Coral 4-day Cruise

Galapagos Ecuador: (ZZ-EC-GALP04-3)
URL: https://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/outdoor_ecuador_Galapagos_coral_cruise3.aspx

Introduction
Galapagos Ecuador
M/YCoral I   36 passengers
M/YCoral II  20 passengers


These unique and functional luxury yachts are a perfect combination of classic beauty and exquisite style. The materials used in their decoration convey a pleasing sensation of warmth and comfort that will transport you automatically into a marine environment. You will be a part of nature thanks to the ample panoramic windows. Every single detail has been taken into consideration to make your stay on board unique and unforgettable. The jacuzzi, sun and shadow decks will give you a perfect space to relax. The social areas and the bar will be a place to enjoy.

Relax
To relax in the sun or even bathe in the jacuzzi, head to the M/Y Coral I outside decks, where the natural wonders of the Galapagos can be enjoyed from a whole different perspective, whether by the handrail of their decks, the comfort of a sun-lounger or from the balcony at the bow. There’s a space for everyone on these deceptively large yachts. Our lounge offers indoor relaxation if you're wanting a break from the sun.

Enjoy
Enjoy the various activities on board. On board our ship, nights are magical, full of bright stars and countless constellations. You can go shopping at our boutique, or enjoy a freshening drink at the bar.

Learn
All of our highly-qualified multi-lingual naturalist guides are certified by the Galapagos National Park. On visits to the islands, they will accompany you every step of the way, taking time to explain the highlights as you wonder through this new and magical land. Every evening, these same guides will give you a lecture illustrated with multimedia presentation, imparting and sharing with you their knowledge of geology, history, evolution, flora and fauna of the islands. Enjoy our library to further enhance your experience.

Feel Safe
Our customers’ safety and the conservation and respect for the environment are our main priorities. Our vessels comply with local and international standards enforced by ISM (International Management Code for the Safe Operation of Ships and for Pollution Prevention). Our crews are all highly trained in safety procedures and have years of experience at sea.

Accomodation

Accommodations
All nights of this trip are spent on either the Coral I or Coral II (depending on chosen departure).
The Coral I & II are gorgeous, comfortable sister yachts with four decks and a total of 18 (36 guests max) and 11 (20 guests max) cabins respectively. Both boats have been refurbished during the summer of 2019.

Each of the Coral boat has 3 different cabin categories:
- Standard Cabin (2 cabins in the Coral I)
- Standard Plus Cabin (8 cabins in the Coral I and 4 cabins in the Coral II)
- Junior Cabin (8 cabins in the Coral I and 7 cabins in the Coral II)

All cabin categories include a private bathroom (with hairdryer and toileteries), safe-deposit box, air conditioning, phone (internal calls only) and a TV.
There are cabins with interconnecting doors suitable for families or friends traveling together.
Our voltage is set for 110-220 volts/60 Hz. There are Wi-Fi zones onboard.

Standard Cabin - measuring an average of 7 m2 / 75ft2
Double and single occupancy possible (no triple).
There is 1 porthole in each Standard Cabin.


render of Standard Cabin in Coral Yachts

Standard Plus Cabin - measuring an average of 12 m2 / 128 ft2
Double and triple occupancy possible.
There are 2 portholes per Standard Plus Cabin.

render of Standard Plus Cabin in Coral Yachts 

Junior Cabin - measuring an average of 12 m2 / 128 ft2
Double and triple occupancy possible.
Each Junior Cabin has 2 windows.
render of Junior Cabin in Coral Yachts

Onboard Service and Facilities include:
• Drying machines available for complimentary use
• Variety of onboard activities
• Briefings on the following day’s activities
• Informative lectures about the Galapagos


Meals
All meals are included during the cruise.
The restaurant serves delicious Ecuadorian and international cuisine that even extends to a BBQ dinner on the open-air Moon Deck.
 
Make the most of your cruise experience with our beverage packages (not included in tour price - to be p[aid extra) that offer a range of soft drinks, local beer, a selection of sparkling wines and classic cocktails to be served at our bars and restaurants.

Riding

Staff
Every crew member is trained to provide a first-class service with exceptional professionalism. Genuinely friendly individuals, fully dedicated to providing the best hospitality services, with attention to detail
and personalized assistance, our crew’s passion and commitment create a one-of-a-kind experience for our guests.

Physical requirement for the cruise
We recommend that passengers be in reasonably good physical condition as some trails are difficult therefore elderly or disabled people may find them too hard. The passengers with difficulties must notify us about their physical condition in order to make the necessary arrangements.
We reserve the right to refuse a passenger if someone failed to inform of any physical disability, or who in the opinion of the company, constitutes a danger to themselves, other guest, members of the crew, or the smooth operation of the vessel.

Dry Landings and Wet Landings
On a dry landing, passengers step directly from a dinghy to rocks or onto a dock. We recommend: walking shoes, sunscreen, hat, water, insect repellent and a light jacket.
Wet Landing means that the dinghy edges up onto a beach, where you step into knee-deep water assisted by crew members and guides. We recommend: swimming suit or shorts, walking shoes or slippers, towel that will be provided by the crew while disembarking, sunscreen, hat, insect repellent, plastic bag, well insulated cameras and a windbreaker.

Smoking policy on board the ship
It is forbidden to smoke inside the yachts or the vessel.
Smoking is allowed ONLY on the sun decks.

How can I pay my expenses on board?
Upon arrival, a bill will be opened for you. If you wish to pay with your credit card, we ask you to come to reception to sign a voucher and to make copies of your passport and credit card. Authorizations take about 48 hours, so please do this on your first cruise day. We accept all main credit cards: Diners, Visa, Mastercard , American Express. Travellers Checks, Euros and US Dollars are also accepted.

What would happen if I get seasick?
We hardly get a seasick passenger on board. However, we have seasick medication on board all our ships, but if you are particularly sensitive you can bring your own medication.

Is the water safe to drink?
The tap water is generally not safe to drink in Ecuador. Bottled water is readily available at tourist sites, hotels, and restaurants. On board our yachts you will find bottled water in your room. Ice used onboard the yachts is generally made with purified water as well.

Itinerary

 

Sample Itinerary: Central option - subject to changes

Day 1 (Sunday): Arrival & Santa Cruz Island Visit
Departure from Quito or Guayaquil to Baltra Island (approx. 2½-hour flight). Arriving in the Galapagos, passengers are picked up at the airport by our naturist guides and taken on a ten-minute bus drive to the pier to board the M/Y Coral I or M/Y Coral II.

In the afternoon, dry landing on Santa Cruz Island. Visit to the Galapagos giant tortoises and land iguanas breeding program, where the famous Lonesome George (last surviving specimen of Pinta Island) lived for decades. The center is managed by the Galapagos National Park´s (GNP) staff with the collaboration of scientists from the Charles Darwin Station (CDS). Here, eggs taken from Pinzon, Santiago and Santa Cruz Islands hatch without the danger of introduced species. After artificial incubation; the “galapaguitos” (newborntortoises) are reared until the age of 5, when they are released in their native habitats, having the enough capabilities to survive alone. Since the 70’s, more than 2,000 specimens have returned to their native islands. In addition, the Darwin Station works in several scientific projects and botanical research, providing environmental education to local communities, schools and tourists. If time helps, it is possible to visit Puerto Ayora town.
Activity Difficulty: easy (flat terrain)
Activity Duration: 1½-hour walk


Day 2 (Monday): Dragon Hill (Santa Cruz Island) & Bartolome Island
This morning, walk by a brackish lagoon to see flamingos. The trail leads across a typical dry zone vegetation. Keeping up until Dragon Hill, there will be an important nesting ground for endemic land iguanas, offering lovely views of the anchored boats and neighboring islands. The forest is home to mockingbirds, Darwin’s finches, yellow warblers, and Galapagos doves.
Activity Difficulty: intermediate (rocky terrain)
Activity Duration: 2-hour walk


After lunch, dry or wet landing on Bartolome Island. We discover a fascinating landscape formed by different volcanic parasitic cones —lava bombs, spatter, cinder cones — that resembles the moon. Going up to the summit there will be an impressive views of the surrounding islands, including the eroded tuff cone Pinnacle Rock. We also encounter marine iguanas, lava lizards, and blue-footed boobies.
Beach time is a great opportunity to do snorkeling and see the famous Galapagos Penguins, sea turtles and White-tipped Reef Sharks among a great variety of colorful fish. For many visitors, this may turn out to be the best snorkeling experience. Crystal clear water is the perfect spot to appreciate the incredible marine life it has to offer.
Due to its geographical location, the lack of vegetation is immediately noticeable however, there are pioneer plants including the endemic Tiquilia nesiotica and Chamaesyce (known as sand mat or spurge in English), lava cactus, and Scalesia bushes.
Activity Difficulty: intermediate (trail made of 372 steps)
Activity Duration: 1 ½-hour walk / 1-hour snorkeling


Day 3 (Tuesday): Rabida Island & Santiago Island
Also known as Jervis Island in English, Rabida is one of the most diverse in terms of volcanic activity as it lies at the very heart of the archipelago’s volcanic origin. In this deep red beach, surrounded by cliffs and steep slopes of volcanic cinder cones it is usual to find nesting colonies of brown pelicans, as well as, nine species of Darwin finches, fur seals, and Nazca boobies.
Snorkel off the coast, where marine life is particularly active and colorful.
Activity Difficulty: easy (sandy terrain)
Activity Duration: 1 ½-hour walk / 1-hour snorkeling / 1-hour dinghy ride


Buccaneers Cove (Santiago Island) is an amazing location, featuring the remains of an eroded shoreline that is home to seabirds, fur seals and the playful sea lions.  Its different shapes have been made throughout a process caused by erosion of the waves and the wind.  Espumilla Beach is a white-sandy beach in James Bay and is a popular place among visitors.  There are mangroves and a small palo santo forest that lead to salty-water lagoons that are home to wading birds like flamingos. In the upper dunes are a nesting site for sea turtles. A good place to snorkel to see rays.
Activity Difficulty: easy (white sand terrain)
Activity Duration:1-hour walk / 1-hour snorkeling / beach time


Day 4 (Wednesday): Departure
On the north shore of Santa Cruz Island, accessible only by sea, four species of mangrove crowd form an internal lagoon: Black Turtle Cove. Turtles visit the calm waters, peaking their heads above the surface, while the fish and rays circle below. White-tipped reef sharks can be seen beneath the boat, plus seabirds including pelicans, herons, and egrets feed from the cove. This cove has been declared as a “Turtle Sanctuary.”
Activity Difficulty: easy
Activity Duration: 1-hour dinghy ride


After the visit, passengers will be transferred to the airport to their return flight to Guayaquil or Quito.


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Sample Itinerary: East option - subject to changes

Day 1 (Sunday): Arrival & Santa Cruz Island Visit
Departure from Quito or Guayaquil to Baltra (2 ½ hours flight). Passengers are picked up at the airport by our naturalist guides and taken on a ten minute bus drive to the pier to board the Coral I or II.

After lunch, dry landing on Santa Cruz Island. Visit to the Galapagos giant tortoises and land iguanas breeding program, where the famous Lonesome George (last surviving specimen of Pinta Island) lived for decades. The center is managed by the Galapagos National Park´s (GNP) staff with the collaboration of scientists from the Charles Darwin Station (CDS). Here, eggs taken from Pinzon, Santiago and Santa Cruz Islands hatch without the danger of introduced species. After artificial incubation; the “galapaguitos” (newborntortoises) are reared until the age of 5, when they are released in their native habitats, having the enough capabilities to survive alone. Since the 70’s, more than 2,000 specimens have returned to their native islands. In addition, the Darwin Station works in several scientific projects and botanical research, providing environmental education to local communities, schools and tourists. If time helps, it is possible to visit Puerto Ayora town.
Activity Difficulty: easy (flat terrain)
Activity Duration: 1½-hour walk


Day 2 (Monday): Mosquera Islet & North Seymour Island
We start the day with a wet Landing on Mosquera Islet, located between North Seymour and Baltra Island. This flat, sandy island has a large colony of sea lions. It is also an excellent site to observe shorebirds such as herons and lava gulls. There is no trail on the islet, the visitor can enjoy the open area. Most of the islet is covered with sand and barren lava rock. Very little sesuvium portulacastrum plants grow on the sand.
Activity Difficulty: easy (sandy terrain)
Activity Duration: 1 ½-hour walk & snorkeling


This afternoon, dry landing on North Seymour Island. This is perhaps one of the busiest tourist destinations on the archipelago. Off of Baltra Island (where the airport is located) and not far from Santa Cruz, North Seymour is the most accessible for day trips out of Santa Cruz’s main port, Puerto Ayora.
 An approximately two hour walk amidst large nesting colonies of blue-footed boobies, magnificent and great frigatebirds, and swallow-tailed gulls for an in depth encounter with sea bird breeding cycles and as well as sea lions. You will also encounter sea lions, land iguanas, and on a lucky day, you might even come across a Galapagos Snake.
Activity Difficulty: intermediate (rocky ground)
Activity Duration: 2-hour walk / 30-minute snorkeling


Day 3 (Tuesday): Santa Fe Island & South Plaza islet
After breakfast, wet landing. Santa Fe shows white sand beaches surrounded by sea lion colonies; through the island path, an endemic cactus forest is passed, home the Santa Fe land iguanas (the largest in the islands). This island is the habitat for a number of species, including the Galapagos hawk, Galapagos snakes, rice rats (one of the few endemic Galapagos rodents), a variety of finches and one of the four mockingbird species of the archipelago.
Activity Difficulty: intermediate (rocky terrain)
Activity Duration: 1 ½-hour walk / 1-hour deep-water snorkeling


In the afternoon, dry landing on the northern part of the Islet. The walk begins with an impressive cactus forest* surrounded by land and marine iguanas; as we reach its highest point, be on the lookout for tropicbirds, a Nazca and blue-footed boobies, swallow-tailed gulls.
 In South Plaza there is a large colony of the smaller sized land iguanas. Approximately, there is a population of 300 individuals. They feed on all kinds of vegetation, but during the dry season survive on the fruits and flowers of Opuntia cacti. Due to their proximity with marine iguanas, this is the only place on Earth where we will find the Galapagos hybrid iguana.
Activity Difficulty: intermediate (rocky terrain)
Activity Duration: 2-hour walk


Day 4 (Wednesday): San Cristobal Island & Departure
This morning, visit of Kicker Rock, which can be seen directly from the vessel. In the sea northeast of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is this ancient and eroded volcanic tuff lava named Leon Dormido or Kicker Rock it is formed by two rocks approximately 148 m, named for its resemblance of a sleeping lion.
It serves as home to many of the typical Galapagos sea animals, such as birds, sea lions, blue and Nazca boobies and frigate. With rare sightings of swallow turtle gulls, tropic birds, and pelicans.
Activity Difficulty: easy
Activity Duration: 1-hour circumnavigation


Later that morning, dry landing at Cerro Colorado, in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. Passengers visit the San Cristobal Giant Tortoise Breeding Center to learn about the National Park’s conservation programs. Enjoy a beautiful landscape on the way to the Reserve. Passengers will also have the opportunity to visit the village’s port, have a drink or shop for arts and crafts and other souvenirs.
Activity Difficulty: intermediate (sandy terrain)
Activity Duration: 40-minute bus drive to the Reserve / 1-hour visit


After the visit, you will go to San Cristobal Airport for the return flight to Guayaquil or Quito.


Rates and Dates for Coral 4-day Cruise

Rates include:

Accommodation, All meals, Welcome & farewell cocktails, Coffee / tea station, 2 daily excursions, Multilingual naturalist guides (English/Spanish), Snorkeling opportunities, Optional Diving, Fuel surcharge, Free Shuttle service from Quito/Guayaquil Airport-roundtrip (when domestic flight is purchased in combination with cruises)
Guides speaking French, German and Italian upon request

Packages and Options



  • SeasonYearDescription US$
    A
    20204 day Deluxe Cruise, Standard Cabin- Central$1790
    • Upgrade to Standard Plus, pp$425
      Upgrade to Junior Suite, pp$735
  • B
    20204 day Deluxe Cruise, Standard Cabin- Central (High Season)$1875
    • Upgrade to Standard Plus, pp$450
      Upgrade to Junior Suite, pp$775
  • C
    20204 day Deluxe Cruise, Standard Interior- East$1790
    • Upgrade to Standard Plus, pp$425
      Upgrade to Junior Suite, pp$735
  • D
    20204 day Deluxe Cruise, Standard Interior- East (High Season)$1875
    • Upgrade to Standard Plus, pp$450
      Upgrade to Junior Suite, pp$775
  • E
    20204 day Deluxe Cruise, Standard Cabin- Central (Holiday Season)$1845
    • Upgrade to Standard Plus, pp$440
      Upgrade to Junior Suite, pp$760
  • F
    20204 day Deluxe Cruise, Standard Cabin- East (Holiday Season)$1845
    • Upgrade to Standard Plus, pp$440
      Upgrade to Junior Suite, pp$760

Rates Note:

The transit card fee and the Galapagos entrance fee must be paid to the CGG (Consejo de Gobierno de Galapagos) at the airport in cash.

* prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy

Rates Note:

The transit card fee and the Galapagos entrance fee must be paid to the CGG (Consejo de Gobierno de Galapagos) at the airport in cash.


Transfer and Other Charges:



 DescriptionUS$
2020 Entrance fee to Galapagos, pp (Mandatory), pp
- to be paid locally
$100
2020 Entrance fee to Galapagos, pp (child under 12), pp
- to be paid locally
$50
2020 Air ticket from Quito/ Guayaquil to Galapagos, pp, roundtrip $540
2020 Transfer from Quito/ Guayquil Airport- roundtrip (if airfare not booked) (Mandatory) $90
2020 Single Supplement: +50% on standard, +75% on high season $0
2020 Child (Under 12): -50% discount with 2 full-fare paying guests $0
2020 Triple room discount: -25% for third person sharing with 2 full-fare paying guests $0
2020 CGG Migration Card (mandatory), pp
- to be paid locally
$20

Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
C 2020 06/14 - 06/17 4d / 3n 4 day Deluxe Cruise, Standar... 8 /36 Expired
A 2020 06/21 - 06/24 4d / 3n 4 day Deluxe Cruise, Standar... 8 /36 Expired
C 2020 06/28 - 07/01 4d / 3n 4 day Deluxe Cruise, Standar... 8 /36 Expired
B 2020 07/05 - 07/08 4d / 3n 4 day Deluxe Cruise, Standar... 8 /36 Expired
D 2020 07/12 - 07/15 4d / 3n 4 day Deluxe Cruise, Standar... 8 /36 Expired
B 2020 07/19 - 07/22 4d / 3n 4 day Deluxe Cruise, Standar... 8 /36 Expired
D 2020 07/26 - 07/29 4d / 3n 4 day Deluxe Cruise, Standar... 8 /36 Expired
B 2020 08/02 - 08/05 4d / 3n 4 day Deluxe Cruise, Standar... 8 /36 Expired
D 2020 08/09 - 08/12 4d / 3n 4 day Deluxe Cruise, Standar... 8 /36 Expired
B 2020 08/16 - 08/19 4d / 3n 4 day Deluxe Cruise, Standar... 8 /36 Reserve
D 2020 08/23 - 08/26 4d / 3n 4 day Deluxe Cruise, Standar... 8 /36 Reserve
A 2020 08/30 - 09/02 4d / 3n 4 day Deluxe Cruise, Standar... 8 /36 Reserve
C 2020 09/06 - 09/09 4d / 3n 4 day Deluxe Cruise, Standar... 8 /36 Reserve
A 2020 09/13 - 09/16 4d / 3n 4 day Deluxe Cruise, Standar... 8 /36 Reserve
C 2020 09/20 - 09/23 4d / 3n 4 day Deluxe Cruise, Standar... 8 /36 Reserve
A 2020 09/27 - 09/30 4d / 3n 4 day Deluxe Cruise, Standar... 8 /36 Reserve
D 2020 10/04 - 10/07 4d / 3n 4 day Deluxe Cruise, Standar... 8 /36 Reserve
B 2020 10/11 - 10/14 4d / 3n 4 day Deluxe Cruise, Standar... 8 /36 Reserve
D 2020 10/18 - 10/21 4d / 3n 4 day Deluxe Cruise, Standar... 8 /36 Reserve
B 2020 10/25 - 10/28 4d / 3n 4 day Deluxe Cruise, Standar... 8 /36 Reserve
D 2020 11/01 - 11/04 4d / 3n 4 day Deluxe Cruise, Standar... 8 /36 Reserve
B 2020 11/08 - 11/11 4d / 3n 4 day Deluxe Cruise, Standar... 8 /36 Reserve
D 2020 11/15 - 11/18 4d / 3n 4 day Deluxe Cruise, Standar... 8 /36 Reserve
A 2020 11/22 - 11/25 4d / 3n 4 day Deluxe Cruise, Standar... 8 /36 Reserve
C 2020 11/29 - 12/02 4d / 3n 4 day Deluxe Cruise, Standar... 8 /36 Reserve
A 2020 12/06 - 12/09 4d / 3n 4 day Deluxe Cruise, Standar... 8 /36 Reserve
C 2020 12/13 - 12/16 4d / 3n 4 day Deluxe Cruise, Standar... 8 /36 Reserve
B 2020 12/20 - 12/23 4d / 3n 4 day Deluxe Cruise, Standar... 8 /36 Reserve
D 2020 12/27 - 12/30 4d / 3n 4 day Deluxe Cruise, Standar... 8 /36 Reserve

Dates Note: Weekly departures Sunday to Wednesday

Rates do not include:

Drinks, Air ticket from Quito/ Guayaquil to Galapagos (can be booked for extra fee), Galapagos Entrance Fee (mandatory), CGG Migration Control Card (mandatory), Gratuities, Travel insurance, Gratuities, Snorkelling / diving equipment & Wet suits / kayak rentals

Note:

Due to COVID-19 Corona virus pandemic and certain travel restrictions we are applying some temporary policy changes to some of our tours.

For Coral I & II 4 day Cruise (ZZ-EC-GALP04-3):

The Galapagos┬┤ Authorities decided to reopen 85 visitor sites from the Galapagos National Park and 98 visitor sites from the Galapagos Marine Reserve. Tourists will be able to enjoy visits to beaches, breeding centers, island paths, among others.
The decision includes all authorized organized touristic activities in the archipelago, following strict Health and Sanitation protocols to guarantee quality services and memorable experiences for all passengers.

The local authorities have approved new protocols to enter the Galapagos Islands without the need of quarantine (mandatory preventive isolation):

  • Fill out an individual declaration of wellness and that no symptoms of COVID-19 are present.
  • Temperature will be checked at departure and arrival airports.
  • Tourists will need to present a negative result of a PCR test to detect COVID-19, taken maximum 96 hours prior to the trip to the Galapagos Islands.
  • In case of national or foreign tourists, it is required to have a certified pass for organized groups issued by the Ministry of Tourism. We can take care of this for you.


Health & Sanitation Protocols:
We are continuously working in order to improve the health and sanitation protocols in place for our yachts and adapt new procedures to have an even safer environment onboard the Galapagos Legend, Coral I and Coral II.

Guests & Crew:

  • Temperature check: Before embarkation and during the cruise.
  • Upon arrival: disinfection of all footwear & luggage; all passengers will be required to use hand sanitizer.
  • Social distancing protocols: signage onboard will remind of social distancing protocols.
  • One reusable cloth mask will be provided on board to each guest (we recommend to bring your own sanitizing equipment)
  • Housekeeping and sanitation procedures for social areas are in place several times a day, with special attention to high-touch areas.
  • Hand sanitizer dispensers had been located in different areas for easy access.
  • Social distancing and sanitation processes in crew's quarters.


Island Excursions:

  • Open air excursions and reinforcement for social distancing are implemented by the Galapagos National park as a common practice: small groups are called separately to disembark for excursions; distance between groups is kept in the Islands.
  • Each zodiac will transport a limited number of passengers. Seats will be cleaned in-between groups & excursions.
  • Use of masks will be subject to the Government & Galapagos National Park regulations.
  • Snorkeling equipment is provided to all guests at the beginning of the cruise and will hold to it until the end. All equipment undergoes a special sanitizing process.


Dining & Public Areas:

  • Dining rooms/lounges and public areas: social distance will be applied between guests. 1.5 meters between tables.
  • All meals will be served at the table. Same as bread, water, wine, etc.
  • Kitchen Sanitation in place for supplies and equipment.

For more information please visit our COVID-19 Updates page at https://www.hiddentrails.com/article/covid19update.aspx

Other Info
Meeting: Baltra
Airport: Baltra
Transfer: Baltra

Climate:
                                        Galapagos area
 

Month

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Average High Temperature (°F)

86

86

88

88

79

79

79

79

79

81

82

84

Average Low Temperature (°F)

72

75

75

75

72

70

66

66

66

68

70

72

Average High Temperature (°C)

30

30

31

31

26

26

26

26

26

27

28

29

Average Low Temperature (°C)

22

24

24

24

22

21

19

19

19

20

21

22

Source: www.galapagosislands.com


Seasons
You will be in a sunny year round destination; the warmest months are from December to April. January to March can be hot and humid, but also mostly green at this time. The months from July to November are cooler. The average year-round temperature is 24°C. (76°F).

Galapagos Dry Season (June to December)
From June to December the southern trade winds bring the colder Humboldt Current north to the Galapagos. This means that the water is cooler, and a layer of high atmosphere mist pervades the island skies. In effect, the highlands of the larger islands are kept green and lush while the sea level islands and shorelines have little precipitation. Thus, June to December is generally called the "dry season" which is known for its blue skies and mid-day showers.
During this season the tourists may observe a large number of species around the islands and in the sea such as giant tortoises, humpback whales, blue-footed boobies, cormorants, oyster catchers, lava lizards, Galapagos hawks, masked boobies, swallow-tailed gulls, sea lions, lava herons, brown noddies, and penguins. Due to the water temperature, it is the perfect time for diving.

Galapagos Wet Season (December to May)
This period is considered the "wet (warm) season." During this warmer season, the Galapagos' climate is more tropical with daily rain and cloudier skies. Also, the ocean temperature is warmer for swimming and snorkeling
During this season the tourists may observe a large number of species around the islands such as marine iguanas, sea turtle, land iguanas, flamingos, white-cheeked pintails, masked boobies, marine iguanas, albatross, and blue-footed boobies. Since the water's warmer, snorkeling is highly recommended during these months.


Special note - Galapagos Weather for Divers

The Humboldt Current's influence brings cold waters especially during the misty, rainy season (cool weather) from July to December. "El Niño" current may bring warm waters to the Galapagos and will make the surface warmer and rainfall increase (January to June).
The water temperature varies during the year:
January to June: from 70°F (21°C) to 80°F (27°C)
July to December: from 65°F (18°C) to 75°F (23°C)

What To Bring:
We advise you to bring comfortable breathable clothes; shorts, T-shirts, swimsuits and good hiking shoes are required to walk over the lava rock paths, personal medication, a good camera and plenty of memory sticks or film, sun block, sunglasses, binoculars. It is also a good idea to bring water shoes or sport shoes that can be wet, for the wet landings.
Galapagos means nature, moving, enjoying and relaxation, therefore you don’t have to worry about dressing up. Casual and light clothing is recommended on board the ship.
For dinning: you will need a semiformal wear and a sweater or jacket for windy nights.
For shore excursions comfortable clothing is a must, preferably shorts, bathing suits, head covering, walking shoes, tennis shoes, windbreaker type jacket, binoculars, camera and plenty of film. Sun rays are very strong in the Galapagos Islands. Do not forget to take with you enough high grade sun block. Also, put your cameras in self-sealing plastic bags to protect them from the water, especially during landfalls.

Internet is not available yet, but you can always get internet in Puerto Ayora and San Cristóbal.