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Galapagos Wildlife Activity Calendar - travel highlights by season

January

  • Temperature rises, water and land
  • Land iguanas on Isabela Island begin the reproductive cycle
  • Green sea turtles arrive to the beaches of mainly islands to lay their eggs
  • Land birds start nesting after the first signs of rain male marine iguanas of Española island turn bright

March

  • Marine iguanas begin nesting on Fernandina Island.
  • Waved Albatross return to their home on Española Island.
  • Short tropical showers, sun is strong and temperature rises up to 30C (86F).

May

  • Galapagos penguins begin to show remarkable activity
  • Sea turtles hatching in Gardner bay & Puerto Egas
  • Palo Santo tree begins to shed their foliage
  • Waved albatrosses begin to lay eggs
  • Band-rumped storm petrels begin their first nesting period
  • Marine iguana eggs hatch on Santa Cruz

July

  • Sea bird communities breeding
  • Flightless cormorants court and nest on Fernandina
  • Oystercatcher nest on Santiago island
  • Whales and dolphins more likely to be seen, off the cost of Isabela
  • Lava lizards begin mating ritual

September

  • Galapagos penguins begin to show remarkable activity on Bartolomé
  • Sea  lions are very active
  • Most sea birds remain quite active at their nesting sites

November

  • Sea lions are sexually active in the east of the islands
  • Brown noddy breeding season begins
  • Band- rumped storm petrels begin their Second nesting period
  • Sea lions pups are born

February

  • Marine Iguanas start their nesting season on Santa Cruz Island.
  • Nazca Boobies on Española Island are at the end of their nesting season.
  • Nesting season of the Galapagos dove reaches its peak.
    Water temperature rises to 25C (77F)

April

  • Mass arrival of waved albatrosses on Española Island, and the beginning of their courtship
  • Hatching season of giant tortoises ends
  • Sea turtle eggs begin to hatch
  • Land iguanas hatch on Isabela island

June

  • Giant tortoises on Santa Cruz island migrate from the highlands to the lowlands
  • Beginning of giant tortoise nesting period
  • Southern migrant birds on their way north can be seen.



August

  • Galapagos hawks court on Española and Santiago
  • Migrant shore birds start to arrive
  • Giant tortoise return to the highlands of Santa Cruz



October

  • Lava herons begin nesting
  • Galapagos fur seals begin their mating season
  • Boobies raise their chicks on Española
  • Giant tortoises continue to lay eggs

December

  • Giant tortoise egga begin to hatch
  • Green sea turtles display mating behavior
  • First waves albatross fledglings appear
  • Northern migrant birds on their way south can be seen.