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Chinese White Dolphin (Sousa chinesis) is the local name of the Indo-Pacific Humpback dolphin species, which are found from South Africa to China and northern Australia, usually very near coastline

The best months to visit Hong Kong are October to April. The northern summer is the time of the monsoon. Keep in mind that HK is very busy during the Western and Chinese holiday periods and at weekends as well. The dolphin watching tours take part three times each week always on Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday. The trip has to be booked in advance. Continue reading for more details and where you can get a pickup.

Weather

The driest months are December to March. These are also the coldest months, therefore, more often sunny blue skies instead of clouds and high humidity. Avoid the summer months when you may experience downpours, and in September typhoons occur occasionally. 

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There two options for access, we took the trip to Punta Allen with a ride along the coast, where you have beaches and lagoons.

The dry season in the Yucatan runs from November until April. Since Sian Ka'an is only reachable by quite a rough road it is not advised to visit in the wet season, especially if you DIY.

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It is difficult to get there. The closest islands are Canna and Rum but you need either a boat or a tour operator.

To visit the island good weather conditions and a calm sea are essential. Best months are from May to September for snorkeling and diving. Water is even colder than at Cairns of Coll. It is a hotspot for basking sharks in July and August.

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Galapagos is the most outstanding destination for diving, snorkeling, birding, and wildlife watching on our planet. The uninhabited islands were declared a National Park in 1959 and as the first Wo

Galapagos! A once in a lifetime destination. Pristine nature with endemic flora and fauna found nowhere else on earth. Do you need an expensive cruise to experience this intriguing island? No, we did without a cruise and had an amazing time. Of course, there are plenty of boat and cruise options, but traveling independently from island to island works really great. Scroll down to get answers to all of your questions:

  • Best time to visit
  • How to get to Galapagos
  • How much does it cost! Saving money
  • How long to stay
  • What to do and see on which island
  • Where to stay
  • Which animals to see

 

Colorful Land Iguana on the Galapagos Islands

You almost can’t explore the islands on your own only with a naturalist guide. However, most of the islands offer unlimited access to one or two awesome places for locals and visitors alike. We try to give you all the needed information for your Galapagos Adventure from another perspective. It is possible to plan your trip by yourselves if you are not focused to experience a special kind of wildlife or marine life. To be honest, we came here with high expectations and experienced more than we could dream of. Each day got topped by the next day.

Galapagos Weather - Best Time (Seasons)

Galapagos Sally Lightfoot Crabs

The islands have a cool microclimate although located in the tropics. The annual rainfall is on average around 500 mm depending on the elevation. The weather is influenced by the Humboldt current, different ocean currents, El Nino in the rainy season, and La Nina in the dry season. El Nino occurs every 5 to 7 years and causes a high amount of precipitation, a warmer ocean temp around 30°C / 86°F and even higher. Many marine mammals, reptiles, and birds die when the real El Nino occurs. The last El Nino happened in 2016. La Nina has a strong effect on the temperature; the air and ocean temps are much colder, it causes a drought. Usually, most precipitation occurs during March.

  • Rainy Season 
    Bartolome Island and Pinnacle Rock - Galapagos


    December through May is the rainy season, however, often sunny and warm expect afternoon showers. The sea is calm with a good visibility and the sea temperature is between 21°C and 26°C / 70°F and 79°F. Due to the warmer ocean temps it's a great time for snorkeling. However, we've seen lots of divers as well. Sea lions mate in the rainy season and you might see the newborn seal pups around March and April. Also turtles and iguanas mate and nest during this time of the year. Due to the higher amount of precipitation the islands are in full bloom from February to April. Continue reading to figure out the best snorkel spots and island tours. 
     
  • Dry Season 
    Faro Punta Carola on San Cristobal Island - Galapagos


    Usually the sky is overcast in the dry season. Colder temperatures on the islands and in the sea occur due to the Humboldt current. The current  brings cold water to the islands from June to November. The sea is nutrient rich which attracts a huge variety of fish, therefore sharks as well, seabirds like the albatross, and penguins as well. Wales and dolphins arrive when there is enough fish available. It's mostly cloudy with a higher surf. During August and September, the sea is very rough. The sea temperature varies between 18°C and 24°C / 64°F until 75°CF. From September to November the Galapagos Islands are an outstanding place to enjoy marine-life the reason that divers prefer this season. You are able to find schools of hammerhead at Darwin & Wolf Island. Hammerhead sharks occur throughout the year at Leon Dormido (Kicker Rock). It is easy to get to Leon Dormido by guided boat trour from San Cristobal. More penguines can be spotted on rocks and swimming in the colder season. However, although it is the dry season on lower levels and the coast there are rain drizzles in the highlands. The tortoises migrate to higher elevation for a lush vegetation.
Peak Season 

More crowded beach on the Galapagos Islands

The number of visitors is limited to the Galapagos Islands National Park. The islands are very busy around Easter, from May to early September, and again for Christmas holidays from mid-December until mid-January. Booking far in advance is advisable before coming here not to mess up your trip. Tours are fully booked and the sky is the limit for hotels and guest houses.  

Low Season

San Cristobal during the low season in February

Although, it is always said you have to book far in advance for Galapagos it's not true! There is a low season where you get last-minute prices for different offered tours and cruises for diving, snorkeling, and on land. These months are November and mid-January to the end of February. Mid-September and October are also not any longer super busy. You don't need to book accommodations and tours far in advance in these specific months. Fly to one of the main islands; Santa Cruz (airport on Isla Baltra) or San Cristobal. The local people are attentive and appreciate having tourists on their islands. Stay in one of the many guest houses or hotels and book your excursions just one or two days before.

Hotel Tips & Tours

Mainao Hotel on Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos

Besides others, we chose the Mainao Hotel on Santa Cruz as our home base. If that one is not available, use bookig.com (they have a price guarantee!) to look for a nice one on Santa Cruz: Santa Cruz Hotel Deals  - Galapagos (Tip: Bookmark this link to save time and money).The staff was super friendly. The rooms are spacious; also family rooms are available. We appreciated huge windows could be opened to let fresh air in during the night. Tea and coffee are available 24/7. The Mainao is utterly quietly located within walking distance to the Malecon. There isn't an elevator, but we loved to walk the stairs up watching the impressive architecture a bit like Gaudi. Next to the hotel is an affordable laundry. We were traveling for quite a long time, and we were glad about it. Also one of the must-see fish-markets is located close to the Mainao. If you arrive via San Cristobal, browse the hotels with the best reviews here (via booking.com): San Cristobal Hotels. We have more accommodation tips in the main text below for the other Galapagos islands. Make sure to check these! You'll also find many great money saving tips in the main text below, if you'd like to visit Galapagos on a budget! If money is no issue, just check these amazing organized tours via Viator - TripAdvisor Experience: Galapagos Tours

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The reef of Abu Nuhas in the Red Sea is also called "The Ship's Graveyard". 4 wrecks are accessible for divers. The Giannis D. is one of the most exciting wrecks for diving.

Ir's a year-round destination for diving. The main season starts in May and lasts until November with its peak in summer.

Best with water temperatures around 28 degrees and even more from June to September. October and November are a little bit cooler, therefore, less busy. Strong winds can occur during autumn, and it can be chilly.

The biggest chance for spotting big fishes from September to November when they migrate from the south to the north with colder ocean currents. 

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La Palma is one of the few places in the world where you can spot Blainville's Beaked Whale. Other sightings on this trip included striped dolphins, pilot whales, sperm whales and more.

Many whales and dolphins are year round at the Canary Islands. Best weather from April to October, shoulder season April-June and September-October are less hot and crowded.

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