Summary : Search for the giants of the sea on this special whale watching voyage in the remote Antarctic islands on an expedition with amazing icescapes and fantastic guides. Sail through the spectacular Beagle and Lemaire Channels and enjoy impressive landscapes composed of high mountains and huge glaciers. Navigate by Zodiac among ice floes and set foot on the Antarctic continent on this trip of a lifetime. Polar diving option available.
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Diving, Hiking
$5,550 to $8,600
Embark the vessel in the afternoon and sail through the scenic Beagle Channel.
Sail across the Drake Passage and cross the Antarctic Convergence. Arrive in the Antarctic upwelling zone. You may encounter Wandering Albatrosses, Grey Headed Albatrosses, Black-browed Albatrosses, Light-mantled Sooty Albatrosses, Cape Pigeons, Southern Fulmars, Wilson’s Storm Petrels, Blue Petrels and Antarctic Petrels.
Please read the following as a guide only. The actual itinerary may change due to weather conditions and wildlife sightings.
Sail to “High Antarctica”, passing the Melchior Islands and the Schollaert Channel between Brabant and Anvers Island. On Cuverville Island, a small precipitous nestled between the mountains of the Antarctic Peninsula and Danco Island, find a large colony of gentoo penguins and breeding pairs of Brown Skuas. Attempt to land on Danco or Orne Island to observe chinstrap penguins and possibly weddell and crabeater seals. In Neko Harbour, set foot on the Antarctic Continent in a magnificent landscape of huge glaciers calving at sea level. Enjoy the landscape surrounded by alpine peaks during zodiac cruises. Discover Paradise Bay by zodiac with its myriad icebergs and deep cut fjords. Watch for humpback and minke whales.
Voyage through the spectacular Lemaire Channel to Pleneau and Petermann Island and encounter adelie penguins and blue-eyed shags. In this area, there are good chances to encounter humpback, minke and fin whales.
Sailing north through Neumayer Channel or Gerlache Strait. Observe the Melchior Islands' beautiful icescapes and watch for leopard and crabeater seals and whales!
Heading north, you’ll again be followed by a great variety of seabirds while crossing the infamous Drake Passage.
Arrive in the morning in Ushuaia, disembark after breakfast and transfer to the airport.
Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to ice and weather conditions - and the wildlife you encounter. Flexibility is the key to the success of this expedition.
Mandatory Travel Insurance:
As a requirement of participation on this expedition, all passengers must purchase insurance including medical, accident and repatriation/evacuation insurance. ExpeditionTrips strongly recommends at least $200,000 Emergency Medical/Evacuation coverage for Antarctic trips which includes coverage for cancellation, trip disruption, baggage and personal property. ExpeditionTrips can assist you with this.
Dive under shallow water, down along walls, from the beach, or from a Zodiac. You will reach a maximum of 60 feet. Unlike no other dive – the combination of water, sunlight, and ice formations creates an ever-shifting spectable of colors. Experience is required. These are not training dives and are not meant for beginners. Before your cruise departs you'll be asked to present your internationally accepted diver certificate, your diver's logbook, and a statement from your doctor not older than two years that states you are in a good state of physical health allowing you to scuba dive. Your dive masters are highly experience in polar dives and are trained instructors. 8 divers per guide, with a maximum of 24 divers per excursion. Guides will aim for 1-2 dives per day, weather permitting. Compressors and weights are provided. Please inquire with ExpeditionTrips for details.
Voyage aboard the designated vessel as indicated in the itinerary; meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea; free use of rubber boots and snowshoes on loan; group transfer from the vessel to the airport in Ushuaia (directly after disembarkation); luggage transfer from pick-up point to the vessel on the day of embarkation in Ushuaia; program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff; miscellaneous service taxes and port charges. Subject to change without notice.
Airfare; pre- and post-land arrangements; transfers to the vessel; passport and visa expenses; government arrival and departure taxes; meals ashore; camping and kayaking; travel insurance; excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverage and telecommunication charges; and the customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for the ship's crew; fuel surcharge may apply.
Photos: ©Dietmar Denger, ©Franco Banfi, ©Sandra Petrowitz, ©Richard Wadey