Best time to travel to Galapagos Islands

Green Turtles in Galapagos Islands 2024-2025

The Galapagos is the place where you can easily meet fantastic green turtles

Best time: December–March

Green Turtles

The Galapagos are the natural habitat for green turtles – one the world's endangered species. If you like turtles, you should visit the Galapagos Islands at the beginning of the year when these leisurely and wise creatures lay their eggs on the beaches. The babies will hatch around two months after being laid and usually will be less than 5 cm long. Beginning of April is a perfect time to see the newborns travel from their place of birth to their natural habitat – the ocean waters.

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What is the best time to visit the Galapagos Islands to see green turtles?

Green turtles can be seen in the Galapagos Islands from December to March when egg laying occurs. This period offer visitors an up-close look at these majestic creatures when they migrate to the beaches. From April onwards, baby green turtles begin to venture out into ocean waters. Show more

How can visitors observe the green turtles in their natural habitat on the islands?

Visitors can witness green turtles on the beaches of Galapagos Islands from December to March during the breeding season. Up close observation is possible as turtles visit the beach for egg-laying. Visitors should take care to respect the turtles and avoid touching them, as they are monitored by authorities to protect their population on the islands. Show more

Are there certain areas on the islands where green turtles are more commonly found?

Green turtles can be found across the Galapagos Islands but are protected in designated areas to prevent any harm from fellow humans or predators. With more than 60 protected areas, the recommended islands to observe green turtles are Pinzón and other protected areas where giant tortoises and endemic birds can also be observed. Show more

How many species of turtles can be found in the Galapagos Islands?

Green turtles, along with three other species including the hawksbill turtle, the olive ridley turtle, and the leatherback turtle, call the Galapagos Islands home. Visitors can observe the natural behaviors of both green and other species, but are encouraged to practice conservation for their protection. Show more

How are conservation efforts being made to protect the green turtles in the Galapagos?

Galapagos National Park and the Charles Darwin Foundation protect green turtles and other animals under the national laws prohibiting hunting and illegal trafficking. Scientific research and conservation techniques are employed to make their protection effective. Conservation efforts include maintaining healthy population numbers, preserving habitats, and ensuring the safety of endangered species, which a re vital to the islands. Show more

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