Questions and Answers about the Galapagos
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Frequently Asked Questions
When planning a visit to new place, especially a foreign country, it is perfectly normally to have many questions. This is why Dreamkapture Travel provides you with this easy guide to the often asked questions about preparing to go to the Galapagos Islands.
If you have a question which is not addressed here you can always contact us, and we will happy to answer your question. Contact Us
When is the best time to visit the Galapagos?
The Galapagos Islands are a year round destination and can be visited during any time of the year.
The high seasons are generally considered to be mid-December through January and June through August, as this is when most foreign visitors arrive, but visiting year-round is not a problem.
The wildlife is always there, and you can see birds courting and young in their nests during any month. The exception are waved albatrosses, which leave en mass in mid-December and stay at sea until late March then they begin to arrive on Espanola Island.
The warmest season is December to June with air temperatures 77°F to 90°F / 25ºC to 32ºC. The water temperature during this period ranges from 68°F to 80°F / 20ºC to 27ºC. From December to June is the warm season better for snorkeling.
From July through November air temperatures vary from low 68°F to 80°F / 20ºC to 27ºC.
Monthly Temperatures in Fahrenheit and Celsius
What should I bring?
Here is a helpful list of the important things to bring with you to the Galapagos.
Wet suits and Snorkeling equipment are available on the ships usually as a rental (Upper class ships will often include these items, but it varies from ship to ship). If you already have a mask, fins, snorkel, and/or a wet suit it is always better to bring your own for the sake of the fit and comfort.
Are there things I should not bring?
There are things which you will probably be better off not bringing to the Galapagos or to Ecuador.
The Do Not Bring List:
What is included in the cruise price?
What is included can vary from ship to ship. But here are list of the basic items on all ships.
Prices includes ALL of the following:
Below are additional items which could be included depending on the ship you choose. We will confirm what will be included on the ship of your choice prior to your purchasing a cruise.
What is not included in the cruise price?
Unless an item is specifically stated in a promotion, your cruise will not include:
These items vary from ship to ship
What is the difference between cruises?
This question can be applied to several specific characteristics of the choices you may have when deciding on a Galapagos cruise.
There are differences in the class of ship, style of the ship, what the ship provides to its passengers, itineraries, number of days of the cruise, and cost.
Class of ship:
Can I start and end my cruise on the same days I am flying?
YES you can!
This is the normal procedure with all the ships in the Galapagos. If you are beginning your cruise on the same day you arrive in the Galapagos you will be picked up in the airport by a representative of the ship. If you are flying out on the day you end your cruise you will be provided transportation to the airport in time for your departure flight.
*There are exemptions to this. There are some cruises that finish later on the last day and would require your departure flight be the next day. Also there are flights that arrive too late in the day to begin your cruise that same day.
Dreamkapture Travel arranges airline flights to the Galapagos for the same price as the airlines. When you book with Dreamkapture Travel, we make certain that you are on a flight / airline that does not conflict with your cruise schedule. This can be extremely critical if you only have a set amount of time to visit the Galapagos.
Let Dreamkapture Travel arrange you flight needs after you have decided on a cruise. It is always best to purchase you cruise first and then the flight. This way you do not restrict you cruise options and Dreamkapture can work with cruise ship for reserved seats on the airlines.
Most Common Mistakes
|King of the Seas||Angelito||Archipell I & II||Athala|
|Galvaven I||Majestic||Cormorant Evolution|
|Nemo II||Flamingo I|
|Reina Silvia||Journey I|
|Tip Top III||Queen Beatriz|
|Treasure of the Galapagos||Queen of Galapagos|
|Yolita II||Silver Galapagos|
The cabin size is determined by the type of ship, for example a First or Luxury Class Catamaran or Cruise ship will have larger rooms with both beds being on the floor and more opportunities for matrimonial beds than that of a motor yacht or sail boat.
If you are traveling alone, you will have a roommate while on the cruise. Your roommate will be the same sex as you, (only a few ships mix sexes in the rooms and you would be informed of this option prior to purchase).
The price of a private room for one person is normally double.
Some ships do offer triple cabins (for 3 people). These ships are:
|Tourist Superior||First Class||Luxury Class|
|Not available||Galaxy||Coral I, Coral II|
|at this level||Millennium||Cormorant Evolution|
|Santa Cruz||Eric, Letty, Flamingo|
|Seaman Journey||Galapagos Legend|
|Treasure of the Galapagos||Silver Galapagos|
Often this third bed is for children only. Contact Dreamkapture for a specific ship's policy for a 3 person cabin.
You can find descriptions of the cabins on each of the ship's web pages. All ships are listed at: Quick Ship Pick page.
Also to read more on the differences between classes see:
What is the difference between cruises.
It is certain you will want to have photos of your trip to the Galapagos Islands. Bringing your own camera is a must. Whether you use a digital or conventional camera, you will find that you will be able to charge batteries on all the cruise ships (110 v).
If you are wanting to have some underwater photos and you do not already have an underwater housing for your camera, it is best to buy a single use camera. Probably the easiest one to find here in Ecuador is the "Sport Single Use" camera.
Most of the Galapagos is protected areas and the areas which you can explore on your own (without a guided tour or cruise) are very limited.
There are some options for visitors to "camp" while in the Galapagos. These locations are specific and require permission from the National Park or camping on private property. Most camping is done as part of an organized tour.
Within the park area camping is only allowed in a few authorized areas on some of the islands. Authorization to camp from the Galapagos National Park requires that you request permission at least 48 hours in advance of your planned camping dates from the National Park.
Camping on private property is something you would need to research prior going to the Galapagos and make the necessary arrangements with the property owner.
Smoking and Camp Fires are strictly prohibited within the Galapagos National Park. Fires of any kind are a danger to the flora and fauna of the Galapagos and are forbidden.
Many families travel together, and the Galapagos islands are no exception.
If you are traveling with children and are planning on visiting the Galapagos, here are a few things to keep in mind when planning your trip.
Some ships do have somer cabins which allow 3 passengers in them; the third usually being a child. You can see a list of these ships here under the heading "Cabins".
The Galapagos Islands are isolated so the climate is determined almost entirely by the ocean currents, which in turn are influenced by trade winds that push the currents. In general, December to May are the warmest months with temperatures of 80ºF to 90ºF (26ºC to 35ºC). June to November is cooler 70ºF to 80ºF (20ºC to 26ºC).
Mainland Ecuador - Highlands: It is spring-like most of the year. May through November is dry with an average temperature of 70ºF (20ºC). December to April is slightly cooler though still very pleasant.
Mainland Ecuador - Coast: The average temperature is 83ºF (28ºC), with a hot, rainy season from December to May and a dry season from June to December.
Mainland Ecuador - Jungle: In the Jungle the climate is hot 77ºF (25ºC), humid and rainy.
You may also want to read: Water Temperatures and Weather
You will find land line phone service and cellular coverage in some locations in the Galapagos. But this is only in the main islands. While on your cruise in the more remote areas there could be days when you will have no phone signal. The ships maintain communications by radio. In the cities of Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz and Puerto Baquerizo Moreno on San Cristobal you will be able to find Internet Cafes and Cabinas to make international phone calls.
You are on vacation, dress comfortable and informal. When visiting the islands bring comfortable lightweight clothing. If you sunburn easily, you should take this into consideration as well. For the evenings bring long pants and a wind-breaker / light jacket. Shoes are another item which should not be neglected. Good shoes are a must for many of the locations you will be visiting. The Galapagos are mostly made of lava, and lava is hard sharp type of rock. But there will be destinations where flip-flops are just fine.
The Galapagos are part of the Ecuador and have no international airports. But in order to preserve this special place and prevent the introduction of new species to the islands you are not allowed to take items such as fruits, vegetables, cheeses, eggs, flowers and seeds. Your luggage will be scanned at the SICGAL inspection station prior to you checking in for your flight.
Maybe your schedule is inflexible or you only have a short window of time which you can visit the Galapagos. How do you know what is available? At Dreamkapture Travel we sell every cruise ship and this means we can provide you will all the potential options available. Provide us with your travel dates, number of people in your group, and budget and we can tell you what is available to match your needs. Contact Us.
According to Ecuadorian Immigration regulations, every foreign passenger entering the Country must have a passport with a time validity of at least 6 months from the day of arrival to Ecuador. A Visa is not required by anyone regardless of their nationality if they will not be staying more than 90 days.
There are 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 11, and even 15 day cruises.
Almost all of the ships only offer the 4, 5, and 8 day options.
This is due to structure of their itineraries. Only a few ship have the 6, 10, 11, and 15 day options.
An 8 day cruise will include all the destinations of the particular ships itinerary. For example if the cruise starts on Sunday then you will visit all the different locations on the itinerary and end the cruise by returning to where you started the next Sunday.
The 4 and 5 day cruises are halves of the 8 day cruise. Most cruises have a halfway point when they will be in or near a port location. At this halfway point they say good bye to some guest and welcome new ones aboard. The 15 day cruise are a northern 8 day cruise and a southern 8 day cruise combined. Only a few ships are offering this option.
If the numbers do not add up for you this is because your first and last day on any cruise will be a half day. On the first day you will have an afternoon activity and on the last day an early morning activity. These half days are part of every ships schedule to bring on new passengers and to get others back to the airport on time for their return flight.
Dreamkapture Travel encourages our clients to spend a few days on the islands either before or after their cruise to take in some of the sites which were not part of the cruise. If you are scuba diver you will definitely want to make time to dive in the Galapagos.
The Islands are part of the Ecuadorian National Parks system. There is an entrance fee of $100 U.S. dollars for adults and $50 for children under 12. The fee is collected on arrival in the airport in the Galapagos Islands and is ONLY payable in cash. There is no ATM access in the Galapagos airports. You need to have the money with you prior to leaving the mainland. Credit cards or travelers checks are not accepted.
All Galapagos trips start with a flight from mainland Ecuador from the cities of Quito or Guayaquil. There are no direct International flights to the Galapagos Islands. The flight from Guayaquil to Galapagos takes approximately 1.5 hours. The flight from Quito usuallystops at Guayaquil and then continues to the Islands. The total travel time from Quito to the islands is approximately 2.5 hours.
All the flights to the Galapagos leave in the morning hours, usually early. The return flights depart late morning or early afternoon from the Galapagos. These return flights arrive back in Quito or Guayaquil in the afternoon, usually before 6:00 pm.
It is possible to begin your cruise the same day as you arrive in the Galapagos and you can depart on the same day your cruise ends. Not all flights arrive early enough to begin cruises. If you already have your flights, inform your Dreamkapture sales person of the the dates and times of the flights. This way conflicts can be avoided between cruise ship options and your flight times.
Take note, that not all the flight arrival times will work with the beginning time of the ship departures. Also, some ships require that flights are arranged through the ship.
Dreamkapture Travel can secure your flights and avoid all the possible problems with restrictions and scheduling. It is always best to secure your cruise first and then secure flights to accommodate the cruise dates.
Dreamkapture Travel offers all cruises with flights. We can also provide pricing without flights if you already have your flight tickets.
Dreamkapture Travel arranges your flight tickets to the Galapagos and this is included in the price you will be quoted. If you already have flights let our salesperson know so that they can provide you with an adjusted price quote.
Flights are usually one of these options:
High Season: July, August, December
Low Season: January - June and September - November
Other combinations are available as well.
Prices vary from airline to airline. Which airline is used will depend on availability of spaces on the planes.
Often people think it is best to buy their flight tickets first and then book a cruise...
BUT THIS CAN CAUSE PROBLEMS!
Buying your flight tickets first can greatly complicate things by limiting your choices for cruises due to conflicts between ship's schedules and flight times. The ships will not normally wait for someone arriving on a later flight. Also your return flight can effect your options for cruise. In addition, changing flight tickets can be difficult and expensive.
When Dreamkapture Travel arranges your flight tickets there will be no conflict between the flight times and the ship’s schedule. We are also able to draw upon the reserved seats which each ship has to obtain your flight. Some ships are very specific about airlines in order to avoid just such situations.
Food can vary from traditional Ecuadorian dishes to something more international. If you are a vegetarian or have any special dietary needs please let us know in advance so that we can make the necessary arrangements. All meals on board are included in the price of the cruise.
The Galapagos National Park protects 97% of the land mass on the islands. In addition, the Galapagos Marine Reserve protects a further 138,000 square km of sea surrounding the Islands.
The Park’s mission is to protect, conserve and manage the Islands ecosystems and its biological diversity for the benefit of humanity, local populations, science and education.
All the ships strictly adhere to the rules of the Galapagos National Park. All cruise itineraries are approved annually by the National Park. All ships passengers are always accompanied by a fully qualified Galapagos National Park guide.
Daily trips to the islands involve getting in and out of small boats known as pangas, which require some physical effort and balance. Daily nature walks may include walking on irregular ground including boulders. Briefings will be given by your guide in advance of the landings to better help you determine the levels of difficulty.
It is advisable that guests should be in reasonably good health and physical condition to fully enjoy a cruise in the Galapagos Islands. If a passenger suffers from any medical condition that might impact their travel experience they should consult with their doctor before traveling to the Galapagos to ensure that they are capable of undertaking the trip. In addition, passengers should advise us of their condition and associated medical needs prior to travel.
It is recommend that passengers buy trip cancellation insurance. In addition, we also recommend the following insurances: life, international medicine, baggage loss and baggage delay, loss of personal belongings lost or stolen personal objects during the length of the trip.
In the cities of Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno on San Cristobal Island, Puerto Villamil on Isbela Island you will be able to find )Internet Cafes where you can connect to the Internet
Only a few of the first and luxury class ships offer satellite )Internet This service is NOT included and it is an additional charge on board the ships which do provide it.
The ships will anchor and guests will visit a minimum of two sites each day (with the exception of the first and last day). You will leave your ship to the island on a "panga" (local name for dinghies). There are two kinds of landings in the Galapagos: Dry and Wet. A dry landing would consist of stepping out of the panga onto a solid dry surface such as a dock, large rock or concrete slab. A wet landing would mean you are stepping out of the panga onto a beach. With the wet landing you would be barefooted and carrying your shoes in your hand. Once ashore your guide will lead you on marked trails explaining the geology and natural history of the location, and you are encouraged to ask your guide questions. Your treks will be done at a leisurely pace allowing plenty of time to enjoy and photograph the amazing wildlife and scenery. There is often an opportunity to swim and/or snorkel during these visits should you wish.
It is possible to go a on land based tour of the Galapagos.
The land based tours work in a similar way as the cruises. There are 4, 5, 8 day options. You will spend each night in a hostel or hotel depending on which class you choose for your tour. During each day you will visit multiple locations. At the end of each night you will return to your lodging.
The land based tours are similar to Island Hopping but consist of multiple days in an organized tour.
All your meals and an English speaking naturalist guide are part of the land tours. You can read more about the land based tours by clicking the link: Land Based Galapagos Tours.
* Most of these tours include destinations which require boat travel to reach. If you have chosen a multiple island tour; there will be boat travel required to complete the entire tour. It possible that some travel by boat will be required to visit some locations on a single island tour.
All the naturalist guides are bilingual and tours are conducted in English and Spanish if required. Some guides speak multiple languages and it is possible to arrange tours in other languages. This needs to be done in advance. There would be an additional cost for a guide who speaks a language other than English or Spanish.
The shores of the islands and the access to visitor sites can have rocky surfaces or beaches. Landings may be dry or wet. Dry landings are easily performed, as you will find a flat rocky surface for proper docking with the outing boats or sometimes a real pier as a landing place. When a beach is the only way of accessing a visitor site, it is performed as a wet landing. These are also quite simple since you just remove your shoes and socks, proceed to the front of the dinghy (or panga), and while swinging your legs out, you gently slide off the side of the panga, and will not wet yourself any higher than knee level. Afterwards, dry your feet, put your shoes on, and you will be ready to go. From time to time you may find rougher swells than the usual ones, and so the wet landing requires extra caution. At any landing, please, follow the instructions of the staff in charge.
Last Minute Pricing happens about one week or a little more before the ship embarks. The reason for these deals are to sell the remaining spaces on the ship before the it sails.
Most often this can save you some money when purchasing a Galapagos Cruise.
The pros are:
The cons are:
This can be a great way to save money, but time is of the essence and it is good to be able to react quickly. Most often buying with cash is your only option and you will need to pay for the entire cruise before it begins. Spaces on ships can sell out at anytime! Also see paying for the Galapagos: click here.
Dreamkapture Travel contacts the ships your are interested in to confirm there is space available and the Last Minute Prices. Contact us with your travel dates to find out what we have that matches your needs. For more advice on Last Minute Deals Click Here.
The currency in Ecuador is the United States dollar. On the Islands, most major credit cards (Visa, Master Card, American Express, Diners etc) are widely accepted, except in smaller stores.
You can find Banco Pichincha and Pacifico branches on the island of Santa Cruz and Banco Pacifico on San Cristobal. Both have ATM machines that accept Master Card, Visa and cards affiliated with the Cirrus, Maestro, Banred and ATM system. It maybe possible to change travelers checks but this is more difficult and a there is a service charge.
There are several myths about the Galapagos which continue to be spread around by travelers. They have almost become like urban legends. Here are some of the myths about the Galapagos...
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There are several methods for making deposits and paying for your cruise.
Our sales staff can thoroughly explain the differences, limitations, and consequences of each of these payment methods available to you. This way you can determine which is going to be the best for you.
We also encourage you to review our Payment and Cancellation policy.
The prices of cruises vary from ship to ship, from class to class, and to the number of days of the cruise. Also the prices of cruises are often changing due to the demand and availability of spaces on the ships. Most ships only have 16 passengers or less. The more economical Tourist and Tourist Superior Classes tend to sell quickly once Last Minute Pricing is available.
Here are some pricing guidelines to help give you and idea of cost. These prices are Including flights.
We update our prices for Last Minute Cruises daily. In addition, we do contact every ship to confirm your price and availability before you purchase. When you are working with us you will be getting the most update prices for cruises in the Galapagos.
At Dreamkapture Travel there is no difference in price between buying your cruise in our office in Guayaquil or with us through the Internet. We offer the same great prices to all our clients.
We also recommend that you read
What is NOT included in the cruise price?
To see what Last Minute Deal prices are currently visit the Last Minute Deal web page. If there is something you are interested, contact us from this page and we will provide you with more detailed information.
Why cruise prices are not posted on Dreamkapture's web site?
Prices of cruises can and do fluctuate frequently. Prices change because of the season, the availability of spaces, and the demand for the spaces.
Here at Dreamkapture Travel we sell every ship in the Galapagos, and as part of our service we contact the ships which match your needs to check the availability of spaces and the current prices. This way you will receive from us the most up-to-date information and best prices. This allows us to give you the a low current price for your travel dates without posting a high price on our web site that does not need to be changed like other web sites do.
Reimbursements are extremely rare and limited in value. If a consolation is possible, it will be determined by the ship’s company; not the travel agency, and may include a service fees.
There are no refunds if you discontinue the tour for any reason.
Travelers are always encouraged to obtain the appropriate Travel Insurance and to confirm the coverage they will have relating to Galapagos cruises.
If it becomes necessary for you to cancel your trip, the following fees will apply and will be computed as of the date of the receipt of a written cancellation notice.
Cancellation Fee Schedule:
The Galapagos Islands are a world destination for scuba diving. The waters are a little colder but the abundance of animal life is amazing. In addition to reef fish and schooling fish, you will have the opportunity to scuba with sea lions, turtles, reef sharks, hammerhead sharks, manta rays and much more.
Conditions in the Galapagos are more suitable for experienced divers, but there are opportunities for beginners.
There are three types of diving options in the Galapagos:
Day trips are offered out of Puerto Ayora and Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. The day trips are more economical, usually consisting of two dives, and the price varies according to distance traveled.
Dreamkapture works with all the best dive operators, and we can help plan out your diving experience Prices begin around $200 per day and include complete equipment rental, boat transportation, and a sack lunch.
Live-Aboard diving would involve numerous dive days on the ship and visiting some of the more remote dive locations. The Live-Aboard options will cost about $575 per person per day. These dive ships only do very limited land visits (usually only Santa Cruz and San Cristobal islands).
Only a few of the cruise ships allow diving. This is a new feature in 2012 and requires a minimum of 2 divers. The diving portion of the cruise is slightly different than that of the regular passengers to accommodate the scuba diving. You can read more about this at Dive Cruises.
At Dreamkapture we are able to provide you with Scuba Diving itineraries and make all the arrangements for your diving days while you are in the Galapagos. We work with all the best Dive Operators in the Galapagos and when you let us arrange it for you there is absolutely NO extra charge!
If you want to know more just Contact Us with your scuba diving specifics and days if possible. We will provide you inclusive prices and dive locations.
It also possible to obtain your PADI certification in the Galapagos! Dreamkapture Travel can provide you information on this too.Please visit our Scuba Diving Page: Diving in the Galapagos
By comparison the waters around the Galapagos are considered to be calm. But some people are susceptible to motion sickness (sea sickness). The motion will be felt more on smaller ships than the larger ships, and there can be differences between the style of ships. For example catamarans are known to be the most stable.
Another thing to take into consideration is where your cabin is located. The higher up the cabin is the more the motion will be felt. If you do suffer from motion sickness then you should try to avoid the months when the seas are generally the roughest (August and September). Also there are also various sea sickness medications and aids readily available from pharmacist and other suppliers. These can be obtained over the counter here in Ecuador. One brand is called: Mareol.
On the larger ships you will often find memorabilia which you can purchase: T-shirts, baseball caps, handmade Ecuadorian jewelry and other items. There may even be a gift shop on the luxury ships.
Smoking is not allowed within the Galapagos National Park or within enclosed areas of the boat. Smoking is permitted on deck though and guests are asked to be considerate of other passengers who may be within the vicinity.
Snorkeling equipment and wet suits are available on all the ships.
Usually the equipment is an additional rental. Snorkeling equipment in the Galapagos only includes:
Wet suits are separate from snorkeling equipment and these will rent by the day ($5.00 usually).
Please let us know if you think you will be wanting a wet suit, and we can let the ship know your size and to have one available on board. Many of the ships do not have a selection of wet suits available on board, and these need to be prearranged. Please advise us of your size in advance (XS, S,M,L, XL).
The Galapagos Islands are GMT -6 hours and do not change their clocks for Daylight Savings (because they are on the equator). This means that in the summer months they are the same time as Mountain Daylight Time but in the winter months they are the same time as Central Standard Time.
The Time Zone in mainland Ecuador is Standard Time GMT (UTC) - 5.
This is the current date & time in Ecuador.
Simply put the Galapagos islands are one hour behind from the mainland time. For example if it is 4:00 pm in Guayaquil or Quito it will be 3:00 pm in the islands. This will also reflect with your arrival time on your flight ticket as Galapagos time.
In the Galapagos, it is customary to leave a gratuity for the guide and crew separately. Gratuities are at the sole discretion of the passengers and should be based on the level of service received. Usually a tip is between 8% and 10%.
Transfers on the Galapagos Islands.
All transfers from the airport in the Galapagos to the boat are included in your cruise if you are flying in on the same day your cruise is beginning. The same is true if you are flying out on the same day your cruise is ending.
If you are going to be in the islands prior to your cruise, you will be required to be at a meeting place. The default location is at the airport. In some special circumstances it may be possible to have a meeting point in Puerto Ayora or Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. This will depend on where your ship is anchored on that day and the ship's schedule. A representative from the ship expecting you and most likely they will have a sign with the ship's name on it.
Transfers in Quito or Guayaquil.
Transfers between the airport and your hotel and hotel to airport in Quito or Guayaquil are usually done by Taxi. Taxis are safe and dependable at the airports. There is the option of a special pick up by a private taxi service. Contact us to inquire the price of this.
On board most ships use reverse osmosis to produce fresh water. The water from the taps is safe to drink on the ships. If you have hesitations you might feel more comfortable drinking bottled water.
December to June: 68ºF to 80ºF (21ºC to 27ºC)
July to November: 64ºF to 75ºF (18ºC to 24ºC)
In regards to snorkeling, you may be more comfortable by obtaining a wet suit (rental on board) in the colder months.
There are two seasons in the islands: garua and hot
Between the months of June and November, when the Southeast Trade winds are stronger, the South Equatorial Current and the Cromwell Undercurrent predominate the Galapagos Islands. The air and the sea are cooler. Often, a fine drizzle falls; this is the garua, which gives its name to the season.
Dry Season (windy-dry): June to November ave. 22 Degrees Celsius
Snorkeling conditions: Since the water temperature reaches the "untrue" tropical range, one can expect generally waters with some current, and a slight decrease in visibility due to the amount of plankton particles suspended in the water column. This is the snorkeling season where a wet suit is likely to provide a higher comfort in the water. Note that wet suits are available for rent on some vessels.
From December to May, the Northeast Trade winds blow and the hot Panama Current prevails in the Galapagos. The heat increases and rainfall is abundant.
Hot Season (warm-rainy) : December to May av. 25 Degrees Celsius
Snorkeling conditions: since the water temperature reaches the "true" tropical range, one can expect generally calm waters, virtually non strong currents, and high chances of visibility.
The winds and the ocean determine life in Galapagos.
The archipelago has a varying climate, marked by a scarcity of rain. The majority of the islands are arid, though there is lush vegetation growing in the highlands of the larger islands.
Galapagos lies at the meeting place of winds and ocean currents coming from the north and the south. These determine the climate of Galapagos and the distribution and abundance of its species.
These are items which are not included in the price of your cruise unless specifically stated in a promotion.
* Please note that the Galapagos National Park fee and population control card are only payable in cash.