GENERAL INFORMATION

Location
The Galapagos Islands are located on the equator, 600 miles west of Ecuador.

Average Water Temperature

January-June: 70°F-80°F (20C-26C)

July – December: 65°F – 75°F (18C- 23C)

Electricity

Mainland Ecuador uses 110 volts, 60 cycles, AC, same as the U.S. M.Y.

Climate

There are two main seasons:

– January to June, known as the wet/hot season, when the winds from the southeast can make the seas rough. In April, air and water temperatures begin to be chilly.

– July to December is the dry/cooler or “garua” season, when winds from the east will result in calmer seas. The strongest trade winds and coolest temperatures (ranging from 60ºF to 79ºF or 16ºC and 26ºC) are customary in late September. In October, the trend reverses again.

Visibility

Due to strong currents, average visibility is from 8 to 10 meters (25ft to 35ft); on good visibility days it can reach approximately 18 meters (60ft).

Money Matters

The Ecuadorian currency now is the US Dollar, therefore be sure to carry cash for your necessities.

Most major credit cards are accepted widely when shopping ashore, however, additional fees are charged in Ecuador, for the use of credit cards.

On board charges:

Mastercard and Visa

Marine Currents

The Galapagos Islands are influenced by the Humboldt Current, which brings cold waters especially during the mist and rainy season (July to December).

During the warm season (January to June), “El Niño” current may cause a much greater flow of warm waters, making the surface warmer and rainfall increase, winds become weaker and the water from the Panama Basin remains warm.

Wildlife and Sea Conditions:

From July to December the sea is choppy, strong surge, strong winds. Lots of whale sharks could be observed, as there is a lot of plankton, rich waters, which provide all the meal for the big sea species.

From December to June the sea is calm with a gentle breeze; making sailing easier. Larger schools of Eagle Rays, Manta Rays and Hammerhead Sharks could be observed during this time.