Diving, Snorkeling, Photography
This is an exclusive trip with a maximum of 10 guests on our Snorkel/Dive trip (8 spaces available)
Ever thought about snorkeling with Seals or Penguins, or diving in the ice in a polar region, or just exploring the landscape and it’s natural wonders. Antarctica is the most remote destination on the planet. Abundant wildlife, massive icebergs the size of cities, spectacular untouched mountain ranges. whales glide by in search of food, penguins huddle together in the thousands and seals play in the nutrient rich southern ocean. It is a photographers paradise.
In March 2019 we are running a diving, snorkeling and photography trip to Antarctica. Spend 11 days in Antarctica, the last remaining wilderness on the planet. The workshops are designed for all levels and if you are feeling brave you can grab a drysuit and get in the water for a different perspective.
This Fly/Sail itinerary features the best of Antarctica across ten days and allows for more exploration, with only one crossing of the Drake Passage. Get up close with tabular icebergs, vast colonies of Adelie and gentoo penguins and dramatic volcanic landscapes in the ice-filled Weddell Sea; the Antarctic Peninsula’s many islands are alive with leopard seals busy with courtship, bustling penguins and maybe whales!
- Diving/Snorkeling in Antarctica with seals and penguins
- Exploring the landscape surrounded by Icebergs and an abundance of wildlife
- Photography workshops with award winning wildlife photographer Scott Portelli
Dates: 2nd – 12th March 2019 (ANP125)
Duration: 11 Days | Fly/Sail
Start: Punta Arenas (flight to Puerto Williams)
Finish: Punta Arenas (flight from King George Island)
Ship: Polar Pioneer
Activities: Sea Kayaking (From US $1050pp), Scuba Diving (From US $975pp), Polar Snorkelling (From US $600pp) Snorkeling/Diving (US$975 Supplement)
Transfer from Aurora Expeditions preferred hotel to Punta Arenas airport on Day 1
Flight from Punta Arenas, Chile to Puerto Williams, Chile on Day 1
Town tour, transfers and lunch in Puerto Williams on Day 1
Flight from King George Island to Punta Arenas on Day 10
Transfer from Punta Arenas airport to hotel on Day 10
1 night accommodation in Punta Arenas post-voyage on Day 10
9 nights’ ship accommodation in your chosen cabin category with daily cabin service
All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during voyage
All shore excursions and Zodiac (inflatable boat) cruises
Educational lectures and guiding services from our expert team
Access to our on-board doctor and basic medical services
A custom-designed polar expedition jacket to keep
Free gumboot hire during the voyage
Comprehensive pre-departure information
Professionally produced voyage journal (one per booking)
Port and landing fees and charges
|DECK||CABIN||PRICE PER PERSON|
|Deck 3||Triple, shared facilities||US $9,700|
|Deck 3||Twin, shared facilities||US $11,400|
|Deck 4, 5||Twin, private economy facilities||US $13,100|
Snorkeling Supplement (From US$600 pp)
Diving Supplement (From US$975 pp)
Sea Kayaking (From US $1050pp)
To register your interest to join us in Antarctica for this once in a life time experience, click here.
Pre departure information for this tour, click here
- Fly/Sail Itinerary: more time to explore!
- Spectacular icebergs in the Weddell Sea
- Discover fossil-rich Seymour Island
- Gorgeous long summer days on the peninsula
- Some of the region’s largest penguin colonies
- Historic huts and volcanic landscapes
- Snorkeling option (surcharge applies)
Day 1 – Beagle Channel
Embark in Ushuaia and settle in to your comfortable cabin. There is time to greet fellow passengers and explore the ship before evening cruise down the Beagle Channel. NOTE: Some departures will start with a night in Punta Arenas followed by to either King George Island or Puerto Williams. Please check the port for each departure date. The following itinerary is a guide and will change dependent on the voyage departure.
Days 2 to 3 – Drake Passage
We cross the Drake Passage, accompanied by albatross, petrels, fulmars and prions. Our polar experts speak about Antarctica’s unique wildlife and history, and prepare us for landings with environmental, activity and Zodiac briefings. All eyes are peeled for first iceberg, first penguin and first glimpse of land, the mercurial sea stacks outlying the South Shetland Islands. If conditions allow, we may have a chance to go ashore by late afternoon on Day 3.
Days 4 to 9 – Antarctic Peninsula
We explore the Peninsula’s west coast, with the frenzied activities of penguin parents and chicks as the summer days begin to shorten. Cormorant chicks bravely making their first flights from sea cliffs. Zodiac cruise amongst ice floes replete with basking Weddell and leopard seals and revel in unparalleled beauty of Antarctica’s landscape. We make a continental landing, possibly hiking up for spectacular views. As we continue south, ice conditions govern our movements. Whether we cross the Circle via the ‘inner route’ or the Bellingshausen Sea, we celebrate in style. With luck, we reach magnificent Crystal Sound, pass through the Gullet and steam on to Marguerite Bay. Orcas, humpbacks and minkes feed in the channels. If ice conditions allow, we may visit historical Stonington, Pourquoi Pas and Detaille Islands before returning north to warmer climes.
Day 10 – King George Island
We arrive at mountainous King George Island. If time and weather permit we explore penguin and seal-rich waters of Fildes Bay and visit the surprising Trinity Church at Bellingshausen Station, before catching our charter flight back to Punta Arenas in Chile, where we transfer to our overnight accommodation.
Day 11 – Punta Arenas
After breakfast bid farewell to fellow expeditioners before continuing on with your own arrangements. Additional Information: On arrival in Punta Arenas a transfer is included to Aurora Expeditions preferred hotel. It is advised that you overnight in Punta Arenas, but not mandatory. Onward flights from Punta Arenas should not be booked until after 1700 hours. PLEASE NOTE: The above is a guide based on ANC002G. Expedition itinerary will change dependent on departure and arrival points
Please note that all of our itineraries are at the mercy of weather conditions and not all landings are guaranteed. Our itineraries are flexible and will change voyage to voyage, allowing the best chance to make the most of surprising wildlife displays and unexpected opportunities.