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Humpback Whale Watching in the Strait of Magellan

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  • Dauer: 3 Tage, 2 Nächte

  • Durchführung: 15. Nov. 2017 - 14. Mai 2018

  • Schwierigkeitsgrade: Level 1, einfach, für jeden in einem allgemein guten Gesundheitszustand geeignet


Overview

A few years ago, a group of Chilean biologists discovered an until then unexplored feeding ground of humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) on the southernmost tip of South America. Every Patagonian summer, these astonishing marine mammals return to an area around Carlos III Island, which is located right in the legendary Strait of Magellan.

Their passion for science and their love for nature has led to the creation of Chile's first marine protected area, Francisco Coloane Marine Park.

Turismo Aonikenk has been one of the main supporters of this project from its beginning in 2004, because we believe in conservation through science and tourism.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Sail the Strait of Magellan - Whale Watching - Carlos III Island

This whale watching adventure begins at 8:00 a.m. from our hostel in Punta Arenas. The shuttle will pick you up and take you to the embark point, where you will sail the famous Strait of Magellan on board the vessel "Tanu". On the way, pass Cape Froward, the southernmost point on the mainland of South America. After about eight hours of sailing, arrive to Carlos III Island, where the scientific eco-camp is situated in the heart of Francisco Coloane Marin Park. Here you will stay for the next two nights. Later, explore the pristine ecosystem of the surroundings of the camp and join your guide and one of the scientists on a short walk to the wildlife observatory. Weather permitting, set out for a short excursion to observe whales and seabirds. In the evening, enjoy a lecture about the camps installations, Francisco Coloane Marine Park and its marine wildlife as well as the scientific work done down here at the End of the World.
[L, D]

Day 2: Whale Watching - Whale Sound - Santa Ines Glacier

In the morning, plenty of time to observe humpback whales, sea lions and an array of seabirds including Magellanic penguins, Chilean Skua, Black-browed albatross amongst others. After lunch at the camp at Isla Carlos III, sail through Whale Sound, a scenic Fuegian fjord to the amazing Santa Ines Glacier - what a site!
[B, L, D]

Day 3: Whale Watching - Carlos III Island - Punta Arenas

Enjoy some more time to observe the whales and the seabirds of this area. Return to the camp at Carlos III Island for lunch. In the afternoon, begin the return journey to Punta Arenas, where you will arrive at about 8:00 p.m.
[B, L]

Included Meals

B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner

Note
All departure times of navigations depend on weather conditions. Changes in the program may occur without prior notice.

What's Included?

Tour Includes

  • Transfers according to the program
  • Bilingual tour guide (Spanish and English speaking)
  • 2 nights accommodation at the eco-camp at Carlos III Island in 2-person dome tents with wood-burning stoves; shared bathroom; sleeping bags, sheets, blankets and towels are provided
  • All meals specified in the program (see itinerary: B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner)
  • Thermal overall/ jumpsuit for your protection from the Patagonian weather

Additional Costs

  • Optional tips to your guide and/ or other people working for you (e.g. the boatmen etc.)

Departures & Prices

Season 2017/2018

CodeDepartureReturnAvailabilityNote
WS1431 Nov. 15, 2017 Nov. 17, 2017 bookable
WS1432 Nov. 18, 2017 Nov. 20, 2017 last chance
WS1433 Nov. 21, 2017 Nov. 23, 2017 last chance

WS1434

Nov. 24, 2017 Nov. 26, 2017 bookable
WS1435 Nov. 27, 2017 Nov. 29, 2017 last chance
WS1436 Nov. 30, 2017 Dec. 02, 2017 bookable
WS1437 Dec. 03, 2017 Dec. 05, 2017 fully booked
WS1438 Dec. 06, 2017 Dec. 08, 2017 bookable
WS1439 Dec. 09, 2017 Dec. 11, 2017 bookable
WS1440 Dec. 12, 2017 Dec. 14, 2017 bookable
WS1441
Dec. 15, 2017
Dec. 17, 2017
bookable
WS1442 Dec. 18, 2017 Dec. 20, 2017 last chance
WS1443 Dec. 21, 2017 Dec. 23, 2017 bookable
WS1444 Dec. 24, 2017 Dec. 26, 2017 last chance
WS1445 Dec. 27, 2017 Dec. 29, 2017 last chance

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WS1446

Jan. 02, 2018 Jan. 04, 2018 bookable
WS1447 Jan. 05, 2018 Jan. 06, 2018 last chance
WS1448 Jan. 08, 2018 Jan. 10, 2018 bookable
WS1449 Jan. 11, 2018 Jan. 13, 2018 bookable
WS1450 Jan. 14, 2018 Jan. 16, 2018 bookable
WS1451 Jan. 17, 2018 Jan. 19, 2018 bookable
WS1452
Jan. 20, 2018
Jan. 22, 2018
bookable
WS1453 Jan. 23, 2018 Jan. 25, 2018 last chance
WS1454 Jan. 26, 2018 Jan. 28, 2018 bookable
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WS1455 Feb. 01, 2018 Feb. 03, 2018 last chance
WS1456 Feb. 04, 2018 Feb. 06, 2018 bookable
WS1457 Feb. 07, 2018 Feb. 09, 2018 bookable
WS1458 Feb. 10, 2018 Feb. 12, 2018 bookable
WS1459 Feb. 13, 2018 Feb. 15, 2018 bookable
WS1460 Feb. 16, 2018 Feb. 18, 2018 fully booked
WS1461 Feb. 19, 2018 Feb. 21, 2018 last chance
WS1462
Feb. 22, 2018
Feb. 24, 2018
bookable
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WS1463 Mar. 03, 2018 Mar. 05, 2018 bookable
WS1464 Mar. 06, 2018 Mar. 08, 2018 last chance
WS1465 Mar 09, 2018 Mar. 11, 2018 bookable
WS1466 Mar. 12, 2018 Mar. 14, 2018 bookable
WS1467 Mar. 15, 2018 Mar. 17, 2018 bookable
WS1468 Mar. 18, 2018 Mar. 20, 2018 bookable
WS1469 Mar. 21, 2018 Mar. 23, 2018 last chance
WS1470 Mar. 24, 2018 Mar. 26, 2018 bookable
WS1471
Mar. 27, 2018
Mar. 29, 2018
bookable
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WS1472 Apr. 02, 2018 Apr. 04, 2018 bookable
WS1473 Apr. 05, 2018 Apr. 07, 2018 bookable
WS1474 Apr. 08, 2018 Apr. 10, 2018 bookable
WS1475 Apr. 11, 2018 Apr. 13, 2018 bookable
bookable There is currently plenty of space on this tour.
last chance 3 or less spots are available.
fully booked This tour is fully booked. We can add you to the waiting list.

Price

USD 1,500.- per person

Single Accommodation

Single occupancy is available for 1.5 times the rate stated above (add USD 750.- per person). This surcharge only applies if you explicitly wish and book single accommodation. Single/ solo travelers may share a room/ tent without surcharge.