Guide to Galapagos Islands windsurfing holidays in Ecuador

Dec 12, 2023 BY AWE365 Team

The Galapagos Islands are well-known around the world for many reasons, most notably the wildlife. However, they have been little explored by windsurfers despite being blessed by Pacific swell and trade winds. It’s these top conditions that make Galapagos windsurfing holidays in Ecuador so special.

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It’s even hard to pin down the windiest spots on the islands, largely because only a few people have been able to surf the best reefs. As the archipelago is composed of a vast group of islands and reef rocks, there is so much to explore that the best may be yet to be found.

Despite being 600 miles (nearly 1,000km) off the South American coast, the UNESCO Galapagos Islands are part of Ecuador. Located on the equator, in the Pacific ocean, there are 127 islands, islets and rocks. 19 of these are ‘large’ but just four are inhabited, with a total population of around 33,000.

A holiday in Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands offers much more than just windsurfing! From the endemic wildlife on the land to the fauna beneath the waves there is plenty to see and do. Try snorkelling or scuba diving in the Galapagos, take a safari cruise, go bird watching or just enjoy the scenic beauty.

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Guide to Galapagos Islands Windsurfing Holidays

But if all you want is to hit the water, rest assured you can find huge waves which remain free from other windsurfers. With only a few local fisherman in the know about the location of the biggest swells. Windsurfing in the Galapagos islands offers the chance to have a real windsurfing adventure and who knows, the next unknown reef might even be named after you.

Even if you’re not the Christopher Columbus-type and exploration isn’t your thing, you can just stick to the already existing spots.

Tongo Reef (San Cristobal) has powerful and excellent quality waves. Santa Cruz is best known for Tortuga Bay, although this astonishing beach is only accessible by sea or by walking for 25-minutes along a coastal path. It can also be tricky to get out from the bay to take the wind but it’s well worth the effort.

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Isabela Island offers some of the best conditions for windsurfers, and deserves a special mention in any guide to Galapagos windsurfing holidays in Ecuador. The three-kilometre long white sandy beach is situated at Puerto Villamil with on-shore winds from June to December. There are plenty of rocky reefs and a spot called El Faro, almost at the end of the beach, with gentle waves and a sandy bottom.

For beginners, there is a shallow water beach with a sandy bottom. You may even share the water with some of the incredible endemic species, such as penguins, sea lions, turtles, rays and medium-small black tip sharks.

Isabela is the only Island to have an established windsurfing Centre, where you can rent windsurfing and SUP gear. You can find out more by visiting (who also kindly provided the images for this article). But there are plenty of options for Galapagos Islands activity holidays.

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Galapagos Windsurfing Holidays in Ecuador: When?

You can windsurf the Galapagos Islands year round, but currents and trade winds combine in late June/early July to late November early December to produce the best wind and waves. That said, even in March when the water is warmest and the skies sunny, you’ll find a steady 17-20 knot wind. From June to October you’ll experience cooler waters from ocean upwellings.

Galapagos windsurfing holidays give you the opportunity to enjoy unforgettable sailing, surrounded by stunning natural environments and landscapes complete with mangroves and volcanoes. There’s some of nature’s most unique animals for company – including sea lions, penguins and turtles. Which makes windsurfing in the Galapagos Islands so unique.

We hope you found this guide to Guide to Galapagos Islands windsurfing holidays in Ecuador useful. Check out this guide to best Galapagos activities for more inspiration.

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