Sealion Island - Wildlife

Sea Lion Island abounds with wildlife. Visitors to the island will encounter a wide range of species all within easy reach of the Lodge.

Beautiful plantations of tussac grass cover much of the island and provide a perfect habitat for elephant seals and sea lions. They are also alive with thrushes, finches, tussacbirds and Megallenic penguins. Elephant seals and sea lions can also be found on many of the island’s spectacular beaches. 

Pods of orcas (killer whales) can be seen off shore as can leopard seals. Peale's dolphins are commonly seen here. 

The island's southern giant petrels, with a wingspan of two metres, act as a welcoming party to ships as they approach Sea Lion Island. Rockhopper, gentoo and Magellanic penguins come to Sea Lion Island to breed. Macaroni and king penguins as well as Striated and Crested Caracaras are also common sights on the island. 

The wetlands on the island support populations of Chiloë wigeon, speckled and silver teal and Patagonian crested duck, as well as wading birds such as the rufous-crested dotterel, two-banded plover and the white-rumped sandpiper, a non-breeding visitor from Arctic Canada. 

For more information on what wildlife appears each month, please download our Sealion Island Wildlife Calendar

Sea Lion Lodge accommodates up to 20 persons and group discounts are available. Prices are per person and include full board at the lodge.

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Walking on Sea Lion Island is easy going and guests can find all manner of whale and seal bones on the beaches, as well as debris from shipwrecks.

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Sea Lion Lodge strives to be as environmentally friendly as possible given its remote position, through the use of solar panels and wind turbines.

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Sea Lion Island abounds with wildlife. Visitors to the island will encounter a wide range of species all within easy reach from the Lodge.

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