Kayak with Humpback Whales

A unique opportunity to get close to humpback whales from a kayak. With experienced guides who know the whales intimately, you will never forget your close encounter with these majestic creatures and the wealth of other wildlife that Patagonia has to offer.

3 Days


Kayak with Humpback Whales - 3 - $1,800

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • Kayak with humpback whales many of which your guides can identify by name
  • See other wildlife - sea lions, penguins and marine birds including the mighty blackbrowed albatross
  • Kayak to the face of the Santa Inés glacier which descends from the Southern Patagonian ice field.
  • Fall asleep to the sound of the whales as you spend the night at a rustic eco camp 

Start from Punta Arenas and end at Punta Arenas

Landmarks visited on Kayak with Humpback Whales

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1 – Kayak at Carlos III Island:

We will collect you from your accommodation and transfer you to Punta Carrera Bay, where you sail to Carlos III Island (approximately 8 to 10 hours depending on weather conditions). Our voyage will take us along the historic Magellan Strait and past the Marine Park Francisco Coloane.

On arrival at Carlos III Island we will brief you about your activity and the set out to kayak around the island. After your first kayaking trip, we will arrive at Eco Camp and enjoy a cocktail and welcome dinner. 

Day 2 - Marine Park Francisco Coloane:

After breakfast at Eco Camp, with an expert biologist, we will navigate around the marine park, taking in the sights which will include humpback whales, sea lions, and birds such as the black-browed albatross and Magellanic penguin. We will visit the Santa Inés glacier, and we will navigate the Seno Helado fjord. During the sailing, we will incorporate a kayak trip amongst whales that we see on the way. 

At the end of our day, we will stop off at the Bárbara channel to observe more humpback whales and return to Carlos III Island and Eco Camp.

Day 3 – Rupert Island and return to Punta Arenas

Leaving Eco Camp, we will sail around Rupert Island looking out for Magellanic penguins and skuas. We will also do some paddling in this area before heading back to Punta Carrera Bay. We will transfer you to your accommodation in Punta Arenas.

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

This trip can run as a group trip, with prices starting from $1,800 per person for a complete group. If you are looking to join a group or you are a solo traveller we will help to form likeminded groups of travellers. Please let us know your travel plans.

The trip can also run on a private basis to fit around your plans. Departures may be tailored and can be set up on a date of your choice. Please note that there is a higher price for smaller groups. Please enquire for further details.

Please note:

The 21st November departure is 1 day longer and follows a slightly different route; the shared cabins start from USD$ 2,000 per person.


• Polypropylene pants, capilene or any thermal base-layer

• Warm and quick drying coat

• Polar or similar second layer

• Very warm socks, enough pairs to paddle every day

• Warm hat to protect from the cold, covering the ears

• Neck or buff

• Sunglasses

• Sunscreen

• Camera

All activities are dependent on the weather and therefore subject to change. The most suitable and safe activity will be chosen in the event of adverse weather conditions.


  • Double Kayak
  • Dry Suit
  • Lifejacket
  • Neoprene booties
  • Poggies (Neoprene gloves)
  • VHF radio
  • Bilge pumps
  • Shovel float
  • Dry bags for cameras


  • Pre and post trip accommodation in Punta Arenas
  • Any meals not stated in the itinerary
  • Beverages
  • Tips and gratuities

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