Dolphin watching trip

Dolphin watching in Peru with Nature Expeditions 01If you don’t have time to join us on our fantastic Full-day Dolphin and Ocean Experience but still want to see dolphins, then this is the trip for you !

We will leave Pucusana and start with some bird and sea lion observation. Then, we will head south looking for dolphins between the areas of Pucusana and Leon Dormido. The maximum amount of time you will be on the boat will be 2 hours, so this trip is perfect for clients with younger children.

When we see dolphins it is very likely that they will approach the boat for bow-riding, sometimes just a meter away from you. There is no “best time” Dolphin watching in Peru with Nature Expeditions 02 during the year, the dolphins are always around. During Peruvian summer (January to May) the dolphin babies are born and you can observe the calves still learning to swim. In winter (June to October) the higher breaking waves encourage the dolphins to perform amazing jumps.

Best of all, when dolphin watching in Peru with Nature Expeditions you are actively supporting dolphin research and conservation as Nature Expeditions, in cooperation with Mundo Azul, is engaged in a permanent dolphin research and conservation effort, including photo-identification and behavioral research.


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• Tour briefing at Pucusana port
• English/Spanish/German speaking guide
• Up to two hours boat ride
• Dolphin watching
• Sea lion observation
• Bird observation in and near Pucusana port
• Comfortable life jacket
• Waterproof over clothes (trousers and jacket) are available for hire if needed


Dolphin watching in Peru with Nature Expeditions 04Prices (valid to 31.12.2014)

– We are currently offering this trip only for small groups of 4 people

– Price per person (not including tax): 345 Nuevos Soles

– Please note: This trip is not recommended for children under five.

Book your tour or get more information

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

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Please read our Safety Information. We will ask you to sign a “no-liability” form for this trip.


Dolphins likely to be seen during our trips


Bottlenose dolphin                                Species fact sheet        Pictures        Video

Dusky dolphin                                       Species fact sheet        Pictures         Video


Other whale and dolphin species you may see:

Burmeisters porpoise, Blue whale, Fin whale, Sei whale, Bryde whale, Humpback whale, Sperm whale


Dolphin watching with researcher Stefan Austermühle in PeruTravel with dolphin researcher Stefan Austermühle, Executive Director of the Peruvian marine conservation group Mundo Azul and founder of Nature Expeditions. Stefan has been researching dolphins in Peru since 2006 and has identified more than 1800 individual dolphins. With him on board, your trip of course becomes a research trip and you have the great opportunity to benefit from his deep knowledge on marine conservation and research in Peru. To find out more about his research click here. To read more about Stefan click here.




How to get to Pucusana:

Book your transport with us: 60 Soles per person (not incl. tax) Lima-Pucusana-Lima (including hotel pick-up): add an extra 3 hours to your trip time.

Public transport: Take a taxi to a bus station for overland busses. Catch a bus that goes south (direction of Paracas). Ask the bus driver to let you off the bus at the Panamerican Highway exit to Pucusana. At the exit you grab a taxi, a moto-taxi or a mini-bus to Pucusana. On your way back you will have to wait at the roadside of the Panamerican highway and stop a bus. You may be able to make your way to Lima and back for as less as 30-40 soles per person if you negotiate well, but there are risks involved (especially when travelling back at night): calculate 3-5 additional hours to your trip time

Rent a car: calculate 150-210 Soles per day + motorway fees and gasoline: add an extra 3 hours to your trip time

Hire a car with driver: calculate minimum 240 Soles + additional rates if you are
staying more than the agreed number of hours: add an extra 3 hours to your trip time.


Related links:


Nature Adventures: Whale and dolphin watching BirdingScuba diving Diving and swimming with sea lions 

Stay in touch: Follow Nature Expeditions on Twitter Nature Expeditions Facebook Page Visit Stefan Austermühle’s web site

Help protect nature in Peru: Be a dolphin conservation volunteer – NGO Mundo Azul on Facebook Facebook Page: Volunteering in Peru

Join, share, protect on Facebook: Pelagic Birding Peru  Birding Peru – Whale and Dolphin Watching Peru – Peru Bird Guide – Endemic birds of Peru – Diving in Peru.


Things to consider:

Sunburn and sea sickness are the most common problems our clients encounter. Please read and follow the advice below in order to fully enjoy your trip:

During summer months from December to March skies are mostly permanently blue and without clouds. Therefore sun-exposure at sea is very high. We recommend for the entire year (even in winter) bringing a hat and sunglasses, as well as using sun-block with the highest level of sun protection possible (45 and higher).

During the winter months from June to August temperatures are still around 16 degrees Celsius. The Peruvian coast will often be covered in fog in the morning that later on clears up and gives way to a grey and sometimes blue sky at around noon time. All marine travel programs are equally possible under these weather conditions but we recommend bringing warm and waterproof clothing.

Sea sickness
Sea sickness results when the eyes are seeing one thing – e.g., the stationary inside of the boat – while the balance organ (the semicircular canals) detects another – your movement up and down. The brain gets confused, trying to figure out why your eyes tell you are stationary, but your inner ear tells your brain you are moving. Other factors can compound the problem: they include alcohol ingestion, anxiety, fatigue, odors (e.g., diesel fumes), being overheated and inner ear injury or infections.

The smaller the boat, the larger your potential for sickness, as smaller boats tend to rock more quickly. Signs and symptoms include sweating, nausea, headache, drowsiness, increased salivation and a sensation of spinning or dizziness. Vomiting may make you feel better, but the symptoms will not resolve until the inner ear acclimates to the motion or you use another form of treatment.

Once you are sea sick no medicine will help – To be honest about it: you will probably throw up the pills before they can start having an effect – However symptoms will disappear almost immediately when stepping back on the pier upon your return.

How to avoid sea sickness and involuntary fish feeding
• Don’t make the mistake to NOT eat before your boat ride. An empty stomach is as bad as one being too full. Be adequately hydrated, nourished and rested. However, if you start to feel apprehensive about the boat ride, don’t eat a large meal before departure. Munch on crackers and sip water or a sport drink.
• Positioning – If the boat is rocking bow to stern, seek out a spot in the middle of the boat for the least movement.
• Fix on an object – Look beyond the boat: use the horizon as a reference point. This helps your brain to adjust more easily to the instable environment. Avoid focusing tasks like reading, setting up diving equipment and writing.
• Fresh air – If you are feeling ill, nothing worsens it like diesel fumes. Find a spot, where fresh air blows.
• Keep something in your stomach – Stay well hydrated before and during your trip. Sip water, juice or sport drinks, but avoid carbonated drinks, alcohol and caffeine. If you are nauseated, don’t drink lots of water since it will create an unpleasant sensation of sloshing in your stomach. Eat saltines or bred to absorb stomach fluids.
• Remedies for prevention – There is no cure for sea sickness, but plenty of remedies thought to alleviate its symptoms. However – any medicine has to be taken before you step on board. Once you are seasick it is simply too late. If you have discovered a safe system that works for you, stick with it. “Anti-nausea” medications are called antiemetics and are manifactured by many companies, i.e. Bonine (meclizine), Dramamine(dimenhydrinate), Marezine (cyclizine), and Benadril (diphenhydramine). Side effects of these medicines may impair your ability to dive safely, which is why we do not recommend taking them before diving. Some cause drowsiness. Because of this they carry warnings about operating heavy equipment or performing hazardous tasks. Before using antinausea medications always read the accompanying information.