Kayaking Antarctica's icy watersAntarctica
Antarctica is a mesmerising place from any perspective. But experiencing it at water level, where the only sound is your paddle breaking the water and the splash of porpoising penguins as they swim by you, takes it to another level. Feel dwarfed by icebergs as you explore deserted coves and bays and hold your breath as a whale surfaces just metres away. Most people are lucky if they have just one travel experience that they'll be talking about for the rest of their lives, but on Intrepid Travel's Pristine Antarctica tour it's more like a smattering.
You'll set sail from Argentina's Ushuaia, regarded as the world's southernmost city; make the crossing the Antarctic Convergence along the Drake Passage, a unique wild and marine-life mecca where cold waters flowing northward meet with the warmer subantarctic water; meet the several-thousand strong gentoo penguin population on Cuverville Island; cruise along Paradise Bay in search of breaching humpback and minke whales; and land at the Chinese Great Wall Station, a research station on King George Island. And that's just scratching the surface.
- The surrounds here nothing but jaw-dropping and awe-inspiring
- It remains one of the most pristine landscapes on earth. The peace and serenity are undeniable
- There are once-in-a-lifetime experiences and then there’s this (read: the ultimate)
- Sea sickness as the waters of the southern ocean can be rough. You’ve been warned!
- Cold (although it’s not as cold as you think it’s going to be). Gear up
Fly to Ushuaia, Argentina. Join your Intrepid ship in Ushuaia for the journey to the Antarctic Peninsula.
This adventure is part of Intrepid Travel’s Pristine Antartica tour, starting from US$6500 per person.