Antarctica Cruises
Diving Options

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Ship types

Dive in Antarctica

A selection of expedition cruises that offer an ideal introduction to Antarctica whether you are a scuba diver or not. These have the benefit that diving is an option offered to suitably qualified guests as one of a number of activities onboard which will take place at the time when others are going on a shore trip or other activity.

They depart from and return to the port of Ushuaia in Argentina, the itineraries visit prime sites along the Antarctic Peninsula. The "air-cruise" options start and end with a flight across the Drake Passage to join your cruise ship in the South Shetland Islands to the west of the Antarctic Peninsula, you can fly in both directions or fly one and cruise one.

For the 20/21 season we have cruises on four dive-equipped expedition cruising ships the Expedition Ships Greg Mortimer and Hondius and Research Ships Ortelius and Plancius. There is a maximum of 24 divers per excursion and 8 divers per guide, please request a diving package at the time of booking.

Cruises on the Greg Mortimer may also have other adventure options such as kayaking, alpine trekking/climbing, snorkeling, snowshoeing and stand up paddleboarding, spaces on these optional activities are limited, so please enquire at the time of booking.

Greg Mortimer - expedition ship
Ortelius- research ship
Plancius - research ship

Hondius - expedition ship

Polar Diving

Dive under shallow water, down along walls, from the beach, or from a Zodiac. You will reach a maximum of 65 feet. Unlike any other dive - the combination of water, sunlight, and ice formations creates an ever-shifting spectacle of colors. Space is limited; request at time of booking. Participants will dive in group of eight divers per guide, with a maximum of 24 divers per excursion.

Compressors and weights are provided. Participants must bring their own dry suit with hood and additional equipment. Please contact us for a complete list. This activity is available for experienced divers. Participants are required to present their internationally accepted diver certificate, diver's logbook, and a statement from their doctor (not older than two years) that demonstrates they are in a good state of physical health allowing them to scuba dive. Experience with both cold water diving and dry suit diving (at least 30 dives) is required.