Diving in Antarctica
Best places to dive
The Falkland Islands
The Falkland Islands is an archipelago of around 770 islands in the South Atlantic Ocean. This is definitely a destination for thrill seekers as it’s difficult to access with turbulent and freezing conditions, but this does not deter from the abundance of wildlife and underwater life. There are approximately 14 species of marine mammals, including Dolphins, Sea Lions and Seals and divers can explore the Kelp Forests and huge Algae Formations. Other species include Crabs, Lobsters and Jellyfish. There are also wrecks to explore.
South Georgia is part of the Sandwich Islands in the southern part of the Atlantic Ocean. This extremely remote area is still very unexplored which means every dive is an adventure. In the warmest months, February and March, there is a good chance of spotting whales. The types of diving include polar diving and/or ice diving and divers will be surrounded by an abundance of wildlife above and below the water including Seals, Nudibranchs, Penguins, Whales and beautiful underwater flora.
Antarctic Peninsula is the northernmost part of mainland Antarctica. This location provides divers with an opportunity to dive amongst icebergs. This is a common breeding ground for multiple species of seals, which provides extra excitement.
Ushuaia, on the southern tip of Argentina, is a mecca for thrilling dives. There is a variety of marine including large Crabs, Lobsters and Seals which all live in and around the impressive algae gardens, inside the tunnels and on the plateaus. Another spectacle are the numerous shipwrecks here.
Detaille Island is in the arctic circle and is teeming with underwater life. This island can only be reached by passing the polar circle which is a unique experience that not many get the opportunity to have. Species include Starfish, colourful Anemones and a variety of Sea Cucumbers.
Verdansky Station is a Ukranian research station. Divers can dive while the Penguins zip past them on all sides while they can also enjoy the colours of the Rainbow Sponges, Sea Stars, Anemones and many Nudibranchs.
Palmer Station is an American research station which has limited access but has diving possibilities under the ice, divers will encounter penguins here and larger predatory species including Leopard Seals.