Humpback Whale Watching Adventure

Sail on a small boat to isolated fjords in the Strait of Magellan in search of humpback whales. You'll be accompanied by marine biologists who can identify these majestic creatures by their tail and dorsal fins and will be almost alone among large groups of them as they feed and breach. You'll stay overnight in the eco camp at the research base on the tiny San Carlos III Island. Sail on a small boat to isolated fjords in the Strait of Magellan in search of humpback whales. You'll be accompanied by marine biologists who can identify these majestic creatures by their tail and dorsal fins and will be almost alone among large groups of them as they feed and breach. You'll stay overnight in the eco camp at the research base on the tiny San Carlos III Island.
3 Days
$1,500

Humpback Whale Watching Adventure - 3 - $1,500

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

Start from Punta Arenas and end at Punta Arenas

Landmarks visited on Humpback Whale Watching Adventure

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Transfer to Punta Arenas; Carlos III Island; Eco Camp Carlos III

In the morning you'll take a transfer 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

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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

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

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

Suzanne Zimmerman United States Of America February 2019

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

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. 

Additional Notes

Single supplement – For solo travellers the single supplement is twice the regular price per person.

Includes

  • 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

Excludes

  • Meals not indicated in itinerary
  • Drinks during lunch or dinner
  • Any extra/optional excursions
  • Personal equipment (see our recommended kit list)
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Gratuities/tips
  • International and domestic/in-country flights
  • Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses

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