Gable Island and Penguin Colony with Canoeing



Difficulty: Medium

Places of interest: Beagle Channel, Brown Bay, Flag Tree, Gable Island, Guaraní Pass (Beagle Canal), Harberton Ranch, Lasifashaj River, Martillo Island, Penguin rookery, Tierra Mayor Valley,

Tour activities: Bird watching, Canoeing, Multi Activities, Navigations, Photography, Trekking, Wildlife watching,

Season: October to April

Group Size: Up to 20 passengers.

Meals: Snacks + hake in papillote with roasted potatoes or beef tenderloin with mushroom sauce and roasted potatoes + dessert. Drinks included: Patagonian red wine, soft-drinks, bottled water. Vegetarians and coeliacs: proper menus available if requested in advance.

Departure place and time: from Canal Fun’s office at Roca 136, 8am.

Type of Experience: It is NOT necessary to know how to swim, Medium Difficulty Activity, No experience required, With exposure to weather,

Suggested clothing: Waterproof jacket + fleece jacket. Waterproof walking shoes/trainers with good traction. Hat or cap. Sunglasses. An extra pair of socks, to change after the activity in canoes.


  • Harberton Ranch entrance fee ($580)

* This extra will be added to the cart


Between October and April, we go for a walk in the forest, to row in canoes, to sail in a motor boat and to walk by an island to the South of Ushuaia, to discover one of the wildest and most beautiful places of the Beagle Channel.

This active excursion is the most comprehensive day tour of Tierra del Fuego. In addition to Gable Island, we will visit the Harberton ranch and the penguin colony on Martillo Island. From Canal Fun's office at Roca 136, by bus, we will leave Ushuaia to the East on National Route Nº3 and then on the "J" route. Once on the Lasifashaj River, preparations will begin to paddle inflatable canoes along the river and the Beagle Channel. We will offer you rubber boots, trousers and life jackets for paddling downstream and by sea in the Beagle Channel! Along the itinerary in the sea we will see wildlife: variety of seabirds and it is also possible that we will see sea lions.

Once the paddling is over, we will arrive at the Harberton Ranch and from there we will take a motor boat towards the Isla Martillo. From the boat we can see penguins in their breeding site. The navigation in the motor boat continues then to the main attraction of the day: the huge Gable Island, where a good hot lunch awaits us, with Patagonian wine, soft drinks and mineral water.

After a coffee, we hike to explore this wonderful island, through beaver dams, through the forest and along the marine coast to reach the boat that will take us back to Puerto Harberton to take the bus to Ushuaia and that will leave us back in Ushuaia.

Families with children under 5 years of age can request a "Tailor Made Trip" based on this tour.
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Itinerario sujeto a modificaciones según el criterio del guía.

08:00 Departure from Canal Fun’s office at Roca 136.
10:15 Arrival to the Lashifashaj river, paddling technique and safety briefing & canoe prompting.
12:15 End of canoeing.
12:30 Arrival to Harberton Ranch. Navigation bound towards the penguin rookery at Martillo Island and Gable Island.
12:50 Penguin watching
13:10 Departure towards Gable Island
13:30 Arrival and disembark on Gable Island.
13:45 Lunch
15:00 Hike around the Island.
17:00 Sailing back to Harberton Ranch on a motor boat and ride back to Ushuaia.
18:30 Arrival to Ushuaia.

Horarios aproximados. El desarrollo de la excursión puede cambiar el orden y tiempo de las actividades. El canotaje puede ser acortado o cancelado según la decisión del guía.


Fun day trip with Mauricio - even in the rain!


"This day trip was super fun for our family with 3 teens (even though it rained the whole day and we leaned our jackets were water-resistant not water-proof). They picked us up from the hotel in a van, then picked up other guests from their hotels. We had a choice of canoe or not (inflatable rafts with canoe paddles). It was nice to see the landscape from the water and Mauricio was full of information about the area (and a sense of humor about the weather). Pato served a delicious warm lunch in the middle. And we saw penguins (the few who hadn’t migrated to warmer waters), a sea lion, other sea birds."

Amazing time in Ushuaia with Canal Fun!


"I did 3 tours with Canal Fun in February 2019 - 1) Gable Island + penguin colony + Canoeing, 2) Tierra Del Fuego + Canoeing and 3) Lakes off road. All 3 tours were different and it’s worth doing them all if you have the time to get a well-rounded taste of Ushuaia. The food and wine on all trips were excellent - it’s amazing what they can conjure up in the (semi) wilderness. Shout-out to Valentin who was our guide in the park and one of the most engaging guides I’ve encountered in all my years of traveling around the world. Highly recommend this company and their tours in Ushuaia!"

Magical day with Valentino & Pato


"What a delightful day in Tierra del Fuego! Met friendly and interesting people and friendly and curious penguins. Valentino led our little group with good spirits and excellent organisation. The hikes were easy and with incredible views all along. The canoeing was amusing and gave us the chance to see things from the water."

Adventure and fun, the whole day , including Penguins :-)


"I traveled all Argentina in this trip and by far, this tour was the best. All the details were taken care to the dot and organizers were very friendly and helpful. Anna is the best guide you can find in Ushuaia , thanks to her local knowledge and her multiple language speaking abilities, the whole group enjoyed this tour."

Goede organisatie, geweldige gidsen en heerlijke lunch

Rudolph De Groot

"Zowel de kanotocht als een jeeptoer gemaakt met canal fun. Erg goed georganiseerd. Hele aardige, goed engels sprekende en goede gidsen. Na alle inspanning wordt je getrakteerd op een heerlijke lunch."

Tours in Ushuaia


"We spent 5 days in Ushuaia as we wanted to avail ourselves of some of the activities we read about, and did several trips with Canal, could not recommend them highly enough! We did two quite long trecks, one with Anna around the coast the through the forest, and one with Joaquim across Gable island, we went canoeing both days on the river and Beagle channel with Joaquin and Maori, had a brilliant day both time, visited the penguin island, had a superb cooked lunch, all in all could not have wished for more on what was a really long day trip!! Well done guys, super impressed with your energy and enthusiasm, your doubt of knowledge about the flora and fauna, the birds and wildlife, as well as the history of Ushuaia, all delivered with tremendous sense of humour and fun! Can not recommend you all highly enough!"



"Very nice walk trough Gable Island with Joaquin & Pato, delicious meal and amazing experience with the penguins. IT is possible to spend less time in the Estancia?... it is interesting but too much time. Thank you!"

Last day at Gable Island


"We apparently finished up the season with the last trek to Gable Island. We had Marin guide us as well as a few of her friends for the last trip of the season. The rafting was beautiful,we saw many waterfowl and expansive views of the channel. The weather was perfect. A little disappointed that we got the other guide who didn’t speak English. The rest of the trip though Marin was full on English speaking guide even with her friends. The penguins were up close, and we even saw a humpback whale close by! Lunch was very good on Gable island in a rustic hut (This was the other place that we felt like the third wheel among a group of friends - the guides and their friends did not interact with us at all during lunch) The hike was very nice with good views and excellent information about the island and area from the guide. The shuttle was clean and smooth."

Fantastic Day Out


"Thank you Canal Fun for a brilliant tour! We loved everything about it! The paddling down to the Beagle Channel, watching the penguins, the delicious lunch at the cosy wood cabin and the magical walk across Gable island. Our guides Anna and Maori were charming and great fun - they even shared their mate tea with us!"

Excellent experience

Jorge Q

"Amazing experience! The guides Quique and Joaquin were incredible! We had an amazing time! They were very friendly and helpful. Lunch at the refuge in Gable Island was a once in a lifetime experience."

surrounded by nature


"We are 2 couples . We saw a lot of penguins in their island , very close to us, to the boat, but respecting their privacy. We enjoyed a lot in the nature, just in a few people with a professional guide."



"Super organisation parfaite un vrai régal"

Fantastic Experience


"Canal Fun were great from start to finish Especially Claudio our guide on our first excursion and the lovely Camila on our Gable Island hike The small group tours made it even more enjoyable and all the staff were so friendly and helpful we would definitely recommend this tour company to anyone researching their trip to Ushuaia. "

Amazing Adventure

Lourdes M

"We are a family of 5 (13 y/o, 11 y/o and 8 y/o). The day started early with a canoe ride on the Beagle Channel to get to the Gable island. Continue with a gourmet lunch at the "refujio", where Chupe, Esteban and Mauri treat us like royals. After a fantastic lunch, we went for a hike through the island with impressive views of the different harbors of the island and the beautiful Port Williams on the chilean boarder. There is so much history on the island and the channel that you are in constant learning. Last but not least, we took a speed boat to see a colony of penguins, amazing experience Although it is a full day trip, the kids never complained and enjoyed every minute of the adventure. Thank you so much Esteban, Mauri and Chupe for sharing your knowledge and your beautiful landscape."

Wonderful tour- active, scenic, and informative!

Erin S

"We did the "Gable Island and Penguin Rookery with Canoeing" tour while visiting Ushuaia on our honeymoon. It was a lot of fun! We enjoyed the variety of activities that we were able to do on this trip- with canoeing, hiking and riding the channel in the Zodiac boat. The small group size of 6 people made our group fun and intimate- where we got to know everyone else on the excursion. Our guides were fantastic and shared lots of general knowledge about the area, the flora/fauna, and the history of Ushuaia. The food that was provided was delicious and it was great to see 3 types of penguins up close. Overall we would highly recommend this tour to others who really want to get out and explore nature in the area!"

We absolutely loved our tour

Jo Ellen Hemink

"hiking Gable Island, canoeing, and seeing Penguins in March 2016. Valentin, Mauri, and Claudio couldn't have been more fun and informative and are overall just super great friendly guys. If you are looking to actually get out and be surrounded by beautiful 360-degree views all while having some adventure and fun with great people, this is the company for you! Thanks for making our vacation so memorable!"