SOUTHERN RIGHT WHALE PHOTOGRAPHY AND SNORKELING
Photographing Southern Right Whales and dolphins
Peninsula, Patagonia, Argentina.
Lodge in Puerto Pyramides
photographers with snorkeling experience.
September 28 - October 5
$4950 per person double occ.
(Single Supplement $350).
accommodation in a comfortable lodge in Puerto
Pyramides, all room taxes, continental breakfast,
pack lunch and refreshments while at sea, 5 full days of whale
snorkeling, 1 full day wildlife tour of the Valdez
Peninsula and transfers from/to Trelew Airport.
Snorkeling equipment, flights,
lunch, dinner, gratuities.
The Right Whale to Snorkel
Once upon a time, right whales were hunted for their oil and
blubber. They were so easy to approach that they were known
as 'the right whale to kill'. Thankfully, those awful days
are over but the name has stuck. Right whales are still
extremely easy to get close to in the water. It is not
unusual for them to approach boats and snorkellers; trusting
their lives into your care. Coming eye to eye with this
beautiful species is an experience you will never forget.
A Typical Day among Gentle
the early morning light we will head out for our first
encounters with southern right whales. Perhaps these will be
above water; a chance to watch the whales coming to life as
the sun rises. You could photograph their spray suspended in
the sunrays and watch their interactions as they socialize.
After an hour or two at sea, we will return to shore for a
hearty breakfast at the hotel.
Once you are well fed and prepared for the day, we will
return to sea to watch more interactions. You may witness
courting behavior or mothers bonding with their calves.
Southern rights are extremely social animals both among
their own kind and with humans. It is not unusual for them
to approach boats, especially young calves that have an
When we come across friendly animals, two photographers at a
time will have a chance to slip into the water with the
whales. Unlike other species, its unusual for the whales to
retreat so you will likely have an opportunity to take many
photographs if you approach them slowly with non-threatening
will return to shore for a lunch break and then head out
once again in the afternoon for more time among Patagonia's
gentle giants, returning in the late afternoon as the sun is
Then dinner, good company, downloading images, sleep
Leave Your Dive Gear at Home but bring your Camera
whales spend a lot of time at the surface so you do not need
to scuba dive to enjoy encounters with them. This means you
can pack light and have more room for cameras and lenses!
This trip is specifically designed for serious amateur
photographers and professional photographers alike. You do
not have to bring a 'big rig' but all participants should
have an underwater camera with them.
Please note that you are not allowed to use strobes or
video lights. There are a lot of suspended particles
in the water so lighting equipment would be counterproductive
Explore the Valdez
Peninsula with us
Weather permitting, you can expect to enjoy five full days
at sea and one on land. On our land day, you are invited to
join us on a wildlife tour of Peninsula Valdez; an important
wildlife refuge and a UNESCO world heritage protected area.
peninsula is home to colonies of Magelenic penguins, herds
of guanacos and noisy sea lion and elephant seal rookeries.
Other animals you may spot as we are driving around the
peninsula include, Argentine grey foxes, rheas (ostrich-like
birds), and maras (somewhere between a guinea pig and a
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a very special encounter with southern right whales!