November in the Galapagos Islands

By November, the trade winds have started to ease which brings a gradual warming of air and water temperatures in the Galapagos Islands compared to the previous months which are characterised by cooler air and water temperatures and seas are now much calmer.

Like May (the other transition month between seasons) November is one of our favourite times in Galapagos with a great climate.

The pupping of sea lions continues apace, with pups who are now 3-4 months old very curious and active in the water, treating snorkelers to displays of aqua-aerobics! It is also a great time to see Giant Tortoises in the highlands of Santa Cruz Island who have migrated up to the lush highlands for feeding.

On the island of Espanola, it is chance to see the Waved Albatross Chicks becoming very active, preparing for their maiden flight in the coming weeks, 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.


  • Air temperature daily high: 26 °C (78°F)
  • Air temperature daily low: 21 °C (69.8°F)
  • Average Rainfall: 7.6 mm (0.30 inches) (mainly in the highlands)
  • Average Water Temperature: 23 °C (73.4°F)
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  • Waved Albatross chicks very active, flapping their wings to practice their flight skills. Parents will still be coming to feed their chicks for a few more weeks.
  • Giant Tortoises seen in largest numbers in highlands of Santa Cruz
  • Galapagos Sea Lions breeding
  • Fur seals breeding
  • Green Sea Turtle numbers increase and start to mate in calm bays and coves.
  • 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 only)
  • Flightless Cormorants, Greater Flamingos and Galapagos Penguins year-round, depending on food supply you will see breeding and nesting
  • Migrant shore birds from North America start to arrive in greater numbers