There are only a handful of places in this world that offer the most spectacular wildlife experiences imaginable. A safari in Africa is one. A cruise around the Galapagos Islands is another. But nowhere else boasts true remoteness and splendour quite like a wildlife expedition to Antarctica.
The landscapes of the white continent are the initial source of unrivalled awe encountered in Antarctica, yet it is the wildlife that will forever stay in your memory.
When we travelled to Antarctica with One Ocean Expeditions we knew we were going to experience something magnificent. As one of the last truly wild regions on the planet, it was a destination that enticed more excitement than we had ever felt before.
After the two days spent crossing the Drake Passage we finally made it to the Antarctic Peninsula. From the moment the sun rose over the snow-capped peaks we caught our first glimpse of some of the remarkable species that call Antarctica home – gentoo penguins, minke whales, crabeater seals and countless birds. And that was just the beginning.
For the next 6 days we got up close and personal with the wildlife, and our appreciation for beauty of the animal world has never been the same since.
The world class naturalists, whale specialists and ornithologist onboard with One Ocean Expeditions spent endless hours sharing every piece of information they could about the creatures we were encountering. Their knowledge greatly enhanced our experience with the wildlife in Antarctica, and we can’t thank them enough for this.
It was a trip we will never forget. These are some of our favourite wildlife encounters that we experienced in Antarctica.
Our trip to Antarctica was made possible thanks to our partnership with One Ocean Expeditions. All thoughts, opinions and close encounters with humpback whales are, as always, our own.
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