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Galapagos in May

Travel to The Galapagos Islands in May


  • Max. temp: 82°F (28.0°C)
  • Min. temp: 72°F (22.0°C)
  • Sea temp.: 76°F (24.0°C)
  • Avg. Rainfall: 0.75 in (1.9 cm)

Rains begin to subside and the temperature around the islands finally begins to cool off while the water remains warm. Some nights even start to get chilly as the Galapagos begin the transition from the hotter, rainier season into Garua season characterized by more foggy, cooler days. Many say that this is the ideal time to visit the Galapagos Islands.

Tourist Activity

Tourist activity begins to gain traction as schools and classes come to an end for summer break. Past mid-May it gets difficult to find last minute deals.


Blue-footed boobies (Sula nebouxi): Courtship

Should you find yourself on Española or Daphne Major at this time, a little bit of patience will reward you with the opportunity to see at least part of the eccentric courting dance that the blue-footed boobies perform. It usually begins with a male making himself noticed from a chosen place by “skypointing” with his beak upwards and wings extended. Upon successfully attracting a female, the two birds typically begin to parade around each other with the male waddling around with a cocked tail and raising one foot and then the other. As the ritual continues, one of the two will end up skypointing until the other reciprocates with the same pose. It’s not unusual to see one of the two boobies pick up a twig or rock and place it on a non-existent nest throughout the courtship.

Galapagos Cruises Departing in May

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