Today's plan was to visit Deception Island in the South Shetland Islands. Deception is an active volcano. The name refers to the deceiving doughnut-like shape. The doughnut has a small bite take out which is actually a narrow entrance to the interior, known as Neptune's Bellows. The interior is a flooded caldera of the original volcano. This was discovered by whalers and used as a whaling station and scientific base until the 1960s, when a series of eruptions caused ash and mudslides which ruined the buildings there.
We did a morning landing on the exterior of the island at a point called Bailey Head. This landing was probably one of the roughest we have done - Bailey Head is "unprotected" from the sea, since it is on the windward edge of the island. The surf was high and basically everyone got drenched - those on the boat and those helping with the landing. I was in the front of the boat, which bears the brunt of oncoming waves, so I was soaked head to toe, but my waterproof clothing dealt with it.