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Daphne Major
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Daphne Major

Daphne Major is a small island located in the Galapagos archipelago off the western coast of Ecuador. The island is just 0.4 square kilometers in size and is home to a variety of wildlife, including sea lions, marine iguanas, and a variety of bird species.

Daphne Major is located approximately 48 kilometers north of the equator and 500 kilometers west of the mainland of Ecuador. The island is part of the Galapagos Marine Reserve, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The island is most famous for its role in Charles Darwin's theory of evolution. Darwin visited the island in 1835 and noticed the variety of finches present on the island. He later used the finches as evidence of his theory of evolution by natural selection.

The island is also famous for its role in the 1982-1983 El Niño event. During this event, the island experienced extreme weather conditions and the surrounding waters were unusually warm. This event caused the death of many of the island's wildlife, including a large portion of the sea lion population.

Daphne Major is also an important research site for scientists. Researchers from around the world visit the island to study the unique wildlife and their interactions with the environment. The island is also the site of the Daphne Major Observatory, which is used to study the stars and planets.

The island is a popular tourist destination, as visitors can experience the unique wildlife and stunning landscape of the Galapagos. Visitors can also take part in snorkeling, kayaking, and other water activities.

Excursion tips for a day in Daphne Major

As a tourist in Daphne Major in Ecuador, there are plenty of activities to enjoy during the day. Here is a list of some of the best things to do:

1. Take a guided tour of the island and learn about its history and wildlife.
2. Go snorkeling and explore the island’s vibrant coral reefs and marine life.
3. Take a kayak tour around the island and enjoy the stunning views of the Pacific Ocean.
4. Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station and learn about the conservation efforts taking place on the island.
5. Enjoy a picnic on the beach and take in the beautiful scenery.
6. Go birdwatching and spot some of the island’s native species.
7. Go diving and explore the depths of the Pacific Ocean.
8. Take a guided hike around the island and discover its hidden gems.
9. Visit the Interpretation Center and learn more about the island’s unique ecosystem.
10. Relax on the beach and soak up some sun.

Experience Daphne Major with unforgettable activities by our partner GetYourGuide. The offer is also ideal as a special gift idea for family and friends who are planning to visit Daphne Major. Cancellations are possible up to 24h before the start of the activity (unless otherwise stated in the activity description), with a full refund of the booking price.

The climate in Daphne Major

Daphne Major in Ecuador has a tropical climate with temperatures staying relatively consistent throughout the year. The average annual temperature is around 28°C (82°F). The rainy season is from December to May, with the heaviest rainfall in February and March. In the dry season from June to November, the climate is dry and sunny. During the hottest months of the year, from December to April, temperatures can reach up to 34°C (93°F). The coolest months are from June to September, when temperatures drop to around 22°C (72°F).

Cruise weather for Daphne Major

Our weather forecast for Daphne Major helps plan your stay according to the weather. For sunny days, pack light and breathable clothes, swimwear, and sunscreen. For winter weather, it's recommended to bring warm clothes, gloves, a hat, sturdy footwear, and a raincoat.

Date Icon Temperature Wind speed/gusts Cloudiness/Visibility Air humidity/pressure Sunrise/Sunset
Jul. 14th 2024 Jul. 14th 2024 max: 24.0 °C
min: 21.1 °C
27.0 m/s
26.3 m/s
48.1 %
24.1 m
78.9 %
1,012 hPa
06:04:36
18:10:26
Jul. 15th 2024 Jul. 15th 2024 max: 24.5 °C
min: 20.7 °C
26.6 m/s
25.9 m/s
16.7 %
24.1 m
77.3 %
1,013 hPa
06:04:42
18:10:32
Jul. 16th 2024 Jul. 16th 2024 max: 25.3 °C
min: 20.6 °C
25.9 m/s
24.8 m/s
12.5 %
24.1 m
77.9 %
1,013 hPa
06:04:47
18:10:38
Jul. 17th 2024 Jul. 17th 2024 max: 25.1 °C
min: 20.9 °C
29.2 m/s
29.5 m/s
9.3 %
24.1 m
78.6 %
1,013 hPa
06:04:52
18:10:43
Jul. 18th 2024 Jul. 18th 2024 max: 25.0 °C
min: 21.2 °C
19.4 m/s
21.6 m/s
35.6 %
24.1 m
79.4 %
1,014 hPa
06:04:56
18:10:47
Jul. 19th 2024 Jul. 19th 2024 max: 25.3 °C
min: 20.8 °C
27.7 m/s
29.5 m/s
25.0 %
24.1 m
78.2 %
1,014 hPa
06:05:00
18:10:51
Jul. 20th 2024 Jul. 20th 2024 max: 24.9 °C
min: 20.7 °C
28.1 m/s
30.2 m/s
47.5 %
24.1 m
76.9 %
1,013 hPa
06:05:03
18:10:54
Jul. 21st 2024 Jul. 21st 2024 max: 24.7 °C
min: 20.5 °C
29.5 m/s
30.6 m/s
40.7 %
24.1 m
76.4 %
1,013 hPa
06:05:05
18:10:57
Jul. 22nd 2024 Jul. 22nd 2024 max: 23.8 °C
min: 20.3 °C
32.4 m/s
32.4 m/s
17.1 %
24.1 m
80.8 %
1,014 hPa
06:05:07
18:10:59
Jul. 23rd 2024 Jul. 23rd 2024 max: 23.9 °C
min: 20.5 °C
31.7 m/s
32.4 m/s
23.8 %
24.1 m
78.8 %
1,014 hPa
06:05:09
18:11:01
Jul. 24th 2024 Jul. 24th 2024 max: 24.2 °C
min: 19.8 °C
32.4 m/s
33.1 m/s
24.8 %
24.1 m
75.4 %
1,014 hPa
06:05:09
18:11:02
Jul. 25th 2024 Jul. 25th 2024 max: 24.6 °C
min: 19.8 °C
28.1 m/s
26.3 m/s
13.9 %
24.1 m
76.2 %
1,013 hPa
06:05:10
18:11:02
Jul. 26th 2024 Jul. 26th 2024 max: 24.2 °C
min: 20.5 °C
25.9 m/s
24.5 m/s
65.6 %
24.1 m
77.3 %
1,014 hPa
06:05:09
18:11:02

Cruises to Daphne Major

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