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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
$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. Enjoy convenient transportation from your hotel.
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.
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1 - 5 of 8 reviews

Reviewed March 25, 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

Thank Mari G
GrayLineChile, reservas OTA's at Gray Line Chile, responded to this reviewResponded May 14, 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 March 25, 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

Thank holger b
Reviewed March 23, 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

Thank HB W
GrayLineChile, reservas OTA's at Gray Line Chile, responded to this reviewResponded May 15, 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

Reviewed March 5, 2018
Excellent

We went on the 4 hour tour March 4 and it was excellent. It took about 45 minutes by boat to get to the first island. It is toward the end of the season. All of the chicks and the females had already left the...More

Thank bernie20842
GrayLineChile, reservas OTA's at Gray Line Chile, responded to this reviewResponded May 15, 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. Good to know you could see a little fauna. We...More

Reviewed February 4, 2018 via mobile
Incredible!

It was much more than I expected! We saw hundreds of penguins in their territory doing the dance of the penguins, mating, fighting, building, caring for their young. We got up close and personal! It was a once in a lifetime experience! The only negative...More

Thank annarc6
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