Antarctica
Polar Diving &
Polar Snorkeling

A unique Waterproof concept of land and underwater experiences

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Join us for two fascinating activities and explore Antarctica  in a different way. Above and Below the ocean

  • Polar Diving in crystal clear water 
  • Polar Snorkeling around Icebergs
  • Penguins and Seals
  • Breathtaking scenery

An Antarctic experience is more than the scenery and animals above the ice. Make your experience completely unique and discover the wonders of the Southern Ocean. Join our Polar Diving and Polar Snorkeling activity and enjoy the crystal clear waters with macro life and fascinating walls of ice. Watch penguins jumping out of the water and enjoy the company of curious seals.

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Antarctica Cruising, Polar Diving and Polar Snorkeling

For most of us Antarctica is the ultimate adventure destination. It's far away, isolated, mysterious and cold. It's pure, impressive and astonishing beautiful. Though you may not be the first to set foot on the continent you will surely feel like the first ! 

Waterproof Expedition operates the Polar Diving and Polar Snorkel operation on board the MV Polar Pioneer (54 passengers) and from 2019, on board the Greg Mortimer (120 passengers). On both expedition vessels we offer a laid back atmosphere in adventurous spirits.

As THE cold water experts we organise two fascinating activities on board in Antarctica and the Arctic: Polar Diving and Polar Snorkeling

The waters around Antarctica are still unexplored and it is not a typcial dive or snorkel destination. There are not many places in the world where life in the ocean is warmer and more abundant than on land. Diving and snorkeling is a fascination exploration for the unknown. The beams of sunlight through the ice and the possibility to see penguins and seals in the water and on land is a great advantage of these trips. You can enjoy the wildlife of Antarctica in its full concept. On land and in the water. A photographers paradise ! 

Polar Snorkeling -  for everybody

Are you a novice diver, or not a diver at all, you can still witness the fascinating underwater world of the Polar Oceans, full of marine life and sculptured ice formations.
Waterproof Expeditions exclusively offers POLAR SNORKELING for everyone with snorkel experience to enjoy the crystal clear waters. Polar Snorkelers are provided with specially designed Waterproof© Snorkel-Dry suits.

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Polar Diving - for advanced divers

Diving in Antarctica is an unique experience for the Advanced diver. Not just ice, but an amazing underwater world with a fascinating marine life. It is the ultimate trip for a complete Polar experience. Be prepared for cold water and pure nature. With an open mind to unexpected encounters and flexible attitude you will enjoy the ultimate Polar Experience. 

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We recommend WATERPROOF gear. Check out why !

The Antarctic expedition was brilliant. My complements to the team leaders and the dive team.   Everyone was incredibly professional and so informative. It was a pleasure to meet and talk with them.

Suzanne M. Gendron Executive Director Zoological Operations & Education Ocean Park Hong Kong.

Antarctic Peninsula

Explore the deep bays and fjords of the Antarctic Peninsula where massive glaciers flank a rugged spine of snowy mountains. Scattered amongst penguin rookeries and basking seals, reminders of early explorers bring history to life. Scientific stations open the door to fascinating research.

Weddell Sea

Travel through the iceberg canyons of Antarctic Sound to the Weddell Sea. Huge glaciers pour down between the mountains from the polar plateau, and plates of ice the size of city blocks cover the ocean’s surface. Visit fossil-rich islands, wildlife havens and remnants of historic explorers’ huts.

Across the Circle

Venturing across the Antarctic Circle beyond 66°33” South, takes you to a frozen region of brooding mountain ranges, massive blue icebergs and waterways taut with fast ice. Plentiful krill attracts the continent’s greatest variety and concentration of wildlife, including orcas, leopard seals, fur seals, penguins and snow petrels.

Contact us for further detailed information or download the presentation for 2016-2017 or the presentation for 2017-2018

MV Polar Pioneer

Polar Pioneer is a small and sturdy expedition ship. A regular in polar waters having initially been built in 1982 as an ice- strengthened research vessel, she was refurbished in 2000 to comfortable cruise vessel for a maximum of 54 expeditioners. Her excellent reputation for polar expedition cruising is due to her strength, maneuverability  and size, allowing  her to access areas where larger vessels simply can’t reach.

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MV Greg Mortimer (will be launched in 2019)

The Greg Mortimer (104-metre) redefines expedition cruising for the future, with just 120 passengers on board in the polar regions. Not only is the ship bigger to contend with adverse weather conditions, its added creature comforts make for a more enjoyable journey out on the open ocean. The Greg Mortimer remains true to our ethos and focus on multiple landings, flexible itineraries and family atmosphere – just with an improved home base!

More details on Greg Mortimer are following soon.


Partners

Waterproof Expeditions is partnering with Aurora Expeditions on board Polar Pioneer and Greg Mortimer on which we exclusively run the Dive & Snorkel operation.  With our heated container and experienced dive and snorkel staff we are ready for an amazing activity to explore Antarctica in another way !

Special departures with Polar Snorkel and Diving activities*


2018 - 2019 / Polar Pioneer



Sub-Antarctic Safari           17 Nov 2018 – 01 Dec 2018    15 days    (Punta Arenas - Punta Arenas)

Triple Cabin               USD  14,600                                   Superior Cabin       USD  23,900   
Twin Public Cabin    USD  17,900                                  Suite Cabin              USD  25,400
Twin Private Cabin   USD  21,700


In-Depth South Georgia & Antarctica    01 Dec 2018 – 18 Dec 2018    18 days    (Punta Arenas - Ushuaia)

Triple Cabin               USD  14,600                                   Superior Cabin       USD  23,900   
Twin Public Cabin    USD  17,900                                  Suite Cabin              USD  25,400
Twin Private Cabin   USD  21,700

Christmas in Antarctica    18 Dec 2018 – 29 Dec 2018    12 days        (Ushuaia – Punta Arenas^)

Triple Cabin               USD    9,100                                              Superior Cabin     USD  13,800
Twin Public Cabin    USD    10,600                                            Suite Cabin           USD  15,200
Twin Private Cabin   USD  12,100

Spirit of Antarctica       29 Dec 2018 – 08 Jan 2019       11 days      fly/sail    (^Punta Arenas - Punta Arenas)
                                                     06 Jan 2019 – 16 Jan 2019       11 days     fly/sail       (Punta Arenas - Ushuaia)

Triple Cabin               USD  9,700                                  Superior Cabin   USD  14,800
Twin Public Cabin    USD  11,400                                 Suite Cabin          USD  16,200
Twin Private Cabin   USD  13,800  

S-Georgia & Odyssey    16 Jan  2019 – 02 Feb 2019    18 days    (Ushuaia - Punta Arenas)

                                                       02 Feb  2019 – 19 Feb 2019    18 days  (Punta Arenas - Ushuaia)

Triple Cabin               USD  15,600                                   Superior Cabin       USD  25,100   
Twin Public Cabin    USD  18,900                                  Suite Cabin              USD  26,400
Twin Private Cabin   USD  22,700


Across the Circle*          19 Feb 2019 – 02 Mar 2019    12 days    (Ushuaia - Punta Arenas^)

Triple Cabin               USD    9,100                                    Superior Cabin   USD  13,800
Twin Public Cabin    USD  10,600                                     Suite Cabin          USD  15,200
Twin Private Cabin   USD  12,100     

 Across the Circle*          02 Mar 2019 – 12 Mar 2019    11 days    fly/sail    (^Punta Arenas - Punta Arenas)

Triple Cabin               USD    9,700                                    Superior Cabin   USD  14,800
Twin Public Cabin    USD  11,400                                     Suite Cabin          USD  16,200
Twin Private Cabin   USD  13,800               

Antarctic Explorer           10 Mar 2019 – 20 Mar 2019        11 days    fly/sail    (Punta Arenas - Ushuaia)

Triple Cabin               USD    9,700                                   Superior Cabin   USD  14,800
Twin Public Cabin    USD  11,400                                    Suite Cabin          USD  16,200
Twin Private Cabin   USD  13,800              

In Shackleton's Footsteps    20 Mar 2019 – 06 Apr 2019    18 days    (Ushuaia - Punta Arenas)

Triple Cabin               USD  14,600                                   Superior Cabin       USD  24,000   
Twin Public Cabin    USD  17,900                                  Suite Cabin              USD  25,400
Twin Private Cabin   USD  21,700

Prices per person
Option Dive Package  USD  975 / Snorkel Package USD 600  (11-12 days)
                 Dive Package USD 1,250 / Snorkel Package USD 1,050  (15-18 days)

* Special departures with Polar Snorkel and Polar Diving activities - minimum of 6 divers/snorkelers

^ Indicates flight from Punta Arenas to Puerto Williams to embark ship, or flight between Puerto Williams to Punta Arenas to end expedition

fly/sail: includes a flight between Punta Arenas and King George Island, Antarctica. Also includes one night accommodation in Punta Arenas


2019 - 2020 / Greg Mortimer


Spirit of Antarctica           30 Oct - 10 Nov 2019               12 days     (Ushuaia - Ushuaia)

Stateroom                    USD   9,900                                   Junior Suite             USD 16,400
Balcony Stateroom    USD 10,900                                   Captain Suite          USD 18,900
Balcony Suite               USD  13,900

Spirit of Antarctica           09 - 20 Nov 2019               12 days     (Ushuaia - Ushuaia)

Stateroom                    USD   9,900                                   Junior Suite             USD 16,400
Balcony Stateroom    USD 10,900                                   Captain Suite          USD 18,900
Balcony Suite               USD  13,900

Spirit of Antarctica           19 - 30 Nov 2019               12 days     (Ushuaia - Ushuaia)

Stateroom                    USD   9,900                                   Junior Suite             USD 16,400
Balcony Stateroom    USD 10,900                                   Captain Suite          USD 18,900
Balcony Suite               USD  13,900

South Georgia & Antarctica    29 Nov – 18 Dec 2019     20 days     (Ushuaia - Ushuaia)

Stateroom                    USD  17,800                                   Junior Suite             USD 29,400
Balcony Stateroom    USD 19,500                                   Captain Suite          USD 33,800
Balcony Suite               USD  24,900

Christmas in Antarctica    17 - 29 Dec 2019               13 days     (Ushuaia – Ushuaia)

Stateroom                    USD  11,200                                   Junior Suite             USD 18,500
Balcony Stateroom    USD 12,300                                  Captain Suite          USD 21,400
Balcony Suite               USD 15,700

South Georgia & Antarctica    28 Dec 2019 - 17 Jan 2020   21 days    (Ushuaia - Ushuaia)

Stateroom                    USD  18,700                                   Junior Suite             USD 30,900
Balcony Stateroom    USD 20,500                                  Captain Suite          USD 35,600
Balcony Suite               USD  26,200

Antarctic Explorer          16 - 27 Jan 2020               12 days     sail/fly     (Ushuaia - Punta Arenas^^)

Stateroom                    USD  9,700                                   Junior Suite             USD 16,000
Balcony Stateroom    USD 10,600                                  Captain Suite          USD 18,400
Balcony Suite               USD  13,600 

Antarctic Explorer          25 Jan - 04 Feb 2020           11 days     fly/sail    (Punta Arenas^ - Ushuaia)

Stateroom                    USD  9,700                                   Junior Suite             USD 16,000
Balcony Stateroom    USD 10,600                                  Captain Suite          USD 18,400
Balcony Suite               USD  13,600 

Across the Circle*          03 - 15 Feb 2020               13 days     (Ushuaia - Ushuaia)

Stateroom                    USD 11,600                                   Junior Suite             USD 19,200
Balcony Stateroom    USD 12,700                                 Captain Suite          USD 22,100
Balcony Suite               USD  16,300

Across the Circle*          14 - 26 Feb 2020               13 days     sail/fly    (Ushuaia - Punta Arenas^^)

Stateroom                    USD 10,700                                   Junior Suite             USD 17,600
Balcony Stateroom    USD 11,700                                    Captain Suite          USD 20,300
Balcony Suite               USD  14,900

Antarctic Explorer*          24 Feb - 05 Mar 2020     11 days    fly/fly    (Punta Arenas - Punta Arenas^^^)

Stateroom                    USD  8,400                                   Junior Suite             USD 13,900
Balcony Stateroom    USD 9,200                                    Captain Suite          USD 16,000
Balcony Suite               USD  11,800 

Wild Antarctica               03 - 15 Mar 2020                 13 days     fly/sail   (Punta Arenas^ - Ushuaia)

Stateroom                    USD  11,200                                   Junior Suite             USD 18,500
Balcony Stateroom    USD 12,300                                  Captain Suite          USD 21,400
Balcony Suite               USD  15,700 

South Georgia & Antarctica    14 Mar - 03 Apr 2020    21 days    (Ushuaia - Ushuaia)

Stateroom                    USD  17,700                                   Junior Suite             USD 29,200
Balcony Stateroom    USD 19,400                                   Captain Suite          USD 33,600
Balcony Suite               USD  24,800


Prices per person. Please always contact us for the latest offers and availability


* Option Dive Package  USD  1,200 / Snorkel Package USD 800

^ include a one-way flight from Punta Arenas to King George Island, transfer from Punta Anrenas hotel to airport

^^ include a one-way flight from King George Island to Punta Arenas; transfer from Punta Arenas airport to hotel, one night post voyage accommodation in Punta Arenas incl breakfast.

^^^ includes return charter flight between Punta Arenas and King George Island, return transfers from Punta Arenas hotel to airport, one night post voyage accommodation in Punta Arenas incl breakfast.





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