Water activity

Paracas: Ballestas Islands Morning Boat Tour

4.4 / 5

53 reviews

Paracas: Ballestas Islands Morning Boat Tour

From US$ 16 per person

Discover the beauty of the Ballestas Islands, home to an array of wildlife including sea lions, penguins, and many other endangered animals and birds. Learn about these fascinating islands as you admire the stunning landscape that surrounds them.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Mobile ticketing
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Duration 2 hours
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English
Wheelchair accessible


  • Discover the famous, unique and enigmatic geoglyph in Paracas known as El Candelabro
  • Admire the playful sea lions and the friendly penguins that live on the Ballestas Islands
  • Sail around the rock formations and marvel at the many colors and types of birds that inhabit the islands
Full description
Your Paracas coastline adventure departs from the marina in the morning and then heads out onto the open blue waters of the ocean. The first stop of the tour is the famous El Candelabro, also known as the ‘Candelabra of the Andes’, a prehistoric geoglyph on the northern face of the Paracas Peninsula at Pisco Bay. Admire the imposing figure set into the landscape and learn more about the history of the geoglyph from your tour guide. The boat sails onto the Ballestas Islands next, a collection of biodiverse islets that are home to an array of protected and endangered animals and birds. From the boat, admire these beautiful islands and learn about the many marine species it houses, including the curious Humboldt penguins, the playful sea lions, and the exuberant colorful birds. Visitors to the islands are not permitted onto the land because it is a protected natural area, however there is plenty of time to see all that the islands have to offer from the comfort of the boat.
  • Life vests for each visitor
  • Professional guide in English and Spanish
  • Boats have ecological engines of 200 HP each
  • Tourist tax rates
  • Drinks and food
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must fill out a travel information form
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Arrive at the Marina Turistica de Paracas , Paracas 11550, Perú, at least 15 min before the starting time of your activity.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport
  • Passport or ID card
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Water
  • Comfortable clothes
  • Passport or ID card for children
  • Face mask or protective covering

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol and drugs

Know before you go

  • For security reasons, only children over 1-year-old can join the tour
  • It is recommended that you bring a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen lotion, and also a light coat - it may be cold during the boat ride
  • All tourist tax rates are included in the tour price
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.4 /5

based on 53 reviews

Review summary

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  • Value for money
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The site is well worth a detour. The tour is punctual, gives some explanations which are sometimes difficult to understand in English with the accent of the guide. On the other hand, the time spent on the spot admiring the animals is very short. The tour is scheduled for two hours, but we returned half an hour early. Of course the reason is the large number of tourist boats which must follow one another quickly, leaving only barely five minutes by boat to observe sea lions, a rare sight that we would like to extend a little.

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March 1, 2020

A different adventure

The experience is wonderful. I can only make some small suggestions the island is very small and with the value that is paid that is quite high versus the prices that are in Paracas directly the transportation to the hotel round trip should be included. Make the suggestion of wearing a mask since the route has the smell of bird droppings from Ballesta Island and is too strong. Super rest!

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June 14, 2019

Lovely! The guides were very organized, friendly and understanding.

March 20, 2020

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