Charter guide to Antarctica

Charter guide to Antarctica


Located on the Southern tip of the planet lies one of the most unique destinations in the world: Antarctica. With its wild seas and beautifully unobstructed low-pressure systems, Antarctica is a frozen spectacle that deserves to be explored. For some, Antarctica is an off-limits charter destination but for others, it makes Antarctica a superyacht destination without parallel. With rich blue whales, armies of penguins, spawning leopard seals, drifting icebergs and impenetrable glacier fields, it is a richly rewarding charter destination open to only the select few.

Holding the world’s highest percentage of fresh water with up 60-90% locked in the vast ice sheet and only up to 1% permanently ice-free, Antarctica is the ideal place to explore onboard the expedition superyacht LA DATCHA (Damen, 77m). Continually surpassing expectations, the Imperial charter team organize exciting itineraries on board LA DATCHA. LA DATCHA abides by environmental protocol to maximize its protection of the Antarctic environment. Designed for global exploration, she is equipped to sail the seven seas with a level of cutting-edge technology and customization whilst the team onboard monitors weather and ice conditions to take advantage of the best opportunities.

Antarctica remains the place for dynamic exploration and research with projects ranging from ecology to life in space. Tailored to the client itinerary with safe precautions offers endless activities of a lifetime. With more than 9,000 known species, this is the best place to watch the busiest wildlife. Kayak or paddleboard through icy waters and towering icebergs or embark on a journey and look out for minke, humpback or orca whales. Antarctica is home to the Adele penguins which weigh a mere ten pounds, but can dive up to 600 feet under water. Go on an underwater adventure and explore the unreachable world on the submersible or, take a helicopter and go for a close encounter with the penguin colony. LA DATCHA also holds special equipment for excursions to mountains, skiing or helicopter assisted ski touring.

Onboard LA DATCHA, our guests can finish a tiring day of exploring by being pampered in luxury. With some of the finest, Michelin standard chef’s our charter provides guests with the highest standard of cuisine. Offering vegan and vegetarian alternatives, our charter also promises to help the environmental footprint.

With Mount Erebus being the southernmost active volcano on the planet, Antarctica is the only place in the world where you can sail into the caldera of an active volcano. A horseshoe-shaped Deception Island encircles Port Foster, a remarkable harbor. Search for a colony of Chinstrap penguins or go for a hike to Neptune’s Window. For a truly unforgettable experience, take a warm bath in the volcanic-heated water.

Further, Arctic Terns is famous for its abandoned ship. An old and thrilling story is that in 1915 someone may have knocked over an oil lamp that ignited the ship. The crew made it safely ashore however, the blazing ship slipped into the sea. Take the time to explore and examine the ship remains whilst hearing more details of this thrilling story.

Wilhelm Archipelago and the Weddell Sea are some of the best places to capture Gentoo or Emperor penguins and Leopard seals from the deck. Disembark from the yacht to hike up the surrounding mountains, or go through the Gullet – a narrow passage surrounded by mountainous scenery and elephant seal colonies. 

After an exciting day of endless discoveries, why not round it up with some subliminal stargazing? With no light pollution onboard LA DATCHA, when darkness falls guests can see the night sky lit up with more stars imaginable. Enjoy stunning views of the Milky Way and the Southern Lights from the comfort of LA DATCHA.

Our charter department will help you book your Antarctica exploration trip! It will be an experience with an itinerary that you will not forget.

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