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Palomino Island (Isla Palomino)
Palomino Island (Isla Palomino)

Palomino Island (Isla Palomino)

lima, Peru

The Basics

Visitors can explore the Palomino Islands on a day trip from Lima on board a comfortable cruise boat or a sailboat. The islands are particularly known for the thousands of sea lions that gather here to swim and sun themselves on the rocks. If the water is calm enough, and you’re feeling brave, you can swim near the sea lions. You’ll also find colonies of Humboldt penguins and an impressive number of other birds.

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Visit the Sea Lions in Palomino Islands, in Lima Peru
Visit the Sea Lions in Palomino Islands, in Lima Peru
$66.67 per adult
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Experience of a lifetime
Truly an experience of a lifetime! We did it with our 12,10 and 8 year old daughters. Well run and Jerson was the best guide!!
Shaelie_L, Jan 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Lima

star-5
Great experience
Dale_B, Nov 2021
Visit the Sea Lions in Palomino Islands, in Lima Peru
This was a great activities. The islands and the swimming with sea lions was so memorable my daughter and I enjoyed
star-5
Fantastic!
ISRAEL_A, Oct 2021
Visit the Sea Lions in Palomino Islands, in Lima Peru
Such a great experience! Don’t miss this one! This was definitely the highlight of my trip and a totally unique activity.
star-5
THE island to visit when in Lima
James_F, Oct 2021
Visit the Sea Lions in Palomino Islands, in Lima Peru
Spectacular! This is definitely the top activity to do in Lima. We did both Palomino islands and Ballestas islands and this adventure was by far a much better experience.
star-5
Recommended, lovely guide and awesome views
Lirrey_U, Sep 2021
Visit the Sea Lions in Palomino Islands, in Lima Peru
The trip was great. We saw wonderful things on a short but well-spent time. Julio, our guide, was absolutely lovely, and helped me so much with my sea-illness (which by the way was ok, I was the only one who got it on the really good-quality boat)
star-5
Sealion tour worth ever minute
LaurieBeth_G, Aug 2021
Visit the Sea Lions in Palomino Islands, in Lima Peru
This was the most memorable experience and our host Julio was a wonderful guide to make sure we all were taken care of and filmed us in the water to share with us. I would do this again in a heartbeat. A dream come true finally happened
star-4
Do Palamino, rather than Ballesta Islands
Devesh_S, Jan 2020
Visit the Sea Lions in Palomino Islands, in Lima Peru
It is a nice tour. Although there are many sea lions, mostly they don't touch you. Water is deep and choppy and safety vests were not the best.
star-5
Unique experience
Caroline_J, Feb 2020
Visit the Sea Lions in Palomino Islands, in Lima Peru
Well-organized and informative, as well as fun and adventurous! We had a great time interacting with the sea lions in their natural habitat. Our guides did a great job of making sure we kept a safe distance, but also helped to get close if we wanted one to touch our feet. The wetsuits were a must in February, the water was not so bad with it on but still pretty cold and I can’t imagine it would be enjoyable without one.
star-5
Sea Lions, penguins, and Pelicans! Oh my!!
CheekyChic, Feb 2020
Visit the Sea Lions in Palomino Islands, in Lima Peru
This is my second time swimming with the sea lions because I wanted to capture the experience with a waterproof camera. The crew was fantastic. The captain maneuvered the boat so everyone had a chance to get a good view of the wildlife. The crew was efficient and friendly.
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Wonderful and witty
michelle_l, Feb 2020
Visit the Sea Lions in Palomino Islands, in Lima Peru
So helpful, funny and courteous!! Highly recommended this tour guide company. There was nothing I would change.
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Amazing
domiwinkler, Feb 2020
Visit the Sea Lions in Palomino Islands, in Lima Peru
The tour was very nice! Your guide gives you a short coverage of the most important Information about the island and animals. Youll get water and on your way back some snacks. They provide life vests and wetsuits for everyone. It was amazing because the guide tried to get us closer to the sea lions and we had anlot of fun. Really recommend the tour!
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Sealions 😃😃
Samanthascally, Feb 2020
Visit the Sea Lions in Palomino Islands, in Lima Peru
Absolutely fantastic experience, with a very informative guide Rodriguez, our lovely captain Fernando, breathtaking views, well worth the trip
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Absolutely worth it
Zachary_F, Jan 2020
Visit the Sea Lions in Palomino Islands, in Lima Peru
It was incredible. They would come up and kiss your feet and rub against you. The guide was really great. Spoke English and Spanish and made the experience more fun as well! Definitely would recommend this.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Remember to bring sun protection, a swimsuit, and a towel with you; boat operators usually provide wetsuits, goggles, and lifejackets.

  • Do not touch or feed the sea lions.

  • Tours may include round trip hotel transfers as well as food and beverages; check specific tours for details.

  • Expect the water to be chilly. From June–November, the water temperature may dip to about 66°F (18°C); the warmest months are December through April, when temperatures can rise to about 72°F (22°C).

  • Be sure to take preventative medication if you’re prone to motion sickness.

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How to Get There

Boat tours to the Palomino Islands depart from the port of Callao, where there is a cruise dock and an airport. If traveling from Lima, take a taxi to Callao; the ride from the center of the city can take anywhere from 30–60 minutes depending on traffic, which is especially heavy in the late afternoon and evening hours. The ride to the islands takes 30–60 minutes, depending on weather and ocean conditions.

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When to Get There

While tours run all year round, the most comfortable time to visit the islands is the summer (December–April), when the air and water temperatures are warmest. That said, the best time to visit Lima is the winter (May–September), when there is the least amount of rain. The summer months are warmer but wetter and can be quite foggy.

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The City of Callao

The seafront city of Callao has been Peru’s most important port since the colonial era. Today, it is the closest cruise port to Lima (and the launch point for tours of the Palomino Islands). Visitors can tour the 18th-century Real Felipe Fortress, enjoy the beach at La Punta, and learn about the area’s maritime history at the the Naval Museum and the Abtao Submarine Museum, which is housed in a retired submarine.

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