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Marvel at thousands of playful penguins in their natural habitat on a morning tour of Magdalena Island from Punta Arenas. Cruise past stunning seaside scenery as you venture to a picturesque and protected nature reserve to observe the incredible creatures. Gain insight into their physiology and behavior with a knowledgeable guide and embark on a hike to a legendary lighthouse. Weather permitting, sail to the shores of Isla Marta to witness sea lions and elephant seals splashing in the sea. Enjoy convenient transportation from your hotel.

Highlights

  • Magdalena Island penguin tour by boat from Punta Arenas
  • Travel across the Strait of Magellan in a powerboat
  • Observe legions of Magellanic penguins along the shore
  • Learn about the penguins’ habitat and breeding cycles at a lighthouse exhibit with your guide
  • Cruise by Isla Marta to see more wildlife, depending on weather
  • Snack, entrance fees and transport from city meeting point to pier included
  • Pickup from your Punta Arenas hotel

What You Can Expect

Magdalena Island Penguin Tour by Boat from Punta Arenas

Marvel at the Magellanic penguins on the island!

After pickup from your Punta Arenas hotel, ride in your comfortable minivan to the picturesque pier; climb aboard an awaiting powerboat and speed over the sea to the Strait of Magellan. Observe the water for the protruding fins of wild dolphins then arrive at the small and serene Magdalena Island.

Also known as Los Pinguinos Natural Park, the protected reserve has been a breeding site of Magellanic penguins since 1982. Gasp as you lay eyes on thousands of penguins crowding the shore, squawking and frolicking happily in their natural habitat.

Disembark and follow your guide down a cordoned-off trail that meanders around the island; delight in the curious nature of the penguins, which are sure to cross your path as you stroll. Observe hundreds of penguin burrows and gain fascinating insight into the mating habits and behavior of the birds; keep an eye out for swooping cormorants and Andean seagulls during the hike.

Ascend to the island’s highest elevation and enter the historical lighthouse, home to interesting exhibits regarding the rich ecosystem of the enclave. Refresh and revitalize with warming coffee and sweet biscuits before boarding your boat for the shore back to the mainland. Capture fabulous photographs of sea lions and elephant seals lounging on the shores before returning to Punta Arenas main square Plaza Muñoz Gamero where your tour will finish.

Customer Reviews

Günther S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

very interesting, the guides were very well prepared. The ship was more than ok

Carolyn F E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Seeing the penguins was FABULOUS. You really do get up close and there are THOUSANDS of them. I highly recommend this trip, even if you don't do well on boats. I get sea sick really easy...and I know it, but I wanted to see these penguins. I got sea sick AND saw these beautiful creatures. Well worth it!

Murali B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Experience of a life time. Very well organized tour.

Charlotte W

4 star rating: Recommended April 2016

booking through the internet was a breeze with instant confirmation
local pickup was right on time
group size was just right
enthusiastic cruise staff and guide

Yimin C United States of ... 

4 star rating: Recommended April 2015

Good.

David L

4 star rating: Recommended March 2015

Fun day! Coffee and cookies a nice, unexpected treat.

Melinda C

3 star rating: Worth doing December 2016

The tour itself was great. It seemed a little touristy but once you got to the island you could see why its so popular. The reason it didnt get 4 stars is because the trip was supposed to include a shuttle back to our hotel and once we got back from the island there was no shuttle. They just left us to find a ride back. Luckily our hotel was only about 15 minutes walk but if it was included it should have been delivered.

Chaoying Z

3 star rating: Worth doing December 2015

There is no hotel pick-up at all. The company is terrible. They got everything wrong.
The tour is great. We have never seen so many pigeons in our whole life. The guide is professional and very funny.

Matthew D

1 star rating: I do not recommend this March 2016

Penguins were great to see. Worth it.

However, the organisation was chaotic. The minibuses used to transport you to the tour starting point were VERY poor quality and would not be allowed on the road in western countries heavily rusted sills, cracks across driver's view of road, broken seat belts etc.

On our return journey we got into a bus to be taken back to the town but ended up getting shouted at by an irate driver about something in Spanish, then unceremoniously dumped somewhere in the town without a clue about what just happened. None of the drivers spoke English so we have no idea about what happened or why, other than the driver as very angry at us. Luckily for us we knew our way around the town at that point its tiny so you cant get lost and were able to walk the 20 minutes back to our hotel but it left a VERY sour taste on an otherwise great experience.

Torsten E

1 star rating: I do not recommend this November 2015

The tour itself was very nice and well organiced.
BUT: The price was off the chart. We paid more then double. And its not too overcrowded and therefore Im very dissapointed about that. Ive the feeling you got punished by booking in advance. Thats why I cant really recommand it... sorry!

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