Penguins are the main attraction of Isla Martillo, a small island in the Beaglechannel, rather close to Puerto Willimas and Haberton.
In case that you would like to walk around Isla Martillo you have to take one of the organized bustours from Ushuaia, BUT ask there as well, how long you will be allowed to stay on the island.
I just saw it from some distance, from the catamaran going to Haberton and there also were not a lot of penguins at this place at the beginning of November. November is their breedingtime, the chicks will be there from December onwards.
Estancia Haberton is a great daytrip by ship from Ushuaia and Isla Martillo is a place, that you will visit on the way to Haberton. The ships are not leaving daily, but 2-3 times a week and mostly 2 different shipping-companies will start at 09.30am in Ushuaia. You will pass by the lighttower at the end of the world from quite some distance and you will stop at Isla Martillo ,an island with penguins : the catameran is getting close to the beach there, BUT you have no chance to get out, after 10 minutes the ship is leaving again there for Haberton, where you will get a guided tour and will have some extra time to walk on your own or go to the cafe / restaurant of Estancia Haberton.
Before you get to Haberton, you are able to order a 3-course-menu for about 30 ARG $ (=7,50 Euros) onboard.
Calculate some extra 30 minutes to get your ticket and to embark after a time-consuming check-point, when entering the port-area.They will insist of all your handbags, camerabags etc. scanned like at the airport and several ships are leaving all at the same time !
"Pira-Tour" is offering bustours to Isla Martillo and you will be able to even WALK on the penguin-islands , while all of the ships-tours, that advertise this Penguin-island as well will just get close to the island and you are just able to watch the penguins from the distance.
Pira-tours is offering the tours from Ushuaia to Isla Martillo in combination with a tour to Estancia Haberton, a large farm that once was the very first farm of the white settlers in Tierra del Fuego / Fireland.