July in the Galapagos Islands

In July, the Garua Season sets in and the weather is relatively cool and dry and the seas start to become rougher. Both the South Equatorial and Cromwell currents are gaining strength, which means cooler water for snorkelling, but crucially nutrient-rich water is brought to the ocean surface, triggering a wave of activity for all kinds of marine life in the Galapagos.

As the waters cool, the chances to see whales and dolphins increase accordingly especially in the southern, western and northern parts of Isabella, as well as the south eastern parts of Galapagos.

Sea bird colonies are very active and the abundance of food for marine life, means it is a good time for female sea lions to deliver their pups as food is within easy reach of their nursing territories. They can been seen across the archipelago.


  • Air temperature daily high: 25 °C (77°F)
  • Air temperature daily low: 20 °C (68°F)
  • Average Rainfall: 15.2 mm (0.60 inches) (mainly in the highlands)
  • Average Water Temperature: 22 °C (71.6°F)
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  • Seabird now abundant in their nests. Smaller species such as Petrels and Shearwaters very abundant in their colonies.
  • Blue-footed boobies nesting
  • Sea lions delivering pups
  • Some seabirds if they started early and food is good may nest again now
  • Albatross chicks are growing and exploring meanwhile the adult birds still continue their courtship dance each time they meet by the chick to keep
  • their bond as a couple which they keep up throughout the nesting months.
  • Chances to see whales and dolphins when navigating more common than at other times of the 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
  • Baby Sea Turtles
  • Tropicbirds start their courtship flights around the colonies