Look at these… the chinstrap penguins… cutest creatures on earth! Imagine a cold dessert all enclosed with snow and these lovely chinstraps roaming, playing, and nesting all around. A smile that comes on the face while you imagine this is worth a million. So, if you wish to live this moment and always thought that you are different, then the below given information is for you.
Approximately, 2000 pairs of Chinstrap Penguins live on the 1.25 mile (2 kilometer) long, crescent-shaped island lies in the entrance of Moon Bay between Greenwich and Livingston Islands… The Half Moon Island, Antarctica!
Antarctica is a cold desert, with snowfall equivalent to only 150 mm of water each year. This snow builds up gradually, and ice flows towards the coast as huge glaciers. In many places, these extend out over the sea as massive ice shelves. Wow!
A landing on the Half moon Island is a dream of craziest nomads and travelers across the globe and just perfect for a wild adventure voyage amidst Antarctic Tern, Kelp Gull and Brown Skua, some “lost” Gentoo penguins, black-bellied storm petrels, Cape petrels, snowy sheathbills, imperial shags, Elephant Seal, Weddell seals and off course… Chinstraps.
… Whales are often seen patrolling the shores!
Some Geographical facts that might raise your excitement…
Half Moon Island is a minor Antarctic island, lying 1.35 km (0.84 mi) north of Burgas Peninsula, Livingston Island in the South Shetland Islands of the Antarctic Peninsula region. Its surface area is 171 hectares (420 acres).
The Argentine Cámara Base is located on the island. It is only accessible by sea and by helicopter; there is no airport of any kind. The naval base is operational occasionally during the summer, but is closed during the winter. (Source)
How will you get there?
The island is used as a stop during Antarctic cruises, with the peak of visitation during November–March. There is a 2,000 m (2,200 yd) walking track on the southern part of the Island which allows tourists to get a close view of the wildlife (mainly chinstrap penguins and skuas), and of the surrounding mountainous scenery of nearby Livingston and Greenwich Islands.
The path begins on the south side of Menguante Cove, runs westwards along the beach to Cámara Base, then turns north along the head of Menguante Cove, and eventually ascends northeastwards to the top of Xenia Hill. (Source)
Visiting Half Moon Island is definitely on my travel list… What about You?