BAFFIN ISLAND DIVE SAFARI
ABOUT BAFFIN ISLAND DIVE SAFARI
Location: Pond Inlet, Nunavut, Canada
Imagine yourself under the vast and silent skies of the high Arctic with the midnight sun bathing passing icebergs in a warm glow as narwhal swims by. This is the ultimate Arctic diving experience. Enter a world, unlike anything you have ever imagined. Icebergs, drifting pack ice, seal holes, ice floe cracks, and the Arctic sea floor offer a variety of exceptional Arctic diving opportunities that never cease to amaze. The intriguing ice formations along with the fascinating wildlife you may encounter both above and below water will leave you feeling exhilarated and thrilled that with each passing day, your dives continue to enthrall.
- Dive in the most incredible ice formations found anywhere on the planet – pack ice, cracks, and Arctic sea floor, and if conditions permit grounded icebergs.
- View a vast array of wildlife at the floe edge during their annual migration, including narwhal, bowhead whales, and polar bears.
- Settle into a high-end safari-style tented base camp on the sea ice; the only one of its kind in the world.
- Touch and climb icebergs or even drink from glacier melt-water as it flows into the sea.
- Visit the Bylot Island Migratory Bird Sanctuary, which attracts over 20,000 birds (ice conditions permitting).
- Dive in a world where the sun never sets.
- After a full day of excellent Arctic diving, retreat to our safari-style ice camp on the pack ice.
Nestled between the majestic mountains of north Baffin Island and Bylot Island near Sirmilik National Park, you’ll encounter the abundant wildlife that congregates along the ice edge. The spring floe edge is a fascinating ecosystem where wildlife thrives. At this time of year, you may see pods of narwhal resting only meters from the ice edge, their misty breath sparkling in the 24-hour sun. In addition, you’ll have a good chance of seeing polar bears, a variety of species of seals, an incredible variety of sea birds including Thick-billed Murres, Kittiwakes, Guillemots, and Ivory Gulls. Bowhead and beluga whales also frequent this area.
ACCOMMODATIONS: Premium Safari Camp
Inspired by African mobile safari camps, the Premium Safari Camp brings elegance and comfort to the Arctic.The modern, specially designed yurt-style safari camp structures have double walls with insulation to provide a warm and inviting home away from home in one of the world’s most remote, yet breathtaking places.
Sleep quarters are spacious and warm with over 10’ cathedral ceilings. The yurt-style safari sleep structures are 16’ in diameter and are entered via a lockable door. Configurations with either two twin beds or one king size bed are available. Each bed is complete with mattress duvets, pillows, and a warm comforter. No detail has been overlooked – from large windows that give a 360-degree view, to coat hooks, cozy rugs, and heaters for those that would like it a little toastier, our Premium Safari Camp provides the perfect home away from home.
Other Premium Safari Camp Features:
- Large and spacious dining/lounge area with central fireplace, stove, and 24-hour buffet with snacks and drinks.
- Shared washroom facility with on demand hot water sinks and showers.
- This camp may be set up on land or directly on ice, depending on location and time of year.
Note: Camp configuration & accommodations may be changed due to logistical or environmental considerations beyond our control.
DAY 1: This dive safari begins in Pond Inlet. Ask us about our flight packages from Ottawa. You will change planes in Iqaluit continuing to Pond Inlet. In Pond Inlet, you will be welcomed by an Arctic Kingdom representative and transferred to your hotel. After settling in, enjoy a welcome dinner followed by a briefing and gear check. The remainder of the evening will be yours to relax, enjoy, and explore Pond Inlet or photography the not too distant mountains of Bylot Island glowing under a midnight sun.?
DAY 2: After breakfast, meet your guides on the beach in preparation for our departure to Southeast Bylot Island and the floe edge. We will travel by snowmobile and qamutik (a traditional Inuit sled) across the sea ice. Along the way we’ll make tea-stops at historic grave sites, hanging glaciers, and abandoned whaling stations and hunting cabins. The final destination will be the ice floe edge where a base camp will be set up on pack ice.
DAYS 3-6: The next few days will be spent reveling in some of the best diving you’ll ever experience. A program of progressive dives, will deliver new experiences every day as you become more comfortable with this unique underwater environment. Explore the Arctic sea floor to discover urchins, starfish, and glittering jellyfish. Witness the surreal world of blue and turquoise juxtaposed with the black depths below. This is an underwater photographer’s paradise.
Above the water and on land, you’ll experience other spectacular scenes and exciting adventures. Expect to see icebergs, ‘bergy-bits’, and drifting pack ice with playful seals poking their heads up out of the water to look directly at you. On the floe-edge, the likelihood is high that you will see narwhals, bowhead, polar bears on the prowl. and seals sunning themselves. You could see walrus and beluga.
Bylot Island’s uplands are home to Arctic foxes and hares, weasels, collared lemmings, Snowy Owls, Rough-legged Hawks, and Gyrfalcons. Migratory birds can also be seen in abundance. Pure white Ivory Gulls, gaudy King Eider Ducks, low flying Northern Fulmars, Thick-billed Murres, Kittiwakes, and Greater Snow Geese (kanguq) are just a few of the bird species known to frequent the area. You will have the opportunity to track land mammals, visit ancient Thule sites, and learn about the history of the area. Plenty of time will also be provided for unhurried observation and photography.
DAY 7: After breakfast, depart camp by qamutiq and snowmobile for your return journey to Pond Inlet. Lunch will be in Pond Inlet, where you will change from your expedition clothing to your travel clothing. If you have purchased our flight package from Ottawa to Pond Inlet and back, we will transfer you to the airport for the flight to Iqaluit, were you spend the night at a hotel. (The accommodation in Iqaluit is included in the trip package price.)
DAY 8: Breakfast at the hotel. If you have purchased our optional flight package we transfer you to the Iqaluit Airport for your morning flight to Ottawa.
This itinerary is intended to be representative only as weather and wildlife conditions play a large role in dictating our daily movements and activities. It is important to have a spirit of flexibility when traveling to any Arctic location.
SCHEDULE 2017 Trip Length8 Days / 7 Nights
- May 21 – 28 /17
- $11,995 USD + $599.75 USD in taxes from Pond Inlet Based on double occupancy
SGL Supplement 1.8. Request to share when booking. You will not pay the single supplement.Air Package
- Air Package Return flights from Ottawa (YOW) to Pond Inlet (YIO) USD $3,160 + $410.80 in taxes. As there are a limited number of seats available that conveniently connect with our trip departure dates, we encourage you to book and pay for this flight package at the same time as you book your trip. Prices are in USD.
- Group Size 6
- Services of Inuit guides, Arctic Kingdom expedition staff and Dive Supervisor
- All land transportation for duration of trip
- All accommodations from Pond Inlet (1 night in Pond Inlet; 5 nights in a Premium Safari Camp and 1 night in Iqaluit)
- All meals while at the camp, a welcome dinner in Pond Inlet, a lunch in Pond Inlet and breakfast and dinner in Iqaluit
- Airport transfers in Pond Inlet
- Dive equipment including tanks, pony bottles, weights, weight belt, harness, dive regulators, all ice dive safety equipment, and remote DAN O2 kit (Drysuit and personal dive equipment may be available upon request)
- Unlimited use of kayaks
- Please note: Minimum requirement for participation is Advanced Openwater for PADI certification.
What´s not Included:
- Return flight to Pond Inlet from Ottawa (ask us about our special rates)
- Accommodation in Ottawa
- Tips, gratuities, personal expenses
- Travel, medical and evacuation insurance coverage
- Additional costs associated with weather and/or layovers in Pond Inlet, Iqaluit or Ottawa
RESERVATION AND PAYMENT
A deposit is required to confirm your reservation. The amount of deposit is specific to the type of trip booked:
- Scheduled Expeditions: USD$2000 deposit to confirm the reservation and final payment due 120 days prior to departure.
- Private Expeditions: The amount of deposit is determined upon acceptance of the trip quotation. To confirm a reservation the deposit must be paid. Final payment due 120 days prior to departure. Arctic Kingdom reserve the right to invoice interim payments to cover custom components that require advance payments prior to 120 days before departure. All payments are in US dollars.
- Getaways: CDN$500 deposit to confirm the reservation and final payment due 90 prior to departure.
- Iqaluit Day Tours: Full payment in Canadian dollars is due at the time of booking.