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Manglecito Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(Galapagos – San Cristobal, Ecuador)

Today's Manglecito sea temperature is 19.6 °C.

Statistics for 29 Nov (1981–2005) – mean: 22.5 °C, range: 20.2 °C to 26.8 °C

Sunny with pleasantly warm air temperatures (feeling like 21 °C once we account for wind), yet at 19 °C the sea remains several degrees colder than the air at Manglecito. The majority of surfers will need a spring wetsuit though a summer suit or even a shorty may suffice for a short session.

Ecuador Sea Water Temperature

Map of current Ecuador
Surface Water Temperatures
based on measurements from oceanographic satellites
Ecuador Water Temperature Anomaly

Map of current Ecuador
Sea Water Temperature Anomalies

(compared with long term averages
at this time of year)

(click thumbnails to expand)

Below is a graph of Historical Sea Surface Temperature for Manglecito. This has been derived from analysis of two decades of oceanographic satellite measurements of nearby open water. We have calculated the average water temperature variation around the year as well as the extremes that have been observed on each date.

Manglecito Water Temperature Graph

All of the graphs for the surf breaks presented on are on the same scale to enable comparison between locations around the world.

Manglecito sea temperatures peak in the range 24 to 30°C (75 to 86°F) on around the 8th of March and are at their lowest on about the 25th of August, in the range 19 to 25°C (66 to 77°F). Year round warm sea temperatures at Manglecito climb to their warmest in early to mid March. Even then a rash vest and board shorts should be fine for surfing at any time of year. Manglecito sea temperatures are lowest in late August. Surfers should use a 2mm long sleeve shorty or a 3/2mm spring wetsuit if the wind is up.

Actual sea surface water temperatures close to shore at Manglecito can vary by several degrees compared with these open water averages. This is especially true after heavy rain, close to river mouths or after long periods of strong offshore winds. Offshore winds cause colder deep water to replace surface water that has been warmed by the sun. Air temperature, wind-chill and sunshine should also be considered before deciding on the kind of wetsuit needed to stay warm when surfing at Manglecito. Refer to our detailed weather forecasts for this information.