Learn about penguins on this half-day boat tour to one of the world's largest penguin colonies from Ushuaia. Travel by boat to the colony, navigating the Beagle Channel and listening to narration from your guide. Morning and afternoon departure times are available.
Boat tour to visit the Martillo Island penguin colony
Make your way to the tour departure location thirty minutes prior to your chosen departure time.
Board the boat and set out toward the Beagle Channel, passing by the Maritime Museum and the End of the World. Take in the scenery, including the Olivia and Cinco Hermanos Mountains. Passing the Isla de los Lobos, observe the sea lions relaxing on the rocks. You'll also see the Magellanic cormorants living on the Pajaro Islands and the Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse. Other sights include Estancia Remolino, Isla Grande, and the Puerto Williams Naval Base.
Once you reach Martillo Island, spend some time viewing and photographing the penguins while listening to your guide's narrative about their biology and behavior.
Return to the Ushuaia port at the end of your tour.
Reviews by Viator travelers
Nice tour too long though
, Mar 2019
I liked the tour. Although i took the half day tour but i still found it long and repetitive.
Scenes are beyond amazing but the noise did not let us hear well the tourist guide who was ok bit not really great.
Boat ride was well organized, smooth and entire excursion SUPER! Saw seal lions, Gentoo and Magellanic penguins, 'Bird Island.AND on our way back to port, the boat captain turned back out to seaboatto afford us a view of the whale he had sighted. Delightful! Highly recommend thi excursion!s
Tour was Excellent but you pay £20 more through viator
, Jan 2019
This was a really good tour and my partner and I really enjoyed the tour. The people were super friendly and there is plenty of time to see all the islands, the nice scenery and the penguins. I would definitely recommend this tour to everyone.Now, I booked this tour through viator, that they use Tangol and then Tangol is using the local company Catamaranes Canoeros. Catamaranes Canoeros have a facebook channel and they sell this tour for $2360 Argentinian Dollars (equivalent of £49 pounds) as of the beginning of 2019. So if you book from here, you pay £20 more and when I tried to get the lower price guarantee for that, viator rejected my claim. Conclusion, you should definitely book this tour but it is better to book it straight with them and pay less money.
The boat is nothing special, but it serves its purpose, and is clean and well-maintained. The main point is that you'll get to see the amazing sights of the Beagle Channel, which are truly beautiful. Note however that the weather can be very cold on the water - we were there last week spring and it was freezing, so bundle up. Also, we did not actually get to go ashore to walk with the penguins, so if you want to do that, you'll need to take the longer tour. Overall, it was well worth the money.