Whales watching navigation
Punta Arenas navigations
A journey through the first Chilean Marine Park “Francisco Coloane” looking for the amazing humpback whales. A close encounter with wild nature in one day of adventure that you will never forget.
-Season: From + - October 09 until + - April 15.
-Departures: 04.00 AM from Punta Arenas office located in the center.
-Return: + - 17.00 hours to Punta Arenas office.
-Lasts: Full Day. 12 to 14 hours.
-Minimun of passangers: without minimum
-Maximun of passanges: 40 Pax
-Dificultty: None. Suitable for all ages.
-Physical Requirements: It is aimed at people in good physical condition, used to moderate walks on uneven terrain.
-Outfit: Due to the nature of the boats and the climatic conditions of the region it is highly recommended to wear warm and waterproof clothing.Warm clothes, raincoat jacket, sunglasses, sun screen, gloves, backpack (40lts).
-The navigation is done in Ribs covered boats.
.04:00 AM Check in Punta Arenas office, located in the center.
.05:00 AM Boarding. We start the navigation through Magellan strait observing the amazing sunrise by Tierra del Fuego, Fuerte Bulnes, first settlement of Punta Arenas.
.07:30 AM Crossing Froward Cape, last point of the American continental territory. We will admire beautiful landscapes, exuberant flora and big hanging glaciers from Darwin range.
.10:00 AM – 13:00 PM Navigation across the Marine Park “Francisco Coloane” observing humpback whales, Magellan penguins, sea elephants, sea lions, toninas, austral dolphins, cormorants, albatros and a great diversity of sea birds.
.17:00 PM – 19:00 PM Arrival to “Punta Arenas”. End of services.
.This program depends on weather conditions and the pass of the Maritimal Authority.
.Most of our expeditions are sold out, so you must make your reservation with anticipation, we invite you to live an unique experience in Patagonia.
.The captain can modify the itinerary or shorten the tour depending on the weather conditions in order to avoid accidents, thus making the best of each tour.
.If you buy on line, you must pick up the tickets at our office before the excursion.
.Services begin and end at the Punta Arenas office, located in the center.
.Advanced reservations guarantee the realisation of the tour.
.Transfer from Solo expediciones office at Port Punta Carrera and return.
.Breakfast and lunch box.
.Whisky with ancient ice.
.English tour guide.
.Transfers from hotel to office in Punta Arenas center.
.Only parents or adults travelling with children will be responsible for them.
REGULATIONS AND PROCEDURES FOR EXCURSIONS
1. ON MONEY CHARGES AND REFUNDS
a) TERRESTRIAL TRANSPORT: If navigation in the port of embarkation is suspended, as a result of adverse weather conditions, having already made the terrestrial move, this cost will be retained without return option.
a) PERSONAL ACCIDENTS
By law, the company has an insurance policy for each passenger in case of accident. The company’s responsibility is limited to the insurance coverage amount.
b) DAMAGE OR LOSS OF EQUIPMENT
The company “Canales Patagónicos” has not responsibility for damage or loss of equipment, money or any other sort, during the time the excursion lasts.
Only parents or adults travelling with children will be responsible for them.
Since the boats are uncovered, passengers are recommended to wear the following garments and accessories:
– Warm clothes or thermal and waterproof wear
– Cap with earflaps
– Comfortable trekking shoes or boots (Not sandals at all)
– Personal backpack with bags inside for keeping items dry
– Sunglasses with UV protection
– A supply of sun cream of suitable factor for their skin
4. REASONS FOR CANCELLING THE EXCURSION
a) The travel program will vary depending on weather conditions. Maritime authorities can, at any time, cancel the trip program if navigation conditions are not proper for the boat to set sail.
b) The master or skipper of the boat can prevent any tourist from embarking if he considers it a risk for the passengers to aboard or if the tourist is not in good fitness and health conditions for the excursion.