From smaller crowds to more animal sightings, here’s why the Galapagos should be part of your autumn cruise plans
Less Crowds, More Relaxation
For travellers who enjoy the luxury of space and the opportunity to soak up the peace and quiet of nature without being rushed, autumn makes the ideal time to visit. Outside of school holidays, this is when crowds are significantly smaller, making cruise excursions more relaxed.
Along with the more relaxed environment, another benefit of travelling during this less-crowded season is not being rushed during the excursions. With fewer travellers looking to have their turn at swimming or snorkelling among sea lions, photographing wildlife or simply exploring the islands, travellers will be able to enjoy a longer and more personal connection with the Galapagos.
Unrivalled Whale and Dolphin Watching
Whales and dolphins in the waters surrounding the Galapagos Islands are at their highest in number and are most active during autumn. This makes it the ideal time for visitors to see multiple species of dolphins, orcas, massive sperm whales, humpbacks and even the world’s largest animal, the blue whale.
Sun-Drenched Mild Weather
One of the biggest and most obvious advantages of autumn in the Galapagos is the pleasant weather. While the Galapagos’ climate is subtropical and relatively moderate year-round, it does have distinct wet and dry seasons. Between September and December is when the islands experience their mildest and driest period all year, so travellers can expect daytime highs of around 20°C and water temperatures at around 22°C.
Perfect Wildlife Viewing and Photography
Apart from not being too warm or chilly, the comfortable mild weather in autumn also allows for the perfect conditions for viewing and photographing the islands’ robust wildlife, birds and marine animals. With rain being incredibly rare and with light clouds a common occurrence, this is the best time for nature photography and birdwatching. As an additional benefit, animals are also more active and visible.
Nestling Sea Turtles and Penguins
Autumn is also nesting season for Santa Cruz Island, a well-known nesting place for the giant Galapagos sea turtles. Apart from the turtles, the penguins of the Galapagos are also at their most active during autumn, particularly throughout September when they can be seen nesting on rocks.