Full-day Dolphin and Ocean Experience

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See all of it and lots of it:

If you want to have an unforgettable encounter with Bottlenose and Dusky dolphins, if you want to have a good chance to see some whales, if you want to enjoy fascinating coastal landscapes, visit the marine bird colonies on a Peruvian guano island, see sea lion and penguin colonies and observe up to 45 different species of marine and shore birds,…

 then this trip is “a must-go” for you !!

Sea lion observation, Pucusana, Peru

The trip starts with bird feeding activity, which is great fun and allows you to get fascinating close-up shots of Inca terns and other birds. Next we pass by a small sea lion colony and observe marine birds. Then we speed up a little bit and navigate southwards along the coast passing sandy beaches and impressive coastal cliffs while searching for dolphins. When we encounter the dolphins we slow down and observe them bowriding or jumping in the waves. When we reach Asia Island we have a lunch break, then continue on to visit more sea lions and a Humboldt Penguin colony. Finally we navigate back to Pucusana port on a route further away from the coast where we have an opportunity to meet dusky dolphins, spot a whale and observe some pelagic marine birds.

Humboldt penguin Birding in Peru with Nature Expeditions

This trip comes with a unique money back guarantee – If you do not see a single dolphin during this trip we offer you a second dolphin watching trip absolutely free or we will refund 100 % of your payment. Additionally, you have a great opportunity to observe some highly endangered marine species like the Humboldt Penguin, the Peruvian Diving Petrel and the Peruvian Tern, as well as endemic species like the Peruvian Seaside Cinclodes. But you don’t have to be a bird-pro to enjoy this tour: Huge bird colonies in vertical cliff walls and likely encounters with hundreds or even thousands of birds dive-bombing out of the sky in order to fish on anchovies will probably mark your first day in the birders-club !

Dusky dolphins - Whale and dolphin watching with Nature Expeditions in Peru 4There is no “best time” of the year to take this tour. The dolphins are always around. During the Peruvian summer (January to April) the dolphins have their babies and we can observe the calves still learning to swim. Birds and sea lions are breeding too and we have many migratory birds as guests. During winter (June to October) the higher breaking waves encourage our dolphins to perform fantastic jumps. You have a greater chance to meet Dusky dolphins and see some pelagic bird species.

Whenever you come during the year, this trip will be amazing, leaving any visit to Paracas or the Ballestas Islands far behind.

Dolphinwatching in Peru with Nature Expeditions

Best of all, when whale and dolphin watching with Nature Expeditions you will be guided by scientists from our partner NGO Mundo Azul who use our boat and your trip as an opportunity for ongoing cetacean research and monitoring. While collecting their scientific data they will provide you with the highest quality guiding, sharing their knowledge of dolphin ecology, habits and man made threats. This exceptional level of expertise by our guides makes your dolphin watching trip in Peru a joyful event and unforgettable learning experience. 

Book your tour or get more information

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

 Price valid till 31.12. 2014 (does not include tax)

524 Soles per person

524 Soles per person if you book for 4 people

Dolphinwatching in Peru with Nature Expeditions 12We are currently offering this trip only for small groups of 4 people




Tour briefing at Pucusana port

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English/Spanish/German speaking guide

Box lunch (regular, vegetarian or vegan) and drinking water

Five hours boat ride

Trip to Asia Island

Dolphin watching

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Sea lion observation

Bird watching in and near Pucusana port

Bird feeding activity

Comfortable life jacket,

Waterproof over clothes (trousers and jacket) are available for hire if needed.

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Book your tour or get more information

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

For information on our boats, please CLICK HERE. Please read our Safety Information.

We will ask you to sign a “no-liability” form for this trip.


Dolphins likely to be seen during this trip

Bottlenose dolphin                                Species fact sheet        Pictures         Video

Dusky dolphin                                       Species fact sheet        Pictures         Video


Other cetacean species you might see:

Burmeisters porpoise                          Species fact sheet             Pictures              Video

Blue whale                                                 Species fact sheet             Pictures              Video

Fin whale                                                   Species fact sheet             Pictures              Video

Sei whale                                                    Species fact sheet             Pictures              Video

Bryde whale                                               Species fact sheet             Pictures              Video

Minke whale                                              Species fact sheet             Pictures              Video

Humpback whale                                     Species fact sheet             Pictures               Video

Sperm whale                                              Species fact sheet             Pictures               Video


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 to 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.