Baffin Island
Dive Safari

The ultimate Arctic Dive Experience

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Floe edge diving and fascinating wildlife

  • Narwhal, Bowhead and Polar Bears
  • Ice Edge diving 
  • Safari Camp Accommodation
  • Arctic Polar Experience

Experience the dive of your life as you dive under the floe edge and amongst icebergs and drifting ice packs in the enthralling Arctic Ocean.

Baffin Island Dive Safari Overview

Image yourself under the vast and silent skies of the high Arctic with the warm glow of the 24 hour sun bathing passing icebergs in a warm glow as narwhals pass by your safari style ice camp almost within arm’s reach. Underwater you will enter a world even more unlike anything you can have ever imagined, and prepare to have the dive experience of a lifetime.

From amazing ice formations to the wildlife both above and below water, you will think this is as good as it gets, only to find it’s even better the next day.

Types of Dives

  • Floe Edge Diving - Experience your first Arctic dive by dropping off the edge and seeing far under the ice.
  • Pack Ice Diving - See mother natures greatest works of art from under the ice.
  • Crack Diving - Diving through a crack allows us opportunities to access walls, the sea floor and other interesting dive sites.
  • Iceberg Dive - Looking at an iceberg from above you may see them towering up to a couple of hundred feet tall. You have to remember that this is literally just the ‘tip of the iceberg’. Down below, the icebergs drop hundreds of more feet. Diving on a grounded iceberg will be the best dive of your life bar none.

Expedition Highlights

  • Dive in the most incredible ice formations found anywhere on the planet – pack ice, cracks, Arctic sea floor.
  • View a vast array of wildlife at the floe edge from on their annual migration such as pods of the mystical Narwhal with its tusk feed along the floe edge, bowhead whales and polar bears.
  • Settle into a high-end safari-style tented base camp on the sea ice.
  • Touch and climb icebergs or even drink from glacier melt water flowing into the sea.
  • Visit the Bylot Island bird cliffs with 20,000+ birds (ice conditions permitting).
  • Enjoy tea made of melt-water from hundreds of year old ice bergs along the route.

Iceberg, drifting pack ice, seal holes, ice floe cracks, Arctic sea floor, the variety and sheer scale of dive opportunities will never cease to amaze.

Sample Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival in Ottawa and overnight in a local hotel

Day 2

Depart flights from Ottawa (change planes in Iqaluit) to Pond Inlet and overnight in a local hotel

Day 3-6

Travel to the floe edge, daily sorties at floe edge for scuba diving, Narwhal and Polar bear viewing.
Other activities can include kayaking, hiking, bird-cliff visits, and glacier hikes.

Overnight Premium Safari Camp

Day 8

Your return journey to Pond Inlet.
Transfer to the airport for the flight to Iqaluit, were you spend the night at a hotel.

Day 9

Return flight  to Ottawa in the morning.


The Premium Safari Camp

Inspired by African mobile safari camps, the Premium Safari Camp brings elegance and comfort to the Arctic. The modern, specially designed yurt-style safari camp structures have double walls with insulation to provide a warm and inviting home in one of the world’s most remote yet breathe taking places.

Nestled between the majestic mountains of north Baffin Island and Bylot Island near Sirmilik National Park, you’ll encounter the abundant wildlife that congregates along the ice edge. The spring floe edge is a fascinating ecosystem where wildlife thrives. At this time of year you may see pods of narwhal resting only meters from the ice edge, their misty breath sparkling in the 24 hour sun. In addition, you’ll have a good chance of seeing polar bears, a variety of species of seals, an incredible variety of sea birds including Thick-billed Murres, Kittiwakes, Guillemots, and Ivory Gulls. Bowhead and beluga whales also frequent this area.

Camp features

  • Large and spacious dining / lounge with central fireplace stove and 24 hour buffet with snacks and drinks.
  • Shared Washroom Facility with on demand hot water sinks and showers.

This camp may be set up on land or directly on ice. Depends on location and time of year.

Date 2017

21 - 28 May 2017


Price

USD $11,995 + USD $599.75 in taxes from Pond Inlet.
Per person and based on double occupancy.


Single Supplement

x 1.8.
Request to share when booking. You will not pay the single supplement.


Air Package

Return flights from Ottawa (YOW) to Pond Inlet (YIO) USD $3,160 + $410.80 in taxes. As there are a limited number of seats available that conveniently connect with our trip departure dates, we encourage you to book and pay for this flight package at the same time as you book your trip. Prices are in USD.


Group Size

6


Location

Pond Inlet, Nunavut, Canada


Included

- Services of Inuit guides, professional expedition staff and Dive Supervisor
- All land transportation for duration of trip
- All accommodations from Pond Inlet (1 night in Pond Inlet; 5 nights in a Premium Safari Camp and 1 night in Iqaluit)
- All meals while at the camp, a welcome dinner in Pond Inlet, a lunch in Pond Inlet and breakfast and dinner in Iqaluit
- Airport transfers in Pond Inlet
- Dive equipment including tanks, pony bottles, weights, weight belt, harness, dive regulators, all ice dive safety equipment, and remote DAN O2 kit (Drysuit and personal dive equipment may be available upon request)
- Unlimited use of kayaks

Please note: Minimum requirement for participation is Advanced Openwater for PADI certification.

Not Included

- Return flight to Pond Inlet from Ottawa (ask us about our special rates)
- Accommodation in Ottawa
- Tips, gratuities, personal expenses
- Travel, medical and evacuation insurance coverage
- Additional costs associated with weather and/or layovers in Pond Inlet, Iqaluit or Ottawa

NB This itinerary is intended to be representative only as weather and wildlife conditions play a large role in dictating our daily movements and activities. It is important to have a spirit of flexibility when travelling to any Arctic location.

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