Punta Arenas Penguin Reserve Excursion Reviews
We were told that the schools of fish that the penguins depend on have been moving away from the area. So, there were only about 2 dozen Magellan penguins on the beach 30-ish feet away that you see through a 4 inch hole in a hide that is wide enough for about 8 people. You have to walk for a kilometer or so to get there on a rough path built on thin planks set about an inch apart. It is cold and windy. If you're lucky you might see a couple of penguins trying to make their way to the ocean though the shrubbery. There are better places to see penguins, but if this is your only chance then take it.
Fabulous. We took a van from their office, a few blocks from the ship terminal, about half an hour ride to a speed boat which could seat about 3 dozen--we had less-- and left the office at 11:30. The boat got us to the island in well under an hour and we spent an hour on Magdalena Island with the 100,000+ penguins and countless birds, and the only other people visiting then were from a second speed boat. And then we went to Marta Island to watch the sea lions from outside and on top of the boat;. Wow!! They performed for us in the water around us and with my zoom lens was able to have some great shots, as well, of the ones on the beach. Well recommended. And less than half the price of the comparable shop tour.
Wow! For a penguin fanatic like me this was a dream come true. Penguins as far as the eye could see including molting babies and mating pairs. We got very close to the birds
Don't put off by the long boat ride those of us who staid outside saw whales, dolphins and birds fighting over dinner
This was one of the best excursions I have ever taken
Visited Otway Sound penguin reserve and saw hundreds of Magellan penguins both on the beach and in the vegetation around the beach area. The commentary offered by the guide was interesting, but in retrospect you could save money by hiring a taxi outside the port to visit the area independently. After the tour we walked around the town which was small and safe with a handicraft market in the main square and some pleasant cafes.
All the penguins at the Otway Sound Penguin Colony are gone by March. If you are going that late, do not book any penguin excursion.
Three of us went on this shore excursion. It involved a short bus ride to the ferry and a 2 hour ferry ride each way to Magdalena Island. A snack and lunch pack was provided with 2 sandwiches, chocolate bar, cereal bar, large bottle of water and a large juice pak. Magdalena Island was covered with Magellan penguins. We were told there were 200,000 penguins. Even on the ferry you were extremely close to the penguins. We had seen the Magellan penguins at Volunteer Point though. So, while I got some great pictures, having been to the Falklands, it would have been better to save the money. This shore excursion was also sold out.
The Otaway Penguin tour was more interesting... the guide provided more of the area history and identified wildlife, including rheas and upland geese. There were only a small number of penguins, but we were able to observe them on the beach, in the water and in their burrows.