Chile's Chiloe Island (officially Isla de Chiloe) is also popular as "Greater Island of Chiloe" (Isla Grande de Chiloe). This is the largest isle in the Chiloe Archipelago off the country's Pacific Ocean coast. Chiloe is located in the Los Lagos Region in southern Chile. It covers a total area of 8394 km2 (3241 ml2), ranking it Chile's 2nd largest island - after Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego. It is also South America's 5th largest island - following Grande de Tierra del Fuego, Marajo, Bananal, and Tupinambarana.
The island's population is around 155,000 people. In the northwestern part of the Island is the Chiloe National Park. It features a huge diversity of marine fauna, including sei whales, blue whales, Peale's amd Chilean dolphins, marine otters, sea lions, Humboldt and Magellanic penguins. Nevertheless, this comparatively undisturbed area faces plenty of threats, including habitat degradation, urban development, marine and land pollution.
Conducted by Cetacean Conservation Center, the blue whale project "Alfaguara project" is based at Punihuil - on the island's northwest coast. It combines long term capacity building, research and educational programs for marine conservation. Islotes de Punihuil Natural Monument is a group of 3 islets located to the north and west of Punihuil. The monument is the only shared breeding site for Magellanic and Humboldt penguins. It is also the breeding area for other species like kelp gulls and red-legged cormorants.
Chiloe Island cruise terminal
Most cruise ships to Chiloe Island dock (anchor) at Castro - port town on the eastern coast. Smaller ships may dock (anchor) at Ancud - port town in the island's northern coast.