Palomino Islands Cruise and Swimming with Sea Lions Experience from Lima

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Palomino Islands Cruise and Swimming with Sea Lions Experience from Lima
from USD $137.50
Come enjoy a 04-hour cruise to 05 different islands off of Lima with a swimming experience with sea lions included. Admire the natural beauty enjoying some snacks and drinks on board. Practice a different and natural activity during your stay in Lima.
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In Brief

Lima, Peru
6 hours
Close encounter with wildlife
Family friendly
Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience
Important InfoInfo
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Islas Palomino, lima, Callao Peru

Experience an exclusive tour full of nature and wildlife on the Palomino Islands. The tour will start as soon as your driver and tour escort pick you up from your hotel. You will be taken to Callao Harbor and board a luxury yacht equipped with snacks, hot and cold drinks, life jackets, and suits for you to swim with the sea lions.

The tour will visit San Lorenzo, El Camotal, Cabinzas and Palomino Islands.

Once we reach the Palomino Islands, you will be provided with a life jacket and wet suit to enjoy swimming in the Pacific Ocean surrounded by friendly sea lions. You will also have the opportunity to see many sea birds such as red-legged cormorants, pelicans, Humboldt Penguins, the Inca Tern, the Peruvian booby, and the Guanay Cormorant.

Pick up, drop off, tour guide, admission tickets, snacks, drinks, and general assistance is included in this tour.

Duration: 4 hours


  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Tour escort/host
  • Local guide
  • Wetsuit & Lifejacket
  • Snacks & drinks on board
  • Admission tickets & taxes
  • Entry/Admission - Islas Palomino


  • Gratuities
  • Souvenir photos

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
We pick up all passengers from hotels and apartments located in Miraflores, San Isidro, Cercado de Lima, Barranco, and San Miguel.

Returns To

Returns to original departure point

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Have a light breakfast before the tour
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

Hotel Pickup

When you book, we will ask you to select a hotel to be picked up from. Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you a confirmation voucher with full contact information (phone number, email address) for our local operator in case you need to update or change your hotel pick-up details.

Here are answers to some commonly asked questions about hotel pickup:

What if my hotel is not listed?
That's okay. When you book you can select an hotel from our list and make your way there on the day of departure; or you can contact our local operator directly to make alternate pick-up arrangements.

What if I have not yet booked a hotel?
Once your hotel arrangements are finalised, you can contact our local operator directly with your hotel details.

What if I live locally, am staying with friends or relatives, and/or don't require pick-up?
Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you complete details and directions to the tour/activity departure point.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.83 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

This was a really great tour and unique experience and the whole crew was really good. We had an excellent and super knowledgeable guide and everyone else from the water guide to the photographer to the boat captain were super friendly and professional. My only complaint is actually with Viator. You can get this exact same tour with the exact same operator (Vista Adventures) for at least $50 less on other tour sites like GetYourGuide whereas Viator marked it up to $125. I’m feeling a bit of regret for not doing some additional research before I booked, but this also feels a little bit sketchy on Viator’s part. So in summary - do this amazing tour, but book it with somebody else besides Viator (or book through the provider directly, which is better for them) because Viator charges an insane markup. Don’t make the same mistake as me!
• Submitted 30 Jan 2020
This was one of the neatest experiences of my life. The sea lions were curious and friendly and got pretty close. Our guide was knowledgeable and told us stories about the nearby islands as we drove past them. The ride out to Palamino Island took about 2 hours and the ocean was rough. They did provide anti nausea medication at the beginning of the trip though. The employee that went in the water with us, was great too. He did such a great job of helping the weak swimmers and keeping us all safe.
• Submitted 04 Nov 2019
Well looked after by the guide and crew onboard. Swimming with sealions was amazing. The water is quite cold even with the wetsuit. Definitely a worthwhile experience not to be missed. Thank you.
• Submitted 02 Oct 2019
40-minute drive from Miraflores to La Punta port. Beautiful architecture in this coastal city and former capital region. Two and a half hour cruise to Palomino Island to swim with the sea lions, apx 30-min stop, then back to port. Salty snack lunch and beverages served on cruise back. Excellent crew will take care of you in all aspects of tour: local knowledge, safety, position you for action photos with sea lions, and comfort if motion sickness results. ** TAKE MOTION SICKNESS MEDICATION PRIOR TO CRUISE ... SEAS COULD BE ROUGH UPON APPROACH AND EXIT FROM ISLANDS **. Bring towels, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and warm clothing, as well. Nice trip!
• Submitted 24 Sep 2019
The crew was excellent. Unfortunately it was a cloudy and cold winter day in Lima. The water was very rough so both my husband and I got seasick. We were unable to go in the water. We did enjoy seeing all the sea lions and penguins.
• Submitted 22 Aug 2019
Will definitely be a highlight of my trip to South America. The guide and staff on the boat were fantastic. Even giving advice for the rest of my trip. I would recommend to anyone coming to Lima!
• Submitted 14 Dec 2018
Incredible contact with sea lions, capable and caring crew, nice equipment! Don’t miss this! Remember it forever...
• Submitted 18 Sep 2018
This trip was awesome! A must-do while in Lima. I was a little apprehensive because I'm a little scared of swimming in the ocean especially with very large sea lions swimming around me but after a few minutes I was fine. There was always someone in the water with us in case we got into trouble. I couldn't believe how many sea lions there were and I also loved seeing the penguins!
• Submitted 05 Feb 2018
Swimming with sea lions was after hiking Machu Pichu the highlight of my trip...absolutely loved it. It was also my first ever swim in the pacific ocean so I decided to go big and swim with these amazing creatures. You get up close and really understand how amazing the sea lions are. The guides were great and the day was perfect weatherwise.. Loved it!
• Submitted 14 Jan 2018
Definitely something to do once in your life. Pick up was smooth, guide was helpful, knowledgeable and friendly, and the sealions were beautiful and playful! Life jackets stunk but oh well.
• Submitted 11 Jan 2018
Amazing and very different experience. For some people it may not be as exciting because water was cold and dirty. It was expected but has not stopped people.
• Submitted 07 Jan 2018
The service ran like clockwork. Hire car picked us up at our hotel and dropped us back. The boat got very close to the island and we had plenty of time to observe. The colony is quite large and permanent all year round, so you do not run the risk of there being no or few animals to observe. Even had motion sickness for all passengers, but I recommend taking your own as theirs made us incredibly drowsy.
• Submitted 01 Jan 2018
Highly recommend this tour! Convenient pick up from the hotel, informative guide on the boat, and of course, the actual experience of swimming with the sea lions is incredible. If you're in Lima, don't miss out on this!!
• Submitted 24 Sep 2017
Warning: the water is a little filthy. However, swimming with the sea lions is truly a once and a lifetime experience. I definitely recommend.
• Submitted 01 Sep 2017
The experience was amazing the only thing is the transportation should be on time. It wasn't too delayed but it is important. Everything else. Perfect!
• Submitted 28 Jul 2017
FUN EXPERIENCE - this close up encounter was better than expectedwe joint a small group of 20 people on the boat and had a pleasant trip with plenty of space on board. Amazing to hop in the water with wetsuits together with the wild sea lions ..they were very curious and came very close to you and dived under you and touched tour feet spooky !! .we had about half an hour in the water and plenty of time to take videos and photos.we stayed an hour next to the small rock island with 6000 sea lions awesome !!.the arranged pick up from the hotel was a bit random and we had to wait 40 minutes at the harbor before entering the small vessel and again wait for 25 minutes before take off a bit unprofessional.
• Submitted 24 Sep 2016
The trip was well organized and on time. I was picked up at my hotel and taken to the departure point. The boat crew kept us informed of points of interest and procedures to follow for this life-time experience of swimming with the seals.
• Submitted 11 Sep 2016
Really an awesome experience swimming with the sea lions. I love it!!
• Submitted 29 Aug 2016
This tour was amazing!
• Submitted 08 Jul 2016
Absolutely wonderful. The staff was great and super friendly. They provide motion sickness medicine, wet suits, everything you need to jump in and enjoy the trip. Totally worth it. They picked me up from my grandmothers house as well for those who are traveling and not staying at a hotel.
• Submitted 28 Jun 2016
I had a great time swimming with the sea lions. Take the sea sickness pill offered, it gets rough, 2/7 people got sick. Ask for goggles to look under the water. Be prepared for very cold water and very smelly sea lions. Bring a full change of clothes to change out of your swimsuit after. Have fun!
• Submitted 24 Jul 2019
Great trip. The crew was very professional and friendly always keeping safety first. We seen a lot of nice scenery but the real kicker was the Sea Lions...Awesome. Getting to swim with them was a thrill and so memorable. Also, nice to see other wildlife such as the penguins and other sea birds.
• Submitted 22 Jul 2018
This was a good tour. If you are at all seasick, make sure to take a pill before you go. The guide was nice enough to take our cameras for underwater shots. Very cool.
• Submitted 23 Mar 2018
Well the smell is something you have to experience to believe it... Other than that the experience is great.
• Submitted 07 Aug 2017

In Brief

Lima, Peru
6 hours
Close encounter with wildlife
Family friendly
Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience