Water activity

Ushuaia: Penguin Watching Tour by Catamaran

4.4 / 5

96 reviews

Activity provider: CANOERO CATAMARANES
Water activity

Ushuaia: Penguin Watching Tour by Catamaran

Activity provider: CANOERO CATAMARANES

From US$ 145 per person


Navigate the Beagle Channel passing by wildlife refuges, historical sites, and scenes of incredible natural beauty. Visit sea lion island, bird island, and Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse. Observe a colony of penguins on Martillo Island (Penguin Island).

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Duration 5 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
English, Spanish
Audio guide included
English, Italian, Chinese, Spanish
Wheelchair accessible


  • Navigate the Beagle Channel in a modern and comfortable boat
  • Visit Sea Lion Island, Bird Island and Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse
  • See Magellanic and Papuas penguins in their natural habitat
Full description
Start the tour in the local tourist dock and board a modern and comfortable boat. Set sail and cross the wide Ushuaia Bay until you reach the Beagle Channel through Paso Chico. Then, navigate around the Bird's Island where you can appreciate species of the Tierra del Fuego's seabirds such as skuas, black-browed albatross, steam ducks, cauquenes, cook seagulls, and gray seagulls. After that, reach Sea Lion Island which also belongs to the Bridges Archipelago and is inhabited by 2 different species of sea lion. Arrive at the Les Eclaireurs (The Illuminators) Lighthouse where you will find imperial and rocky cormorants colonies. Hear the story of the collapse of the SS Monte Cervantes in 1930. Next, continue sailing East into the wonderful landscapes of the Beagle Channel surrounded by stunning mountain ranges. Admire both Puerto Almanza on the Argentina coast and the Puerto Williams Naval Base on the Chilean coast. After that, head onwards to Martillo Island, also known as Penguin Island where you will have the opportunity to observe a colony of Magellanic and Papua penguins in their natural habitat. Make the return journey back to the dock, where your tour will end. 
  • Local Spanish/English-speaking guide
  • Navigation certificate
  • Port taxes
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Food and drinks, available on board for purchase
Not suitable for
  • People prone to seasickness

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Meeting point

Catamaranes Canoero ticket office, Avenida Prefectura Naval Argentina 470, V9410 Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina. The building is white and green, with a big logo at the front.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card

Not allowed

  • Smoking

Know before you go

  • Food or drinks are available for purchase onboard
  • The experience includes a navigation certificate
  • Port taxes are included in the tour
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.4 /5

based on 96 reviews

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Really fun way to get up close to the penguins. Also saw other sea life -- sea lions and various birds -- but the penguins are the main show. The scenery is spectacular and the guide was knowledgeable and informative. Her English was good and she was very attentive. Don't miss this if you are in Ushuaia.

March 23, 2023

Great trip. Guide spoke both Spanish and English. They made sure at the various sites everyone got a chance to take a good look and pictures. The photographers might be annoying to some people, but they help make sure everyone gets a chance to have a good picture, so they make it more inclusive for everyone.

March 23, 2023

Get your guide says one should show up at 8:30 before the tour at 9. This is bullshit. You have to be there at 8 at the latest. We arrived 8:20 and almost missed our tour because the company in Ushuaia has only one person attending to everything and the line moved insanely slow. It was terribly stressful and could have been avoided if Get your guide would update their information (actually they could also contact this Argentinian company and ask them to make a separate line for customers who already paid. The whole thing was ridiculous. The tour on the other hand was excellent.

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March 23, 2023

Product ID: 237702