Half Moon Island is a minor, uninhabited Antarctic island, lying 1.35 km (0.84 miles) north of Burgas Peninsula, Livingston Island in South Shetland Islands of Antarctic Peninsula region. The surface area of Half Moon Island is 171 ha (420 acres). The Argentine Camara Base is situated on the island. It's only accessible by helicopter and by sea; there is no airport. The naval base is operational only during the summer months.
Plants found on Half Moon Island include Antarctic Hairgrass, several moss and lichen species. The island has been identified as an IBA (Important Bird Area) by BirdLife International due to its support to a breeding colony of around 100 pairs of south polar skuas. Other birds that nest on the island include kelp gulls (40 pairs), Antarctic terns (125 pairs), chinstrap penguins (2000 pairs), brown skuas, snowy sheathbills, imperial shags, Cape petrels, Wilson's and black-bellied storm petrels.
Antarctic and Weddell fur seals regularly haul out on Half Moon Island beaches. Whales are often seen here, southern elephant seals have also been recorded.
Half Moon Island is used as a stop during Antarctic voyages, with the peak of visits from November through March. There is a 2,200 yd (2,000 m) walking track on island's southern part which allows tourists to get close view of the wildlife and of surrounding mountainous scenery of nearby Greenwich and Livingston Islands. The path starts on the south side of Menguante Cove, running westwards along the beach to Camara Base. Then it turns north along the head of the cove, and eventually ascends northeastwards to Xenia Hill's top.
Highlights: Chinstrap penguins, Argentine Navy base
The Half Moon Island cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Half Moon Island, Antarctica.
If you lose the Half Moon Island location on the map, simply reload the page (also with F5 button). This feature is integrated with the CruiseMapper's cruise ship tracker tracking the vessels' current positions at sea and in ports.
Port Half Moon Island cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Half Moon Island, Antarctica. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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