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Expedition Cruise: 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 Antarctica? Some of your friends may think you're crazy! But just imagine the large sculptured icebergs 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 a beach. This is not a typical dive or snorkel event but an experience of Antarctica in full capacity: Below and above the surface.

Dive and snorkel Antarctica

Polar diving and polar snorkeling in Antarctica is for experienced and advanced cold water divers, or for snorkelers who simply have an open mind and are ready to experience the unknown. We will provide you with diving or snorkel gear and a Waterproof drysuit that will keep you warm in the polar waters. 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.

Antarctica Expedition Cruises for every traveller

These voyages are not limited to divers and snorkelers only. So if you're not fond of going into the polar water you are still more than welcome. While others are out in the water, you can enjoy on board activities or zodiac excursions. 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 ?

    Polar Snorkeling: 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.


    Polar diving: 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.

  • 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.

NOTE: Snorkeling & diving activities on designated trips often need a minimum number of participants.

Dates & Rates

  • Sylvia Earle Antarctica Diving & Snorkeling

    Dates
    • 12th Nov - 23rd Nov 2024
    • Embark: Ushuaia
    • Disembark: Ushuaia
    Prices per person from
    10,272 USD
  • Sylvia Earle Antarctica Diving & Snorkeling

    Dates
    • 22nd Nov - 3rd Dec 2024
    • Embark: Ushuaia
    • Disembark: Ushuaia
    Prices per person from
    11,516 USD
  • Sylvia Earle Antarctica Diving & Snorkeling

    Dates
    • 2nd Dec - 22nd Dec 2024
    • Embark: Ushuaia
    • Disembark: Ushuaia
    Prices per person from
    21,436 USD
  • Sylvia Earle Antarctica Diving & Snorkeling

    Dates
    • 21st Dec - 3rd Jan 2025
    • Embark: Ushuaia
    • Disembark: Ushuaia
    Prices per person from
    15,296 USD
  • Sylvia Earle Antarctica Diving & Snorkeling

    Dates
    • 2nd Jan - 21st Jan 2025
    • Embark: Ushuaia
    • Disembark: Punta Arenas
    Prices per person from
    24,561 USD
  • Sylvia Earle Antarctica Diving & Snorkeling

    Dates
    • 19th Jan - 31st Jan 2025
    • Embark: Punta Arenas
    • Disembark: Ushuaia
    Prices per person from
    16,911 USD
  • Hondius Antarctica Diving & Snorkeling

    Dates
    • 22nd Jan - 1st Feb 2025
    • Embark: Ushuaia
    • Disembark: Ushuaia
    Prices per person from
    8,000 EUR
  • Sylvia Earle Antarctica Diving & Snorkeling

    Dates
    • 30th Jan - 21st Feb 2025
    • Embark: Ushuaia
    • Disembark: Ushuaia
    Prices per person from
    26,771 USD

    Including crossing the Antarctic Circle

  • Hondius Antarctica Diving & Snorkeling

    Dates
    • 1st Feb - 20th Feb 2025
    Prices per person from
    14,600 EUR
  • Hondius Antarctica Diving & Snorkeling

    Dates
    • 20th Feb - 14th Mar 2025
    Prices per person from
    15,450 EUR

    Crossing the Antarctic Circle

  • Sylvia Earle Antarctica Diving & Snorkeling

    Dates
    • 20th Feb - 3rd Mar 2025
    • Embark: Ushuaia
    • Disembark: Punta Arenas
    Prices per person from
    13,756 USD
  • Sylvia Earle Antarctica Diving & Snorkeling

    Dates
    • 1st Mar - 15th Mar 2025
    • Embark: Punta Arenas
    • Disembark: Punta Arenas
    Prices per person from
    15,036 USD
  • Ortelius Antarctica Diving & Snorkeling

    Dates
    • 10th Mar - 21st Mar 2025
    • Embark: Ushuaia
    • Disembark: Ushuaia
    Prices per person from
    7,150 EUR
  • Sylvia Earle Antarctica Diving & Snorkeling

    Dates
    • 13th Mar - 25th Mar 2025
    • Embark: Punta Arenas
    • Disembark: Ushuaia
    Prices per person from
    11,022 USD
  • Plancius Antarctica Diving & Snorkeling

    Dates
    • 23rd Mar - 3rd Apr 2025
    • Embark: Ushuaia
    • Disembark: Ushuaia
    Prices per person from
    7,150 EUR
  • Sylvia Earle Antarctica Diving & Snorkeling

    Dates
    • 24th Mar - 5th Apr 2025
    • Embark: Ushuaia
    • Disembark: Ushuaia
    Prices per person from
    10,047 USD

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