Maldives Snorkeling Adventure – Terms & Conditions

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Cost: $9,460 per person, based on double occupancy. Single supplement: $1,800.

Number of participants: Limited to a maximum of 12.

Included: Accommodations, meals and activities as indicated in the itinerary; transportation within the Maldives; gratuities; entrance fees; group airport transfers and group baggage handling at hotels and airports in the Maldives; airport departure taxes; services of an expedition leader; WWF staff representative with 10 participants; comprehensive pre-departure materials.

Not included: International airfare; independent transfers; meals not indicated in the itinerary; personal expenses, such as travel insurance, laundry, telephone/fax/email charges, excess baggage fees and alcoholic beverages (except beer and wine at the welcome and farewell dinners); additional costs incurred as a result of delays beyond our control; anything not specifically mentioned as included.

Deposit: A deposit of $1,000 per person, payable by credit card or check made out to WWF, confirms your space. A completed waiver of liability form is due within 14 days of registration. The final balance is due January 14, 2013, and is payable by credit card or check made out to Asia Transpacific Journeys, WWF’s tour operator for this program.

Cancellations & refunds: Cancellation must be received in writing at WWF, by postal mail, email or fax. At the time WWF receives your written cancellation, the following per-person penalties will apply: On or before January 13, 2013: Full refund minus $500. January 14, 2013 to February 14, 2013: Forfeit 50% of the tour cost along with any non-refundable costs paid to suppliers. On or after February 15, 2013: No refunds. Cancellation could cost you as much as 100% of your tour cost.

Singles & shares: Single accommodations are extremely limited, subject to availability at the time of booking and cannot be guaranteed. If you would like to share a room, we will attempt to find a roommate for you. If we are unable to find a roommate by the final invoice date, the single supplement will be assessed.

Airfare: Asia Transpacific Journeys will arrange international and domestic flights in conjunction with this tour. The recommended group flight will be on Emirates Airline from New York JFK to Male, Maldives (via Dubai); airfare starts at $1,600 (subject to change). More information will be sent to registrants.

What to expect: To fully enjoy the program’s marine life- and wildlife-viewing opportunities, WWF travelers should be fit, in good health and able to participate in moderately strenuous activities. You should be an experienced snorkeler who is comfortable being in waters with moderately swift currents (including during drift snorkels) and should have the ability to stay in the water for an hour or more at a time. You also need to be able to pull yourself up from the water and into a Zodiac landing craft via a small ladder.

Air temperatures are usually in the upper 80s Fahrenheit with high humidity. Water temperatures are usually in the 80s. Currents, tides and other weather conditions may necessitate deviations from the daily itinerary; the guide and ship’s crew will monitor all conditions. Detailed information, including a packing list, will be sent to participants.

While we will do everything possible to adhere to this itinerary, occasional weather conditions and/or local events may necessitate deviations. If you have any questions about whether this tour is right for you, please contact WWF Travel.

Trip insurance: Travel insurance is highly recommended; information will be sent to registrants. Exclusions for preexisting medical conditions may be waived with the prompt purchase of travel insurance.

Understandings & responsibilities: In order to offer wildlife-oriented travel experiences to its members, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has arranged for an independent Tour Operator(s) to organize this tour and procure carriage, accommodations, and other tour services from other parties. WWF serves only to assist in making necessary travel arrangements and in no way represents, or acts as agent for, transportation carriers, hotels, or any other suppliers of services connected with this tour. Travel and services are subject only to the terms and conditions under which such accommodations, services, and transportation are offered or provided, and WWF and its employees accept no responsibility or liability therefore. WWF and the Tour Operator(s) accept no responsibility for any damage, loss, accident, injury, delay, or other irregularity which may be caused by the defect of any vehicle or the negligence or default of any company or person engaged in carrying out or performing any of the services involved in this tour. Nor do WWF or the Tour Operator(s) accept responsibility for losses or expenses due to sickness, weather, strikes, political unrest, wars, or other such causes. Any such losses or expenses must be borne by the participant, since tour rates provide for arrangements only for the time stated. WWF and the Tour Operator(s) reserve the right to make changes in the published itinerary whenever, in their judgment, conditions warrant, or if they deem it necessary for the comfort, convenience, or the safety of the tour. They reserve the right to withdraw without penalty any tour announced. WWF and the Tour Operator(s) also reserve the right to decline to accept any person as a member of the tour, or to require any participant to withdraw from the tour, at any time, if such action is determined by the appropriate staff member to be in the best interest of the health, safety, and general welfare of the tour group or the individual participant. Under such circumstances, no refund will be made. Baggage and personal effects are solely the responsibility of the owners at all times. Dates, schedules, program details, and costs, given in good faith, based on information available and in force in October 2011, are subject to change and revision. As a condition to acceptance of enrollment, please read, agree to, and sign, the Waiver of Liability forms that will be sent upon registration.

A portion of your tour cost (between 5 and 10%) goes to support WWF's global conservation efforts.