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Penguin Rookery Beagle Channel Navigation

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View penguins and other wildlife in this remote part of the world as you sail the Beagle Channel on a catamaran.

Penguin Rookery Beagle Channel Navigation

Cross Argentina's wide Bay of Ushuaia and sail the Beagle Channel on a catamaran to view the fascinating Magellanic Penguins and specimens of Papua Penguins.

The Beagle Channel, peppered with picturesque inlets and bays, separates Puerto Williams, Chile from Ushuaia, Argentina. The channel, 150 miles long and three miles wide, offers a rare beauty seldom captured in photographs.

After departing from the local tourist dock, you'll cross the wide Bay of Ushuaia and reach the Beagle Channel through Paso Chico. You will motor around Isla de Los Pajaros (Bird Island) and Isla de Los Lobos (Sea Lions Island), which are part of the Bridges Archipelago. You will have the opportunity to observe skuas, black-browed albatrosses, steamer ducks, cauquenes, kelp gulls, grey gulls, and sea lions.

Upon arrival at Faro Les Eclaireur (the Illuminators Lighthouse), you'll see colonies of shags and cormorants. And, you'll learn the history of the SS Monte Cervantes that sank in 1930.

Following the southern coast of the Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego, you will get to see Estancia Remolino, where the remains of the Vessel Monte Sarmiento have laid at rest since 1912. Crossing the Beagle Channel, you will see Gable Island and the Port Williams Navy Base on Navarino Island.

At Isla Martillo (Hammer Island), you will have the opportunity to see a colony of Magellanic Penguins and specimens of Papua Penguins.

You will then make your way back to Ushuaia, passing by sights such as the Estancia Tunel (Tunnel Ranch) and Finque.

The motorized catamaran you are traveling on has an inside cabin as well as an observation deck on the top. To access the top deck, guests must be able to pull themselves up a steep ladder with handrail. The boat is bathroom-equipped.

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from $120.00 (USD)
Per Person
Tour Type
Group Size
Activity Type(s)
Scenic, Water
Tour Duration
6.5 Hours
Activity Level
Tour Leaves From
Cruise Ship Pier or Cruise Ship Tender Pier
Food/Beverage Provided
Coffee and tea is included.
Special Instructions
For all tours in Ushuaia, we recommend dressing in layers. Comfortable rubber-soled shoes and a light jacket are recommended.
Guests must be able to walk approximately 500 feet over paved and gravel surfaces. There is an incline at the dock. Guests must be able to step on and off of the catamaran.