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Palomino Islands: Swim with Sea Lions in the Pacific Ocean

1. Palomino Islands: Swim with Sea Lions in the Pacific Ocean

Embark on an incredible yacht tour to Palomino Islands and for the chance to witness Peru's incredible seabirds and marine wildlife and swim with thousands of sea lions in their natural habitat. First, get picked up from your hotel if you choose the relevant option when booking, otherwise make your own way to the meeting point in Callao. Start the tour from La Punta Bay where you will board a comfortable and safe yacht equipped with sophisticated navigation equipment, bathrooms, and other amenities. Sail out into the Pacific Ocean on an unforgettable 4-hour journey past the islands of Callao and along the coast of San Lorenzo Island. Pass a naval base and the El Frontón Island, where a maximum-security prison existed until the 1980s. Cruise along the coast of the Cabinzas Islands which are inhabited by several colonies of guano birds, until you finally reach the central attraction, the Palomino Islands. When you arrive, observe a colony of approximately 8000 sea lions, one of the largest in the area. Get kitted out with neoprene wetsuits and life jackets and take the opportunity to jump into the water as you get up close to these friendly animals. The tour will be under the surveillance and guidance of the experienced crew.

Lima: Palomino Islands Speedboat Tour & Swim with Sea Lions

2. Lima: Palomino Islands Speedboat Tour & Swim with Sea Lions

Get back to nature and encounter the wildlife on the Palomino Islands on a half-day tour from Lima. Travel to Callao Harbor and board a speedboat fully equipped with snacks, hot and cold drinks, life jackets, and wet suits for you to swim with the sea lions. Cruise to the islands of El Camotal, San Lorenzo and Palomino, where you will be provided with a life jacket and wet suit on arrival.  Swim in the Pacific Ocean surrounded by friendly sea lions and get the opportunity to view many sea birds, such as red legged cormorants, pelicans, Humboldt penguins, the Inca tern, the Peruvian booby and the Guanay cormorant.

Lima: Swimming with Wild Sea Lions on the Palomino Islands

3. Lima: Swimming with Wild Sea Lions on the Palomino Islands

Meet your friendly crew then sail to the islands of Callao, travelling through the "El Camotal" underwater, open sea and passing by San Lorenzo Island.  At 11:30 AM, reach the farthest point, Palomino Island, which houses a large colony of sea lions. Here, you can freely swim alongside these great animals in neoprene suits. Then, at 12:35 PM, you will return to the meeting place in Calloa at Calle La Mar 229. Your return will begin through impressively shaped cliffs and islets. You will have the chance to enjoy a snack on board before arriving at the pier in Callao at 1:00 PM.

Lima: Ocean Swimming Adventure with Playful Sea lions

4. Lima: Ocean Swimming Adventure with Playful Sea lions

This excursion is ideal for nature lovers and allows you to swim with sea lions in their natural habitat. Departing from Lima, you will travel by boat to the Guano Islands, where Humboldt penguins and many other guano birds with sea lions live. Jump into the water and bathe with a colony of thousands of sea lions admiring the rock formations along with other animals on your return trip. The Palomino Islands are a group of small islands off the coast of Callao, Peru. Home to a large population of sea lions and seabirds, it has become a popular tourist attraction.

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What people are saying about Palomino Islands

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 94 reviews

Increíble experiencia. El personal muy atento y los animalitos de los más lindos posibles. Tuvimos un atraso y nos esperaron. Les recomendamos llevar GoPro. Uno más lo llevó y nos compartió el video. Fuimos la cantidad perfecta de personas (5). No hay maltrato, que es lo que más me encanta.

Wonderful experience, if you get sea sick it might be a little rough (I typically don’t and the there were around 20 minutes where I really started feeling it) but if you are willing to put up with that it’s a really amazing experience. Be sure to bring a waterproof camera with you!

The whole experience was wonderful. Ismael was a great guide and and gave all of us a lot of information about the history in the area. This was a great experience and I think that everyone who visits Lima should do it!

Excellent and exciting experience! Reality beats any expectations.

Amazing experience and feeling super safe thanks to the guide