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Magdalena Island Penguin Tour by Boat from Punta Arenas provided by Gray Line Chile

Magdalena Island Penguin Tour by Boat from Punta Arenas

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José Nogueira 1255
José Nogueira 1255, Punta Arenas, Magallanes y la Antártica Chilena, ChileYour incredible experience will begin directly at the meeting point, located in Jose Nogueira #1255, Punta Arenas, at the office of the local provider. Remember that you have to be at 06:30am at the meeting point.
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    Isla Magdalena
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
    Arrive at the small and rocky Magdalena Island, also called Los Pinguinos Natural Monument, a protected nature reserve and park since 1982, and a breeding site for Magellanic penguins. Even before the boat docks, you’ll see thousands of penguins crowding the shores and hear their squawking. During the summer, approximately 120,000 penguins occupy the island. Disembark and spend about an hour here with your guide, keeping to the designated trail roped off for visitors. These curious birds, about 2 feet (61 cm) tall, will cross your path and may approach you, but you'll be instructed not to touch or feed them. On either side of the trail, see hundreds of burrows in the ground, about a foot (30 cm) in diameter, each populated by a pair of penguins. Watch penguins pop in and out of the holes, where eggs are laid, and others excavate new burrows by flinging aside heaps of dirt with their webbed feet. Your guide may point out cormorants and Andean seagulls on the island as well. Reach the highest point on the island and enter a lighthouse, which houses exhibits explaining the penguins’ habitat and breeding cycles, the history of the strait and the rich ecosystems of nearby islands.
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José Nogueira 1255
José Nogueira 1255, Punta Arenas, Magallanes y la Antártica Chilena, ChileYour incredible experience will begin directly at the meeting point, located in Jose Nogueira #1255, Punta Arenas, at the office of the local provider. Remember that you have to be at 06:30am at the meeting point.
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Departure Point
José Nogueira 1255, Punta Arenas, Magallanes y la Antártica Chilena, Chile
4h 30m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Boat tour
  • Professional guide
  • Transfer from the meeting point to the pier
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Snacks
  • Entry/Admission - Isla Magdalena
  • Entry/Admission - Isla Marta
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Airport pickup and drop-off
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • It is recommended that you wear comfortable, warm clothes and trekking shoes or boots
  • Please bring a jacket or sweater, a scarf, hat, sunglasses and water
  • Important: Passport name, number, expiry and country is required at time of booking for all participants
  • Seasonal product operating October to March
  • IMPORTANT INFORMATION: On peak season (Christmas, Holidays, Cruise dates, November to March) the departure time of your tour may vary depending on availability, there are three possible departure times, which are 6:30/10:00/15:00hrs, the regular one is 6:30am BUT we will be letting you know if we have to reschedule your departure time due availability.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
Cancellation Policy
If you cancel at least 3 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel within 2 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
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Jing C wrote a review Mar 2020
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The tour was super fun and well-planned. Everything went according to schedule - we got to see dolphins on the boat ride, spent the perfect amount of time on the penguin island, and drove by an island with sea lions. We even got to see more penguins on the ride back! The tour
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Date of experience: March 2020
Bill Gil wrote a review Mar 2020
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The trip to Magdalena Island in the Straits of Magellan was cancelled do to weather. Those thinks happen, but imagine my surprise when I discovered the cost of this tour was 100 USD when I paid 160 USD booking through Tripadvisor. I will never use your service again.
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Date of experience: February 2020
Donald J wrote a review Feb 2020
Bellingham, Washington830 contributions154 helpful votes
Seabourn side trip for us. Friendly staff in a good boat. The islands penguins were fun to observe and there were rangers available to answer questions. The tour owner gave a good history of the area in English. Side trip allowed us to go and view a large colony of seals. Bonus
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Bonnie K wrote a review Feb 2020
Jerusalem, Israel332 contributions113 helpful votes
Our group took a boat to the Island of Magdalena. the boat ride itself was a great experience but once we got to the island it only got better. The penguins were plentiful, cute and really adorable. There was a walkway you stayed on but were very close to the penguins and the
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Date of experience: March 2019
Chris Columbus wrote a review Feb 2020
33 contributions2 helpful votes
Bought our tickets on the dock, cheaper than cruise ship. Well equipped vessel with WC, bar for alcohol or coffee. The trip is one and three quarter hours in each direction. The weather is unpredictable, four seasons in a day. The weather was fine when we left, windy and very
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Date of experience: January 2020
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