Ushuaia is the capital city of the Tierra del Fuego province in Patagonia, commonly referred as the southernmost city in the world, being also an important naval base. It is located in a wide open bay on the south coast of Isla Grande de Terra del Fuego and bordered in the north by the Martial mountain range.
Ushuaia has subpolar oceanic climate with warm summers and cool winders. The city is surrounded by Magellanic subpolar forest rich in flora and fauna with several recreation activities. However, Patagonia in not only about mountains and forests. The cold waters at “the end of the world” hide mysteries, waiting to be discovered and diving can be a real challenge.
Iturrieta island is one of the four islands of the Islas Bridges, also named “Hache” because of its shape. Islas Bridges form a perfect natural harbor that protects divers from the strong winds. Rich in marine life and biodiversity, this diving spot is a fantastic adventure for scuba divers and perfect for beginners. It is also considered to be one of Ushuaia’s best places for night diving. The diving spot is accessible by boat, about 20min away from the city’s harbor. The maximum depth of this location is about 18 m/59 ft with low current. The water visibility is good but it gets better during winter.
You will find yourself surrounded by huge kelp, jellyfish, sea lions, corals and king crabs as well as a wide variety of creatures and fish of the deepest oceans. It is best to book an organized dive, if you are visiting for the first time because many of the diving spots can be inaccessible, or even dangerous to dive, due to the unpredictable weather conditions and the high winds that change directions during the day.
Scuba diving in Tierra del Fuego gives you the opportunity to discover a hole new world, hidden underwater in a place like no any other in the world. Dry suits are necessary for this dive.