Best Time to visit Galapagos

by Kshaunish Jaini

The Galapagos Islands are known for their year-long suitability as a holiday destination. There are still certain times that are more suitable to visit the islands than the others. In this post we try to narrow down the best time to visit Galapagos.

Galapagos Cruise Last Minute

Before booking a last minute cruise you should know how much your budget is for your whole trip to the Galapagos Islands, including the non-negotiable fees (National Park fee and Transit Control Card). This allows you to understand how much you are able to spend on the cruise.

Last minute deals usually include budget or mid-range boats therefore if you are looking to book a luxury cruise, it would be better to book in advance. When booking a last minute Galapagos cruise, you may need to be flexible regarding your itinerary. If you have an ideal itinerary that is also popular with other visitors, it is likely that those cruises will be fully booked. The best time to book a last minute cruise is between 1 week and 1 month before departure. Within this time frame prices should begin to decrease and there should still be plenty of options. The high season in the Galapagos Islands is from June to September and from December to January. During these months, the Galapagos cruise prices will be higher than usual  and will most likely be fully booked.

To find the best last minute deals for a Galapagos Island cruise , you should visit Quito or Guayaquil. You could even take a flight to the Galapagos Islands to find a good price in Santa Cruz. By researching the addresses of cruise companies and tour agencies before you arrive, you can save yourself time.

Seals are a core part of the Galapagos islands wildlife

Seals are a core part of the Galapagos islands wildlife

Galapagos Cruise Holidays

Each cruise has a different itinerary so it is important that you find a Galapagos cruise that suits you. Typically on a 7 day cruise you will either visit the eastern Galapagos Islands or the western Galapagos Islands.

The eastern Galapagos itinerary generally visits:

The western Galapagos Islands itinerary generally visits:

Galapagos Islands Cruise cost

The cost of a Galapagos cruise depends on various factors:


Although the weather in the Galapagos Islands are pleasant all year-round, the low season is considered to be during the months April, May, September and October. During these months there are fewer tourists and therefore lower prices for the Galapagos cruises. The disadvantage is that during these times the ocean can be very choppy which could be considered a problem for some.


The Galapagos cruises have many types of itineraries available that can last for 4, 5, 6, 8, and even 15 days. Typically the longer the itinerary, the higher the cost of the cruise.

The Class of the Cruise

Depending on your budget, you may opt for a budget cruise, mid-range cruise or a more luxurious cruise. The higher the price, the better quality amenities and dining and tour guides tend to have more experience on more expensive cruises. In addition, higher priced cruises provide more comfortable cabins with a larger size, modern decor and a warm shower. The quality and variety of food also depends on price; gourmet food can even be expected on the luxury cruises. However, a great experience in the Galapagos Islands can be possible at any price.

Based on a 7 day Galapagos cruise:

A Galapagos islands cruise seen behind the pelican

A Galapagos islands cruise seen behind the pelican.

Galapagos Cruise Ships

For the perfect Galapagos holiday , you need to pick the cruise ship that matches what you want. Most cruises can be separated into 3 categories: Small with 8-20 passengers, medium with 40-50 passengers and large with maximum 100 passengers.

Small Galapagos Ships

Medium Galapagos Ships

Large Galapagos Ships

You can read more about the Galapagos islands on our blog , and here is a list of books we recommend .

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