Trip Summary and Itinerary Map
Day 1: Transfer to Punta Carrera; Francisco Coloane Marine Park; Eco Camp Carlos III
Day 2: Whale watching in Strait of Magellan; Eco Camp Carlos III
Day 3: Transfer to Punta Arenas
Day 1: Transfer to embarkation point; Carlos III Island; Eco Camp Carlos III
In the morning you'll transfer by vehicle (approx 45 minutes) from your hotel in Punta Arenas to the embarkation point at Punta Carrera Bay, where we'll start our navigation through the Strait of Magellan. We sail to Carlos III Island which takes 8-10hrs, depending on the weather, and pass several important places along the way – such as Fort Bulnes, Faro San Isidro, Mount Tarn, Bahia el Aguila, Cabo Froward – before reaching the Francisco Coloane Marine Park.
We'll see a wide variety of seabirds, including black-browed albatross, southern giant petrel, Magellanic diving-petrel, king cormorant, Chilean skua, dolphin gull and South American tern. There will also be pods of inquisitive Peale's dolphins.
At 6.30pm we'll have the chance for some whale-watching before arriving at Carlos III Island and Eco Camp Carlos III at 7.30pm where you will be welcomed with a cocktail.
We'll then walk to the observatory where there will be a scientific talk and an introduction to whale-watching before returning to the eco camp for dinner.
Meals: Picnic lunch, dinner
Accommodation: Eco Camp Carlos III
Day 2: Whale watching in the Strait of Magellan; Eco Camp Carlos III
This morning we'll have breakfast at the camp before sailing to the Francisco Coloane Marine Park in the Strait of Magellan for a day of whale watching. We'll have 8-10hrs to navigate the fjords, channels and islands.
We'll be accompanied by scientists from the research base at Carlos III Island who will help us with spotting and identification as we explore the fjords and get close to the whales. We might also see the rare Chilean dolphin.
Later we'll visit Santa Ines Island to see its beautiful mountains, glaciers and pristine forests.
After making a final stop in the Barbara Channel to watch humpbacks we'll return to the island and Eco Camp Carlos III at 7:30pm for a farewell dinner.
Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner
Accommodation: Eco Camp Carlos III
Day 3: Rupert Island; Transfer to Punta Arenas
In the morning we'll sail around Rupert Island where we canobserve a large colony of Magellanic penguins, South American sea lions, southern fur seals and Chilean skua.We'll then continue the 8-10hr journey back to Punta Carrera, arriving around 5pm. A transfer will be waiting to take you to your accommodation in Punta Arenas where you can expect to arrive around 7-8pm.
Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch
What our customers think of Humpback Whale Watching Adventure
Humpback Whale Watching Adventure trips scored 4.7/5 from 3 reviews
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.
Travelled: January 2017
Come in February, when the whales have had a chance to eat and recover from their long migration south.
Travelled: December 2019
Ann-Marie Starck - Argentina
The whale watching was a highlight of my trip – amazing and overwhelming!
Travelled: February 2019
Suzanne Zimmerman - United States Of America
The highlights of my trip were seeing humpback whales breaching, viewing Maellanic penguins from the boat, and experiencing the landscapes and wildlife – gorgeous, otherworldly.
Travelled: February 2018
Susan Ferguson - United States Of America
This excursion takes you right to the home of the humpback whales. Spending time among the untouched areas where these whales come to feed every year is an experience I will never forget. The accommodations were extremely comfortable. The crew/guides very positive and focused on the comfort of guests. As long as an 8 hour boat ride in choppy water is okay to you, this is a must do!
Travelled: January 2020
Connie Jo Hemeyer - United States Of America
Whale Watching Adventure
Prices, Departures and Inclusions
The price of USD $1,500 per person is based on double occupancy of a comfortable dome-tent.
Departures take place approximately every 3 days from November through May, subject to availability. Please contact us to request your preferred departure date.
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* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in USD ($) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost $1,500
- Meals: 2 breakfasts, 3 picnic lunches, 2 dinners
- Accommodation: 2 nights at Eco Camp Carlos III
- Land and sea transportation
- Towels, sleeping bags and down duvets at Eco Camp Carlos III
- English and Spanish-speaking guide
- Scientific lectures
- Meals not indicated in itinerary
- Drinks during lunch or dinner
- Any extra/optional excursions
- Personal equipment (see our recommended kit list)
- Personal travel insurance
- International and domestic/in-country flights
- Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses