Tours and Tickets

Lima: Palomino Islands Excursion & Swimming with Sea Lions with Hotel Transfers provided by Vista Adventures

Lima: Palomino Islands Excursion & Swimming with Sea Lions with Hotel Transfers

Lima: Palomino Islands Excursion & Swimming with Sea Lions with Hotel Transfers
4.5
Book in advance
from
$110.00
per adult
Reserve now & pay later: Save your spot free of charge with flexible booking.
Recommended by 96% of travelers
This number is based on the percentage of all Tripadvisor reviews for this product that have a bubble rating of 4 or higher
Free cancellation
Not sure? You can cancel this reservation up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund.
Tour snapshot
Get closer to wildlife than you would on a traditional nature tour
Duration:
4h 30m
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Hotel pickup offered
Group size:
20
Wheelchair accessible
Ticket type:
Mobile
About
If you’re a lover of nature and wildlife then look no further than this immersive experience, which allows you to swim alongside wild sea lions in the waters surrounding the Palomino Islands. Perfect for families and travelers short on time, this half-day tour also includes a sightseeing cruise and round-trip transfers from your Lima hotel.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English, Spanish
Highlights
  • Guarantee the best views of the Palomino Islands from the water
  • Provided wetsuits keep you warm in the chilly Pacific Ocean
  • Hassle-free hotel pickup means you don't have to find a meeting point
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • Guarantee the best views of the Palomino Islands from the water
  • Provided wetsuits keep you warm in the chilly Pacific Ocean
  • Hassle-free hotel pickup means you don't have to find a meeting point
What to expect
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 20336P4
Important information
Inclusions
  • Hotel Pickup and Drop Off (Minivan or SUV).
  • Tour Escort/Host.
  • Professional Tour Guide.
  • Wetsuit & Lifejacket.
  • Snacks & Drinks on board.
  • Admission Tickets & Taxes.
  • Permanent Assistance and Emergency Equipment.
  • Entry/Admission - Islas Palomino
Exclusions
  • Gratuities (Optional).
  • Souvenir photos (Available to purchase).
Duration
4h 30m
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • • Pickup and drop off available from/to any hotel or apartment located in the areas of Miraflores, San Isidro, Barranco, Surco or Cercado de Lima.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
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
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • 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 experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
Inclusions
  • Hotel Pickup and Drop Off (Minivan or SUV).
  • Tour Escort/Host.
  • Professional Tour Guide.
  • Wetsuit & Lifejacket.
  • Snacks & Drinks on board.
  • Admission Tickets & Taxes.
  • Permanent Assistance and Emergency Equipment.
  • Entry/Admission - Islas Palomino
Exclusions
  • Gratuities (Optional).
  • Souvenir photos (Available to purchase).
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • • Pickup and drop off available from/to any hotel or apartment located in the areas of Miraflores, San Isidro, Barranco, Surco or Cercado de Lima.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
4h 30m
Return details
  • 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
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • 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 experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: Jun 16, 2020
A note from Lima: Palomino Islands Excursion & Swimming with Sea Lions with Hotel Transfers
Dear traveler, if you have any additional questions regarding our safety measures before taking this tour, please feel free to contact us.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Itinerary
  • You'll get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • 1
    Islas Palomino
    Stop: 3 hours - Admission included
    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 onboard a safe minivan or SUV. You will be taken to Callao Harbor and board a speedboat equipped with life jackets, wetsuits and all the comfort and safety equipment necessary for you to swim with the sea lions in the Pacific Ocean. The tour includes panoramic views of the San Lorenzo, El Camotal, Cabinzas and Palomino Islands from the speedboat. All of these islands belong to a natural and protected area by the state. During the excursion, 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. Enjoy this unique experience with the permanent assistance of a specialized tour guide and general emergency staff and equipment. After the tour, our driver will take you back to your hotel or apartment.
    Read more
  • You'll return to the starting point
+
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.
Popular mentions

4.5
29 reviews
Excellent
23
Very good
5
Average
0
Poor
1
Terrible
0

Kathi S
Los Angeles, CA27 contributions
I had several options for tour operators to swim with sea lions. I picked the most expensive tour because of the description of the “yacht” and the fact that it offered snacks as well. I was informed the day prior that it would not be the promised boat, instead it would be a speed boat. The snacks were a bag of potato chips and a boxed orange juice. The experience was fantastic and the tour guide Renan was excellent. He was helpful and fun and spoke perfect English which was helpful as my Spanish is limited. I enjoyed the trip but I feel I overpaid as there were several operators doing the same trip for half the cost.
Written September 10, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Aaron D
1 contribution
The tour was great! My tour guide Rodrigo was very professional and made the experience a great time. A lot of history to learn about the islands. I was picked up from my hotel in San Isidro and dropped off at the port. Afterwards I was picked up at the same location no issues and taken back to my hotel.

The sea lions were very curious of me. It is a bit scary to jump right in the water and hope for the best. But they had no problems with me approaching. I left in one piece!

I highly recommend buying a cheap waterproof case for your phone to go in the water. I got 1 from Larcomar for 30 sol, worth it for the pictures and videos I got out of it. Once in a lifetime trip just off the coast of Peru! Very easy to get there. I highly recommend going with these guys!
Written October 11, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
KenyiPe
We are so glad you enjoyed the experience. Thank you for choosing us.
Written October 12, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Liepa M
1 contribution
Couples
This tour was an amazing experience! When travelling, I always wish to meet animals and didn't ever imagine it could be SEA LIONS you swim next to, no fences- that is experience for life. In general, yacht, personnel and the programme is great, no rush and full attention. Nice views with explanation, you're free to move in yacht, it's comfortable; rich snacks. The guide is awensome, fun, speaks fluent english. Totally recommend it!
Written February 28, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

KParker123
48 contributions
This tour was totally amazing. There were a few minor issues like the waiting in the begining to board the boat. But once we got going it was great. Motion sickness pills were offered but i declined as I dont get seasick - Islandgirl - .The guides were knowledgable about the areas we were passing. They offered to take pics for you while swimming for an additional $10 or 30 sol. I though that was reasonable. And when I got a chance to view the pics its def a deal. They got some shots I of me swimming with the seals I wouldnt have been able to take. You really do get a chance to get up close and personal once in the water. The animals are amazing and very active. The water was ICE cold so go for the wetsuit. And there is a really strong smell. But all of that is minor in comparison to the experience. The diver in the water with us made sure everyone had a good interaction with the seals. Its about a half hour - 45 min swim. on the ride back we saw the penguins, snacks and drinks were served on the boat.
Written February 16, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Natacha S
3 contributions
Couples
Pros : Swimming with sea lions is such an amazing experience. The guide with us (Wilson if I remember well) was so nice and very interesting! The tour on the boat was perfect if you want to get out of the city and just catch some fresh air!

Cons : There were literally no organization at the meeting place. We said 'hello' to the Vista staff; but no one answered. After 20 minutes, they finally come to me to ask my name (without saying 'hello', of course). For our way back, the same driver that carried us to Callao was supposed to be waiting in the same place he left us. We have waited 15 minutes there until two people of our group had pity of us and insisted to take us back. They told us that Callao is really not a safe place and with the cameras we had around the neck, it was quite sure that someone would have robbed us. I have received a mail at 14:47 with a photo of the driver in the meeting place and a watch showing it was 14:35, which proves absolutely nothing.
Written February 19, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Sonia D
Naples, FL117 contributions
What a fun time !! Bravo to this company for having this tour ! We were picked up at the hotel - clean car , very professional driver. Sailing the Pacific to get to the sea lions was a very relaxing time. Our guide was absolutely awesome , very knowledgeable, really nice and friendly and so was the captain and the the other two people on the boat ! Not only I learnt about Callao , the islands , Lima , I got to get in the water with sea lions !!! I’m so grateful to the wonderful people who made sure we all had a great time! I didn’t get sea sick , they gave us Dramamine I think , either way it was a nice time to sail the Pacific. Yes , it smells pretty badly when first reaching the island with the sea lions but we went to the side of it and the smell wasn’t so prevalent anymore. Got in the water , wet suit on and had a blast doing it ! I highly recommend this tour for anyone who wants to do something different ! I loved it !!
Written June 16, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

glyn E
Norwich, UK12 contributions
We booked this tour to the Palamino Islands over other less expensive tours because it sounded high end but on the day we were disappointed. The luxury yacht was nothing of the sort. It was old and quite dirty. The guide was not bad. The snacks and beverages on board were crisps in a bowl to share and soda in plastic cups. The content of the trip was no different to the other less expensive trips offered to the islands but this one was stretched out to last 4 hours by the boat chugging along at a snails pace.
Written February 2, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Sarah C
3 contributions
A must do when visiting Lima. Wilson, Mario and “Captain “ were really great. Wilson was an informative guide who told us all about the history of the islands and the species that inhabit them. The sea lions were amazing! Mario made me feel completely safe in the water and Captain was easy going but on point when it came to safety. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity that should not be passed up. Thanks guys! 😀
Written February 24, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Petra L
Lelystad, The Netherlands4 contributions
Solo
I had a really good trip. Willow on board and Mario in the water were very good guides, and really taking care of us. Swimming with the sealions was amazing!!!
Written February 19, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

VanneSprSA18
Düsseldorf, Germany3 contributions
Couples
On our last day in Lima in the past week, we decided to do something crazy, as we found this experience on exploorperu which directly grabbed our attention. After our first day, more filled with culture in Lima, we decided to make our second day different. Erik did a great job in clarifying some of my last questions as we had no towels with us, but they organized some.
The boat and crew were great, very comfortable, not overfilled with people and friendly staff. Finally with the sea lions, absolutely different from what I expected, even better. We were so close to them, I think some even touched my feet but nothing bad happened. Very curious and harmless animals in my opinion. I don't know how long we stayed in the water, but it was definitely enough even if we could have stayed for a bit longer.
Very recommendable, especially in case it's summer in Lima!
Written February 4, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Showing results 1-10 of 26
About the operator

Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator.

By: Vista Adventures
Marc G
Marc G
00
What an Informative and Amazing day!
Alexandra and driver Admir were awesome! Alexandria kept us entertained during the drive and between events with so
Sherin L
Sherin L
00
Great experience.
Amazing experience rafting in the river and exploring the area. My review is a way to say THANK YOU and I RECOMMEN
E6419MQemmah
E6419MQemmah
00
So interesting!
Excellent tour, the Guide Lucas has the best knowledge of the Culture and his history. Kenyi is an excellent driver
simsimus
simsimus
00
terrible experience
We had a terrible experience with this firm. We had the bad luck to travel during a holiday and the drive was 3 tim
2019cr
2019cr
00
Incredible pyramid
Well worth it. The pachacamac tour was very informative and interesting, I loved the history. I loved Barranco nei
TrishGlaab
TrishGlaab
00
Wonderful experience to Ballestas Islands and Nazca Lines
This was a full day of fun with our guide (Lucas) and driver (Victor). The boat ride to the Ballestas Islands was r
Navigator768189
Navigator768189
00
Unappreciated Caral
The 4 hours journey started with a bus ride from Lima in the morning. It is great place to see as it has 6 or 7 pyr
Incamikey123
Incamikey123
00
Unsatisfied with the service of this Vista Adventure Tour
I had specify before the trip that I ordered selected a guide in Spanish for my mom. When I booked my trip for some
Karijinii
Karijinii
00
Mixed feelings, probably wouldn't book that tour again
The driver who picked us up and dropped us off in Lima was absolutely amazing! His English was very good and he was
Estherman23
Estherman23
00
finca Los Ficus lunch and show
Had a wonderful time on this excursion. Beautiful grounds with knowledgeable and friendly staff who provided the to
cconoverteach
cconoverteach
00
Good value
We had a great guide, Jean Paul. Very knowledgeable and thorough, excellent English. You definitely need to see Li
wallyworld2017
wallyworld2017
00
Very Professional Tour
The itinerary followed as described in the promotional info. The guide who spoke perfect English was experienced, p
Boomboon
Boomboon
00
Half day at Pachacamac and Barranco
If you are interested in Peruvian history then this is the tour for you. We arrived in Lima 28 hours behind schedul
Heath H
Heath H
00
Best trip to experience Lima at its best
Our tour started with a very early pickup from our hostel, but the the long drive was fun and definitely worth the
Nick K
Nick K
00
Best bang for your buck
Nice long day trip, best value! Our guide was excellent on this tour being primarily English speakers he helped us
Frequently Asked Questions about Lima: Palomino Islands Excursion & Swimming with Sea Lions with Hotel Transfers

Lima: Palomino Islands Excursion & Swimming with Sea Lions with Hotel Transfers will start at 9:00 AM. Discover and book Lima: Palomino Islands Excursion & Swimming with Sea Lions with Hotel Transfers on Tripadvisor

Lima: Palomino Islands Excursion & Swimming with Sea Lions with Hotel Transfers price starts from $110.00. Discover and book Lima: Palomino Islands Excursion & Swimming with Sea Lions with Hotel Transfers on Tripadvisor

Lima: Palomino Islands Excursion & Swimming with Sea Lions with Hotel Transfers cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Lima: Palomino Islands Excursion & Swimming with Sea Lions with Hotel Transfers on Tripadvisor

Lima: Palomino Islands Excursion & Swimming with Sea Lions with Hotel Transfers is hosted by Vista Adventures. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Vista Adventures on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Lima: Palomino Islands Excursion & Swimming with Sea Lions with Hotel Transfers on Tripadvisor