• Location: Ushuaia, Argentina
  • Duration: 3 hours (approx.)
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Follow Charles Darwin's sailing route through the Beagle Channel on this 2.5-hour catamaran trip out of Ushuaia. Check out Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse and some shipwreck ruins before experiencing the deafening din of large colonies of sea lions barking on Sea Wolves Island. Visit the End of the World Museum, view Ushuaia's defunct prison and see Olivia and Cinco Hermanos (Five Brothers) mountains. Visit Bird Island to view the varied avian population of this region and hear knowledgable commentary from your guide.


  • 2.5-hour catamaran cruise through Beagle Channel from Ushuaia
  • Pass the coastal landmarks of the city’s industrial area, End of World Museum and prison buildings of Maritime Museum
  • Gaze at Martial Glacier, Encajonado River, Five Brothers and Olivia Mountains, and Fique and Túnel Estancias
  • Sail by Les Eclaireurs lighthouse and shipwreck remains of the SS Monte Cervantes
  • Observe legions of sea lions at Sea Wolves Island and diverse species at Bird Island, including cormorants and albatrosses
  • Choose from among several departure times, depending on low- or high-season visit
  • Pickup and drop-off from centrally located Ushuaia hotels included

What You Can Expect

Beagle Channel and Sea Wolves Island Catamaran Cruise

See fur seals, sea lions and king cormorants

After pickup at your Ushuaia hotel, transfer to Don Eduardo Arturo Brisighelli pier to board your catamaran for this 2.5-hour journey through the Beagle Channel. Head east along the coast for views of the former prison, which now houses Ushuaia's Maritime Museum and a replica of Darwin's ship, the Beagle, as well as the End of the World Museum.

Learn from your guide about Ushuaia's origins as a penal colony while you pass dramatic mountain scenery, including the Olivia and Cincos Hermanos (Five Brothers) mountains. Make your way past the Tunnel, Fique Ranch and the Encajonado River as you trace Darwin's 1833 journey through the Beagle Channel. Approach the Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse, around which the ruins of the shipwrecked SS Monte Cervantes lie.

Turn west toward Isla de Los Lobos (Sea Wolves Island) home to hundreds of king cormorants, fur seals and sea lions. Watch as the animals fight for space on the rocks as well as caw, grunt and bark. Next, stop by Isla de los Pajaros (Bird Island) home to steamer ducks, giant albatross, petrels and skuas, among other species.

Gaze upon Martial Glacier as the catamaran makes its way back to Ushuaia through Paso Chico (Small Passage.) Upon return to the pier, climb aboard your vehicle for drop-off at your Ushuaia hotel.

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2017

This tour was amazing! Don't miss this one, especially if you are fortunate enough to be in Tierra del Fuego in shoulder season. You get to experience the wonder of this place without it being packed by tourists. Company was first-rate. Had a professional biologist on board. I would recommend using the photographer on board from the start. He takes all photos for the day, including 8 or 10 of you. The photos are great and, more importantly, you don't have to spend the day behind the camera. Which would be a shame in this quiet stillness. Put the Go Pros down on just this one. Highly recommended!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed this catamaran cruise in the Beagle Channel in late October 2016. It was short enough to not tie up the entire day, but long enough to give us a wonderful experience in the Channel. The views were spectacular. We loved our guide. He spoke both English and Spanish although we were the only English speakers on the trip. He made a point of speaking with us personally several time throughout the trip, sharing some personal experiences.
We got very close to several islands and were able to watch the birds and sea wolves sea lions sitting on the rocks and swimming in the water. It was mating time, so we saw some of the mating rituals as well. The boat captain would turn the boat from one side to another so that everyone had a close view of the animals and lighthouse. There was plenty of time for photos and selfies. We stopped at one island and got off for a short walk. Our guide told us to leave the rocks, leaves, plants, etc for others to see. As we were leaving the island, another large tour boat pulled in beside us. The tourists on that boat began picking up rocks and other things, and putting them in their pockets as souvenirs. So sad that they felt they could take what they wanted.
It was a great trip and I highly recommend it. We took a morning cruise, having been forewarned that the afternoons are sometimes too windy for the boats on the Channel. The next day all cruises were cancelled in the afternoon due to the wind and waves. I would recommend going on the cruise the first day we only had two days there and taking it in the morning. If there had been a bad weather day, we would still have had a second day to attempt the cruise.

Patricia S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

The tour was great with amazing views, staff on the boat was very nice and helpful.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour was amazing!

Rebecca O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Great trip. The weather cooperated and the views from the boat are amazing. A nice thing to do if you are unable to do serious hiking as well.

Viktoriya Gr Russian Federation

4 star rating: Recommended April 2015

This tour was amazing!

Duncan P

4 star rating: Recommended January 2015

On arrival in Ushuaia I was told that my tour did not include the most important thing, the Penguins, so I managed to upgrade through the hotel. As the tour gets passed around from company to company, check in was confusing, this should be made more streamline.
The trip was great, full of info and great sights. Warning to those who get sea sick, the journey back was extremely rough due to wind, which apparently is often. 60% of passengers got sick. It was really rough!

Mario Francesco D

4 star rating: Recommended November 2014

Interesting cruise and well organized tour

Inna V

3 star rating: Worth doing January 2018

The tour itself is wonderful. A good ship, interesting views around, I consider it obligatory to visit in Ushuaia. But the organization! We stupidly stood in line for landing an hour and a half, no one said why, what happened .... To be honest, even this did not spoil the impression.
Сам тур замечательный. Хороший корабль, интересные виды вокруг, считаю его обязательным к посещению в Ушуайе. Но организация! Мы тупо стояли в очереди на посадку полтора часа, никто не говорил почему, что случилось.... Честно говоря даже это не испортило впечатлений.

Masahiro K

3 star rating: Worth doing January 2015

I feel the tour name match sea lion island not sea wolves island.
The tour time had changed 1 and half hour earlier without previous announce by email. I knew it when I arrived and checked in the hotel. I hope the change of tour time will be told more earlier.

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