We start our expedition from Ushuaia, the southernmost harbour of Argentina. A comfortable and safe marine yacht Aurora and its experienced crew takes us across the Drake passage. The vessel is equipped with the everything necessary for a long expedition: from large fresh water tanks to modern communication and safety equipment. After four days we arrive at the Antarctic peninsula, where we spend over 2 weeks enjoying the beauty of the pristine nature, diving with icebergs, snorkeling with whales and seals, observing penguins and visiting abandoned polar stations of pioneer explorers to become pioneers ourselves.
The key point of our expedition is to dive with leopard seals. These large mammals have long become one of the symbols of Antarctic diving and they are famous for their special attitude towards divers. February and March are the best months to encounter these spectacular animals. Accompanied by an experienced guide we may enter the cold waters of Antarctica and meet leopard seals face to face. Diving with leopard seals is the main focus of our expedition.
In addition to helping you experience breathtaking adventures, we provide lectures and educational programmes. Participants learn a lot about seals and whales, iceberg formation, ocean biology and meteorology, polar pioneers and much more.
After spending two weeks in the Antarctic peninsula we cross the Drake Passage back to Ushuaia.Small group and flexible schedule
We go in a small group of 7 guests on our sailing yacht. This allows us to control the route and to be able to change it whenever necessary. All the participants will have plenty of time to spend with wildlife, enough photo opportunities, no one will hurry you up.
What animals are there to meet?
There will be opportunities to see plenty of unique species, including:
- Whales: minke, humpback, fin whale, orca, southern right whale;
- Seals: leopard seal, crabeater seal, Weddell seal, Ross seal, southern elephant seal, southern sea lion;
- Penguins: adelie, chinstrap, gentoo;
- Plenty of other marine birds