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Antarctic Explorer – Diving, Snorkeling 2018 (Fully Booked)

Diving, Snorkeling, Photography

This is an exclusive trip with a maximum of 10 guests

Ever thought about snorkeling with Leopard Seals or Penguins, or diving beneath 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 February 2018 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 Antarctic Explorer 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 Leopard seals and Penguins
  • Exploring the landscape surrounded by Icebergs and an abundance of wildlife
  • Photography workshops with award winning photographer Scott Portelli

Dates: 25 February to 7 March (ANP120)

Duration: 11 Days | Fly/Sail

Start: Punta Arenas, Chile (fly to King George Island)

Finish: Ushuaia, Argentina

Ship: Polar Pioneer

Activities: Sea Kayaking (From US $1050pp), Scuba Diving (From US $975pp), Polar Snorkelling (From US $600pp) Snorkeling/Diving (US$975 Supplement)

Included: Accommodation during the voyage, All meals, Daily cabin service, All shore excursions and Zodiac (inflatable boat) cruises, Port taxes and charges, All entry fees to historic landings sites, Educational lectures and guiding services from our expert team, Access to our on board doctor and basic medical services, An Aurora Expeditions’ multi-purpose waterproof jacket, Professionally produced voyage journal (one per booking), Free gumboot hire during the voyage,

Flight from Punta Arenas to Puerto Williams, Transfer from Puerto Williams’ airport to Polar Pioneer, including Puerto Williams town and surrounds tour, Luggage transfer from Polar Pioneer to King George Island airstrip, Flight from King George Island to Punta Arenas, One night accommodation in Punta Arenas post voyage (26 Feb 2018), Comprehensive pre-departure information.

DECK CABIN PRICE PER PERSON
Deck 3 Triple, shared facilities US $9,500
Deck 3 Twin, shared facilities US $11,200
Deck 4, 5 Twin, private facilities US $13,500

Snorkeling/Diving Supplement (From US$975pp)
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

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Medical Form
Personal Details Form
Client Booking Form
Pre-departure information Snorkeling
Pre-departure information Scuba Diving

Expedition Highlights – Antarctic Explorer

  • 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

Fly from Punta Arenas to Puerto Williams, enjoy a tour of the scenic port before being warmly welcomed aboard Polar Pioneer. We’ll have introductory and safety briefings before our evening’s cruise down the Beagle Channel.

Days 2 to 3 – Drake Passage

Ease into shipboard life as we cross the Drake Passage. Our naturalist and paleontologist expand our Antarctic knowledge and prepare us for landings. The outer decks and flying bridge provide excellent space to see and photograph wildlife.

Days 4 to 6 – Weddell Sea

We spend the next few days exploring the ice-filled Weddell Sea where weather systems and shifting pack ice dictate our schedule: we hope to visit the large Adelie and gentoo penguin colonies of Brow Bluff, and fossil-rich Seymour Island. We may hike to spectacular vantage points on Beak or Devil Islands; large tabular icebergs and volcanic scenery create long lasted memories.

Days 7 to 9 – Antarctic Peninsula

The Antarctic Peninsula’s western flanks offer long summer daylight and ice-free waters; we visit historic huts and Zodiac cruise through narrow straits and majestic icebergs, and if we’re lucky, whales. The few landing points we hope to visit are Half Moon Bay, Lemaire Channel, Hydrurga Rocks and more.

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 at the Cabo de Hornes Hotel, bid a fond farewell to your fellow passengers as you make your journey home or continue on with your own arrangements.

anp-120-map showing the journey of antarctic explorer tour

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.

 Antarctic Explorer tour promotional poster with seals penguins albatross icebergs

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Medical Form
Personal Details Form
Client Booking Form
Pre-departure information Snorkeling
Pre-departure information Scuba Diving

Wildlife Photographer of the Year awarded image of giant cuttlefish plus a photo of Scott Portelli (photographer) and friends

Awarded at Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2016

Last night was the highlight of my photographic career, being awarded in Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2016, the most prestigious photography competition in the world, is an honour and a privilege to say the least. I truly am ecstatic to be recognized for my work and humbled to be among such talented photographers competing on the world stage. Definitely one of my proudest moments and an unforgettable night as we dined in the great hall of the Natural History Museum surrounded by impressive dinosaur skeletons, stunning architecture, as the top 100 award winning images chosen from over 50,000 images across 95 countries, were revealed to a room full of excited photographers.

The image, ‘Collective Courtship’ was captured while diving in South Australia. Here’s the summary from the Wildlife Photographer of the Year website: “Scott spent hours in the cold shallow waters capturing one of nature’s greatest events, the spawning of giant cuttlefish. In this aggregation, a line of suitors are poised in the background, waiting for a chance to mate with the female. Scott finally framed the ideal composition when the onlookers momentarily faced the same way.”

Male giant cuttlefish, like these, can grow up to one metre long. They flicker colourful patterns to mesmerise and attract females. Small males are sneaky. They mimic female posture and colouring, going unnoticed in the group, then mate with the females when the larger males look away.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2016 award winner Scott Portelli with his photo of giant cuttlefish aggregation underwater

 

Check out all the winning images at the Wildlife Photographer of the Year website

 

Australian National Winner at the Sony World Photography Awards 2016

Just found out I was announced the Australian National winner at the prestigious Sony World Photography awards 2016. Very excited and overwhelmed: http://worldphoto.org/…/australia-national-award-2016-sony…/

Thank you to the World Photography Organisation for this amazing honour, it’s a very proud moment

Cuttlefish Aggregation photo by Scott Portelli awarded at Sony World Photography Awards

The Australian Giant Cuttlefish aggregation is truly one of nature’s great events. Thousands of cuttlefish congregate in the shallow waters around the Spencer gulf in South Australia, to mate and perpetuate the species. The cuttlefish like alien beings, display an array of patterns, textures and colours to indicate their intentions. As male courts a female or wards off other males, and entourage of suiters stay poised for an opportunity to mate with the female. A visual delight and a rare glimpse of nature in all its glory.

Weedy Sea Dragon and diver

Weedy Seadragon Tours and Private Guiding

Weedy Seadragon (Phyllopteryx taeniolatus)

Want to see one of the rarest most elusive creatures in the underwater world? Then Sydney is the place to dive. The east coast of Australia has some of the best underwater habitats in which the Weedy Seadragon thrives.

But they are not always easy to find as they camouflage themselves in the kelp that resembles their colour and features. I have been diving in Sydney for over 20 years and know the underwater terrain of many of the dive sites across Sydney north and south.

I have been photographing the various stages of the Weedy Seadragon’s life cycle in order to gain valuable data and learn more about their behaviour and population along our coastline.

Weedy Sea Dragons closeups by underwater photographer Scott Portelli

If you would like to join a private guided tour to get up close and personal with these amazing creatures, I can organise dives around Sydney to some of the best hotspots for seeing Weedys.

Weedy Sea Dragon and scuba diver underwater

These beautiful coloured dragons are closely related to the seahorse, being a member of the Syngnathidae family.

Weedy Sea Dragons

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