Papua New Guinea Snorkeling Expedition Terms & Conditions
To register for this trip, please contact Lee Goldman or Ethan Daniels at Coral Triangle Adventures, our tour operator for this departure program at 510-919-0540 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Cost: $7500 USD per person, based on double occupancy. Single supplement: $750 USD.
Number of participants: Limited to a maximum of 10.
Included: Accommodations, meals, and activities as indicated in the itinerary; gratuities; entrance, port, and permit fees; group transfers and baggage handling at hotels and airports in Indonesia; airport taxes for internal flights; services of a naturalist leader; WWF representative with a minimum of 12 participants; comprehensive pre-departure materials.
Not Included: International airfare; visa requirements; independent transfers; international airport departure taxes; travel insurance; meals not indicated in the itinerary; personal expenses such as laundry, telephone/fax/email charges; excess baggage fees and alcoholic beverages (except beer and wine at the welcome and farewell dinners).
Deposit: A deposit of $1000 USD per person, payable by credit card, bank wire, or check made out to Coral Triangle Adventures LLC will confirm your space. A completed trip application along with the signed liability waiver will confirm your space is due within 14 days of registration. The final balance is due Feb 9, 2016 (90 days prior to departure), and payable by any of the options described above.
Cancellations and refunds: Cancellation must be received in writing by postal mail or email. At the time we receive your written cancellation, the following per-person penalties will apply: On or before Feb 8, 2016: Full refund minus $500 USD. Feb 9 – Mar 9: Forfeit 50% of the tour cost, along with any non-refundable costs paid to suppliers. After Mar 10, 2016: No refunds. Cancellation could cost you as much as 100% of tour cost.
Singles/Shares: Single accommodations are limited, subject to availability at the time of booking. If you would like to share accommodations, we will attempt to find a roommate for you at your request. If we are unable to provide a roommate, the single supplement will be assessed.
Airfare: For information and booking international flights, please contact Pacific Harbor Travel at 831-427-5000.
What to Expect:
Our daily itinerary generally includes two snorkel sessions and a presentation before dinner. Our first snorkel session begins after breakfast and can last up until lunch. We generally budget for at least three hours of water time so its up to you! About an hour after lunch, we jump back in the water for another session. Beach walks or dinghy tours can happen either in the early morning (before breakfast) or in the late afternoon to take advantage of the cooler air temperatures and less intense sun (plus the birds are more active!). This schedule may change if we have special activities planned, such as visits to villages and cultural sites on specific islands.
All of our snorkel activities are 100% boat supported. There are two inflatable dinghies, each with easy-to-use ladders. Our programs are designed so that you can stay in the water for as long or as short as you like. When you are ready to return to the expedition boat, simply signal the dinghy drivers to pick you up and take you back. Easy!
Water temperatures in the park average around 28º C (82º F), though cooler temperatures may be experienced. As such, please be prepared with exposure suits appropriate for cooler temperatures. Many of the reefs we will snorkel upon are subjected to currents associated with tide cycles that prevail in the area. While we often schedule our session during a time when the currents are minimal, there may be planned drift snorkels. These types of snorkels take advantage of the water movement and allow us to float over the reef without having to actively swim. This activity usually becomes an instant favorite among our guests, as it is very exciting and yet very passive at the same time! In some cases, however, the unpredictability of the tides may expose us to strong water movement. This may require a bit of effort though we will always have our dinghies standing by to help if needed.
There will be limited opportunities to visit beaches. In true expeditions style, we may take advantage of any opportunity to visit a village or hike on semi-established trails on the limestone islands.
Trip Insurance: We strongly suggest that travellers protect themselves by purchasing trip insurance. The insurance plan should also include medical evacuation insurance in case of an emergency that requires attention beyond what is available on the boat.
Understanding & 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 June 2014, are subject to change and revision. As a condition to acceptance of enrollment, please read, agree to, and sign the Waiver of Liability that will be sent upon registration.
Ten percent of your tour cost goes to support WWF’s global conservation efforts.