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Magdalena Island Penguin Tour by Boat from Punta Arenas

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  • 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
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Magdalena Island Penguin Tour by Boat from Punta Arenas
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Magdalena Island Penguin Tour by Boat from Punta Arenas
From USD 160.00
Overview
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.
What to Expect
After pickup from our meeting point in Punta Arenas, 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.
Reviews (31)
1 - 5 of 10 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Didn't notice in advance when the trip was cancelled

Our trip was cancelled but we didn't receive earlier notification that morning from the agency, which was so frustrated! When we arrived at the agency, we were told we could change to another tour called "Patagonia Wild Watching" with the same price. Because we already...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank gongzi0820
Reviewed 1 November 2018
Amazing experience and a perfect amount of time!

This was a great half-day tour! Leaving from Punta Arenas early in the morning, you are back in time for lunch! I usually get very seasick so I always bring bags and take dramamine. We had a calm day so luckily I did not have...More

Date of experience: October 2018
5  Thank Steve_M_Burns
Reviewed 26 March 2018
Wonderful

We took our tour with solo expediciones. We bought our tickets at the office in Punta Arenas 4 days before the morning trip. It was a fabulous experience. The tour guide was beyond knowledgeable and lovely. The only issue is the fact that you really...More

Date of experience: March 2018
4  Thank Mari G
GrayLineChile, reservas OTA's at Gray Line Chile, responded to this reviewResponded 15 May 2018

Hello, Greetings from Gray Line Chile. Thank you very much for taking time to share your experience with our TripAdvisor community. It makes us very happy that your stay in Chile was of your liking. We are so sorry you got sick. We're glad to...More

Reviewed 26 March 2018
Great tour with eco touches

We went to the island, which is served by one ferry in mid-march, catching one of the last trips before the end of the season. You can book the trip downtown Punta Arenas with a number of tour operators. Be aware that the trip might...More

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank holger b
Reviewed 24 March 2018
Penguins, dolphins, and sea lions

We took a tour with Solo Expediciones on 3/16 to isla Marta and isla Magdalena and really enjoyed seeing lots of sea lions on Marta and quite large number of penguins still left on Magdalena. It was a early morning trip, but we were rewarded...More

Date of experience: March 2018
3  Thank HB W
GrayLineChile, reservas OTA's at Gray Line Chile, responded to this reviewResponded 15 May 2018

Hello, Greetings from Gray Line Chile. Thank you very much for taking time to share your experience with our TripAdvisor community. It makes us very happy that your stay in Chile was of your liking. We are very glad you got to see dolphins! We...More

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GregJenLong
28 November 2018|
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Response from gongzi0820 | Reviewed this property |
There's couple of others trips available. What I suggest is renting a car and drive along the highway to view the wild animals by yourself. It's more flexible and you can stop by the road whenever you want to.
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