YOU'VE cut your teeth on major ocean voyages - you wouldn't be seen dead on a sampler!
Okay tough guy - we're not beat yet! Try this for size - scuba diving in the Antarctic. Have we got your attention?
Expedition and adventure cruising is the new big wave (pardon pun) in eco-sensitive, small group and responsible travel circles.
In its ongoing quest to provide the most environmentally sensitive, yet totally out there adventures, Aurora Expeditions has 10 voyages during the Antarctic season between November 2009 and March 2010, which offer a program of adventure including camping, mountain climbing, scuba diving and kayaking.
Leave your shuttle-put and bingo card on board - this is all about ice-breaking brilliance and pitting yourself against some of nature's most extreme conditions.
During the Antarctic summer, there is almost 24 hours of daylight, which makes it possible for travellers who want to push the limits to become one of the handful of people who will ever experience these adventures in the most extreme wilderness on the planet.
■ The 12-day 'Antarctic Peninsula for Climbers and Kayakers' (December 7-18, 2009) voyage offers the chance to climb icebergs and unclimbed peaks or paddle in pristine waters led by some of the world's most experienced mountain climbers and guides.
■ A 12-day 'Across the Circle' (February 16-27, 2010) voyage includes the opportunity to scuba dive below the Antarctic Circle in a once-in-a-lifetime underwater adventure.
■ A 20-day 'Shackleton Odyssey' (February 27- March 18, 2010) voyage retraces the epic journey of the great explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton, and offers the option for experienced climbers to repeat his alpine crossing on foot from King Haakon Bay to the now deserted whaling station at Stromness.
Prices start at US$5990 (ex-Ushuaia) per person triple share.
For more, contact Aurora Expeditions on 1800 637 688 or visit www.auroraexpeditions.com.au.
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