Whale and Dolphin watching off-shore trip
If whales and dolphins are your main objective for an ocean trip, this one is the best for you. We will leave Callao port and head south looking for Bottlenose Dolphins. Then we will go up to 15 miles off-shore to concentrate exclusively on spotting whales and other dolphin species.
There is no “best time” of the year. Most dolphin and many whale species (Sperm whales, Bryde whales, etc) are present all year round. Other species (Blue whales,
This trip comes with a unique money back guarantee – If you do not see a single dolphin or whale during this trip we are offering you a second trip absolutely free or we will refund 100 % of your payment. Additionally, you will 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 !
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
Price valid till 31.12. 2014 (does not include tax)
499 Soles per person if you book for 6 of more people
Minimum number of participants required to confirm trip: 5
English/Spanish/German speaking guide
Four hours boat ride
Whale and Dolphin watching
Sea lion observation
Comfortable life jacket
Waterproof over clothes (trousers and jacket) are available for hire if needed.
We will ask you to sign a “no-liability” form for this trip.
Whales and Dolphins likely to be seen during our trips
Shortbeaked common dolphin Species fact sheet Pictures Video
Longbeaked common dolphin Species fact sheet Pictures Video
Orca, killer whale Species fact sheet Pictures Video
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
Other species registered in Peru
Southern right whale, Pygmy sperm whale, Dwarf sperm whale, Spotted dolphin, Spinner dolphin, Striped dolphin, Southern right whale dolphin, Short-finned pilot whale, Long-finned pilot whale, Risso’s dolphin, Melon-headed whale, Rough-toothed dolphin, Pygmy killer whale, False killer whale, Tucuxi, Amazon River Dolphin, Cuvier’s beaked whale, Gray’s beaked whale, Small beaked whale
Travel 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.
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 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.