Whalers Bay
Whalers Bay
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Irene Eng
New York City, New York
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Deception Island is the caldera of an active volcano, that had ruined the scientific stations in 1967 and 1969. Because of its natural harbor, it was a whaling station, hence the name. Argentina and Spain have their research station during the summer months, but it's administered under the Antarctic Treaty System. Each year, it sees about 15,000 tourists. Walk the beach, visit the ruins, climb up to Neptune's window for the vintage view. I saw the cutest seal, playing hide and seek with me.

Waking up to a rather overcast skies, I went to the bow and took some spectacular videos. As we sail into Whalers Bay, the scenery is even more beautiful and tranquil. It did perk me up - for more than two weeks on the ship, I was a little weary.

I would love to go kayaking one more time but it was canceled due to the weather. By 10:20am, the wind was picking up, that forced us to return to the ship earlier than planed.
Written 11 April 2024
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RandyRoss
Ridgetown, Canada
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
It was our fourth and final day in Antarctica and we had made it to Deception Island in time for sunset. This island is still an active volcano, with its center a caldera called Whaler's Bay, probably because it was a safe harbour for whaling ships. The ruins from a whaling station, abandoned years ago still remain, although we did not see it. The sunset here was amazing but it was very cold and windy. . According to our captain, the wind was gusting to 65 knots (75 mph).
Written 20 April 2020
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VAPilot
Vienna, VA
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Arrived here on a cruise ship. Whalers Bay is inside the caldera of a volcano that was last active in 1969, so you can still see the steam rising from the waters of the bay and smell the sulphur. Ships enter the caldera through a break in the caldera rim named "Neptune's Bellows." A short boat tide brought us to the rocky beach. Some Gentoo penguins were swimming in the bay and seen on the beach. A lone Wedell seal was also on the beach. A hike south along the beach followed up a steepish climb takes you to a fairly wide crack in a cliff named "Neptune's Window" from which you can see a sliver of a black (basaltic) sand beach about 150 ft below along with lots of birds. Quite nice, but not a patch on Glass Window Bridge in the Bahamas (Eleuthra) or the black sand beaches of South Iceland. Still, a good opportunity to see Antarctic wildlife plus multiple other natural phenomena seen elsewhere. Whalers Bay has a number of ruined buildings which are the remains of a British research station. An old aircraft hangar and several derelict buildings can be seen. Visitors are not allowed to enter these but can view them from outside. North along the beach is a steep climb to a vantage point named "Ronald's Hill." Good for a few hikes and some exposure to Antarctic wildlife but other locations in Antarctica offer much more!
Written 4 December 2019
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