature. And in San Cristóbal and Genovesa, the frigate mating season begins in March.

This season is perfect to plan a yacht charter in the Galapagos islands if you prefer sunny days and enjoy water activities. Tourists that visit the islands during this season take advantage of the warm weather to practice swimming and snorkeling due to the warm ocean temperature.

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The weather is a powerful ally for maximum enjoyment.


The Galapagos islands are hotspot of biodiversity and a year-round destination visited by thousands of tourists each year due to its ecological treasure. Depending on the season, activities may vary due to weather conditions but it always offers a unique experience by being in this extraordinary place home of many exotic species and breathtaking scenery.

Each season tends to be very adventurous, and whether you prefer to plan a yacht charter in the Galapagos during the warm or dry season, it will give you the opportunity to enjoy in first hand this amazing biodiversity of flora and fauna found nowhere else in the world.

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