Islas Palomino

Islas Palomino, Callao: Address, Islas Palomino Reviews: 4.5/5

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Las Buganvillas
Cartagena, Colombia766 contributions
Swimming with sea lions
Jan 2020
Various tourist companies offer tours to Palomino Islands. It takes about three to there and a half hours from the port and municipality of Callao. and tourists are allowed to spend 20 minutes swimming with sea lions. It is a spectacular sight of some 4000 sea lions assuming you do not mind terrible stench.
Apart from pelicans and r seabirds, there are no other attractions on this tour, but sea lions are definitely worth a visit to Palomino.
Written January 1, 2020
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Silvita
Germany7,133 contributions
Beautiful sights and many many sea lions
Dec 2019 • Family
A really nice boat trip and many beautiful animals to watch. A good short trip if you happen to be nearby the Callao area.
Written December 31, 2019
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Carolyn J
Anchorage, AK637 contributions
Penguins and sea lions at home
Dec 2019
Our cruise ship was in the Callao port for way too few hours. But we used our time wisely by booking an excursion with Mar Adentro Excursions to the Palomino Islands. I have never seen penguins before and this was an opportunity to see them in their natural setting. We did see the Humboldt penguins. But we were overwhelmed with the sight of the sea lion population. There were so many that they were body to body n the rocks. One sea lion was so huge that I mistakenly thought I was looking at a sea lion and a giant boulder. He was so huge that it is a mystery how he managed to move that hulking body.
Some of the passengers donned wetsuits and swam with the sea lions. Two of our guides joined them in the water and took good care of them. I was happy to watch and record their joy.

Our guides and driver -- Rodrigo, Fernando and Jay -- were personable, professional and a lot of fun.
Written December 8, 2019
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Sally_Lightfoot74
Lelystad, The Netherlands109 contributions
Great excursion
Sep 2019 • Couples
We hooked a tour at Ecocruceros, and it was great fun. The boat is okay, but the sea gets quite choppy. Be sure to take the offered sea sickness pills. Although the guide told us some things during the trip, the focus is on swimming with the sea lions. There are many sea birds to be seen, but they do not get a lot of attention. That is why I did not give 5 stars. The swimming is really great. Our guide shot very good movies above and below the water. You come quite close to the animals. Be aware that the water is cold, even in the wetsuit.
Written September 26, 2019
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DayDrem46
New York City, NY8 contributions
Fun adventure tour in Lima
Jun 2019 • Solo
Probably one of the best adventure activities, apart from paragliding, that you can do in Lima. The tour was organised very professionally, big thumbs up to Konstantin who helped me with everything. Be prepared for very, very, very (!) cold water though!
Written June 7, 2019
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MadMary
Frankfurt, Germany19 contributions
A unique experience
Mar 2019 • Couples
I never swam with sea lions before and this was most certainly a very unique experience for me, I absolutely loved it! I booked the tour via Exploor Peru, but it did not include transport (as this made the price a lot cheaper than Viator or other online platforms) so I ordered a Taxi. From my hotel in San Isidro I paid 23 Soles, totally fine. I don't want to spoil you too much telling you everything about the tour because you have to experience it yourself, but a recommendation would be NOT to eat a lot before the tour. Also do take a pill against sea sickness, as the wind+waves can make the boat go up and down quite a lot. I didn't feel like I have to thorugh up but I felt a little sick. Other than that the tour is amazing!!
Written March 28, 2019
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R.Wright
Blenheim, Canada2 contributions
Swimming With Sealions
Feb 2019 • Family
This tour was unforgettable and we have never experienced something like it before.
To start, the water was pretty rough, which is no fault of the tour, but they provided a pill to help with seasickness. The boat crew were helpful and the boat itself fit 22 people nicely.
Our guide, Monica?, was very attentive and knowledgeable about the history of the islands and about the wildlife.
The actual swimming with the sealions was incredible. They were curious creatures and very gentle. The noises they made were too funny and yes, they are very smelly. We also had a great showing of the Humbolt penguins on the other island, coming back to shore.
Overall, it was a great tour and we will be recommending it to family and friends.
Written March 1, 2019
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Panu
Provo, UT173 contributions
Swimming with sea lions was crazy and unforgettable, we took 2 small children with us
Nov 2018 • Family
We love animal encounters and I learned about swimming with sea lions as a fun day trip for us on our last day in Peru. The descriptions below are accurate; very rocky ride (2+ people started throwing up early in the trip on our boat) and the water is really cold. We had our 2 and 4-year olds with us. They didn't experience any sea sickness, and my wife and I took turns swimming so we could keep our eye on the kids.

One word of advice; a blog I'd read said to bring your own snorkel. We did, but it was a total waste. The water is so green and choppy that there was no visible under water. all the excitement is floating in the ocean, seeing how close you can get to a sea lion, and trying to get them to nibble on your toes!

I've heard the sea lion numbers reported anywhere from 3,000 to 8,000. The final count doesn't really matter - as you see in the photos they cover the whole island and lots are in the water at any given time.
Written November 27, 2018
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Jonas L
3 contributions
Super tour and fantastic experience
Aug 2018 • Solo
This was a fantastic experience. The boat tour took some time to and from the island, but the boat was fine and there were room enough. There were only a few penguins at the first island we stopped at, but the at the second Palomino island there were filled with sea lions. Incredible sailing in and being able to hear them shouting and screaming in the distance. What a choir. The dive with the sea lions were super cool, we were swimming with them for 15-20 mins or so and i got to see some really close.
There was a guide with us in the water, and he did a super job in pointing out the big males and babies and keeping everyone safe.
Remember to bring a lot of warm clothes, and some food and water as it is almost a whole day experience.
Written August 3, 2018
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Allie W
Los Angeles, CA40 contributions
Very cold but incredible experience
Jul 2018 • Couples
The water was freezing but tbh we were so excited that we kinda forgot about it after a while. Being surrounded by so many sea lions in their natural habitat was absolutely incredible. At first, I wasn't sure what to expect and with how many sea lions we could swim but after the guide said that there are around 2000-3000 sea lions on the Palomino islands I was super excited. It's super important that you bring a towel and warm clothes for the boat tour as the wind might get quite cold. We got some snacks and beverages after the tour on the way back to the harbor. I booked the tour with on exploorperu.com for $54 and it was worth every penny. Definitely one of the coolest things I have done in Peru so far :)
Written July 25, 2018
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