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Shore Excursion: Magellan Penguins Natural Reserve in Magdalena Island from Punta Arenas

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Shore Excursion: Magellan Penguins Natural Reserve in Magdalena Island from Punta Arenas

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Overview

Get in touch with Chile’s ‘wild side’ during this 4-hour shore excursion to the penguin reserves found on Marta and Magdalena Islands. Marvel at more than 150,000 penguins, along with thousands of Cormorants, Austral seagulls, Antarctic pigeons, dolphins and more during the visit to these two wildlife habitats. A port pickup upgrade option is also available.
  • Discover the wildlife of Magdalena and Marta Islands during a shore excursion
  • Marvel at the wide variety of sea birds that call Marta Island home
  • Scout for dolphins, sea lions, and other aquatic creatures
  • Perfect excursion for nature and wildlife lovers

Additional Details

Meeting point at PRAT pier: If your ship arrives to Mardones pier you have to take a taxi (10 minutes) to Prat pier.<br/>Pickup included
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Meeting point at PRAT pier !!
The visit to the Penguin Colony “Monumento Natural Los Pingüinos” located in Magdalena Island it will be for 1 hour
Gratuities
Transfer from MARDONES pier to PRAT pier. Please take a taxi to PRAT pier (10 minutes, $9).

Departure Point

Av. Costanera del Estrecho de Magallanes 1398, Punta Arenas, Magallanes y la Antártica Chilena, Chile

We will be waiting you at our Prat port office (Fiordos del Sur). If you arrive to MARDONES pier, please take a taxi (10 minutes, $9) to PRAT pier to meet us at FIORDOS DEL SUR office. Ask your cruise line where your ship will dock.

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Make your way to the trip operator’s office in the morning to start your excursion. Those who select the optional port pickup transfer will receive a pickup directly from their ship. You’ll then board a ship as you sail through the Magellan Strait, heading to these two islands to explore their unique collection of wildlife.

Start by circumnavigating the perimeter of Marta Island by boat. As you cruise you’ll get a chance to observe the island’s wide variety of seabirds like Skuas, Austral seagulls, and Cormorants, as well as its resident sea lions and “sea elephants.” Make sure to also keep your eyes peeled during the boat ride for local Austral dolphins. You’ll the head to Magdalena Island, where you’ll be able to disembark from the ship for one hour to visit its collection of more than 150,000 penguins.

At the end of the trip, return back to tour operator’s office in Punta Arenas. Those who did not select the port transfer will end the trip here, while those who picked the transfer option will be returned to their cruise ship.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Isla Magdalena
Magdalena Penguins Island
Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Isla Marta
Marta island
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 9 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Passport name, number, expiry and country is required at time of booking for ALL participants.
  • Subject to favorable weather conditions, if canceled due to poor weather, you will be given a full refund.
  • This trip can be canceled due to few passengers or poor weather by Punta Arenas Administration even one hour before starting.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 68 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Top Private Tours
You can cancel up to 4 days in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • If you cancel less than 3 full days before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 3 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 4 full days before the experience’s start time.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Shore Excursion: Magellan Penguins Natural Reserve in Magdalena Island from Punta Arenas?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Shore Excursion: Magellan Penguins Natural Reserve in Magdalena Island from Punta Arenas.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Shore Excursion: Magellan Penguins Natural Reserve in Magdalena Island from Punta Arenas?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Shore Excursion: Magellan Penguins Natural Reserve in Magdalena Island from Punta Arenas.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Shore Excursion: Magellan Penguins Natural Reserve in Magdalena Island from Punta Arenas?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Shore Excursion: Magellan Penguins Natural Reserve in Magdalena Island from Punta Arenas.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Shore Excursion: Magellan Penguins Natural Reserve in Magdalena Island from Punta Arenas?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Shore Excursion: Magellan Penguins Natural Reserve in Magdalena Island from Punta Arenas.

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Very disappointed
Nancy_F
, Mar 2020
There were issues getting off the ship. We were 20 minutes late and tour guide left without at least three of us. So very disappointed as this was to be the highlight of our 14 day cruise through South America. Trying to get reimbursed for the 200$ we lost 🙁
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Rough seas cancelled tour
cblayne
, Feb 2020
The ocean was too rough so the trip had to be cancelled. Our money was refunded after we apply or a refund online.
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Very good trip
lynnkayne
, Feb 2020
Excellent trip. Saw lots of penguins and other birds. A drink and snack on the return journey would have been much appreciated.
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Buyer beware
lenyframos
, Feb 2020
Our ship was delayed due to weather and by the time we got to the terminal the tour left us-there were about 12 of us that did not get on. So if you are taking this tour be aware even if this is a shore excursion and they see the ship and no one has arrived the port, they will leave you. Not good. Got refunded but they charge a 10% port fee. Go figure!
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Disappointment not seeing Magellan Penguins
carolm53
, Feb 2020
Our excursion was cancelled when we showed up to take the excursion. The vendor had a 7:15 am boat go, we were booked for a 10:30 am trip but the vendor told us their boat was too small. They said we could go at 2:00 pm but that would have made us late returning to our cruise ship. I do not understand why the vendor booked a 10:30 am excursion with a boat that was too small.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Your excursion was canceled because of weahter conditions. 7 AM Punta Arenas port administration canceled all the morning excursions.. We don´t have any option 10.30 AM, you were booked for a 9 AM tour.. Your 9 AM was canceled because of weather conditions as finally were canceled all the morning tours of that day of any company.
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Left without us !
rachelcartwright
, Feb 2020
The tour company was impossible to contact and then when we were delayed - due to our ship arriving late - they left without myself and 5 other passengers - I’m still trying to reach them to get a refund - I would use this company or booking agency again
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star-5
Excellent experience
kamcwong
, Feb 2020
Close encounter with Penguins. Very friendly and helpful staff. The boat is in spectacular shape. Not a rough ride at all.
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Penguin encounter
jtantisira
, Jan 2020
Thought it took a long time getting to the island with the tender but once we got there liked the close encounter with the penguins.
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Viator - No Response When in Problems
2920niels
, Jan 2020
Our visit to Punta Arenas was cancelled by the cruise company due to bad weather and we sent a mail to Viator to inform about the situation. No reaction. The we tried multiple times to call the number printed on our ticket. No answer. Result: No visit til Magdalena Island and no refund of our money.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
If your ship can´t dock or because of weather conditions we have to cancel the visit to the island, we will FULL REFUND you. ALWAYS. Since 2001 we have full refund ALL the passengers that can´t visit the island.
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Disappointing
HiddenCreek
, Jan 2020
Was expecting a smaller group from a Viator event. Some 70 individuals on this boat. The information provided by the guide was minimal. And the return boat ride was nearly twice as long as advertised. I was very unhappy with this tour. The cruise ship offering would have been a much better deal.
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