Antarctica is one of the last remaining untouched places on the planet; an incredible myriad of wildlife and a display of nature in all its glory. A true frontier for the adventurous traveller, this next-level expedition will enable you to dive with one of Antarctica’s apex marine predators – the leopard seal.
This expedition is for a maximum of 12 divers on board the Polar Pioneer, a ship that limits its trips to 54 passengers. It is an ice-strengthened expedition ship that will get us to the prime locations to experience wildlife encounters. A dedicated zodiac to our team of divers, with expert Polar/Ice dive masters that have guided some of the world’s best photographers and divers, will seek out the majestic leopard seal and put us in the water with these prehistoric looking creatures.
Fly/Sail Itinerary: more time to explore!
Spectacular icebergs in the Weddell Sea
Snorkel and dive in Antarctica
Some of the region's largest penguin colonies
Historic huts and volcanic landscapes
Ice strengthened vessel for cutting through pack ice
Accommodation on board the 'Polar Pioneer' in various cabin configurations.
All meals on board.
All photography guide services.
All sightseeing, shore excursions and zodiac rides as required for the cruise itinerary.
Snorkelling equipment and guidance. All port landing service charges.
Lectures, video slide shows and extensive film library on board ship.
Service of the vessel’s expedition staff.
Basic attention and treatment by the ship’s medical doctor.
Pre-departure information and briefing.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.