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Whale Watching trips vary in price from approx USD800 per person to USD1,800 per person for a 1 day and 1 night trip to 2 nights and 3 days.
We work with two suppliers. One offers a 1 night / 1 day trip from Punta Arenas and the other offers helicopter day trips and a 2 –night, 3-day excursion.
Whale Watching Season
Depart from Punta Arenas
Season: December – March
The information below is only a very brief introduction to this experience. If you are interested please ask us for more information and give us dates and numbers of people. We will offer you the exact same rates that the supplier is offering at time of enquiry – so any special offers we will passed on to you in addition to the one that we are making.
Whale Sound is an organization administered by marine biologists with a view to studying the marine fauna in the area in the Magellan’s Straight. Since 2000 Whale Sound has pioneered research in this field in the area which led to the Chilean government to establish the first Marine Park in Chile around the Carlos III Island in the western channel of the Straight.
On Carlos III Island is an eco camp for tourists and marine biologists that comprise a small number of hard-shell dome tents that can sleep two people each on simple beds that are elevated from the floor. The domes are spacious and offer good protection from the elements. There is also a communal dining hall, also within a larger tent, and outdoor bathroom facilities. From one end of the dining hall is a direct view out to the bay and any whales that happen to be passing. Max capacity is for only 10 people.
We can offer a 2 night / 3 day package at Whale Sound that includes transport from Punta Arenas onboard a small boat (that takes a few hours to reach the Island), accommodation with meals at the eco camp, visits out to whales that are in the bay, and weather permitting, a visit to the Glacier on Santa Ines Island. There are also options to kayak close to the whales and around the shore line. A stay on Carlos III Island offers a truly remarkable adventure experience where one is totally isolated from the world of “Man”. Time here will offer total seclusion, tranquillity and peace and an opportunity to be in a very remote location in the heart of nature with the spectacle of a real-life whale show, however, it is not for those who are seeking home comforts.
Helicopter Full Day
For those who do not have the time we can offer a trip to Carlos III by helicopter for a full day excursion.
Faro San Isidro
We can also arrange a combined package that includes a stay at a lodge next to the “Faro San Isidro” (San Isidro Lighthouse), which is located at Cape Froward – the most southern point if continental America. The old light house building has been restored and almost next to it is a small, modern lodge offering comfortable, hotel-style accommodation and services. Here visitors can trek various trails through native forest and up to the look-out where Charles Darwin went when he explored these parts. There is also an option to use the kayak facilities. Faro San Isidro is also in a remote location and offers a unique quiet and tranquil experience away from the developed World.
Whale Watching & Glaciers (solo)
Period: December – March
Pick-up: 05:00hrs from your hotel / Return 17:0hrs the next day
Group sizes of a minimum of 10 and up to 14.
This is a quick and economical way to see the majestic beauty of whales in their natural habitat, in the wild of southern Patagonia. Clients will be transported in rigid, covered zodiac boats to the area near to Carlos III Island, which is a designated maritime sanctuary, to see whales and a myriad of other sea mammals as well as the incredible glaciers that come down from the earth and meet the sea.
Pick-up from your hotel in Punta Arenas at 05:00hrs for transfer to the embarkation point located 25km north of Punta Arenas at Bahia Laredo. The boat journey will take 7 hrs to reach the “Parque Marino de Chile” called “Francisco Coloane” covering 67,000 hectares of sea, including the Island Carlos III.
In this area are around 100 whales, Austral dolphins, Magellan penguins, sea lions, sea elephants and a rich variety of bird life. The boat excursion will travel around this sector with a view to spotting the wildlife. At the end of day one, clients will be accommodated in tents, with sleeping bags.
In the morning, after breakfast the return trip to Punta Arenas will begin.
What to Bring
It is suggested to bring sunglasses, sun-screen protector cream, hiking boots, warm jacket and waterproof jacket, gloves, warm hat. Note that this can be a very cold part of the world, windy and rainy.
Transport, guide, meals, accommodation in tents with sleeping bags.