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Whale Watching in Valdes Peninsula
Activities in Puerto Madryn

Whale Watching in Valdes Peninsula

  • English and Spanish
  • 2 hours
  • Hotel pick up

Enjoy the incredible experience of seeing majestic southern right whales in the waters of the beautiful Valdes Peninsula, one of most biodiverse areas of Argentina.

Whale Watching

We'll pick you up from your hotel in Puerto Madryn and make our way to the El Doradillo Protected Natural Area, found just 30 minutes away, and from the coast, we'll have the opportunity to see whales swimming up close and personal, only 25 metres away!

Next, we'll visit the Istmo Carlos Ameghino Centre, where we'll learn about the characteristics of the local flora and fauna. And next we'll visit the Puerto Pirámides villa where, if the weather conditions are good, we'll be able to see whales, cormorants and sea lions!

From Puerto Pirámides you can take a cruise of your own accord, a submersible boat trip lasting 90 minutes, where you can see the whales even closer to their natural habitat.

The boat trip ends back at the Puerto Pirámides dock, where you'll have free time to eat lunch. Then we'll take you back to your hotel in Puerto Madryn.

Options

When making your reservation you can choose one of the following three kinds of excursion:

Coast

This option includes the whale watching bus trip, touring the beaches of El Doradillo and Las Canteras.

Traditional

This option includes a boat ride around Golfo Nuevo, where we'll see the southern right whales up close and in their natural habitat. During our tour we'll search a radius of 10 miles, looking for the best views of these breathtaking animals.

As well as fantastic views of the coastal landscapes, from springtime onwards you'll also be able to appreciate the variety of wildlife in the region, with sea lions and Patagonian birds aplenty. 

Yellow Submarine

This special option sails the coast of the Valdés Peninsula on board a semi-submersible vessel that allows you to see the true size and power of these whales from under the water.

The main difference, compared to other kinds of vessel, is that on board the Yellow Submarine you can see under, as well as above the water through 40 windows in the submerged cabin. You can choose whether to see the whales from on deck or from below the surface.

Hotel Pick Up

The pick up time in the various hotels in Puerto Madryn depends on the tide. Having made your reservation, the local provider will contact you to confirm the exact time they will come to pick you up from your accommodation.

Important information

The whale watching season in the Valdes Peninsula starts in June and ends in December. However, animals are unpredictable, and it is not guaranteed that all species will be seen throughout the season.

Penguin spotting

If you're interested in seeing more of Argentina's incredible wildlife, we also offer a penguin spotting excursion to Punta Tombo. Between September and December, this peninsula is home to the largest colony of Magellanic penguins in South America.

Price

Adults Children between 4 and 11 years old Children under 4 years old
Coast
US$ 40.70
US$ 28.20
Free
Traditional
US$ 86.40
US$ 49.80
Free
Yellow Submarine
US$ 120.50
US$ 68.10
Free

Coast

  • Adults

    US$ 40.7
  • Children between 4 and 11 years old

    US$ 28.2
  • Children under 4 years old

    Free

Traditional

  • Adults

    US$ 86.4
  • Children between 4 and 11 years old

    US$ 49.8
  • Children under 4 years old

    Free

Yellow Submarine

  • Adults

    US$ 120.5
  • Children between 4 and 11 years old

    US$ 68.1
  • Children under 4 years old

    Free

More Information

Duration

2 hours.

Language

This is a bilingual (English/Spanish) guided tour.

Included

Hotel pick up and drop off.

English speaking guide with expert knowledge of marine biodiversity.

Transport by bus.

1.5 hour whale watching cruise around the Valdes Peninsula (Traditional and Yellow Submarine options only).

Not included

Food and drinks.

Valdes Peninsula entrance fee (from $650 ARS)

When to book?

Book as soon as possible to guarantee availability, especially during public holidays and festivities.

If there are still places available, you can book until the previous day (local time in Puerto Madryn).

Ticket

You will receive an email with your ticket attached which you must print out and show on the day of the activity.

Frequently asked questions

  • Q - How to book?

    A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.

If you still have more questions, check out our section on frequently asked questions. If you need help to book an activity or have any enquiries, please contact us.

Accessibility

Yes (you must attend with a carer).

from
US$ 40.70
No hidden fees or surcharges
Free cancellation up to 3 days before

Cancellations

Free! Free cancellation up to 3 days before the day of the activity. If you cancel 48 hours before the activity starts, we will refund you 50%. If you cancel under this time or do not show up, you will not be refunded.