Whale watching in Peru
Whale and Dolphin watching in Peru
Whale and Dolphin watching in Peru: Simply the best!
More than 30 species of whales and dolphins have been identified in Peruvian waters. Additionally the scientific studies of our partner NGO, the Peruvian conservation group Mundo Azul, have shown that Peru has one of the world’s highest density of coastal bottlenose dolphins with more than 1600 individual dolphins having been photo-identified along the 180 kilometers of coastline between Lima and Paracas (an average density of more than 6 dolphins per km).
Whale and dolphin watching in Peru is all year round. The most common species to be observed during the different tours are: Bottlenose dolphins, Dusky dolphins, Short- and Long-snouted common dolphins, Burmeisters porpoise, Humpback whales, Bryde whales, Blue whales, Sei whales, Fin whales, Sperm whales and Orcas, but others species might be observed too.
When whale and dolphin watching in Peru you will be guided by Mundo Azul scientists who use our boat and your trip as an opportunity for ongoing 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 in Peru a joyful event and unforgettable learning experience. Come and witness our dolphins jumping in the waves and bow riding with their babies just a meter away from you.
Whale and Dolphin watching in Peru includes much more: It’s a great opportunity to enjoy the unique coastal desert landscape on board our modern boats with the highest safety and environmental standards. You will also be able to see South American sea lions, threatened bird species like the Humboldt penguin or the Peruvian diving petrel, endemic bird species like the Inca tern or the Peruvian seaside cinclodes as well as dozens of other marine bird species. One of our major attractions when whale and dolphin watching in Peru is our marine bird feeding activity: an amazing moment for children and professional nature photographers alike.
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.
Whale and dolphin watching with Nature Expeditions in Peru
Whale and dolphin watching off-shore trip
- With money back guarantee
- From Pucusana port along coast and off-shore – 4 hours boat ride
- 572 Soles per person – lower price per person if booking 9 or more spaces
After heading southwards along the coast in order to look for Bottlenose dolphins and Burmeisters porpoises we will then head up to 15 miles offshore in order to spot Dusky dolphins, Short- and Long-snouted common dolphins, Humpback whales, Bryde whales, Blue whales, Sei whales, Fin whales, Sperm whales and Orcas Species
You will also see South American sea lions and bird specialties like: Peruvian diving petrel, Humboldt penguins and Inca terns, amongst many others
Whale and dolphin watching in Peru with Nature Expeditions
- 2 hours boat ride
- Minimum number of participants to confirm trip: 2
- 345 Soles per person (Valid till 31.12.2013) – lower price per person if booking 5 or more spaces.
Species to be seen: mainly Bottlenose dolphins, many times Dusky dolphins, rarely: Burmeisters porpoise or any of the whale species
You will also see South American sea lions and Bird specialties like: Peruvian diving petrel, Humboldt penguins and Inca terns, amongst many others
- With money back guarantee
- Pucusana to Asia Island – 5 hours boat ride
- 577 Soles per person – lower price per person if booking 5 or more spaces.
Species to be seen: Guaranteed Bottlenose dolphins; Nearly always Dusky dolphins; Rarely: Burmeisters porpoise or any of the whale species
The trip includes Bird feeding activity and a visit to the Bird colonies of Asia Island, as well as visits to two sea lion colonies and a colony of Humboldt penguins.
Up to 40 bird species per trip depending on the season.
Bird specialties: Peruvian seaside cinclodes, Peruvian diving petrel, Humboldt penguins, Inca terns, Peruvian tern, etc
This is the ultimate Peruvian Ocean Experience leaving any Paracas / Islas Ballestas visit far behind in quality.
Whale and dolphin watching in Peru with Nature Expedtions
Whale and dolphin watching in Peru with Nature Expeditions
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.
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
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Things to consider when whale watching in Peru:
Sunburn and sea sickness are the most common problems our clients encounter when whale watching in Peru. 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 when whale watching in Peru. 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) when whale watching in Peru.
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. Whale watching in Peru is equally possible under these weather conditions but we recommend bringing warm and waterproof clothing.
Sea sickness when whale watching in Peru 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 when whale watching in Peru: they include alcohol ingestion, anxiety, fatigue, odors (e.g., diesel fumes), being overheated and inner ear injury or infections.
The smaller the boat for whale watching in Peru, the larger the 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 while whale watching in Peru, but the symptoms will not resolve until the inner ear acclimates to the motion.
Prevention is key: Once you are sea sick no medicine will help and you wont enjoy when whale watching in Peru – 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 from whale watching in Peru.
How to avoid sea sickness and involuntary fish feeding when whale watching in Peru
- Don’t make the mistake to NOT eat before whale watching in Peru. 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 while whale watching in Peru, don’t eat a large meal before departure. Munch on crackers and sip water or a sport drink while whale watching in Peru.
- Positioning – If the boat is rocking bow to stern while whale watching in Peru, seek out a spot in the middle of the boat for the least movement.
- Fix on an object – Look beyond the boat when whale watching in Peru: 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 while whale watching in Peru.
- Fresh air – If you are feeling ill, nothing worsens it like diesel fumes. Find a spot, where fresh air blows while whale watching in Peru.
- Keep something in your stomach – Stay well hydrated before and during whale watching in Peru. 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 while whale watching in Peru.
- 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 for whale watching in Peru. Once you are seasick it is simply too late. If you have discovered a safe system that works for you, stick with it when whale watching in Peru. “Anti-nausea” medications are called antiemetics and are manifactured by many companies, i.e. Bonine (meclizine), Dramamine(dimenhydrinate), Marezine (cyclizine), and Benadril (diphenhydramine). Some of these medicines may cause drowsiness. Because of this they carry warnings about operating heavy equipment or performing hazardous tasks. Before using antinausea medications when whale watching in Peru always read the accompanying information.
Whale watching in Peru: Simply the best!