When is the Best Time of Year to Scuba Dive in the Galapagos Islands?

Discover the Submarine World of the Galapagos.

January 18th, 2023 – Belen Guerrero

Diving in the Galapagos is probably still better than 90% of other dive locations around the world during their peak season. On a terrible day, you’ll see more species in the Galapagos than you will at the majority of dive locations worldwide.

When is the best time to go diving in the Galapagos Islands?

In the Galapagos Islands, Diving is done year-round in water between 20 and 28°C/71 and 85°F.

  • The cold season, from June through early December, have temperatures between 16 and 24 degrees Celsius.
  • The warm season January through June has drier months, with average highs of 20 to 25 degrees Celsius.

A big number of sharks migrate northward during the cooler months along with the Humboldt current. The whale shark, silky shark, and Galapagos shark are examples of this. So, in order to increase your chances of sighting whale sharks, the optimal time is between June and December.

The ideal time to see the most animals is from September to November, but the seas will be cooler. Because of the thermoclines at this time of year, the water is even colder than usual for diving.

It will be necessary to wear 7mm wetsuits, hoods, and gloves. But, don’t worry that we always take care of every detail, so you will receive all the needed equipment during your Diving tour or cruise.

Even though there are fewer shark sightings in the warmer season, (January to June) diving conditions are generally better: less rough seas, more clear water for visivility, and warmer water .

You can encounter manta rays and even hammerhead sharks in the warmer months.

Average Galapagos Water Temperature Chart

What if I decide to go scuba diving between January and June?

You can dive with adult whale sharks, hammerhead sharks, manta rays, molas, sea lions, turtles, rays, marine iguanas, and a lot more from July to early December, the cooler season.

When diving in the warm season (January to June), you can still see a wide variety of marine life. Many oceanic “big life,” such as hammerhead sharks, may be viewed.

You’ll encounter playful turtles and sea lions that live there all year long. However, you won’t witness marine creatures as frequently, in as much variety, or as much quantity as you would during the cold season.

In conclusion, June to early December is the greatest period to dive in the Galapagos because you can view the large fauna, whale sharks, and large schools of hammerheads. If diving is your only choice between January and early June, We still advise you to do it.

On land and, of course, underwater, Galapagos is one of the planet’s most distinctive tourist attractions. Regardless of the season you visit, you will have a wonderful time. If the big life is your priority, you should schedule your trip for June, July, August, or September.

Be prepared to be amazed by breathtaking landscapes and unique wildlife, this is what makes the Galapagos Islands one of the most fascinating places to dive in the world!

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