Traveling to the Galapagos in September
Galapagos Weather Averages in September
- Average Max. temperature: 75°F (24.0°C)
- Average Min. temperature: 64°F (18.0°C)
- Average temperature: 70°F (21.0°C)
- Sea temperature: 72°F (22.0°C)
- Average Monthly Rainfall: 0.5 in (1.3 cm) in the highlands
If you’re planning your trip to the Galapagos Islands for September, then you are assured a great experience. In addition to some of the best weeks to spot dolphins and whales, this is also the time when the climate is the coolest.
During September, the Galapagos Islands experience the lowest annual temperatures, with night temperatures dropping to a brisk 64°F (18°C) and peak temperatures climbing only as high as 75°F (24°). This means that your stay will be very comfortable, as compared with the hotter, humid temperatures that accompany the rainy season (mid-December – early-June).
Similarly, this is also the time of year when rainfall is at its lowest. Even during the wet season, rain generally only comes in short showers and doesn’t usually detract from the activities; but if you want to avoid it altogether, then September is your best bet.
It is important to remember that this is the time of year when sea temperatures are at one of their lowest points, so if you are planning to spend a lot of time in the water (diving, snorkeling, swimming) then you should wear a full body wetsuit, which your outfitter can provide if necessary.
Swimming with penguins and sea lions
This is an ideal time to come to the Galapagos if you want to see and swim with the penguins. They are most active during this time, and it’s easy to spot them diving while you’re snorkeling.
September is also when the sea lions are in heat, meaning that you will likely see courtship displays and mating rituals on the rocky/ sandy beaches where they will breed. Be sure not to get too close, as males can be very aggressive and protective of their territory.