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To visit the Galapagos Islands in September is a good time if you want to enjoy the cooler weather. As well as the tranquility of the low season, lower prices and of course the active wildlife. 

Although the Galapagos Islands are a destination that can be visited at any time of the year. It is important to know that each month has its own characteristics. September is one of the best months to see Galapagos penguins! 

In this guide you will have the necessary information for visiting the Galapagos Islands in September. From weather, wildlife, activities and demand. 


September falls within the cold and dry season in Galapagos, being considered one of the cooler months. During this month expect cloudy skies, much lighter air temperatures, almost no rain, and no humidity. 

In addition, sea temperatures are much cooler, thanks to the Humboldt Current. A cold and nutrient-rich current, which attracts a large number of fish and seabirds. Therefore, it is an excellent time to visit the islands if you are an avid diver or birdwatcher.

If you visit Galapagos in September it is advisable to bring warmer clothing for the evenings, especially if you are traveling by cruise ship. 

Galapagos Islands in september
Galapagos Islands in september


Average high temperature in September: 75°F (24.0°C)

September average temperature: 70°F (21.0°C)

Water temperature: 72°F (22.0°C)

September average rainfall totals: 0.5 in (1.3 cm) in the highlands


During cold months such as September, the cold ocean currents attract rich nutrients, creating a large feeding ground for marine species. 

Galapagos penguins are one of the most active species in September. Enjoy snorkeling and you will very likely see them underwater. On Bartolome Island, specifically at Pinnacle Rock is the best spot to swim with them. 

Galapagos penguins
Pinnacle Rock

Also, the Fur Seal during this month are in the mating season. It is very likely to see them performing their courtship and mating rituals on the rocky and sandy beaches where they breed. It is important to keep in mind that during this period the males may become a little more aggressive, so you should keep your distance. 

Galapagos Fur seal
Galapagos Fur seal

September has the best chances of seeing dolphins and whales in the islands. In fact, this month is the last chance of the year to see humpback whales

Humpback Whales
Humpback Whales

In addition, you may see blue-footed boobies nesting on some of the islands, as well as the Galapagos albatross. On the other hand, the giant tortoises of Santa Cruz return from the coast to the lush highlands of the islands. 

Blue Footed Boobies
Blue Footed Boobies
Giant Tortoise
Giant Tortoise


September is considered a low season month, so demand to the islands is lower. Cruise and hotel bookings are much more available. And prices are also lower. 

So if you want to avoid the crowds and get good deals, September is a good option.

Without a doubt, visiting the Galapagos Islands in September is one of the best opportunities to enjoy all the charms of this natural paradise. Whether on a land trip or a cruise excursion.  Contact us and we will help you organize the trip of a lifetime to the enchanted islands.

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