Join me on an unforgettable Antarctic Photography adventure aboard the Ocean Endeavour with Chimu Adventures and Sony Australia. For 12 days, we’ll explore the Antarctic Peninsula, focusing on the “Best of Antarctica: Whale Discovery” expedition, at the cost of A$11,790.00 per person, twin berth (other cabin options available*), departing from Ushuaia.
Register now! We’re seeking 5-9 intrepid adventurers and photographers to join this special expedition, capturing the peak of the whales’ feeding season, exploring epic landscapes, and encountering penguins, seals, and birds. Expertly guided by the Chimu Expedition team, we’ll use Zodiacs for photography sessions and land on Antarctica.
Led by Jay, with 2 seasons experience in Antarctica, and decades of photography teaching, you’ll refine your craft and capture emotive images. Express your interest, and a Chimu Adventures consultant will handle your booking, flights, and trip preparations. Don’t miss this extraordinary journey to the wildest continent on earth!
This expedition caters to both photographers and adventure seekers, offering exclusive access to our Zodiac for an intimate Antarctic experience. Photographers will benefit from expert guidance, ensuring optimal positioning for once-in-a-lifetime shots. Non-photographers can learn smartphone photography or try their hand with a modern mirrorless camera. Consider being our talent for some social media-worthy images!
Focused on our Cetacean friends, we’ll encounter Humpback, Minke, Orca, and Southern Right Whales during the peak feeding cycle. Witness Baleen whales feeding on Krill and actively contribute to citizen science with whale and seal identification.
Landings on Antarctica provide a chance to check off the 7th continent. Explore colonies of Gentoo, Adelie, and Chinstrap penguins, along with Blue-eyed Shags and Antarctic Terns. Encounter seals such as Weddell, Leopard, Crabeaters, and Fur seals. Navigate mirror-like waters, brash ice flows, and stunning icebergs, expertly guided through sheltered bays and coves. There’s even a possibility of visiting the famous Penguin Post Office at Port Lockroy. Join us for an immersive journey into the wonders of Antarctica! Seize the opportunity to capture extraordinary moments and contribute to the exploration of this incredible environment. Reserve your spot now for a truly unforgettable experience!
Day 1 - Ushuaia
This epic adventure begins at the Icebreaker, meeting at your hotel in Ushuaia to run through embarkation and meet some of the team who will take care of you for your journey. If you are in Ushuaia early enough, there may be chance to take in this delightful port town, hidden away in Tierra Del Fuego, and perhaps take in a short tour of nearby Tierra Del Fuego, or even the End of the World Train.
Day 2 - Embarkation
Sees you embarking the Ocean Endeavour, checking in and getting into your cabin, unpack your luggage, and don your complimentary expedition puffy jacket. We depart the pier in Ushuaia in the evening, making our way along the Beagle channel heading away from Tierra Del Fuego and South America. After the necessary safety and evacuation drills, you have plenty of time to explore the Ocean Endeavour, or just relax in one of the may lounge areas before your first dinner aboard, an A La Carte menu or Buffet, a real introduction to the incredibly high quality food you will be fed. Time to spend on the deck as the setting sun lights up the mountain ranges behind as we head into the infamous Drake Passage. Retiring to your comfortable cabin for a night sleep will be important, because the next few days will be jam packed full of adventure.
Day 3 & 4 - The Drake Passage
Day 3 & 4 are sea days, depending on conditions. After waking for a sumptuous buffet breakfast in the restaurant, you can head to the decks. For some, the Drake Passage can be daunting, the most dangerous sea crossing in the world. But it also holds opportunities for us to get on deck and photograph the giant sea birds who follow the ship as it makes its way into Antarctica. Petrels, Albatross and Prions are all common visitors as we roll around on the rough ocean waters, you get your sea legs very quickly. A few mandatory briefings to run you through the expedition and the “rules” of visiting Antarctica, and then time to exchange your puffy jacket for a different size, and the head to the Mud Room, the area where all your boots, jackets and waterproofs are stored for the duration of the trip. Biosecurity checks on the gear you take ashore is also carried out to make sure you didn’t “pack a pest” paying attention to seeds that might be caught in your Velcro, and there’s no loose fabric that can be detached and lost. Keep an watchful eye out for the 1st Iceberg!! By the end of Day 3, we will be approaching the Antarctic peninsula.
Day 5 + - Antarctic Peninsula
Day 5, 6, 7, 8 & 9 is where you adventure really begins. Zodiac cruises, Ship Cruises and landings on Antarctica get you close to the wildlife, the landscape, the icebergs, and everything else Antarctica will throw at you. It truly is a place where the senses can be overloaded with the sublime scenery, whale encounters, seals and penguins, as well as the excitement of Expedition cruising. Even for some the joy of standing on what may be your 7th continent. With 2 operations per day crammed in morning and afternoon, plus all the opportunities to capture the wilds of Antarctica from the deck of the ship as we cruise between locations, you will truly get a sense of how desolate, how lonely, but just how sublime and beautiful Antarctica truly is. We will depart Antarctica in the evening on Day 9, cruising back into the Drake Passage heading North.
Day 10 & 11- Return to Ushuaia
Day 10 & 11 we will be back into the Drake, gradually cruising through the rolling ocean to return to Ushuaia. But as sad as leaving Antarctica behind is, these days there will be more presentations from the Expedition team, plenty of time on deck photographing more of those giant sea birds, or even just some time to sift through all those photos you have taken with guidance from me on editing. We will put together a small show of our images from the trip to present to the ret of the guests aboard.
Day 12 - Disembarkation
Day 12 is where we say goodbye. Disembarking the Ocean Endeavour.
The Ocean Endeavour, equipped with icebreaker-class capabilities, is a top choice for Antarctic exploration. It offers a 4-star hotel ambiance, various cabin options, and well-appointed rooms with ensuite cruise ship bathrooms for your comfort.
The attentive crew ensures a seamless experience. Enjoy daily room cleaning, turn-down service, and a dining experience with three meals a day, including continuous offerings of cookies, tea, and coffee. The well-stocked bar adds to the charm.
The ship features comfortable spaces such as lounges, a jacuzzi with a view, gym, sauna, day spa, and a wellness program with yoga sessions. Take in ocean views on the expansive deck.
Between landings, engage in activities and learning opportunities. Explore the polar library, attend onboard presentations by expert guides covering ornithology, whales, history, geology, and citizen science. Briefings, recaps, games, music, and talent nights create a lively and social atmosphere.
Having experienced five cruises in 2022 and 2023, I assure you that this Antarctic voyage by Chimu Adventures offers all you desire. Seize the opportunity to witness Antarctica’s beauty amid potential changes from climate threats. Don’t miss out—sign up now for this extraordinary journey. Antarctica awaits, and the time to experience its wonders is now!
Set sail with BEST OF ANTARCTICA: WHALE DISCOVERY aboard the Ocean Endeavour a small expedition ship taking a maximum of 200 passengers. The ship carries 20 zodiacs for exploration and remote landings and offers additional activities such as Day Paddle ( must be pre-booked/limited spaces ), snowshoeing, and hiking, all designed to enhance your polar experience. This small, well-appointed expedition ship allows you to explore the world’s remotest regions while enjoying the class and comfort of a hotel.
This immersive journey will take you from Ushuaia at the base of South America, across the Drake Passage, via the South Shetland Islands and onto the stunning Antarctic Peninsula, where your interactive experiences will expand your mind in ways you never thought possible.
The focus we have with our onboard activities and high-level Expedition Guides is the reason you will choose our ship. We have curated the best Expedition Staff in the business!
We anticipate very strong interest in this special interest photography-based cruise and are taking bookings with many interested like minded passengers now.
|What you can expect aboard
|* Lectures by our expert expedition team
* Daily recaps from the Expedition leaders
* Open bridge policy
* A commitment to Antarctic science and onboard research you can participate in
* Carbon offsetting
* New standards of Health and Safety aboard
|What you can expect to witness during this departure in March 2025…
|* This is the best time for whale- watching
* Ice allows exploration further south along the Peninsula
* Penguin colonies display adult birds fetching krill and feeding their chicks
* Fur seals most common along the Antarctic Peninsula
* Penguin chicks begin to fledge
|* Hotel & Cabin onboard
* All meals aboard the Ocean Endeavour
* Onboard lecture program from Expedition Guides and Naturalists
* All applicable shore landings and zodiac cruises
* Loan of boots and waterproof outer shell
* Insulated inner jacket (yours to keep)
* Applicable Airport/Hotel Transfers
* Port Taxes and Landing Fees
|* International or Internal flights (unless specified)
* Unspecified airport transfers, taxes and excess baggage charges
* Pre or post cruise travel expenses
* Visa and passport fees
* Travel Insurance (compulsory)
* Fuel surcharge that may be applied to all bookings
* Additional adventure options or personal expenses
* Laundry & communication charges
* Gratuities for Expedition team and crew
* Single supplement fees
|Expected Route Map
|CAT 1 – Single Cabin
|AUD 12,750 ( USD 8,540 )
|CAT 2 – Triple Cabin
|AUD 10,022 ( USD 6,715 )
|CAT 3 – Twin Interior
|AUD 10,591 ( USD 7,095 )
|CAT 4 – Twin Porthole
|AUD 11,161 ( USD 7,480 )
|CAT 4A – Single Porthole
|AUD 16,176 ( USD 10,835 )
|CAT 5 – Twin/Double Main Cabin
|AUD 11,730 ( USD 7,860 )
|CAT 5A – Single Main Cabin
|AUD 17,825 ( USD 11,940 )
|CAT 6 – Comfort Twin
|AUD 12,308 ( USD 8,245 )
|CAT 7 – Select Twin
|AUD 13,260 ( USD 8,880 )
|CAT 8 – Superior Twin/Double
|AUD 13,072 ( USD 8,760 )
|CAT 9 – Junior Suite Double
|AUD 13,968 ( USD 9,360 )
|CAT 10 – Owners Suite Double
|AUD 15,224 ( USD 10,200 )
Price are supplied by Chimu Adventures and subject to change.