Ushuaia Tours
Boat Trip to the Penguin Colony on Martillo Island
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Boat Trip to the Penguin Colony on Martillo Island

By Tangol Tours Ushuaia
About
Martillo Island is home to one of the world’s largest penguin colonies. During this tour, set sail along the Beagle Channel from Ushuaia and cruise out to the island to see the Magellanic and Gentoo penguins in their natural environment. Pass by landmarks such as Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse, Isla Grande, and the Puerto Williams Naval Base; and look out for other wildlife such as sea lions, cormorants, and skúas.
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$168.00
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Ages 0-99, max of 120 per group
Duration: 5h
Start time: Check availability
Mobile ticket
Meets animal welfare guidelines
Live guide: Portuguese, English, Spanish
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Highlights
  • Magnificent views as you cruise along the Beagle Channel
  • Guided commentary: Learn more about Patagonia’s wildlife
  • See Magellanic and Gentoo penguins in their natural habitat
  • Choice of morning or afternoon boat cruise

  • 5-hour boat navigation
  • Professional guide
  • Entry/Admission - Martillo Island
What's not included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks
  • Entry/Admission - Ushuaia


Start:
  • Av. Prefectura Naval Argentina 470, V9410 Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina
    Travelers must be present 30 minutes before the scheduled time at the meeting point: Canoero box office in order to exchange tickets.
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Infants must sit on laps
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 5674P295

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
    • Most travelers can participate
    • Not suitable for cruise passengers
    • It does not include walking among the penguins.
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 120 travelers

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 5674P295

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    • Av. Prefectura Naval Argentina 470, V9410 Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina
      Travelers must be present 30 minutes before the scheduled time at the meeting point: Canoero box office in order to exchange tickets.
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    • Tangol Tours Ushuaia
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      Argentina
      Joined in February 2011
    • N6448YFjand
      0 contributions
      3.0 of 5 bubbles
      nice trips but nothing extra
      There's not much special about it. A lot of People on the boat. We were lucky: very nice weather and so, we had many nice views
      Written April 13, 2024
    • susanwM3007KV
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      FUN!
      This trip was so much fun and our guide, Marcel, was one of the best guides ever. Tierra del Fuego Natl Park is very beautiful with spectacular scenery
      Written February 24, 2024
    • Lisdar
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Not to be missed
      Incredible place and train fabulous place really enjoyed the area the Train was fabulous especially as one of the Engines was made in Wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 However the train journey out was great but we had to wait a considerable time for our return journey I would recommend having the train out but get your Transport to pick you up at the other end We loved the Railway station and the surrounding district and the Prisoners/actors that you have the photos with which are not expensive.
      Written February 15, 2024
    • CharlotteB113
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Super fun day in the National Park
      I only had a day and half in Ushuaia and wanted to get out and see the natural landscapes and this tour was the perfect way to see the National Park! I loved the combo of paddling and hiking for variety, and even in the overcast weather, the park is beautiful. It was an active tour but without being too difficult I'd say. And we had a delicious lunch in their covered dome! Great work from our guide Gabriel, driver Octavio and paddling guide Felipe, they made it such a fun day!
      Written February 3, 2024
    • GlobetrottingSwede
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great way to see the fjords of Patagonia
      This is a great short cruise, for anyone who wishes to see, and understand the fjords and the archipelago of Patagonia. If you sail from Punta Arenas to Ushuaia, the first day is a hike and Zodiak visit to see the penguins. The second day is all about glaciers with glacier alley, south of the Darwin range. The third day the objective is to disembark at Cape Horn, but this is only possible, if the weather permits. Note that this is an expedition style cruise, which means that you use zodiacs to disembark and visit the shores.
      Written February 1, 2024
    • christinalJ8903XN
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Excellent tour!
      We were only in Ushuaia for a day and a half, and wanted to make the most of our time. This was definitely my favourite activity during that time. It is a historic double-decker bus which has so much charm as soon as you walk in. service is absolutely exemplary. Starting from where you purchase the tickets, to the actual tour itself, it was amazing. Our bus driver was Javier, and the English speaking tour guide was Thomas. Both Javier and Thomas were so helpful with all of the tourists by taking photos, and making sure that everybody enjoyed the tour. Thomas is incredibly knowledgeable, and was able to share so much information during the tour which we greatly appreciated. Not only is Thomas incredibly intelligent, he is a genuinely kind hearted person who truly wants the best for everyone. He is going to go very far in the tourism industry. He has a perfect personality, as well as the knowledge to provide a great experience for the English speaking tourists… Of which there were many! Javier was always there as well to make sure that the tour around smoothly, and to help whenever it was needed. This is not your regular tour where it is only pre-recorded historical information about the places you see. Thomas was also able to provide a personalized experience by sharing his knowledge as well. The time went by so quickly, and we appreciated that it stops twice for everyone to get out and take photos. it was definitely the highlight of our time in Ushuaia. A big thank you to Thomas and Javier for making the extra special for everyone.
      Written January 27, 2024
    • EveryStepEveryNation
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      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      Magical!
      Ushuaia is magical! It's a small southernmost city in the world and it's very navigable by foot. It's clean, safe and a wonderful place to start the journey and embark expedition ship to Antarctica!
      Written January 13, 2024
    • V8983ZTjamesw
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Hiking and rafting Patagonia National Park
      A beautiful day. Interesting to learn about the biodiversity. While hiking we were fortunate to observe wild horses, red fox, and many more. Our guide, Gabriel and Octavio were excellent. Highly recommend
      Written January 12, 2024
    • christophergQ3044ST
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Highly recommended.
      Professionally conducted tour by knowledgeable, friendly, and fun guides. The enthusiasm of the guides was infectious, which ensured a positive atmosphere throughout the whole day. Excellent communication regards pickup location and time. All activities were conducted safely with a comprehensive brief prior to the on water activity.
      Written January 9, 2024
    • Wander37834589089
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      1.0 of 5 bubbles
      Don’t use Tangol!
      Don’t use Tangol! Viator booked thru Tangol for my tour. They are in cahoots with the booked tour company and did not deliver what we booked and put us in danger!
      Written January 5, 2024
    • bethoSydney
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      We loved it, great way to see the national park
      This is an excellent tour and we can’t recommend it enough especially if you get Juan, Octavia and phillipe as your guides. Juan spoke very good English and was very funny too. The weather was typical for the area, it was snowing when we arrived, it then became sunny and then rained… repeat every hours or so. This was never a problem as we were given all the equipment we needed, waterproof trousers and gum boots for the rafting. The rafting was fun and not too challenging. We then stopped for lunch which was fabulous, the warming chicken stew was just what was needed. Next we headed out for our hike which was beautiful. This is a full day tour and worth every dollar ! Thanks so much to juan and the ana Antartur team.
      Written December 29, 2023
    • ivyh858
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      Great overview of Tierra del Fuego national park!
      The entire experience was seamless with this tour company. The hiking trail and canoe route were moderately challenging with plenty of breaks and photo opportunities. We had a group ranging from age 18 to 65, and everyone had an incredible time. Octavio and Gabriel provided an excellent experience.
      Written December 24, 2023
    • AlwaysTraveling65
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      Informative and Inexpensive
      Stumbled across the bus tour while we stopped at visitor center for information - right by each other. It was about 1-1/2 hours, provided some great town history along with a couple stops to get off bus. It was a great value for only $10USD
      Written December 19, 2023
    • IB33345
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      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great tour but I didn’t like the jeep
      Tour was nice and our driver/ guide was great. I didn’t give it a five star because the car has an odd design. There is no way to see the road ahead. The view is blocked. All you can see is from the side windows.
      Written December 16, 2023
    • Bretthumphrey
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      Fun Way to Spend a Day in TDF National Park.
      We had such a great experience with Juan and Felipe. We got to see three sea lions and two woodpeckers! The canoe trip was more like rafting but without any rapids, for those who aren't sure what to expect. The sea lions swam up to us in the raft and it was such a cool experience. Great guides and a fantastic way to spend a day in TDF National park.
      Written December 10, 2023
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    LushwWanderlust
    Oregon7 contributions
    1.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2023 • Friends
    I was looking forward to this tour for months, only to find out it was cancelled due to weather last minute. I wish they notified us 24hrs in advance or at least the morning of the tour. They let us know the trip was cancelled an hour before. They asked me if I’d like to rebook and they never texted me back until later that day. I’m very disappointed I traveled to Patagonia long distance and didn’t get to see the penguins. I’ll never book with this tour again. Communication in advance is key!
    Written January 5, 2023
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    Luke B
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nov 2023 • Solo
    An excellent trip. Very comfortable seating and cosy cafe on board. Ideal for general seabird and cetacean watching, as well as 3 species of penguin. Black-browed Albatrosses everywhere. If you’re a birder into seawatching, most of the other guests go indoors after they’ve seen the penguins, leaving the deck to yourself.
    Written November 24, 2023
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    afrhoades
    Washington DC, DC130 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Definitely worth the trip!! A great way to spend half a day. The crew make sure to come as close to the islands as possible and to stay long enough for everyone to see the animals.
    Absolute must-do. The boat is comfortable and provides refreshments.
    Written October 26, 2022
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    Toshitaka H
    1 contribution
    1.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dec 2019
    After the non-cancellable schedule, Trip Adviser informed to me, no longer has a reservation for the originally purchased AM, so a request has been made as to whether it can be changed to PM. We replied that only AM is available because our flight is in the evening. No replies from Trip Adviser afterwards.
    In this case, it is a mistake of Trip Adviser, so please return all the fees you have already paid.
    Written January 1, 2020
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    Dear Toshitaka Hachiro, We are truly sorry to read that your trip was cancelled. The ship company in Ushuaia decided to not operate in the morning on December 25th due to the Christmas holiday. As soon as we were notified, we sent you several messages through the platform where you made the reservation, asking for alternative dates to reschedule your tour for the afternoon option. Unfortunately, we never received your answer. We want to let you know that all our travelers are important to us and we sincerely regret that you did not have access to our messages. We really appreciate your comments as it helps us improve our services. Best regards, Tangol Travel Agency
    Written May 12, 2020
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    Rich M
    Orlando, FL316 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great trip on this boat to see penguins sea lions and we also got to spot some Orcas along the way. Great views and educational staff on board. Very friendly and helpful.
    Nice spaces indoor and out for the cruise in any weather.
    Would recommend this to anybody
    Written March 23, 2024
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    Bill R
    Copley, OH97 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mar 2020
    This was one of the bst excursions we have ever done. It was a little confusing where to meet. It was right off the pier in a little hut. After that it was no problem We saw seals, sea lions & of course penguins. As an added bonus we were able to see whales. would highly recommend this tour.
    Written March 11, 2020
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    Hi Bill! Thanks for sharing with us your experience! It will be a pleasure to assist you in your next visit! Greetings,
    Written March 25, 2020
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    Karen P
    Derby, UK12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We enjoyed a fantastic half day trip down the Beagle channel. The boat was spacious and comfortable with decent English commentary about what to look for and interesting facts etc. It was great to be able to see the Penguins and sea lions so close but the real excitement was the sighting of two whales which we definitely not expecting
    Written March 1, 2020
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    Dear Karen Thank you for sharing your experience with us You were in one of the most southern areas of the planet!! This tour connects with the animals in their natural habitat, a wonderful experience. We are glad to have been part of your trip Regards
    Written April 8, 2020
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    Janice Roberts W
    Pinehurst, NC104 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Feb 2018 • Couples
    We walked from our ship to the office and met our tour. We were driven to the boat and headed to the Penguin Colony. Nice trip on the boat and there were many penguins. These are the Magellanic penguins. Most of the adults were gone, only the grown infants were around but hundreds of them. We were given ample time to walk around up to the lighthouse and view the penguins. Back in the boat and on the way back we were given tea coffee and cookies and stopped by to view an island of seals, babies running aorund. This was a well organized and fun trip
    Written March 9, 2018
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    Bindesh S
    Miami, FL57 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Oct 2019
    This trip is 3-4 hours that covers few islands in Beagle channel consisting of Marine birds, Sea lions colonies & Penguins. The main attraction is visit to the Penguin island, Mantilla island. This tour does not allow us to set foot on the island but allows us to view the Penguin colony from a reasonable distance. It is a good option if you do not have a full day and also at a reasonable cost to view Penguin. They have Morning & afternoon trip options. The boat is comfortable and has modern amenities.
    Written October 31, 2019
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    Gordon10
    Peebles, UK561 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Feb 2018 • Couples
    Had a great day out on the Beagle Channel,great scenery,great wildlife,great weather on our way out,topped off with lots of penguins .Very interesting / exciting return journey due to high winds which stretched our half day to almost a full day .
    Written February 11, 2018
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