Paradise Bay, Cuverville Island



Paradise Bay is a harbour in West Antarctica. It is one of only two ports used for cruise ships to stop on the continent; the other is Neko Harbour. Cuverville Island or Île de Cavelier de Cuverville is located here. It is a dark, rocky island lying in Errera Channel between Arctowski Peninsula and the northern part of Ronge Island, off the west coast of Graham Land. The Argentine scientific base, Almirante Brown Antarctic Base, is located on the banks of Paradise Bay, as is the Chilean scientific base, Gonzalez Videla Antarctic Base.

Nearly vertical cliffs surround the island except on its northern coast, which has a narrow cobble beach. South and southwest of the beach is a gently sloping apron of bedrock extending to the base of the island's cliffs. Barren, rocky areas on the apron and at higher elevations provide nesting sites for gentoo penguins.

Things to see and do

* Gentoo penguin Colonies
* Sea lions& harbour seals
* Seabirds
* Whale watching
* Glaciers and ice floes

Cruise Season - Nov - April
Currency - Pound Sterling (GBP)
Language - English
Land Area - 352 km² approx
Population - 0
Electricity - 2 vertical square pins and one perpendicular below British style
Time - UTC plus five hours
International Country Telephone Code - + 44

Port Location - Access is by zodiac from cruise ship.

Transport Links - Cruises to Paradise Bay generally leave from Ushuaia in Argentina. There are daily Aerolineas Argentinas flights from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia. LAN Chile (through its LAN Express services) flies a few times a week (currently three) from Santiago de Chile, stopping over in Puerto Montt and Punta Arenas.