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Galapagos Penguins in Galapagos Islands

The Bartolomé island is a unique place to meet and even swim with the Galapagos penguins

Galapagos Penguins
Galapagos Penguins

Don't miss the opportunity to swim with the Galapagos penguins on the Bartolomé Island. Almost every tour to the Galapagos Islands includes the possibility to see the second smallest and the only penguin living on the north to the equator in the wild—the Galapagos Penguin.

There are generally two types of boat trip to see them: with and without snorkelling. Penguins like cold water and will voluntarily swim with you, especially if you have some snacks for them.

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When is the best time to visit Galapagos Islands to see the Galapagos penguins?

Between the months of May to September, visitors can witness the Galapagos penguins. These months support the breeding season of marine animals and provide food for the penguins. During this time, they engage in their nesting season and are seen more active on the shores of the islands Show more

Where can I see Galapagos penguins other than Bartolomé Island?

The Galapagos penguins are present on several islands in the archipelago, with the highest number on Isabela and Fernandina islands. Obtaining a guided walking tour to inland areas of the islands can deliver an opportunity for visitors to see these creatures, especially during their nesting season. Other locations include Genovesa and the Marielas islets. Show more

How do I swim with the Galapagos penguins safely?

Swimming with Galapagos penguins requires an approach that is patient and cautious. Avoid reaching or touching them, and keep them in groups. Snorkelers should be careful and consider that penguins may approach them closely. Visitors should be respectful to the animal's habitat to protect their natural behavior. Show more

What is the size of the Galapagos penguin compared to other penguin species?

Growing to approximately 49 centimeters in height and weighing up to 2.5 kilograms, the Galapagos penguin is the second smallest penguin species. The Magellanic and African penguin species surpass them in size. The Galapagos penguin's small size is a testament to their adaptation to the archipelago's warmer climate, which supports heat dissipation for the birds. Show more

What other unique wildlife species can I see on the Bartolomé island besides the Galapagos penguins?

Notable for its incredible wildlife reservoirs, Bartolomé Island is also home to other species such as various bird species, sea lions, marine iguanas, and Galapagos hawks. The island's scenic landscape comprises lava cones, craters, and geological formations fashioned by erosion, making it an exciting destination for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers. Show more

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