Punta Arenas, Chile
Magdalena Island & Penguin Reserve by Covered Speedboat
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Approximately 4½ Hours
Cross the Strait of Magellan to Isla Magdalena and Isla Marta. Together, these islands form the Los Pinguinos National Monument, which protects more than 120,000 penguins as well as a small colony of sea lions.
The islands form an interesting ecosystem -- Marta Island is home to more than 1,000 sea lions, along with cormorants, skuas, the Austral seagull, Antarctic pigeon and sea elephants. You can't step ashore on Marta due to local regulations, so you will circumnavigate to admire and photograph both the colony and the diversity of marine birds that live there.
On Magdalena Island, you will go ashore and interact with one of the major colonies of Magellan penguins -- more than 150,000 birds -- spending an hour walking among colony.
Seasonal migration, which is somewhat unpredictable, can affect the operation of this tour in March and April. The ship will liaise with the tour operator prior to arrival in Punta Arenas and, in the event that the penguins are no longer present, guests will be given the chance to substitute an alternative shore excursion. The circumnavigation of Marta Island is dependent upon on weather and sea conditions.