Aurora Expeditions will be offering passengers the chance to snorkel and scuba dive in Antarctica in 2015 during what is midsummer season in the south pole. It’s moulting time for penguins and flight school for cormorant chicks. The snorkelling and diving trips will be conducted daily, depending on the weather, in sheltered bays, offshore islands and ship wrecks in Antarctic waters during the expedition.
A brand new highlight is the addition of Chile’s ‘Antarctic Gateway’, Puerto Williams, categorised by UNESCO as one of the 20 most pristine places on the planet. This voyage will start in the port, with a flight from Punta Arenas on Feb 19, 2015 as well as a tour of the town and it’s renowned natural surrounds included in the voyage itinerary. This voyage ends at King George Island, and a flight from King George Island to Punta Arenas is also included on Mar 1, 2015.
Led by expert polar diving guides using specially-designed waterproof drysuits, gloves, hoods, guests will be provided with training and equipment prior to entering the freezing waters.
Scuba Diving Option:
Few people have dived south of the Antarctic Circle, where marine life includes sea stars, sea spiders, nudibranchs, soft corals, penguins, seals and whales. Aurora’s guides’ extensive qualifications and Antarctic experience ensure the highest safety standards. Numbers are limited on this exploratory dive voyage. Experienced dry-suit divers only. Ask our office staff for details of what you need and what we supply. A surcharge of US$975 applies.
Polar Snorkelling option: Polar Snorkelling is Aurora Expedition’s latest activity in Antarctica. Through crystal clear waters adventurers discover the amazing mobility and speed of penguins entering and exiting from the ice, marvel at the beauty of sculpted icebergs below the water and swim alongside large charismatic marine mammals. There’s a lot to see without going deep. A surcharge of US$975 applies.
Aurora Expeditions believes that travel to remote destinations can create lifelong ambassadors for environmental protection. Aurora Expeditions has been a leader in responsible tourism since the company’s inception in 1991. It was the first Australian member of the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) and its co-founder Greg Mortimer is actively involved with its Executive Committee. The Association deals with all aspects of Antarctic tourism, but its most important charter is responsible environmental practices.
For more information visit Aurora Expeditions.com.
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