Beagle Channel By Yacht

Explore the Islands in a small yacht

Spot seabirds, sea lions and seals

Relax in the calm waters of the Beagle Channel

A Comfortable Cruise With Guaranteed Wildlife Sightings

From the comfort of a leisurely yacht with only 25 other passengers, sit back and relax, as the Beagle Channel and its impressive views pass by. This tour offers an unparalleled opportunity for birdwatching in Argentina as well as visits to colonies of sea lions and fur seals. Take in mountains, islands, and the sea while observing some of Patagonia’s most iconic marine animals. Stretch your legs on Bridge Island’s interpretive trail, passing indigenous remains. Back on the boat, enjoy a warm beverage and a snack.

Highlights

View the iconic Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse and the largest conchero, shelly deposit, of the Yamana Indians in the region.

Search for an extensive list of bird species and sea mammals with the help of a local guide.

Enjoy a warm beverage including coffee with liquor, tea, or the traditional Argentinian yerba mate along with cookies and biscuits.

Fantastic photographic opportunities are guaranteed as you marvel at the natural beauty of southern Patagonia.

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Trip Details

Trip Details

Price

US$50 per person


Departure time

09:30 & 15:00


Meeting point


Availability

Daily, mid-October through late-March


Duration

Half-day (4 hours)


Group size

Small yacht: max 26 passengers


Difficulty level

Easy


Included

  • Sailing experience in the Beagle Channel
  • Local guide & interpretation
  • Snack & warm drink

Not included

  • Transportation to & from the port

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Raincoat
  • Water bottle
  • Camera
  • Sun protection

Staff

Local guide & two professional crew members


About the weather

The weather in Ushuaia can change by the minute! Please be ready for all types of weather and note that our itinerary may change due to the conditions.


About the ship

This trip is on one of two 15-meter long Grand Banks yachts. Both are fully equipped with all the necessary boat safety gear required by the Argentine coast guard.

 

The ships have three deck levels that are both covered and open-air, where passengers can enjoy the sunshine and the fresh Patagonian air. The interior is heated, and sufficient space is provided for all passengers. There are two toilets on board.

Trip Overview

This day trip from Ushuaia offers a full tour of the Beagle Channel from the comfort of a leisurely 26 passenger yacht. Sit back and relax, either on the spacious deck or inside the heated cabin, and enjoy unparalleled views of this remote location. This tour also offers an unrivaled opportunity for marine mammal sightings and birdwatching in Argentina.

We’ll set sail from a local seaport to explore some of the nearby islands including Alicia island, where we will find a colony of South American sea lions. We’ll also visit the aptly named Bird Island. There we can spot king shags, imperial shags, Magellanic cormorants, imperial cormorants, giant albatrosses, fullman, petrels, skuas, and around 20 different species of seabird. We might just be lucky enough to spot a colony of South American fur seals. On our way across the Channel, our view will be all sea and mountains. If the weather allows, you might spot Mount Olivia, the Five Brothers, and the Encajonado river.

We’ll pass the Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse, on an archipelago of the same name. This lighthouse, built in 1919, is an authentic symbol of Ushuaia. There will be an opportunity to disembark on Bridges Island. There you may walk a wildlife trail with your guide and learn about the native inhabitants of the islands, the Yamana. While on Bridges Island, we can find the largest of the Yamuna’s concheros (shell depositories) in the region. As you walk, enjoy panoramic views of the Beagle Channel with the town of Ushuaia in the distance.

During our journey, enjoy a hot coffee with liquor, different types of tea, hot chocolate, or a traditional yerba mate with biscuits and cookies. We’ll drop you off back at the pier in Ushuaia.

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