Philippines Snorkeling Expedition Terms & Conditions
To register for this trip, please contact Patrick O'Connell at Asia Transpacific Journeys, our tour operator for this program, at 800-642-2742 x242 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cost: $8,245 per person, based on double occupancy. Single Supplement: $3,250.
Number of participants: Limited to a maximum of 16.
Included: Flights within the Philippines; accommodations, meals and activities as indicated in the itinerary; gratuities; entrance fees; group airport transfers and group 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; 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); additional cost
Deposit: A deposit of $1,000 per person, payable by credit card or check made out to Asia Transpacific Journeys, confirms your space. A completed waiver of liability form is due within 14 days of registration. The final balance is due January 19, 2015 (90 days before departure), 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 by postal mail, email or fax. At the time we receive your written cancellation, the following per-person penalties will apply: On or before January 19, 2015: Full refund minus $500. January 20, 2015 to February 18, 2015: Forfeit 50% of the tour cost, along with any non-refundable costs paid to suppliers. On or after February 19, 2015: No refunds. Cancellation could cost you as much as 100% of your tour cost.
Singles/Shares: Single accommodations are limited, subject to availability at the time of booking. Should you wish to share lodging, 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: Asia Transpacific Journeys will arrange domestic flights in conjunction with this tour. The company can also book your international flights. For more information, please call 800-642-2742 ext 242.
What to Expect: To fully enjoy this tour, WWF travelers should be fit, in good health and able to participate in moderate activities. You should be a good swimmer and snorkeler with 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 small boat or Zodiac landing craft via a ladder. Our time with whale sharks in the Bay of Donsol requires strong swimming in moderately swift currents and quick disembarkation into the water from small motor boats. Water currents during the remainder of the trip tend to be much more gentle. Nature walks could be one or more miles.
Air temperatures are generally in the mid 80s Fahrenheit, with breezes that keep the humidity feeling low to moderate; rain is always possible. Water temperatures at Donsol are usually in the upper 70s (wet suit rentals are available); Palawan waters are warmer, generally in the low 80s.
Travel will be by small aircraft, motor boat, ferry and vans; some roads are very winding. Information about luggage weight restrictions will be sent to registrants. Accommodations are at comfortable, well-appointed resorts and Western-style hotels.
While we will do everything possible to adhere to this itinerary, occasional weather conditions and/or local events may necessitate deviations.
The snorkeling destinations in this itinerary were selected based on professional assessments of the reefs in June 2014. Please be aware that climatic events, such as coral bleaching, may occur at any time and could adversely affect the reefs. Tour organizers will continue to monitor conditions and provide timely updates to registrants when relevant.
Trip Insurance: We suggest that travelers protect themselves by purchasing trip insurance; it is not required for this tour but highly recommended. You can purchase insurance at any point before your departure, but there may be a benefit to purchasing it now. For instance, policies usually exclude coverage for preexisting medical conditions, but this exclusion is frequently waived if you purchase your insurance within two weeks of your booking date.
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 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.
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