Southern Ocean Passage
Sail the High Seas and Experience the Remote Isla de los Estados
A passage from Ushuaia to the Falklands/Malvinas is steeped in history, adventure, and nature. The trip will leave from Ushuaia, stop in Isla de los Estados and then continue to Stanely/Puerto Argentino.
The trip will depart from Ushuaia on Ocean Tramp down the famous Beagle Channel. You will sail past historic Estancias and islands once inhabited by the native Yaghan people. From there you and the crew will cross the Le Maire Strait as you head towards the famous Isla de los Estados for 2-3 days of exploration.
Isla de los Estados is both a nature reserve and the setting for Jules Verne’s novel “Lighthouse at the End of the World”. The title is apt, as it’s a remote island that sits at the Eastern entrance to the Beagle Channel. It is a photographer’s paradise. The island has served as a prison, remote navy base, and wildlife nature preserve. Until very recently it’s been closed to all except scientists. The island is the only place in Argentina with fjords. Steep walls tumble into the sea.
To visit the island is a privilege. A small colony of King penguins calls it home and seabirds are at home here. While sailing you might see dolphins, orcas, or seals. Visit a replica of Jules’ Verne’s famous light house. See the remains of the ill-fated prison. Hike untouched terrain for an unforgettable experience.
From Isla de los Estados we head into the open Southern Ocean for 2 days of sailing towards the Falklands/Malvinas. Everyone will take a turn at the helm. Albatross and Petrels will soar above us as we sail. If we are lucky we might spot whales along then way.
After our 2 days at sea we will arrive in Stanely/Puerto Argentino. In town, Ocean Tramp will serve as a base camp and passengers are free to explore on their own.
The final night we will celebrate our grand Southern Ocean Passage before we all head our separate ways.
Isla de los Estados - with Ocean Tramp
Day 1 – Depart Ushuaia
Days 2 – Le Maire Strait and Isla de los Estados
Once we arrive at the island, our first stop might be the mysterious and well protected cove of Puerto Hoppner. There is an inner and outer bay and to reach the inner bay we must pass through a narrow entrance only 7 meters wide!
Once inside we will anchor and spend the night. We will explore by kayak and zodiac.
Day – 3- 4 Exploring Isla de los Estados
Day 5-6 – Sailing the South Atlantic
Day 7 – Arrival in Stanley / Puerto Argentino
Days 8-9 Exploration around the Falklands / Malvinas
Day 10 – Time to Leave
I can not begin to say how much I enjoyed my time on Ocean Tramp! Your confidence and competence made for such a wonderful adventure. Thank you for getting around a spectacular part of the world in such comfort.
FAQ's, Dates, and More
A New York times article from nearly 20 years ago sums up the mystic: Isla de los Estados Journal; Dream Fulfilled at End of the World
That being said, this is not a cruise. Each person onboard must also use good judgement. If you follow what the Captain says you will be in good hands.
What is not included – flights, airport transfers, and REQUIRED evacuation insurance. Accommodation before and after the trip is not included. (we’re sorry, but you can not stay onboard the night before your trip starts)
Please note – day trips in the Falklands / Malvinas are not included. Ocean Tramp will be a base camp and from there you can explore on your own. A great resource is The Falkland Islands Tourism Board http://www.falklandislands.com/
Inebriation will not be tolerated onboard and the Captain has the right to cancel a trip should guests not adhere to this policy.