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Head out on a guided sightseeing cruise in the waters off Lima, looking for local wildlife and learning about island history. Pass by Fort of Real Felipe and hear its fascinating story as your boat makes its way toward Palomino, Cabinzas, and El Frontón islands. Keep an eye out for sea lions and native birds while you sit back and enjoy this mainland escape.


  • Boat tour of the Islands of Lima
  • 30-minute boat ride to Palomino and El Fronton islands
  • Up close look at island birds and sea lions
  • See the historic Fort of Real Felipe
  • Learn about the area's flora, fauna and history from your local guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off included

What You Can Expect

Islands of Lima Sightseeing Cruise

Islands of Lima Boat Tour

Meet your tour guide at your hotel in Lima, then transfer to Callao to board your boat for Palomino Island. 

On the way out of the port, see the massive Fort of Real Felipe, occupying 200,000 square feet (18,580 square meters). The imposing edifice was named after King Felipe V of Span and used mainly as a defense against pirates; it was also the site of the last Spanish/Peruvian battle for independence. 

Back on the boat, pass the island of El Frontón, a former prison that once held former Peruvian president Fernando Belaúnde Terry. Pass the island of Cabinzas, home to a diverse array of bird species. At Palomino Island, enjoy views of the island's wildlife, including the raucous sea lions and a variety of native birds. Be sure to bring your camera for close-up photo ops. 

At the conclusion of your boat tour, head back to port and transfer to your hotel in Lima.

Customer Reviews

Robert S

4 star rating: Recommended September 2012

This was fun, but here's my take: Tour description didn't exactly match. Viator's rep picked us up on time, and was profess'l and friendly. Dropped us off at port, handing us off to the actual boat tour operators. Tour was listed as 9am-1pm (approx 4hrs) but was actually 9am-2:15 door to door in Miraflores, could easily have been longer if boat ran late, people swam more, hotel was farther etc. It's really a tour to go see sea lions w/ oppty to get into water with them - that was fun but unexpected. Yes, lots of birds along the way, The boat tour operators were friendly and knew what they were doing. Would definitely recommend for nature lovers, boat trip fans, and those with true 1/2 day free. Also, 3 people on our boat ride got seasick even with medicine, so word of warning on that would be good. Again, enjoyed this for sure - just wasn't sure what we were exactly in for. Guests could probably save money by showing up to Callao directly at the booth for 10am ride, but transfer service is good for not having to deal with how to get a taxi back from Callao once done.

Corinne H

3 star rating: Worth doing June 2016

This tour is quite different from other tours as you are not on land. Watching the sea lions and other wildlife on the islands was a treat. You will also get to swim with them. They provided snacks which was nice. Just a note that you will need most of the day. The description on line states that it starts in the morning but that is when they pick you up. The actual cruise really starts around 11am and you do not get back to your hotel till after 3pm.

Margaret L

3 star rating: Worth doing January 2015

Although our guide spoke English. We were not briefed on boat safety when we boarded the vessel. Also we were not told about being able to swim with the seals. This would have been a great experience if we had known about it before we left our hotel. We could have brought a towel and swim suit with us etc. There was nothing on your website stating this-

Barbara N

1 star rating: I do not recommend this November 2012

This trip was awful!!!! The boat trip was very rough. Five minutes out the guide passed out dramamine! It took two and one half hours to get to the island with the 6,000 sea lions. If you can image the worst thing you have ever smelled in your life 6,000 sea lions is worse than that. My eyes were tearing. I was choking. I was nauseated. They passed out cotton balls soaked with alcohol to hold at our noses. One other island had penguins and that was it. On the two and half hour trip back I threw up! Do not take this terrible trip!!!

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