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Punta Arenas: Walk with Penguins on Magdalena & Marta Island

4.1 / 5

29 reviews

Activity provider: Solo Expediciones

Punta Arenas: Walk with Penguins on Magdalena & Marta Island

Activity provider: Solo Expediciones

From US$ 136 per person

Sail through the Strait of Magellan to Magdalena and Marta Islands and observe abundant marine life. Marvel at the Magellanic penguins on Magdalena Island, and watch the Patagonian sea lions and other species of marine life on Marta Island.

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Duration 5 hours
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English, Spanish


  • Cruise to Magdalena and Marta Islands and explore the Strait of Magellan
  • Discover a colony of over 120,000 Magellanic penguins on Magdalena Island
  • Admire a colony of over 1000 Patagonian sea lions on Marta Island
  • Have the opportunity to see a rich range of other wildlife, like cormorants, dolphins, and whales
Full description
After check-in at the meeting point, transfer to Laredo Bay port to board speedboats for a 45-minute trip to Magdalena Island. Once there, enjoy 1 hour with a guide to discover the habitat of the Magellanic penguins on Magdalena Island, the second largest Magellanic penguin colony in South America that receives more than 120,000 penguins every year. Next, if the weather conditions are good, continue your journey to Marta Island, which hosts a colony of more than 1000 Patagonian sea lions, as well as copious bird life. Keep an eye out for cormorants, skuas, austral seagulls, Antarctic pigeons, and the occasional elephant seal. If you're lucky, see southern dolphins, piebald dolphins, and sei whales during your trip. The tour includes with return to Laredo Bay port and transfer back to the original meeting point.
  • Navigation to Magdalena Island and Marta Island
  • Coffee service
  • Bilingual guide
  • Entrance fee to Penguin Island
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • People with heart problems
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check
  • Masks are required while indoors

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Meeting point

Please make your way to the local partner's office at José Nogueira 1255, Punta Arenas, Región de Magallanes y de la Antártica Chilena, Chile. Please arrive at the meeting point 10 minutes before the activity starts.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen

Not allowed

  • Oversize luggage

Know before you go

  • This tour is not recommended for people with limited mobility
  • Please be aware that this tour is subject to weather conditions
  • Please arrive at the meeting point 10 minutes before the activity starts
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.1 /5

based on 29 reviews

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It was a nice tour. Our guide told many interesting things during the tour to the island. There is a marked circular route on the island that one usually walks. Unfortunately, a part of ours was closed off. I think because of the breeding penguins. So you didn't get that feeling of the countless penguins on the island. But there were still enough penguins to see and photograph up close. The island of Marta with the sea lions we could hear and photograph the animals from the boat. Not as close as the penguins, but still very impressive. On the way back there was a cocoa and a few biscuits on board

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November 26, 2022

Nice tour with great nature experience. Before we left Isla Magdalena to see the penguins, we took the boat close to Isla Marta to watch the sea lions with their young. We had relatively calm seas, so you could watch the animals in peace. During the trip there was information about both islands and their fauna as well as instructions on how to behave on the "Penguin Island". There was a firmly marked path that we could circle the island in 45 minutes. You get very close to the penguins. Either they cross paths or you can get a glimpse of their burrows. In addition to the penguins, there are numerous gulls that live on the island. All in all a nice experience.

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November 2, 2022

The tour starts at the office of the tour company. From there you will drive by Bus/Van for ca. 30-45 min. Then you get into a small boat. This only serves as a "taxi" to a bigger boat. With the bigger one you will get to the island. There you will have time to walk around and see many penguins. After that, you get back to the bigger boat and travel to an island with sea lions. If you want to take a good picture of them, you will need a good camera as they are quite far away. After that you will get to the smaller boat, then to the Bus/Van and then back. I get sick quite easily on a boat. However, I did not have to take a pill. The drive with the smaller boat is ca. 5 min and the bigger one is totally fine.

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February 13, 2020

Product ID: 258812