Humpback Whale Watching Adventure

A small vessel voyage into an isolated corner of the fjords, accompanied by marine biologists who can identify the humpbacks by their tail and dorsal fins. You'll be almost alone among large groups of whales feeding and breaching and at night you'll stay at the researchers' eco camp on a tiny island in the wilderness.

A small vessel voyage into an isolated corner of the fjords, accompanied by marine biologists who can identify the humpbacks by their tail and dorsal fins. Read more...

3 Days

Humpback Whale Watching Adventure - 3 - $1,500

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • See Humpback Whales in the Barbara Channel
  • View Santa Ines Glacier
  • Spend 2 nights in a dome at an eco-camp in the heart of the marine reserve 

Landmarks visited on Humpback Whale Watching Adventure

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1:

Transfer from Punta Arenas to the embarkation point "Bay Punta Carrera", where we begin our navigation through the Magellan Strait. We sail for the Carlos III island for 8-10 hours (depending on climate factor)  browsing several important points before reaching the Marine Park "Francisco Coloano" among them, Fort Bulnes, Faro San Isidro, Mount Tarn, Bahia el Aguila, Cabo Froward. At 6.30pm you will have the opportunity for some whale-watching on route to the Island Carlos III, reaching the camp at 7.30pm where you will be welcomed by a cocktail. 

We walk to the observatory where there will be a scientific talk and introduction to whale-watching before returning to camp for dinner.

Day 2: 

We have breakfast at the camp before sailing to the marine park "Francisco Coloane". We will have 8-10 hours of exploration in the canals and islands.  You will have the opportunity to observe different species of sea and land birds, including the Chilean Skua Robber, Black-Browed Albatross and the Giant Petrel.  We will explore the fjords, whale watching with biologist "Juan Capella" who will accompany us for photo identification of individuals along with sea lions, and marine & terrestrial birds. 

At 7.30pm we return back to the Carlos III Island, making a final stop in the Barbara channel to watch humpbacks an the end of the day before a farewell dinner at camp.

Day 3: 

This morning we sail around Rupert Island where we can observe a large colony of Magellanic Penguins. We then begin our navigation back to Punta Carrera (approx 8-10 hours dependant on weather conditions) where a transfer will be waiting to take you to your accommodation.

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What our customers think

Isla Carlos III is so remote and there is nothing for miles except uninhabited islands, mountains, humpback whales, penguins, sea lions and stars. It was truly magical.

Alison January 2017

Come in February, when the whales have had a chance to eat and recover from their long migration south.

Ann-Marie Starck Argentina December 2019

The whale watching was a highlight of my trip – amazing and overwhelming!

Suzanne Zimmerman United States Of America February 2019

The highlights of my trip were seeing humpback whales breaching, viewing Maellanic penguins from the boat, and experiencing the landscapes and wildlife – gorgeous, otherworldly.

Susan Ferguson United States Of America February 2018

Whale Watching Adventure

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

Price of USD $1,500 per person based on two people sharing comfortable dome-tents. 

Departures take place approximately every 3 days from November through May - subject to availability. Please contact us to request your preferred departure date. 

Single Supplement And Child Policy

Two times the regular price per person.


  • Land and sea transportation
  • All meals and drinks
  • Towels, sleeping bags and down duvets
  • Bilingual guide
  • Scientific lectures


  • Personal equipment
  • Gratuities

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