Diving with Leopard Seals

Meet this powerful predator in the icy waters of Antarctica.


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Diving with Leopard Seals in Antarctica

Antarctica leopard seal diving

Photo: Bartosz Strozynski


Seeing a playful leopard seal appear from out of the blue is the ultimate highlight of Antarctic diving.

These magnificent creatures are graceful and powerful predators that are known for their distinctive behavior towards divers.

With their sleek bodies and distinctive spotted coats, leopard seals are a mesmerizing sight as they glide effortlessly through the icy depths.

February and March mark the peak season for such encounters when leopard seals are more actively exploring the Antarctic waters.

The backdrop of pristine, ice-strewn landscapes and crystal-clear waters further enhances the awe-inspiring nature of this adventure.


Diving with Leopard Seals in Antarctica

Photo: Becky Kagan Schott


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How To Dive With Leopard Seals in Antarctica

Travelers need to join specialized expedition teams with a focus on polar exploration.

Several reputable tour operators, such as Whale Watching Expeditions or Ocean Expeditions, organize guided trips that include diving opportunities with leopard seals.

Most expeditions set off from Ushuaia, Argentina. Travelers board ice-strengthened vessels equipped for polar conditions, ensuring a safe and comfortable passage to the Antarctic Peninsula.

These voyages often involve skilled guides, marine biologists, and seasoned dive instructors who provide essential insights into the region's unique ecosystems.

Diving with leopard seals requires advanced scuba skills due to the challenging icy waters, and participants should be well-prepared with appropriate gear and training.


We hope your travels take you in this direction very soon.

Until then - keep exploring!

- Amanda