Water activity

Ushuaia: Penguin Watching Tour by Catamaran

4.5 / 5

68 reviews

Activity provider: CANOERO CATAMARANES

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

Experience

Highlights
  • 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. 
Includes
  • 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
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

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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

4.5 /5

based on 68 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.2/5
  • Transportation
    4.5/5
  • Value for money
    4.2/5

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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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November 28, 2022

Fun and well-organised excursion to see sea lions, cormorants and penguins from up close. We were very lucky and even saw a humpback whale. The only negative/annoying part of this journey were two ladies of the organising agency who took pictures of the passengers. We wanted to enjoy the beautiful animals and they were shouting for people to make room in order for them to take there pics which could then be bought. Very annoying. Otherwise everything was great (even the coffee on board!).

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January 16, 2020

A very pleasant catamaran tour. Only it all depends on the weather. If the weather is good, then a boat trip will be a joy. And penguins and sea lions and surroundings of incredible beauty. If not, then no. Organization of excursions is excellent. On the catamaran you can buy snacks, coffee and light alcohol. Only need to get dressed warmer. Everything is new and functioning well. Thank you, it was fun.

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January 3, 2020

Product ID: 237702