Galapagos Surfing

Galapagos Surfing alongside dolphins, sharks, sea lions and marine iguanas. It's an adventure that you will remember for a lifetime.


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A good location for surfing is at Tortuga Bay which has waves of remarkable size.

A few years ago a specialized surfer magazine wrote an article about the Galapagos Islands and its impressive waves.

Surfing in Galapagos is allowed all year round. And one of the most amazing things is that you surf alongside with sea lions, sharks, marine iguanas, dolphins and sea turtles.

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The surfing conditions in Galapagos are just fabulous with strong winds and big swells. The water in these set of islands is always blue and clear with temperatures ranging from 70 to 80 degrees.

The Island of San Cristobal is another great spot for Galapagos surfing. You can surf in Galapagos all year round because there are plenty of waves and the winds are also usually offshore.

But the best surfing season is from December through May where the Galapagos receive north and south swells.

The most important waves in San Cristobal Island are: Tongo, CaƱon, Carola, and the Loberia. You should hire a boat to have an easier access to these waves.

The reason is that the cold Humboldt current which travels northward up the coast of Chile and Peru during the Austral winter months prevailing onshore conditions during this period, with the wind and swell coming from the same direction.

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The weather for surfing from June to December is a bit colder at this time of year. But since the Islands are located in the Equator the water rarely drops below 18 C degrees, so it's not that cold.

However, if you have a tendency to get cold easily, then a 3/2 wet suit is a must to wear for surfing during this period of the year.

Galapagos surfing is allowed on 3 of the Islands of this Archipelago and within the boundaries of this Marine Reserve

You can also practice other adventure sports like: Snorkeling windsurfing, sailing and Kayaking

The Galapagos National Park has established certain rules to surf legally in the Galapagos Islands.

These rules are aimed to avoid disturbances on the natural environment, as well as accidents, and to guarantee the best experience to all surfers.

The Galapagos Islands are the only protected coastal marine area in the South Pacific Ocean, and it is also the second largest Marine Reserve in the world.

There are around 180,000 visitors a year in Galapagos, this represent actually around 6 times the total of local settlers totaling approximately 20,000 to 22,000.

The population is spread mainly in San Cristobal with around 7,000, Isabela Island with 2,000 and Santa Cruz with a further 13,000.

On the longest Island Floreana there are also around 80 settlers mainly located around Black Beach.

The animals in Galapagos are indeed very friendly and consider you as part of their environment. This is very amazing and you will definitively agree with me when you visit these enchanted Islands.

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Galapagos surfing has been gaining more importance through the last years and is an activity practiced by both locals and visitors.

Surfing in the Galapagos Islands is truly a remarkable experience because of all the friendly and unique Galapagos Marine Life that surrounds them.

The experience of Galapagos surfing will definitively remain in your mind and in your heart for a long time!

Recommended Reading

Ecuador & Galapagos (Insight Guides)

Ecuador & Galapagos (Insight Guides)
With 250 photos and tons of great information, this is an essential addition to your pre-Ecuador and -Galapagos reading! There are better guides if you are only interested in the islands, but for a combination trip taking in Ecuador as well, it's hard to beat.

Birds, Mammals, and Reptiles of the Galapagos Islands

Birds, Mammals, and Reptiles of the Galapagos Islands
Small enough to fit into your pocket, yet containing comprehensive information and pictures of all the species you will encounter in the islands, this book is a must-have for nature lovers. Let's face it, Galapagos is largely about the wildlife. This book will NOT disappoint, and you'll have a great memento of your time with the seals, penguins and tortoises!

Galapagos: The Islands That Changed the World

Galapagos: The Islands That Changed the World
Definitely NOT a tourist's guide, but if you're like me, and find the history and geography of the islands irresistible, then this is a title you ought to invest in. Stunningly illustrated, and painstakingly researched, those of you who have been there will be enchanted again -- and those of you who have not will begin planning your trip!

Moon Spotlight Galapagos Islands

Moon Spotlight Galapagos Islands
If you're a seasoned Galapagos regular, then you will probably prefer something weightier. But for first-timers looking for simple, down-to-earth advice on where to go, what to see and the best shopping and eating on the islands, this is the book for you. Small, well-priced, and reliable!

Galapagos: Islands Born of Fire

Galapagos: Islands Born of Fire
The 10th anniversary edition of this photographer's tour of the Galapagos Islands is a stunning book, worthy of anybody's coffee table. This is a perfect post-trip talking point -- a great way to remember what you've seen, and spread the word amongst your envious friends!

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