FebruaryReturn to Galapagos
February in the Galapagos Islands
The temperature of the air and water in Galapagos varies depending on the strength of the trade winds. December through May, the winds are at their weakest and the cooling currents subside and temperatures rise.
The waters are warmest during this period (reaching their peak in February) with better visibility making it one of the best times for snorkelling.
The first rains to Galapagos can arrive either in January or February (ironically these are also the sunniest months in Galapagos!) The rains are typically limited to the lush highlands, and the coastal areas remain arid and covered with plants adapted to desert conditions. With the rains, flowers are blooming, leaves are sprouting and insects are emerging after many months of dormancy.
This short-lived abundance provides food for the chicks of many species of land birds such as finches and mockingbirds. This time of year also sees hundreds of Green Sea Turtle females, some of which have travelled for more than a thousand miles, come ashore to lay their eggs. Galapagos is considered one of the last safe breeding places for sea turtles in the Eastern Pacific.
- Air temperature daily high: 29 °C (85°F)
- Air temperature daily low: 24 °C (76°F)
- Average Rainfall: 91.4 mm (3.6 inches) (mainly in the highlands)
- Average Water Temperature: 25 °C (77°F)
- Giant Tortoises laying their eggs in the wild
- Green Sea Turtles Laying eggs
- Land birds such as finches nesting
- Mockingbird and finch courtship displays
- Marine Iguanas nesting
- Land Iguanas nesting
- Migrant birds from North America
- Dolphins and whales present throughout the year in the waters around Galapagos, but numbers vary greatly from year to year.
- Red-footed Boobies and Nazca Boobies breeding and nesting year-round
- Magnificent Frigatebirds breeding (year-round on North Seymour Island)
- Flightless Cormorants, Greater Flamingos and Galapagos Penguins year-round, depending on food supply you will see breeding and nesting