Swimming or Diving with sea lions

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Diving with sea lions in Peru with Nature Expeditions (2)

Swim or dive with hundreds of sea lions!

 

A close encounter with sea lions in the water is one of the greatest wildlife experiences one can ever hope to have. “Are you kidding?”, is often the first response from our clients when we offer them the

Swimming with sea lions in Peru with Nature Expeditions (7)opportunity of swimming or diving with sea lions. Indeed, jumping in the water in front of a sea lion colony with hundreds of them around may seem at first glance a scary and potentially risky thing to do. But in fact, it is the biggest fun imaginable.

When swimming with sea lions you will be surrounded in seconds by dozens of sea lion heads popping out of the water, curiously looking at you with their incredibly beautiful big black eyes. “Wait a moment? No more sea lions in front of you?” Well, just take a look over your shoulder the whole bunch is already behind your back  making fun of you!

Swimming with sea lions in Peru with Nature Expeditions (4)And that’s what it is all about, having a good time – for both, humans and sea lions. As curiously as we are look at them they look at us too. The only thing you have to do is enjoy observing them popping out of the water in front of and around you, jumping and hurling around or looking at you from below and rocketing past you.

Swimming with sea lions is great fun for everybody. You don’t need to be a great swimmer either as your wet suit will keep you warm and floating above the waterline and you don’t need to actually swim great distances. The sea lions will approach you, maintain their distance and leave, once they are done checking you out – giving way to a dozen or so other sea

Swimming with sea lions in Peru with Nature Expeditions (10)lions also wanting to have a look!

You came here for a dive?  You will get that and much much more. However, don’t expect great visibility, when diving in front of a sea lion colony. The water is full of floating/sinking remains from their last dinner (Sorry, but we at Nature Expeditions like to tell it like it is). But you wont need to see very far as the sea lions will approach you very close. While at the surface, they mostly maintain a safe distance of more than an arms length, but under water they often become “a little” bolder: Being marine animals with no hands to actually touch you, sea lions will try to figure you out using their mouth. They won’t bite you, but you will find

Swimming with sea lions in Peru with Nature Expeditions (5)them approaching from behind and very softly feeling your fins with their teeth or even trying out an arm or leg to see what a wet suit feels like.

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Full-day: Swimming with sea lions

Includes:                                                                               For diving

Swimming with sea lions in Peru with Nature Expeditions (6)Hotel pick-up and terrestrial transport

Marine transport

Lunch box

7mm wetsuit, mask snorkel, dive-boots and fins

German/English/Spanish speaking guide

Price (Valid till 31.12.2014): 470 Soles per person (does not include tax)

Swimming with sea lions in Peru with Nature Expeditions (9)Minimum number of participants: 2

There has never been an accident with sea lion swimmers in Peru. However as a standard practise we will ask you to sign a “no-liability” form for this trip. Please make sure to read our safety advice at the bottom of this page.

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You can also phone us at: (0051) (1) 994 10 42 06

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What’s different on our swim-with sea lion tours in comparison to other companies?

- We offer exclusive service. We are taking you out to sea in smallest groups. You have our and the sea lions full attention.

- Our sea lion swimming is not restricted to only 15 minutes – with us you dive and swim as long as you want – really! – You want to do this for 5-6 hours in the water? – go ahead and enjoy: this is your once–in-a-lifetime-sea-lion-day!

- We do not throw you in the water with a thin surfing-wetsuit and bare-

Swimming with sea lions in Peru with Nature Expeditions (3)foot (making you cold very fast, shortening the time you would want to stay in the water) or with a life vest on top of your suit (making it uncomfortable to swim and hard to fully enjoy). We provide you with a full seven mm wetsuit, mask, snorkel, shoes and diving fins. This way you can stay in the water and enjoy as many hours as you wish without freezing.

- Our guides are biologists that actually can interpret animal behavior and would recognize any potentially dangerous situation much faster, react inmediately and this way avoid accidents.

Go for a dive with sea lions

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Book your tour or get more information

You can also phone us at: (0051) (1) 994 10 42 06

To watch videos and slideshows about swimming/diving with sea lions CLICK HERE

Full day – diving with sea lions: Two dives (two tanks)

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Diving with sea lions in Peru with Nature Expeditions (8)Includes:

Hotel pick-up and terrestrial transport

Marine transport

Lunch box

Leads

1 tank

German/English/Spanish speaking dive guide

Diving with sea lions in Peru with Nature Expeditions (1)Price (Valid till 31.12.2013): 629 Soles per person (does not include tax) – please note this does not include diving equipment rental of 120 soles per person.

Minimum number of divers: 2

Please remember that you need to be a certified diver in order to go diving with sea lions and as common practise in dive operations around the world  we will ask you to sign a “no-liability” form for this trip.

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Diving with sea lions in Peru with Nature Expeditions (5)Please also read our safety advice regarding sea lions below.

Book your tour or get more information

You can also phone us at: (0051) (1) 994 10 42 06

To watch videos and slideshows about swimming/diving with sea lions CLICK HERE

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Dive with biologist Stefan Austermühle, Executive Director of the Peruvian nature conservation group Mundo Azul and founder of Nature Expeditions. Stefan is deeply involved in nature conservation and biological underwater research in Peru since 1998. He is a PADI-Divemaster sind 1997 and has special certificates for assisting handicapped divers. He was the leader of several diving expeditions in Peru. He is one of the few that dived in Lake Titicaca at 3,800 meters of altitude. He is the first one that ever scuba-dived in the Peruvian rainforest (National Park Yanachaga Chemillen) and in the Peruvian cloud forest at 2,700 meters of altitude (Laguna de los Condores, Chachapoyas). He also worked in National Geographic underwater archeology expeditions in high altitude lakes around Cusco and in the Bolivian part of Lake Titicaca, where he discovered a new submerged archeological site. To read more about his work click hereTo see his diving videos click hereTo see his underwater pictures click here.

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Special Safety Advice for swimming and diving with sea lions

Most likely you have asked yourself while reading the above: “But isn’t there any danger involved?”

Definitely: Sea lions are fierce predators! – but they feed on fish not humans. There are no reports in Peru of any fun–diver or swimmer being attacked or even slightly scratched by a sea lion. The worst that we ever witnessed was an excited young sea lion getting too bold and mistakenly knocking off a swimmers mask.

TO US YOUR SAFETY COMES FIRST. We are not putting you in the water just a few meters away from the rocks. We consider this irresponsible: You would run the danger of getting smashed against the rocks by the waves. You would also run the danger of triggering a stampede of the sea lions putting the young pups in danger of getting smashed to death and causing unnecessary stress to the animals. In reproduction periods there would be an inherent risk of getting attacked by one of the many adrenalin-filled bulls confusing you with an intruder. We anchor 50-100 meters away from the colony and ask you to maintain a minimum distance to the island according to the day’s marine conditions. There will be dozens of sea lions visiting you with no need to swim too close to the island. They will be predominantly females or very young sea lions, so there is no danger for the animals and no possible threat for you as bulls usually will stay away.

There is no danger involved provided you are not provoking the danger yourself. Sea lions are untamed wildlife, so of course they may not tolerate it if you try to jab them, or otherwise behave in a disrespectful manner. You will receive detailed instruction on the most important behavioural rules on board before going into the water. If we observe you violating these rules and, for example, reaching out to punch a sea lion our guides are instructed to inmediately take the entire group of swimmers/divers out of the water and return to shore: no refund awarded.

The most important rule is not to feed them and not to carry around dead fish – the few known reports of humans getting bitten by sea lions, all involved fishermen, spear fishing near sea lion colonies and carrying dead fish on them. Sea lions will then definitely try to get at the easy prey  and the fishermen will understandably try to defend his catch, running the danger of being bitten.

There are no reports of any sharks feeding on sea lion pups in front of sea lion colonies in Peru. However, over several years we have had just one day where absolutely no sea lion was in the water for hours and all of them were sitting on the rock. If such a thing should happen again we rely on your understanding for not letting anybody into the water and restricting your visit to sea lion observation this day.

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You can also phone us at: (0051) (1) 994 10 42 06

 

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