The Galapagos Islands are well-known to have a very distinguished fauna and flora biodiversity, and that’s why so many families, couples, nature lovers, and travelers from all over the world decide to visit this incredible Ecuadorian island. For some people, this destination could be perfect to rest, relax, breathe some fresh air, and discover some new animals and plants you didn’t know about. But for some other tourists, this destination is perfect to surf. Keep reading to find out why Galapagos is considered a Surfers’ paradise.
The optimal surf season is from December until May (hot season). This happens because during hot season the cold Humboldt current decrease its influence, this means hotter, sunnier offshore conditions ideal for surfing.
The archipelago is one of the few places which really amplify and harvest the power of North Pacific ground swells and enjoy ideal weather and wind conditions at the same time.
Also, there are North and South swells in the Galapagos Islands. The south swells are found in Santa Cruz and Isabela island. However the north swells are found in Baltra and San Cristobal island.
Waves Consistency & Size
Because of the combination of northerly and southerly swells, Galapagos has a high degree of consistency. The north swells have an average of 6 to 10 feet. Salinas, Punta Carola, Manglecito, and El Cañón are the most popular spots for north swells.
The south swells have an average of 8 to 10 feet in Las Palmas (Santa Cruz island). Cerro Gallina ( Santa Cruz island) and Quinta Ola (Isabela Island) have an average of 6 feet.
Perfect Landscape & Wildlife
Surfing is a sport that can activate the 5 senses to achieve a clear goal: stand on the board while dominating the waves. Yet what can make this sport even more special is to be surrounded by a unique nature and landscapes, which gives you peace, and a passion and desire for living in the moment.
All of this is possible in the Galapagos Islands, one of the places with more endemic fauna and flora in the world. In fact, it is possible to surf with beautiful animals and swim with them. Learn more about the animals you can swim with here.
The Galapagos Islands is one of the most exciting places in the world to hit spectacular and perfect waves. So, stay at the brand new Ikala Galapagos Hotel and make the archipelago your next surf destination! We offer unmatched comfort and services, including islands hopping tours. Book a suite today! Make sure to check out some of the amazing beaches in the area, during your adventure through the Galapagos Islands.
Something that can make a traveling one of the best experiences is the people you meet, that’s why in the Galapagos Islands you will be surrounded by selfless, fun, intelligent, nice, warm and welcoming people. Also, in some seasons there are just a few surfers, mostly Latin America tourist and locals, that enjoy surfing in this magical place that looks like came out of a dream.