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The Lemaire Channel is an 11 kilometre strait off Antarctica leading to a jigsaw of jewel like islands.

Filled with ice-bergs and hemmed in by steep glacial cliffs, the passage is not only extremely scenic, but the protected waters are usually as still as a lake, creating wonderful reflections of the surrounding landscape.

Flowing between Kiev Peninsula and the mainland’s Graham Land and the 3,000 metre cliffs of Booth Channel, the Lemaire Channel is one of Antarctica’s top destinations and has been nicknamed ‘Kodak Gap.’

Just 1,600 metres wide at its narrowest point, passing through the channel makes for an unforgettable journey, upon which orca or humpback whales may be seen.
 

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: Adélie penguin, hourglass dolphin, orca, macaroni penguin, humpback whale, Antarctic fish

Dive trips

This dive location is featured in the following itineraries:

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