The Galapagos Islands Weather and Climate
Due to the Galapagos Islands’ location right on the equator, the weather doesn’t vary much year-round. But it does vary to some degree, mainly due to the ocean currents that affect the islands. Given that it lies on the Equator and in the Tropics, you might think that the weather is tropical. But, again, due to the ocean currents, the climate is quite a bit cooler than what you might imagine.
The two distinct seasons in the Galapagos are:
This period runs from December to May. It’s the warmest time of year, both in terms of air temperature and sea temperature. Temperature vary from 80ºF to 90ºF (27ºC to 32ºC) and water temperature varies from 70ºF to 80ºF (21ºC to 26ºC). It’s the sunniest time of year, but also, conversely, the rainiest as well, with frequent afternoon showers.
This period runs from June to November, dominated by the Humboldt Current which brings a cooler current to the Islands. Temperatures at this time of year vary from 70ºF to 80ºF (21ºC to 27ºC) and water temperature from 65ºF to 75ºF (18ºC to 24ºC). It’s often grey and overcast at this time of year.
The Galapagos Islands are 6 hours behind GMT (the same time as USA Central Standard Time in the winter, and Mountain Time in the summer). The Islands are 1 hour behind the rest of mainland Ecuador.