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Best Tours of Galapagos Islands

Set along the equator, some 600 miles off the South American coast of Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands are a crown jewel of the natural world.

A visit to this enchanted Galapagos archipelago lives up to dreams of a sheltered place far removed from the usual worries of the world.

A visit to this enchanted archipelago lives up to dreams of a sheltered place far removed from the usual worries of the world. The skies are almost always sunny, and the sea breezes create that perfect air temperature that instantly relaxes the body. The ocean is an ever inviting turquoise blue, matched by long sandy beaches of crystal white, pink, black and looking-glass green. There are crystal coves and sheltered mangrove lagoons, as well as towering cliffs and caves. Read our Galapagos By Month blog post to learn more about the seasonality of the Galapagos Islands and the best time to plan your visit.

We reserve only the best small ships and yachts providing unparalleled access to the best sites in the archipelago as well as the highest level of safety and comfort. Our partner vessels specialize in up-close exploration featuring naturalist led shore hikes, swimming, snorkeling and sea kayaking. Naturalist guides will interpret the unique behavioral and physical characteristics that species have evolved to adapt to the unique conditions on each island. Because animals have evolved in the absence of humans and other large predators you can commune closely with exotic and bizarre animals that have no fear of human presence.

Actively explore among cinder cones, lava floes, white and black sand beaches, rocky cliffs, secluded coves and rich undersea environments. You may choose from one of our scheduled Galapagos Islands cruise departures or call us for custom cruise dates and private Galapagos charters.

Weather in the Galapagos Islands is attractive to adventure travel and small ship cruising year-round. The climate of Ecuador's Pacific coast and the Galapagos Islands are almost entirely influenced by the ocean currents. The warm Panama current from the north warms the water and brings sunny days with sporadic rains from January until April. The rain usually arrives in the afternoon, and often clears up by the early evening.

From May to December both the cool Humboldt and Peru currents from the south arrive and cooler weather predominates, but rain is uncommon creating comfortable hiking weather. Although seas are rarely rough, tradewinds cause the ocean to be choppier this time of year and a misty fog may linger into the day.
June starts the dry season with cooler temperatures (Air: 66-77F; Water 64-70F). Giant tortoises migrate from highlands to lowlands for suitable nesting places. In July, blue- footed boobies and cormorants are active and whales can be observed off the western coast of Isabela Island. In August, masked boobies, swallow tailed gulls and Galapagos hawks nest and court. In September, air temperatures are at their lowest (66F). Penguins, sea lions and marine birds are active. Water conditions may be windy and choppy. In October, fur seals begin mating period. In November, sea lion pups are born.

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Avg. High (F) 84 86 88 82 78 76 74 77 80
Avg. Low (F) 70 72 68 66 64 62
Water. Temp. (F)
Rainfall (Inches) 1.5 2.1 3.0 2.7 2.2 1.1 0.7 0.5 0.8
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