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Dive Locations

4 recommended locations:

Antarctic Peninsula

The Antarctic Peninsula is the most accessible part of the great white continent with some of its best wildlife and scenery. Sculpted icebergs, imposing glaciers and rugged mountains provide the back drop to more whales and dolphins than anywhere else on earth.

  • Ideal for viewing: humpback whale, common minke whale, orca, elephant seal, hourglass dolphin
  • Excellent for: Liveaboard diving, Diving & adventure, Whales

Lemaire Channel

Filled with icebergs and hemmed in by steep glacial cliffs, this 11 kilometre passage is incredibly scenic and its protected waters are almost as still as a lake, resulting in wonderful reflections of the surrounding Antarctic landscape.

  • Ideal for viewing: Adélie penguin, hourglass dolphin, orca, macaroni penguin, humpback whale
  • Excellent for: Liveaboard diving

Paradise Harbour

Surrounded by heavily glaciated mountains and ice cliffs, Paradise Harbour is home to a mind-boggling array of icebergs, which enhance the wildlife viewing experience. Highlights include whales, seals and penguins, alongside abundant birdlife.

  • Ideal for viewing: Adélie penguin, gentoo penguin, hourglass dolphin, orca, humpback whale
  • Excellent for: Liveaboard diving

South Shetland Islands

Located north of the Antarctic Peninsula, the South Shetlands total over 3,600 square kilometres, and most of the land area is permanently glaciated. Home to seals and penguins, the unique landscape also offers visitors wonderful photo opportunites.

  • Ideal for viewing: Adélie penguin, gentoo penguin, elephant seal, chinstrap penguin, southern right whale
  • Excellent for: Liveaboard diving

View trips to these locations

Dive trips

Only reached by liveaboard, the diving and excursions available in Antarctica are once-in-a-lifetime. With trips around the Antarctic islands and many exciting wildlife encounters, dives in this region offer plenty of adventure.
2 recommended trips. Our trip ideas are offered to inspire you and can be tailored to suit your requirements.

Classic Antarctica

This voyage of a lifetime is an opportunity to discover the best of Antarctica including its magnificent wildlife, with plenty of activities to explore the unique landscape both above and below the water.

  • When to go: Feb-Mar
  • Duration exc. flights: 11 days
  • Price exc. flights: From £5,695 pp
  • Trip type: Liveaboard trip

Polar Circle & Antarctic Peninsula

The aim of this voyage is to reach as far south as weather and ice conditions will permit, and cross the Antarctic Circle. Enjoy guided shore excursions and opportunities to snorkel or dive with fur seals, leopard seals and penguins.

  • When to go: Mar
  • Duration exc. flights: 12 days
  • Price exc. flights: From £6,145 pp
  • Trip type: Liveaboard trip

When to go

The season to visit is the austral summer, running from October to March. Once the pack ice starts to melt, summer arrives quickly, reaching its pinnacle in December and January.

Seasons

  • Spring

    Nov to Dec: Spring fever brings explosive growth
  • Summer

    Jan to Feb: The warmest months when wildlife activity is at its peak
  • Autumn

    Mar to May: Dark nights return as the sun sinks below the southern horizon
  • Winter

    Jun to Oct: Winter sets in with a vengeance for the long dark haul…

Wildlife events

  • Oct to Feb: Pack ice starts to melt – the first whales arrive
  • Oct to Nov: Penguin and seabird courtship is at its height
  • Jan to Feb: Peak time for whale sightings
  • Jan to Feb: Fur seals visible on Antarctic Peninsula

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