Punta Arenas Magellan Penguins

Half Day



The Punta Arenas Magellan Penguins half day excursion is a great way to fill a morning from Punta Arenas, navigate the Straits of Magellan and get to see wild penguins in their natural habitat. In addition to seeing the Magellan penguins there will also be sea lions and bird life to view. The excursion uses a number of different-sized vessels depending on how many people are booked for the excursion.

















One of the Smaller Boats at Santa Magdalena Jetty

Punta Arenas Magellan Penguins Half Day

Sea Lion Colony on Beach

Punta Arenas Magellan Penguins Half Day

Interior of Smaller Boat on the Way to Santa Magdalena Island

Punta Arenas Magellan Penguins Half Day

Punta Arenas Magellan Penguins Half Day

Operated between 01 of October to 15 of April

Subject to local weather conditions


Note: We offer this activity to be built into your main itinerary and not as a standalone.

An Introduction to Punta Arenas Magellan Penguins Half Day Excursion

This Punta Arenas Magellan Penguins half day excursion is operated out of the centre of Punta Arenas, requiring an early 06:00hrs check-in. The activity involves a 30min road transfer to the embarkation jetty at Laredo Bay. Here you will board a covered zodiac boat for a 45min sea trip to Magdalena Island, whereupon you will disembark and be able to walk on a path around the island (either side of which are nesting penguins) for about 1hr. This colony, consisting of around 15,000 Magellan penguins at its peak, is the largest in South America.

After visiting Santa Magdalena, you will embark onto the boat once again and be taken a short distance to another island called Isla Marta, which is the natural habitat for sealions, sea elephants, imperial cormorants and southern seagulls. This is a sight viewed from the boat.

During the navigation there is also, sometimes, Austral Dolphins that can be seen jumping out of the water.


Trip Duration: 4.5hrs.
Check in between 06:00hrs – 06:30hrs (check time on your confirmation) San José Nogueira 1255, Punta Arenas

Transportation from Punta Arenas to Laredo Bay.
Return boat trip from Ladero Bay to Magdalena and Marta Islands.


Request here: request@experiencechile.org


What ExperienceChile.Org says about

Punta Arenas Magellan Penguins Half Day

In the event that you are overnight in Punta Arenas, the half day morning excursion to see Magellan penguins on an island in the Strait of Magellan is yet another great option when in Patagonia. The trip involves a navigation over the sea, a chance to walk on an island in the Magellan Straight and see thousands of penguins as well as sealions and birds.

Note that we have been creating Torres del Paine W Trek itineraries and other Patagonian itineraries since 1996. We are based in Chile, English owned, and a leading receptive travel operator, covering in particular – Patagonia.


Send Your Enquiry to here: request@experiencechile.org

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In the event that you are a VIP in any of the fields such as celebrity and/or political and/or business, and you need “special attention”. For example, privacy and/or security for your trip please use an alias in the enquiry but mention that you are VIP and one of the directors will handle your request and keep your real name and details confidential.


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