Antarctica Dive Travel Guide - Bluewater Dive Travel


Penguins walk on the ice in Antarctica
People on a small boat observe a leopard seal resting on a small ice float in Antarctica.
A landscape of scenic Antarctica
A person holding a large underwater camera system scuba dives in Antarctica
A beautiful landscape in Antarctica
A close up photo of a seal laying on the ice in Antarctica

Scuba diving in Antarctica

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Antarctica diving highlights

Antarctica offers a unique and thrilling polar diving experience as one of the last remote areas of wilderness on earth. Divers get to take part in the pioneering exploration of these isolated waters, viewing stunning ice formations, glaciers, and some of the globe's rarest wildlife. There are also exciting options for topside adventures. 




Explore the most untouched and unspoiled territory in the world and experience a region most humans will never see. Antarctica's polar diving provides access to an uncharted world with an abundance of marine life.

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There are many regions to choose from within the Antarctic, and trips can be planned according to preference of adventure type, location choice, or hopes for particular wildlife encounters. Polar divers may enjoy an abundance of thriving macro life. Other encounters may include leopard seals, a variety of penguins, and perhaps even whales. Topside in the greater Antarctica region, visitors get the opportunity to view a large variety of birds including albatross, elder ducks, and many more flying birds, along with emperor, gentoo, chinstrap, macaroni, and adelie penguins, bearded seals, elephant seals, fur seals, and more. 

Check out some of Antarctica's awesome wildlife.

Facing a leopard seal, like any predator, is exciting. Leopard seals, however, are mostly curious about their underwater visitors, as shown in this video:


Dive Conditions

Water temperatures maintain a high level of salinity, keeping its temperatures between 23 and 46 degrees fahrenheit. In November to March, before the plankton blooms, visibility can be excellent, ranging even into hundreds of feet. The visibility is largely dependent on the level of pack ice (as less pack ice results in more sunlight and, therefore, plankton blooms), which varies from year to year. This makes it difficult to predict average visibility, but in the dive season of 2013, polar divers reported an average of 40-80 feet.

Extra precautions are taken in this region due to the frigid temperatures and isolation, and divers absolutely must be experienced and healthy to dive Antarctica's waters. 

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How to get to antarctica

This dive destination is not an easy to reach place due to its remoteness. The best and easiest way to travel to Antarctica is taking either a plane or a ship from the tip of South America.


Topside Activities

The polar diving isn't the only draw to Antarctica; there are plenty of exciting elements of a trip to one of the most challenging travel destinations. Excursions also feature awe-inspiring land adventures, wildlife encounters, and photographic opportunities.  Travelers get the option to hike and snowshoe, camp on the stunning glaciers, mountaineer and trek (on or off skis), kayak, sail, seek out emperor penguins, whale watch, parrticipate in photo workshops, and go bird watching. There is history to be experienced here as well: no visit is complete without a tour of Cape Adare, where the first wintering of Antarctica took place. Carsten Borchgrevink's hut has been preserved since 1899 and demonstrates how truly daunting it must have been for this explorer to pioneer travel in Antarctica. 

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Wow! This bucket list trip does not disappoint. There are so many highlights I don't know where to start. Antarctica is one of the most remote and picturesque places on the planet so even non-divers can have a fantastic trip. Divers need to be experienced diving in drysuits in cold water, but the payoff is huge. Diving on large icebergs and seeing penguins and leopard seals underwater is one of the most unique things I have ever done. Everything from back rolling off the zodiac in the snow to descending next to an iceberg to playing with leopard seals underwater to ascending next to a penguin colony is absolutely magical.

Visited on 03/2023 - Submitted on 04/10/2023


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