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Antarctica is considered by one of the most inaccessible places on Earth. Only a fortunate few – scientists and explorers in the main – have experienced this magical place, but we can help you unearth ground-breaking and incredibly exciting experiences for the first time.

What kind of experiences are there to enjoy on luxury yacht charters in Antarctica?

Working with members of IAATO (International Association of Antarctic Travel Operators), YACHTZOO are able to create and deliver unrivalled polar yacht expeditions with world class guides and expedition leaders.

Of 17 penguin species worldwide, seven are found in Antarctica, four of these live and nest on and around the Antarctic continent and a further three live, and nest, on Antarctic and sub-Antarctic islands.

During your time in Antarctica you will have the opportunity to visit various colonies, including Gentoo, Emperor, Adelie and Chinstrap Penguins.

Due to the changeable nature of the area, nothing is ever guaranteed but the route will be planned to give every opportunity to see as many as possible.

We will arrange for naturalists to escort you ashore and instruct you in how to observe them in a responsible manner. Take part in Citizen Science projects that will give you the chance to follow ‘your’ penguin as it moves around the area from the comfort of your home.

Take a sea kayak with a personal instructor and guide and explore the inlets along the cruise route. You are likely to encounter Leopard and Elephant Seals as well as Sea Lions.

You will be well grounded in the safety and etiquette for approaching seals by your expedition leaders and can rest assured that all wildlife encounters will be responsible and non-invasive, in accordance to IAATO guidelines.

Schedule permitting, you will visit one of the numerous scientific research stations in the area. Take the chance to learn more about the age of exploration and science that is still alive and well here on the Southern Continent.

Using RIB tenders, the crew will land you on remote shores and isolated ridges to explore with your guides. Explore historic sites and abandoned wrecks, left behind and preserved by the cold. Climb the ridges and enjoy the fjord-like areas, next to glaciers tumbling into the waters. Kayak around wrecks of old whaling vessels and learn about the history of the region through the eyes of those who ventured here in the past.

When you think of Antarctica, a plunge into the coldest waters on the planet may not be exactly what you had in mind! And stripping down to your swimwear might not seem like the most sensible thing to do… For the very brave, you can take a dip in the geothermic shallows of a secluded cove. Warm robes are only steps away once you are back onboard and your crew will be standing by with hot
drinks.

When to go?

The season for the Antarctic Peninsular is short, from December through to February.

Where to visit on a trip to Antarctica?

Due to the constantly changing weather and terrain on the Southern Continent, all plans are, by their nature, subject to change. That being said, a charter in Antarctica can start in King George Island by private plane from Punta Arenas or Ushuiaa – for those who have crossing the infamous Drake Passage on their bucket list!

Major yachting ports in Antarctica?

King George Island is the main pick up point for vessels but is by no means a yachting port! Most vessels stick to Punta Arenas and Ushuaia.