Expeditions

Wildlife Encounters

ANTARCTICA AND SOUTH GEORGIA

 

JOIN INTERNATIONAL AWARD-WINNING WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHER SCOTT PORTELLI AND JOANNA LENTINI IN MARCH OF 2018 FOR A PHOTOGRAPHY AND TREKKING TOUR

Ever thought about coming face to face with leopard seals, penguins, whales or just exploring the landscape and it’s natural wonders? Antarctica is the most remote destination on the planet. Here you can find abundant wildlife, massive icebergs the size of cities, spectacular untouched mountain ranges, and whales gliding by in search of food. Penguins huddle together in the thousands and seals play in the nutrient-rich southern ocean. This is a photographer’s paradise.

In March 2018, we are running a 17-day trekking and photography trip to Antarctica—the last remaining wilderness on the planet.

This is an exclusive trip with a maximum of 10 guests

We hope to retrace Ernest Shackleton’s heroic journey to save his men, explore fossil-rich islands, and historical huts. Then we will move on through waters where blue, sei and fin whales roam. Finally, we will explore South Georgia Island which offers nesting albatross, mating elephant seals, the world’s largest king penguin rookeries and a visit to Shackleton’s grave.

Dates: 7 to 24 March 2018

Duration: 17 nights/18 days| Fly/Sail

Start: Ushuaia, Argentina

Finish: Either Santiago, Chile or Punta Arenas, Chile (fly from Stanley, Falklands/Malvinas)

Ship: Polar Pioneer

Activities: Sea Kayaking (From US $1325pp), South Georgia Alpine Crossing (From US $1250pp)

Expedition Highlights

  • Vast tabular icebergs in the Weddell Sea
  • Historic huts and whaling history
  • Attempt to land at Elephant Island
  • Fur seals, albatross & thousands of King penguins
  • Shackleton Alpine Crossing (surcharge applies)

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Image © Scott Portelli

 


SEA OF CORTEZ

JOIN ALEXANDRA ROSE AND JOANNA LENTINI IN OCTOBER OF 2017 FOR EPIC MARINE LIFE ENCOUNTERS IN THE SEA OF CORTEZ

Imagine coming face to face with California sea lion pups, whale sharks, and mobula rays all in the matter of one week! Now imagine, camping under the stars and exploring one of the Baja Peninsula’s most treasured natural wonders. The Sea of Cortez is a playground for ocean enthusiasts. Here you can find abundant wildlife, and turquoise bays surrounded by spectacular, terra cotta colored mountain ranges. On your way to and from dive sites, pods of dolphins, and whales glide by in search of food—while mobulas can be spotted hurling themselves out of the sea and into the air. And seabirds patrol the air. This is the ocean lover’s realm.

In October 2017, we are running a 7-day snorkel, dive, and photography trip to La Paz, Mexico—at the southeastern tip of Baja California. Join underwater and wildlife photographers, Alex Rose and Joanna Lentini on this epic adventure.

A MAXIMUM OF 12 GUESTS

Dates: October 2018

Duration: 6 nights/7 days

Destination: La Paz, Mexico

Cost: 2,350 USD

Deposit: $1,000 USD (via Paypal)

Getting there: Fly in to either La Paz via Mexico City or fly into Cabo San Lucas and transfer by air-conditioned shuttle with wifi to La Paz—about 2 hours.

Operator: Cortez Expeditions/Fun Baja

Activities: Two nights camping at Isla Espiritu National Reserve, one day swimming with whale sharks, night dives/snorkels with mobulas, diving/snorkeling with California sea lions at Los Islotes, and many photography opportunities.

Included: Four nights accommodations at Seven Crown La Paz Centro Hotel, two nights accommodations and all meals at campsite, boat charter, park fees, guides, tanks and weights provided, all diving/snorkeling, and daily transfers between hotel and marina, photography talks.

Not Included: Tips, alcohol, dive/snorkel equipment rental

Underwater or Topside Photography Instruction Available — Please Inquire

Itinerary:

  • Day 1—Arrive in La Paz and check in to Seven Crown La Paz Centro Hotel/Group dinner in La Paz
  • Day 2—Morning departure for sea lion colony at Los Islotes for a full day of in water encounters
  • Day 3—Morning departure for sea lion colony at Los Islotes for a full day of in water encounters
  • Day 4—Early morning check out of hotel, leave for campground via boat/Afternoon looking for whale sharks/Evening night snorkeling or diving with mobula rays in shallow bay beside campground/Astro photography
  • Day 5—Whale sharks and mobula rays—the sea lion colony is nearby so that is a possibility based upon the groups interest/Evening night snorkeling or diving with mobula rays/Astro photography
  • Day 6—Check out of campground, one last swim with the sea lions, then slowly head back to La Paz/Final night at Seven Crown La Paz Centro
  • Day 7—Flights home…

Please note: The campsite is situated on a picturesque, turquoise bay and has solar powered electricity, running showers, and flushing toilets. And while October is the best time of the year for marine life encounters in this region the only guarantee we can provide is for the sea lion encounters—as they are permanent residents—however, it is highly likely we will see the others mentioned above.

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