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Punta Arenas: Walk with Penguins on Magdalena & Marta Island

4.1 / 5

46 reviews

Activity provider: Solo Expediciones

Punta Arenas: Walk with Penguins on Magdalena & Marta Island

Activity provider: Solo Expediciones

From US$ 136 per person

Sail through the Strait of Magellan to Magdalena and Marta Islands and observe abundant marine life. Marvel at the Magellanic penguins on Magdalena Island, and watch the Patagonian sea lions and other species of marine life on Marta Island.

About this activity

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Duration 5 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Spanish

Experience

Highlights
  • Cruise to Magdalena and Marta Islands and explore the Strait of Magellan
  • Discover a colony of over 120,000 Magellanic penguins on Magdalena Island
  • Admire a colony of over 1000 Patagonian sea lions on Marta Island
  • Have the opportunity to see a rich range of other wildlife, like cormorants, dolphins, and whales
Full description
After check-in at the meeting point, transfer to Laredo Bay port to board speedboats for a 45-minute trip to Magdalena Island. Once there, enjoy 1 hour with a guide to discover the habitat of the Magellanic penguins on Magdalena Island, the second largest Magellanic penguin colony in South America that receives more than 120,000 penguins every year. Next, if the weather conditions are good, continue your journey to Marta Island, which hosts a colony of more than 1000 Patagonian sea lions, as well as copious bird life. Keep an eye out for cormorants, skuas, austral seagulls, Antarctic pigeons, and the occasional elephant seal. If you're lucky, see southern dolphins, piebald dolphins, and sei whales during your trip. The tour includes with return to Laredo Bay port and transfer back to the original meeting point.
Includes
  • Navigation to Magdalena Island and Marta Island
  • Coffee service
  • Bilingual guide
  • Entrance fee to Penguin Island
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • People with heart problems
  • Wheelchair users

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Participants

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Meeting point

Please make your way to the local partner's office at José Nogueira 1255, Punta Arenas, Región de Magallanes y de la Antártica Chilena, Chile. Please arrive at the meeting point 10 minutes before the activity starts.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen

Not allowed

  • Oversize luggage

Know before you go

  • This tour is not recommended for people with limited mobility
  • Please be aware that this tour is subject to weather conditions
  • Please arrive at the meeting point 10 minutes before the activity starts
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.1 /5

based on 46 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.2/5
  • Transportation
    4/5
  • Value for money
    3.5/5
  • Service
    3.9/5

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This is a very good tour. The crew is very nice, and knowledgeable about the marine life. It is worthwhile. We saw many cute penguins up close. The only improvement is that we waited for more than an hour at check in during early morning time. Since we have paid, all we got is to check our names. The check in process needs improvement.

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January 11, 2023

An amazing experience! We were very fortunate to be able to go today as the wind really picked up when we were on the island and unfortunately that meant we didn’t get to go and see the sea lions but this was fine as the water became seriously hair raising. Seems crazy people give this tour bad reviews if it gets cancelled because of the weather as they are really putting your safety first and our tour operated right at the cusp of being able to go. You would not want to go there in bad weather! So definitely book this tour, but consider booking at the start of your trip incase it needs to get moved! Tour guide was great too!

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December 26, 2022

It was a nice tour. Our guide told many interesting things during the tour to the island. There is a marked circular route on the island that one usually walks. Unfortunately, a part of ours was closed off. I think because of the breeding penguins. So you didn't get that feeling of the countless penguins on the island. But there were still enough penguins to see and photograph up close. The island of Marta with the sea lions we could hear and photograph the animals from the boat. Not as close as the penguins, but still very impressive. On the way back there was a cocoa and a few biscuits on board

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November 26, 2022

Product ID: 258812