Are Seeing Penguins on Your Bucket List? Take These Tours Down South
Submitted by: HAL Shore Excursions Team
Penguins can be seen on tours in South America and Australia/New Zealand.
Holland America Line cruises travel all over the world, and some of the most unique and exciting shore excursions are the many wildlife tours highlighting native species unique to an area. If you’re cruising to South America or Australia and New Zealand, keep your eyes peeled for an adorable little bird unique to the South Pole. With their tuxedo-like coloring, playful antics, wit and signature waddle, people travel from far and wide to see these birds up close. That’s right, we’re talking about penguins! And lucky for Holland America Line cruisers, we offer a number of enriching shore excursions focused on penguin sightings. SOUTH AMERICA: Magdalena Island & Penguin Reserve by Covered Speedboat Hop on a speedboat from Punta Arenas, Chile, and ride across the Strait of Magellan. You’ll drive past a 1,000-member colony of sea lions on Marta Island before going ashore at Magdalena Island. There, you’ll spend time walking among one of the largest colonies of more than 150,000 Magellan penguins. Guest AnneElizabeth rated the tour five stars: “This was our favorite shore excursion on our South American trip. There were lots of penguins and the guides were professional. We spent a little more than an hour on the island with the penguins and about 25 minutes offshore seeing the sea lions. There was plenty of opportunity to view the wildlife and get photos – great tour!” Punta Tombo Penguin Adventure Puerto Madryn is the stepping-off point for at least two of Argentina’s most exciting Natural Parks: the Valdes Peninsula and Punta Tombo. Punta Tombo Nature Reserve, which you will visit on this tour, is world renowned as perhaps the finest spot from which to view Magellan penguins, and indeed is home to the world’s largest colony of that species. It is estimated that more than a million penguins come here each year, and from November onwards it is possible to also see baby penguins leaving their nests. As you quietly stroll along the footpath through the colony, the lovable and endearing penguins will not be afraid of you. They are used to having visitors, and the visitors’ […]