Waterproof Cruises

Diving and Snorkeling Antarctica

The 'bucket list' trip for advanced cold water divers and extreme snorkeling. A full concept of above and below the Southern Ocean.

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Polar Diving and Polar Snorkeling in Antarctica

Diving and snorkeling in the ice cold waters of the Antarctic? Some of your friends may think you are crazy! But just imagine the large sculptured iceberg underwater and the clear visibility when the sunbeams hit the water. Or the curious seals and penguins shooting in and out of the water from the beach. This is not a typical dive or snorkel event but an experience of the White Continent in full capacity: Below and above the surface.

This trip is for experienced and advanced cold water divers and snorkelers with an open mind to experience the un-known.

As cold water experts and being the world's leader in Polar diving, we will answer all your technical questions on dive procedures and equipment. We will advise you about the possible trips and which ship would be the best suitable option for you.

"An Antarctic experience is more than the scenery. The animals above and in the water make your experience completely unique."

- Martin McGrath, Polar Dive Master Waterproof Expeditions
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Sample programme for a dive and snorkel expedition in Antarctica.

  • Are you qualified ?

    These voyages are not for beginners, you’ll have to be an advanced open water diver and must be familiar with cold water diving and dry suit diving with at least 20 'dry suit´dives. That is why the preparation before you travel is extremely important. Please check out the information on Polar diving below for the requirements to participate.
    If you love the oceans but don't need to dive, Polar snorkelling is your thing. With some snorkel and swimming experience and a healthy dose of adventure you will love this activity! Check out the details on Polar snorkelling below for all the information on the gear we supply and how to sign up.

  • Prior to departure

    We advise to arrive one night prior to your departure date. This is the best way to get used to the different time zones and to avoid problems with flight delays, and missing luggage.
    If your departure gateway is Ushuaia, we advise you to sign up for our 'Beagle Channel Dive Programme'. This is an excellent preperation for your Antarctic diving. Contact us for this programme which starts a few days prior to your departure from Ushuaia.
    If your departure gateway is Punta Arenas, please contact us for luggage restrictions for the charter flight to Antarctica.

    Pre and post tours in either Chile or the Argentina area are available upon request.

  • Crossing to Antarctica

    Today you will board your vessel and your voyage to the White Continent finaly kicks off! After months of preperation you can't wait to feel the temperature getting colder while you get closer to your first iceberg.
    Once we have reached the peninsula of the Antarctic, we can choose a great variety of landing, dive and snorkel sites.

  • Safety First !

    Diving and snorkelling in Antarctica is no more dangerous than normal SCUBA diving as long as you stick to one important rule: Safety First! Divers who are looking for thrills are kindly asked to stay at home!
    We do not accept risky ventures from any of our divers. You are asked to remain with the group at all times and at arms-length of your buddy.

  • What will you see and where will we go ?

    Our journey to the White Continent brings us to the peninsula where a world of pristine nature awaits us. The key to success for these trips is to have an open mind about whats coming next. Ice, snow, wind and wildlife will predict our next move and our expedition team will find the best opportunity for great topside and underwater encounters and experiences.
    We plan to do two dives and snorkel excursions per day. This depends on the ice and weather conditions as well as our location.

    The Southern Ocean is full of life despite the harsh and cold circumstances. From critters, anenomes, spiders and krill to the larger species like seals, penguins and whales. It is their world and you as a diver or snorkeler are extremely privileged to visit their world above and below the ocean.
    Enjoy it, smell it, and let it overwhelm you. Don't disturb or interfere with this natural world and leave it for generations to come. Bring your memories and reflections home and and share thousands of pictures with your friends and family.


    Read more on possible landing sites and the Antarctic Experience and our blogs on previous Antarctica trips to give you a good sense of what you may encounter.

Dates & Rates

  • Ortelius Antarctica Diving & Snorkelling

    Dates
    • 16th Feb - 7th Mar 2019
    • Embark: Ushuaia
    • Disembark: Ushuaia
    Prices from
    Superior Cabin
    EUR 16,700
    Twin Deluxe
    EUR 15,650
    Twin Window
    EUR 14,500
    Twin porthole deck 3
    EUR 13,900
    Twin Porthole deck 4
    EUR 13,900
    Triple porthole
    EUR 12,700
    Quadruple Porthole
    EUR 11,650
  • Polar Pioneer Antarctica Diving & Snorkelling

    Dates
    • 19th Feb - 2nd Mar 2019
    • Embark: Ushuaia
    • Disembark: Punta Arenas
    Prices from
    Captain's Suite
    USD 15,200
    Superior Cabin
    USD 13,800
    Twin Private Cabin
    USD 12,100
    Twin Public Cabin
    USD 10,600
    Triple Cabin
    USD 9,100
  • Plancius Antarctica Diving & Snorkelling

    Dates
    • 28th Feb - 11th Mar 2019
    • Embark: Ushuaia
    • Disembark: Ushuaia
    Prices from
    Superior Cabin
    EUR 9,350
    Twin Window
    EUR 8,150
    Twin Porthole
    EUR 7,850
    Quadruple cabin
    EUR 6,350

    CROSSING THE POLAR CIRCLE

  • Polar Pioneer Antarctica Diving & Snorkelling

    Dates
    • 2nd Mar - 12th Mar 2019
    • Embark: Punta Arenas
    • Disembark: Punta Arenas
    Prices from
    Captain's Suite
    USD 16,200
    Superior Cabin
    USD 14,800
    Twin Private Cabin
    USD 13,800
    Twin Public Cabin
    USD 11,400
    Triple Cabin
    USD 9,700
    Full Charter
    POA

    CROSSING THE POLAR CIRCLE

  • Ortelius Antarctica Diving & Snorkelling

    Dates
    • 18th Mar - 31st Mar 2019
    • Embark: Ushuaia
    • Disembark: Ushuaia
    Prices from
    Superior Cabin
    EUR 9,950
    Twin Deluxe
    EUR 9,300
    Twin Window
    EUR 8,700
    Twin porthole deck 3
    EUR 8,300
    Twin Porthole deck 4
    EUR 8,300
    Triple porthole
    EUR 7,600
    Quadruple Porthole
    EUR 6,800

    CROSSING THE POLAR CIRCLE

  • Plancius Antarctica Diving & Snorkelling

    Dates
    • 22nd Mar - 31st Mar 2019
    • Embark: Ushuaia
    • Disembark: Ushuaia
    Prices from
    Superior Cabin
    EUR 9,350
    Twin Deluxe
    EUR 8,750
    Twin Window
    EUR 8,150
    Twin Porthole
    EUR 7,850
    Triple Porthole
    EUR 7,150
    Quadruple cabin
    EUR 6,350
  • Greg Mortimer Antarctica Diving & Snorkelling

    Dates
    • 3rd Feb - 15th Feb 2020
    • Embark: Ushuaia
    • Disembark: Ushuaia
    Prices from
    Captain's Suite
    USD 22,100
    Junior Suite
    USD 19,200
    Balcony Suite
    USD 16,300
    Balcony stateroom
    USD 12,700
    Aurora Stateroom
    USD 11,600
  • Greg Mortimer Antarctica Diving & Snorkelling

    Dates
    • 14th Feb - 26th Feb 2020
    • Embark: Ushuaia
    • Disembark: Punta Arenas
    Prices from
    Captain's Suite
    USD 20,300
    Junior Suite
    USD 17,600
    Balcony Suite
    USD 14,900
    Balcony stateroom
    USD 11,700
    Aurora Stateroom
    USD 10,700
  • Greg Mortimer Antarctica Diving & Snorkelling

    Dates
    • 24th Feb - 5th Mar 2020
    • Embark: Punta Arenas
    • Disembark: Punta Arenas
    Prices from
    Captain's Suite
    USD 16,000
    Junior Suite
    USD 13,900
    Balcony Suite
    USD 11,800
    Balcony stateroom
    USD 9,200
    Aurora Stateroom
    USD 8,400
  • Hondius Antarctica Diving & Snorkelling

    Dates
    • 24th Feb - 17th Mar 2020
    • Embark: Ushuaia
    • Disembark: Ushuaia
    Prices from
    Grand Suite private...
    EUR 22,400
    Junior Suite
    EUR 19,450
    Superior
    EUR 18,150
    Twin deluxe
    EUR 16,950
    Twin window
    EUR 15,800
    Twin Porthole
    EUR 15,150
    Triple porthole
    EUR 13,700
    Quadruple Porthole
    EUR 12,600

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