Pléneau Island

Pléneau Island is found on the Antarctic Peninsula and is accessed via the Lemaire Channel, a stunning passage which is 1,600 metres wide at its narrowest point. This small island is a great place to watch Southern elephant seals haul themselves out of the water and on to the beaches to relax, as well as Gentoo Penguins, Kelp Gulls and South Polar Skuas.

Pléneau Island was first charted by the French Antarctic Expedition of 1903-05 of Jean-Baptiste Charcot and was named after his expedition photographer, Paul Pléneau. Although one of the lesser visited islands on the Antarctic Peninsula, Pléneau is very much worth visiting. Adjacent to the island is the Iceberg Graveyard, famed for its stunning iceberg scenery, making for an unforgettable zodiac boat cruise.

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Map of Pléneau Island

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Trips that visit Pléneau Island