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Paradise Bay
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Paradise Bay

Paradise Bay is a sheltered bay located in the Antarctic Peninsula, on the northern tip of the continent. The bay is situated on the western side of the Antarctic Peninsula, between the Gerlache Strait and the Antarctic Sound. It is surrounded by towering mountains, glaciers, and icebergs, and is home to a large number of seals, penguins, and other wildlife.

Paradise Bay has been an important site for exploration and scientific research since the early 20th century. In 1903, the Swedish Antarctic Expedition led by Otto Nordenskjold visited the bay and named it “Paradisbukten”. In 1911, the British Antarctic Expedition led by Robert Falcon Scott explored the bay and named it “Paradise Harbor”. In 1915, the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition led by Ernest Shackleton arrived in the bay and named it “Paradise Bay”.

Paradise Bay has also been the site of several important historical events. In March of 1948, the British research vessel HMS Protector arrived in the bay and became the first vessel to circumnavigate Antarctica. In December of 1971, the Argentine Navy vessel ARA Bahia Paraiso became the first vessel to sail into the bay under the Argentine flag. In March of 1991, the Chilean Navy vessel Yelcho became the first vessel to reach the Southern Pole of Inaccessibility, located in the bay.

Today, Paradise Bay remains an important site for scientific research and exploration. It is home to several research stations operated by various countries, including the British Antarctic Survey’s Rothera Research Station, the Chilean Antarctic Institute’s Frei Base, and the Argentine Navy’s Almirante Brown Station. The bay is also popular among tourists, who come to see the stunning scenery and wildlife.

Excursion tips for a day in Paradise Bay

As a tourist in Paradise Bay in Antarctica, there are many exciting activities to experience in a single day. Here are some of the possibilities:

1. Take a scenic boat tour of the bay to observe the majestic glaciers and icebergs.
2. Visit the local penguin colony and watch them waddle around and feed their young.
3. Go whale watching and spot some of the many species of whales that inhabit the area.
4. Take a kayak tour and explore the hidden coves and inlets of the bay.
5. Go hiking and explore the rugged terrain of the Antarctic Peninsula.
6. Visit the nearby scientific research station and learn about the ongoing research projects.
7. Take a helicopter tour and get a bird's eye view of the bay and its surrounding area.
8. Go fishing and catch some of the local species of fish, such as Patagonian toothfish.
9. Go camping and spend a night under the stars in the Antarctic wilderness.
10. Take a Zodiac tour and get up close and personal with the stunning scenery.

Experience Paradise Bay with unforgettable activities by our partner GetYourGuide. The offer is also ideal as a special gift idea for family and friends who are planning to visit Paradise Bay. Cancellations are possible up to 24h before the start of the activity (unless otherwise stated in the activity description), with a full refund of the booking price.

The climate in Paradise Bay

Paradise Bay in Antarctica experiences a cold and dry climate throughout the year, with temperatures ranging from -20°C to -2°C. During the summer months, temperatures can reach up to 10°C and there is more sunlight available for longer periods of time. During the winter months, temperatures drop to an average of -15°C and the sea freezes over. Snowfall is common throughout the year, with the amount of snowfall increasing during the winter months. The wind is strong and cold throughout the year, with the wind chill being especially severe in the winter months.

Cruise weather for Paradise Bay

Our weather forecast for Paradise Bay helps plan your stay according to the weather. For sunny days, pack light and breathable clothes, swimwear, and sunscreen. For winter weather, it's recommended to bring warm clothes, gloves, a hat, sturdy footwear, and a raincoat.

Date Icon Temperature Wind speed/gusts Cloudiness/Visibility Air humidity/pressure Sunrise/Sunset
Jul. 14th 2024 Jul. 14th 2024 max: -0.6 °C
min: -9.7 °C
47.9 m/s
82.8 m/s
90.0 %
9.3 m
88.1 %
981 hPa
Jul. 15th 2024 Jul. 15th 2024 max: -4.2 °C
min: -9.2 °C
28.1 m/s
43.9 m/s
62.4 %
17.3 m
84.5 %
992 hPa
Jul. 16th 2024 Jul. 16th 2024 max: -1.9 °C
min: -5.1 °C
31.7 m/s
49.3 m/s
99.6 %
0.2 m
95.1 %
990 hPa
Jul. 17th 2024 Jul. 17th 2024 max: -1.3 °C
min: -7.9 °C
27.0 m/s
36.4 m/s
90.9 %
2.3 m
94.2 %
984 hPa
Jul. 18th 2024 Jul. 18th 2024 max: -2.9 °C
min: -10.1 °C
45.4 m/s
65.9 m/s
72.4 %
9.6 m
83.9 %
984 hPa
Jul. 19th 2024 Jul. 19th 2024 max: -6.1 °C
min: -13.2 °C
37.8 m/s
60.8 m/s
74.0 %
6.5 m
82.8 %
982 hPa
Jul. 20th 2024 Jul. 20th 2024 max: -13.6 °C
min: -16.7 °C
15.8 m/s
24.8 m/s
17.8 %
20.8 m
84.8 %
982 hPa
Jul. 21st 2024 Jul. 21st 2024 max: -15.0 °C
min: -17.2 °C
25.1 m/s
38.6 m/s
28.1 %
20.4 m
86.0 %
981 hPa
Jul. 22nd 2024 Jul. 22nd 2024 max: -6.9 °C
min: -15.4 °C
31.2 m/s
46.1 m/s
47.2 %
17.9 m
82.3 %
991 hPa
Jul. 23rd 2024 Jul. 23rd 2024 max: -3.4 °C
min: -5.9 °C
33.8 m/s
49.0 m/s
90.4 %
2.5 m
94.2 %
980 hPa
Jul. 24th 2024 Jul. 24th 2024 max: -4.2 °C
min: -7.8 °C
10.4 m/s
14.0 m/s
43.5 %
17.2 m
83.6 %
994 hPa
Jul. 25th 2024 Jul. 25th 2024 max: -2.4 °C
min: -7.3 °C
40.0 m/s
59.4 m/s
74.8 %
11.5 m
84.0 %
992 hPa

Cruises to Paradise Bay

Would you like to travel to Paradise Bay on a cruise ship or would you just like to know when a certain ship will dock there? Here you will find an overview of the cruise ships that will be calling at the port of Paradise Bay.

Scheduled ship calls in Paradise Bay, Antarctica
Date Ship Arrival Departure Details
Dec. 30th 2024 Monday, 30th of Dec. 2024 Norwegian Star 12:00 am 12:00 am
Jan. 13th 2025 Monday, 13th of Jan. 2025 Norwegian Star 12:00 am 12:00 am
Jan. 27th 2025 Monday, 27th of Jan. 2025 Norwegian Star 12:00 am 12:00 am
Feb. 10th 2025 Monday, 10th of Feb. 2025 Norwegian Star 12:00 am 12:00 am
Feb. 26th 2025 Wednesday, 26th of Feb. 2025 Norwegian Star 12:00 am 12:00 am
Mar. 3rd 2025 Monday, 3rd of Mar. 2025 Norwegian Star 12:00 am 12:00 am
Jan. 9th 2026 Friday, 9th of Jan. 2026 Celebrity Equinox 02:30 pm 04:00 pm
Jan. 23rd 2026 Friday, 23rd of Jan. 2026 Celebrity Equinox 02:30 pm 04:00 pm
Feb. 6th 2026 Friday, 6th of Feb. 2026 Celebrity Equinox 02:30 pm 04:00 pm
Mar. 6th 2026 Friday, 6th of Mar. 2026 Norwegian Star 12:00 am 12:00 am

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