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Penguin Safari - Ocean Diamond

16 Days FROM USD 13,495

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Overview

Embark on this incredible 16 day expedition to the incredible sights of the Frozen White continent. Isolated and pristine, Antarctica offers the perfect expedition experience. Discover fabled islands teeming with king penguins and elephant seals, zodiac cruise near massive icebergs and undertake hikes on one of the most rarely visited continents on Earth; a true final frontier.

Optional Activities : Stand-up Paddle Boarding, Kayaking

Trip Code: ACQEPS

Travel Style: Small Ship Expedition Cruise

Location: South Georgia and Antarctic Peninsula

Ship: Ocean Diamond

Flights: We offer a range of flight options to meet your cruise. Contact us today to discuss.

WHY CHOOSE THIS CRUISE?

  • This incredible 16 day voyage will offer the highlight of experiencing the Frozen White Continent of Antarctica as well as the incredible sights of South Georgia, one of the most remote and scarcely visited islands in the world.

  • Have the opportunity to encounter a unique range of wildlife including multiple species of penguin, whales and seal.

  • You will pay a visit to South Georgia where you will see beaches blanketed with colonies of king penguin numbering in the hundreds of thousands.

CRUISE ITINERARY

You will begin your journey in Ushuaia, a small but bustling port at the tip of South America. It’s the ideal gateway for you to explore the southern extent of Patagonia while preparing for your adventure ahead. Get active in the mountains or enjoy handcrafted chocolate at a café in town.

Arrival in Ushuaia

Embarkation will occur in the late afternoon, after which your vessel will sail down the historic Beagle Channel, which transects the Tierra del Fuego archipelago in the extreme south of South America. Expect an air of anticipation as you depart!

Embarkation in Ushuaia

There are many activities to keep you engaged while you are at sea. Learn to identify seabirds that glide alongside the ship, or attend dynamic presentations by your Expedition Team. You will be prepped on safety procedures for Zodiac cruises and shore landings, and also be given instructions for getting the most out of your optional sea kayaking adventures (extra cost), a truly intimate way to experience Antarctica.

If conditions are right, the first indication that you are approaching South Georgia is the sight of birds around a group of rocky spires called Shag Rocks. Have your binoculars and cameras ready to capture these rocks rising out of the icy ocean waters. Shags and prions often rest here, and due to nutrient rich upwellings around the rocks it can be a good place to keep a lookout for whales.

At Sea - Day 3 to 6

After enjoying South Georgia from a distance, we’ll head toward its numerable beaches to find a bay for your first land excursion. Landing sites are varied, largely determined by the weather conditions of your voyage. Whichever sites we visit, they’ll provide you with wildlife encounters unrivalled anywhere else on earth.

You’ll find that South Georgia, once a popular base for whalers and sealers, is also scattered with abandoned relics and evidence of human activity from centuries gone by. Your Expedition Team will help bring those days to life while you visit old whaling stations and enjoy presentations on the South Georgia of then and now.

One of the most significant sites you will visit on the island is Grytviken. This settlement is one of the first whaling stations established in sub-Antarctic waters. Many travelers find that this place has a special appeal, as it is home to the remains of Sir Ernest Shackleton, one of the most famous Antarctic explorers.

South Georgia - Day 7 to 8

Say goodbye to the king penguins, as your next destination is Antarctica! Your days at sea are filled with presentations and workshops led by your Expedition Team, who will prepare you for the wildlife and landscapes that will surround you upon your arrival.

At Sea - Day 9 to 10

The most common reaction upon reaching the White Continent is a sense of reverence and awe. The experience is hard to put into words, since few places are as untouched and enduring as Antarctica.

You will discover that Antarctica is a land of extremes. At one moment you’ll be overcome with a feeling of complete isolation and silence, and at the next moment you’ll be inspired by nature as a calving glacier crashes into a brilliant blue sea or a penguin waddles by to inspect your footwear.

Your Expedition Team will take care of you at each excursion, whether you are Zodiac cruising, visiting a historical site or consorting with penguin colonies. Chinstrap, Adélie and gentoo penguins are found here, along with Weddell, fur, crabeater and leopard seals. Keep a lookout for Antarctic whales, such as minkes, while on a Zodiac cruise. Each day and each excursion will present a new collection of creatures to delight you and keep your camera busy.

As exciting as the Zodiac excursions and landings are, perhaps you’ll treat yourself to an extra-special Antarctic experience by partaking in an optional paddling excursion (at an extra cost) or cast reason aside and jump into Antarctic waters for the polar plunge!

Antarctic Peninsula - Day 11 to 13

After more than a dozen days of unique wildlife encounters and remarkable landscapes, your journey home begins. Crossing the Drake is your unofficial rite of passage. Spend time on deck watching for seabirds and whales, enjoy presentations by your Expedition Team, or simply relax and reminisce about your experiences.

Crossing The Drake - Day 14 to 15

You will arrive in Ushuaia in the morning, which allows for you to continue your adventure onward or catch your flights home.

Disembarkation in Ushuaia
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Pricing & date

Penguin Safari - Ocean Diamond from USD 13,495
Departing Ending Duration
13 Dec 2021 28 Dec 2021 16
05 Dec 2022 20 Dec 2022 16

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES

Stand-up Paddle Boarding

Stand-up Paddle Boarding

Kayaking

Kayaking

Important Information

  • Cabin accommodation on board ship 
    All meals whilst on board
    All scheduled landings and excursions
    Guiding and lectures by experienced expedition team
    Guiding and leadership by experienced expedition staff
    Complimentary use of rubber boots during course of voyage
    Expedition parka (yours to keep)
    One night pre-expedition in Ushuaia
    Group transfer hotel-ship on embarkation day

    EXCLUSIONS

    International flights
    Visa and reciprocity fees (if applicable) 
    Activities not mentioned as included
    Personal expenses such as laundry and telecommunications
    Gratuities for staff/crew

  • 2 (light adventure)
  • Available upon request, contact us for more details.

  • Please note this itinerary is subject to change depending on weather and ice conditions

  • Departure date, seasonality and availability

SPEAK TO A SPECIALIST

Sustainability

Chimu Adventures is passionate and dedicated to sustainbility measures and understands the crucial part sustainability plays within the tourism industry.

A trip to the Antarctic is a completely different experience and quite unlike any other trip you have probably been on. We use a highly regulated, licensed vessel which is well equipped to operate in this vulnerable ecosystem. We are fully compliant with all rules set down by the IAATO and all activities are governed by the Antarctic Treaty System. We carefully select all ships we work with and choose them for their small size as this creates far less impact on shore landings with wildlife. We view the voyage to the Antarctic as an expedition, not a sightseeing trip. Smaller boats such as ours can navigate narrow waterways and are far less polluting than the larger ships in Antarctic waters. By carrying less passengers, we have far less waste, and all waste is carried back to the home port to allow for environmentally conscious waste management and disposal, unlike some of the larger ships which do not facilitate this. This trip begins in Ushuaia where you will have time to sample local food and shop at local boutiques which we encourage individuals to take part in for experience and in support of the local community. We also try to create opportunity to see research and historical sites including the former research station/now museum of Port Lockroy and engage with local history. We discourage the buying of souvenirs made from endangered species or wrongfully taken from the environment i.e. shells. Our pre-departure pack provides you with all the information required for your tour, from what to take with you to practical advice about how to minimise your impact on the Antarctic environment. This pack highlights initiatives such as waste reduction, and how to appropriately engage with wildlife and the environment around you.

For more information visit our sustainability page.

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