Diving in Tierra del Fuego
If you are looking for one of the most thrilling dive experiences on the planet, diving Argentina’s Tierra del Fuego Province is the place. This stretch of land is where the Andes meet the ocean at the bottom tip of South America and is one of the southernmost points on the planet. Tierra del Fuego is home to Ushuaia, the departure city for most Antarctica expeditions, and was discovered by Ferdinand Magellan in 1520. Diving at the end of the earth is not for the faint of heart. With water temperatures never exceeding 8 degrees C, you will need a reliable dry suit to keep you comfortable. Even though it is colder, diving in the winter months offers the best visibility and calmest conditions. Most Tierra del Fuego dive sites are close to Ushuaia and are accessible by boat or shore. Although this is the coldest scuba diving in Argentina, braving the cold is well worth the fantastic underwater sites you will see. The thick kelp forests provide habitat to a wide variety of fish species and colorful nudibranchs. The deep channels between the many small islands offer the perfect playground for friendly sea lions. Tierra del Fuego divers also enjoy excellent wreck diving thanks to the many ships wrecked here due to storms, strong winds, and raging currents.
Wildlife Encounters in Tierra del Fuego
The Argentina marine life found in Tiera del Fuego is diverse. Dense kelp forests house many marine fish species, colorful nudibranchs, and giant invertebrate species like crabs, sea urchins, sea stars, and other mollusks. However, the marine mammal encounters are what divers and non-divers alike journey this far south to see every year. Tierra del Fuego’s nutrient-dense waters attract multiple whale species, including southern right whales, humpbacks, orcas, blue whales, grey whales, southern minkes, southern fins, and southern sei whales. Other marine mammals include sea lions, fur seals, Peale’s dolphins, commerson’s dolphins, and leopard seals. Other exciting encounters include Magellanic, Humbolt, gentoo, rockhopper, and king penguins.