South Shetland Islands, Antarctica

Nov 25, 2018 - National Geographic Explorer

This morning, National Geographic Explorer entered Yankee Harbour located on Greenwich Island. It was here that we were met with beautiful early morning conditions and a welcome party of inquisitive gentoo penguins and a solitary leopard seal that was on the prowl. Hiking or Zodiac cruises were our options during our morning in Yankee Harbour, both returning guests with bright smiles and full SD cards.   

After lunch, we set sail southwest with eager anticipation of exploring Half Moon Island. Half Moon is a small island lying north of the Burgas Peninsula which forms the east extremity of Livingston Island in the South Shetlands. With blue skies and the sun shining for our final shore landing we made the most of the afternoon with a long hike which did not disappoint—we were meet with a colourful backdrop of Argentinian flags scatted among a small nearby station, nesting Antarctic terns, a sizable rookery of chinstrap penguins, and breathtaking views of the surrounding harbour and distant snow-capped mountains. 

  • Send

About the Author

Beau Price


Born on Australia’s northern beaches and raised on the coast of tropical Queensland, Beau developed his love for the ocean and all things water at an early age. Forever planning a career revolving around water, he became a PADI Divemaster before graduation and quickly climbed the ranks to become a PADI Master Instructor. During this time, Beau also became the head service technician for several companies and founded NARC’D Diving Services; a commercial diving and marine contracting business. To broaden his experience in the industry, Beau also gained accreditation to become an ADAS Commercial Diver, specializing in demolition and salvage operations. As a result, he has worked on many projects, including flood relief, military training, Hollywood film sets, documentaries and various deep ocean dive operations. Most recently, Beau has secured a coveted position within the Australian Defence Force on their Helicopter Underwater Escape Training team. In addition to his strong passion for the ocean and subsequent diving, Beau is also an avid traveller out of the water, often visiting new countries in his free time. He is proud to say he’s had the opportunity to dive on every continent.

Get our newsletter

Join us for updates, insider reports & special offers.

Privacy Policy