Isla Martillo

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Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 104 reviews

We had a flight at 6 pm so on 02/20/20, we decided to book 6 hour penguin tour knowing fully well that you don’t get On island. Boat stopped for about 15 min to take pictures of seals. Then on our way to penguin island, captain noticed 2 humpback whales so slowed down and followed them for about 30-40 min so we could see them from about 50 ft and take pictures. Then reached penguin colony where we got 15-20 min picture time. On our way back, saw the whales again and captain again gave us ample time to enjoy the show the whales put up for us! That made this trip totally worth it. Tour went beyond 6 hours and we made to our flight! So all good. Also, there were folks that got off for Haberton ranch visit. I would have preferred separate tour for them and giving us about 30 min on island. Without it probably a bit boring. I was a bit disappointed at less time on penguin island for photos but whale watching surely was a free bonus and ate into penguin visit time so no regrets.

Fun and well-organised excursion to see sea lions, cormorants and penguins from up close. We were very lucky and even saw a humpback whale. The only negative/annoying part of this journey were two ladies of the organising agency who took pictures of the passengers. We wanted to enjoy the beautiful animals and they were shouting for people to make room in order for them to take there pics which could then be bought. Very annoying. Otherwise everything was great (even the coffee on board!).

Beautiful sites. Comfortable boat. I found the bilingual guide to be hard to understand at times and the food on board could be a little more interesting than chips and basic sandwiches. You could sell ceviche and fish burritos without too much difficult.

The tour was very informative. We saw the light house, a colony of sea lions, seagulls and penguins very very closely. The ride back was very very bumpy so it is not suggested for people who have sea sickness.

Great way to see penguins, sea lions and cormorants. It is a well organised tour with plenty of information about the route and what you are seeing. Get there early to get yourself seats by the window!