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Punta Arenas: Walk with Penguins on Magdalena & Marta Island

4.1 / 5

58 reviews

Activity provider: Solo Expediciones
Water activity

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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Live tour guide
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

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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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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 58 reviews

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We loved the whole tour, the penguins are cute, you get to see them very close and even saw dolphins on the way to the seal island :) Be prepared the weather is very cold and windy! One thing we didn't like, in the early morning there is a lot of people (like more than hundred) in front of and in the tiny office of the tour company and try to buy the tickets or register (even though you have a ticket you have to register and wait in the long line). So the morning is not well organised, from there everything was nice, the tour guide was kind.

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March 2, 2023

Check in with the local tour operator was inefficient and chaotic. Much need for improvement. Once on the busses the outing was well managed by boat company and guides. Outing is a drive-by of sea lions at Marta Island which was more interesting than I thought it would be and an hour loop walk on Magdalena Island with penguins and birds. Enjoyable and worthwhile.

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January 20, 2023

This is a very good tour. The crew is very nice, and knowledgeable about the marine life. It is worthwhile. We saw many cute penguins up close. The only improvement is that we waited for more than an hour at check in during early morning time. Since we have paid, all we got is to check our names. The check in process needs improvement.

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January 11, 2023

Product ID: 258812