By Liveaboard Yacht in the World's Most Biodiverse Marine Habitat

Snorkeling Raja Ampat

Indonesia

12 Days

From $6,895

Level 3

Moderate

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    Overview

    Head off the map with us into the Raja Ampat archipelago, one of the most phenomenal snorkeling destinations on the planet, renowned for pristine reefs and an astonishing range of marine life. And the setting is jaw-droppingly beautiful. We've chartered our 100-foot Indonesian liveaboard schooner to get you to the best spots in these islands, where shallow reef systems make for idyllic snorkeling. We'll snorkel in amazing ecosystems, from shallow bays with rare shrimp gobies to underwater limestone rock islands covered with corals. We'll also explore the jungle-draped limestone islands themselves, with their aquamarine lagoons and rare birds. Experience this perfect paradise in the Coral Triangle — in WT style!

    Arrive: Sorong, Indonesia

    Depart: Sorong, Indonesia

    Highlights

    • World-class snorkeling with an expert Trip Leader in the beauty of the Coral Triangle
    • Kayak, beachcomb, or birdwatch on remote beaches
    • Travel aboard an Indonesian liveaboard schooner
    • Experience a “dream island” setting of jungle-covered rock outcrops and waters of every imaginable shade of blue and green
    • Look for the endemic red bird-of-paradise on Waigeo Island

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      Itinerary

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      Please be aware that this itinerary is designed to be flexible. Although we will visit all the places listed on the itinerary, we rarely follow the schedule as described exactly due to weather, tides, preferences of trip members, and other factors. Come prepared to be flexible!

      Boarding our boat in Waisai, near Sorong, we sail into the Dampier Strait to snorkel on Friwinbonda Island, where the hard coral reefs teem with reef fish. Our small group size—maximum 10 travelers—means you'll have a personalized experience both above and below the water, and you can snorkel at your own pace. En route to Mansuar Island, we have our first chance to snorkel over soft corals with large schools of barracudas and turtles. On the island of Penemu, our idyllic anchorage is in a turquoise bay surrounded by vertical limestone cliffs.

      We sail to absolutely stunning Wayag, which has the ultimate “dream island” setting of jungle-covered rock outcrops and waters in every imaginable shade of blue and green. This is a good place to drift-snorkel along the lagoon channels, beachcomb on the deserted white-sand beaches, and tour the hidden lagoons by dinghy in search of orchids, juvenile sharks, and rays. From our anchorage at Uranie, we make an optional short scramble to the top of the island for a spectacular 360-degree view of Raja Ampat's crystalline waters. There are plenty of opportunities to kayak, beachcomb, or birdwatch on the outer beaches of the bay.
      At Alyui Bay, on the west side of Waigeo Island, we enter the mysterious world of invertebrates as we drift through forest-lined waterways. Our morning snorkel in Spooky Channel (so named because of the towering limestone walls on either side) is a drift through an abundance of soft corals and sea fans. We'll enjoy the tropical sunsets, listening to the chorus of parrots, hornbills, and herons as they return to rest at night.
      Cruising the lagoons, we explore mangroves and snorkel the passage separating Waigeo and Gam Island, which was first discovered by the British naturalist Alfred Russell Wallace, who visited this area in 1860 and is one of the “forgotten fathers” of the theory of natural selection and evolution. From 1854 to 1862, Wallace traveled through Indonesia and Malaysia and collected large numbers of previously unknown species. The islands of Waigeo and Batanta are home to the Wilson's bird-of-paradise and the red bird-of-paradise, both endemics, as well as hundreds of other bird species. Lorikeets, parrots, kingfishers, eagles, and hornbills are commonly seen. We return to the Dampier Strait for an outstanding last day of snorkeling on the incredibly healthy coral reefs of Cape Kri and Yembuba, home to an abundance of schooling fish, reef sharks, and turtles. Depart on Day 12 via Sorong.

      Dates & Pricing

      Pricing below is per person and based on double occupancy. The earlier you book, the more choice you’ll have. WT also has the most generous cancellation and transfer policies in the industry, we make it easy if you change your mind. Have a small group of your own? Take over an existing date or choose your own. You’ll have your own private guide–and the adventure–all to yourselves!

      Payment & Cancel Schedule

      At time of reservation: $600
      150 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
      90 days prior to departure: Balance

      Please note that this differs from our standard policy.

      Cancellation & Transfer Schedule

      Minimum fee: $600 per person
      91-150 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
      90 days or less: 100% of trip cost

      Please note that this differs from our standard policy.

      Included
      • Expert leadership of a Wilderness Travel Trip Leader and local guides
      • Accommodations aboard a schooner
      • All meals
      • PFDs (life jackets), and boat safety gear
      • All transportation and baggage handling from meeting until departure
      • All activities as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      Not Included
      • Travel to and from the arrival and departure location as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      • Additional hotel nights outside the trip's scheduled dates
      • Optional gratuities to Trip Leaders or staff
      • Emergency medical evacuation insurance (required)
      • Other expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.)
      • Visa fees

      Accommodations

      Scroll through our signature accommodations for this trip below. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

      Traditional Indonesian Schooner

      Days 1-11 (11 nights)

      Our vessel is a double-masted traditional Indonesian sailboat that offers the unique opportunity to explore the incredibly remote, unique, and mystical Raja Ampat archipelago. The boat was built in Sulawesi in 2000 out of Indonesian hardwoods and is 100 feet long with a 21-foot beam. While not luxurious, she is...

      Trip Leaders

      Wilderness Travel Trip Leaders have a passion and a joy for creating an unforgettable journey. We are extremely proud of them and the incredible travel experiences they make possible. For more information, including client comments about them and which specific trips they will be leading, please click on their profiles below.

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      What the Trip is Like

      This trip is rated Level 3, Moderate, according to our trip grading system. You need to be comfortable snorkeling in a variety of conditions, including drift snorkels and occasionally against strong currents. While snorkeling is usually at your own pace, it is sometimes necessary to be able to keep up with the group.


      Average Day
      • 4-6 hours snorkeling
      • 3-4 hours sailing
      • Occasional kayaking, paddle boarding, and short-moderate hikes
      Challenge Days
      • Day 4: 4-5 hours snorkeling, including 2 hours in an area with extremely strong current, 3-4 hours sailing, and 1 hour hike

      Review Trip Level Details
      Raja Ampat is near the Equator and has a warm tropical climate, with year-round temperatures in the low 80s and occasional rain showers. Water temperatures range from 78 to 84°F.
      The cook on board prepares simple and tasty meals, a mix of Asian and Western styles with seafood and plenty of fruit and vegetables. There is bread and fruit available for breakfast, as well as eggs on request. Lunch and dinner are served as a group, and snacks are available. There are plenty of vegetarian options.
      Transportation to/from the ferry is in an air-conditioned van. The ferry to/from Waisai is air-conditioned and takes about 2 hours. During the snorkels and land excursions, we will take a small dinghy to each site. The dinghy will always stay with the group so that you can return to the boat at any time.

      The seas are generally calm in Raja Ampat, but unexpected squalls or high winds can create rough ocean conditions at any time. There is a higher chance of rough seas on Days 4 and 6 when our crossing takes place in the open ocean. The remainder of the sailing is in much more protected waters, and sea sickness is typically not a problem.

      Our Raja Ampat snorkeling journey takes place in an extremely remote and uninhabited archipelago in the Pacific. In the case of serious illness or injury, medical attention and swift evacuation are not available. Once we sail from Sorong, we are far away from towns and medical facilities. In the case of serious illness or injury, we will make every effort to reach medical facilities as soon as possible, but be aware that it may take the boat days to return to the port of Sorong. If you have health or medical issues of concern, please discuss them with your physician before considering this trip.

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      Client Testimonials

      "I had a wonderful time on this trip. The snorkeling was exceptional and the boat was great!"

      Adele G.

      Oakland, CA

      "Thank you, Wilderness Travel, for putting together this wonderful experience. Our trip leaders made every minute count. We appreciated all the planning it took to juggle the tides, the winds, and the calendar to make sure we immersed in as many habitats as possible."

      Alice L.

      Pahoa, HI

      "Raja Ampat is not just a snorkeling destination. This is nature at its mind-blowing best. You don't have to settle for watching the Blue Planet on TV, you can live it every day while onboard and then understand why we need to save it."

      Allene W.

      Honolulu, HI

      "A very organized and comfortable way to enjoy an experience in an exotic place we would never visit on our own."

      Annette C.

      Eureka, CA

      "I was awestruck by the beauty I saw. I felt for the first time in my life that I had been honored to see the world as it was in its beginning. Certainly a life-changing experience."

      Betty-Lynn W.

      Westport, CT

      "I feel like I've experienced the best snorkeling the world has to offer—and who know how much longer we'll have coral reefs to enjoy."

      Carrie B.

      Oakland, CA

      "This was one of the best WT trips that I've had, and I have done quite a few. Being on our ship, the Shakti, was a wonderful experience—made all the more so by the care of the crew, Andrea, Bob and Di."

      Catherine R.

      Grand Junction, CO

      "As well-traveled as I am, I marvel that there are still special places like Raja Ampat out there that are a privilege to visit."

      Chuck P.

      Chicago, IL

      "Once again I was sailed off to Shangri La where time has no meaning and only the beauty of the moment surrounds. That is Raja Ampat to me and no one could dream of a more ideal trip."

      Claire H.

      Austin, TX

      "Absolutely wonderful. The perfect way to enjoy this beautiful part of the world."

      Connie P.

      New York, NY

      "This is the ultimate snorkel trip—the fauna are in perfect balance so you see a large number of incredibly rare species. This isn’t a vacation, it’s a privilege."

      David S.

      East Peoria, IL

      "We had a memorable lifetime adventure on this trip, with incomparable snorkeling, beautiful scenery, and a boatful of nice people."

      David W.

      Honolulu, HI

      "It was a fabulous trip. What a unique opportunity to see such a pristine coral reef! I will likely go again."

      DeAnn C.

      Cazenovia, NY

      "The trip was fabulous and I have just now signed up for the May 2019 trip with my niece!!!"

      Diane K.

      Riverside, CA

      "Raja Ampat is the most beautiful snorkeling place in the world. Bountiful, rich with life and diversity. Can’t be beat!"

      Dianne L.

      Fairfax Station, VA

      "I loved the trip and have never been disappointed with Wilderness Travel."

      Heather W.

      Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

      "This was an incredible trip. Raja Ampat is so remote and stunning."

      Hilary M.

      Boulder, CO

      "Swimming with a manta ray, the phantasmagoria of color under water, awaiting the dawn and the bird of paradise—awesome!"

      Inge K.

      Concord, MA

      "This is the third time I’ve been to Raja Ampat/Misool with WT and I hope to go again. It’s a snorkeler’s paradise, made even better by Trip Leader Ethan Daniels and the boat staff."

      Jeanne H.

      Orinda, CA

      "We thoroughly enjoyed Our trip to Raja Ampat. It was the most beautiful snorkeling we ever experienced—a trip of a lifetime for us!"

      Joe F.

      Lindenhurst, IL

      "A truly great trip—one of the best I’ve ever taken."

      John W.

      Forth Worth, TX

      "This was the trip of a lifetime for us! Staying on the boat was fantastic. It wasn't camping, but it had some of that rustic, romantic feel—What a wonderful way to enjoy the beauty of Raja Ampat. The snorkeling was unparalleled. We explored two different reefs every day and each was spectacular. The soft coral snorkel was particularly awe-inspiring. I've been snorkeling for many years and have never seen anything like the corals and animals we saw on this trip. The guides were fabulous, pointing out animals and plants I would never have seen on my own. I really enjoyed the company of the other guests as well as the guides and crew. If it weren't so far away, I'd go again next week!"

      Karen H.

      Mission Viejo, CA

      "This was an amazing trip, absolutely the best 12 days I’ve ever experienced."

      Karen R.

      Santa Fe, NM

      "A lifetime experience in this exquisite part of the world, so removed from civilization as we know it."

      Laura W.

      Honolulu, HI

      "This is a truly wonderful snorkeling adventure in a beautiful place with a very experienced guide. It is the trip of a lifetime for people who like to snorkel."

      Leslie J.

      Winnepeg, Canada

      "If lots of snorkel and swim time is your goal, this trip is for you. I have snorkeled all over the world and this trip itinerary is truly fabulous with the different sites chosen with a lot of thought and the the safety boats and crew providing impeccable service to all the guests, no matter what their experience."

      Liz B.

      Arroyo Grande, CA

      "Tremendous trip. It met or exceeded all my expectations; I would recommend it very highly. Environmentally, the area visited is of world-wide significance and this value was respected throughout the trip—right down to being alert to unintended minor damage to reefs that might be caused by less skilled snorkelers."

      Maurice W.

      Seattle, WA

      "This was a mind-blowing experience for me. I've been a diver for many years and have never seen anything like what we saw on this trip. Other areas in the world where I have dived or snorkeled don't even come close to Raja Ampat."

      Patrick T.

      Danville, CA

      "This was a great snorkeling experience. We got to see 22 different reefs—lots of variety—and didn't see any other boats for 8 days—truly amazing."

      Paula S.

      Sedro Woolley, WA

      "All WT trips are good and often great, but superlatives aren't sufficient for this trip."

      Peter W.

      Berkeley, CA

      "We love to snorkel and this is the best in the world. The fish are incredible—a super underwater experience."

      Rick L.

      East Falmouth, MA

      "A superb trip and extremely good value."

      Robert B.

      Reseda, CA

      "Our trip aboard Shakti was even better than we could have dreamed! The staff were friendly and kind, smiling, and gracious at every turn. Our guide was beyond professional and knowledgeable; she was kind and generous, and shared her love for her subject with us at every turn. We loved being with Andrea! Her partner in guiding, Robert, was also fantastic - they make a great team! The meals prepared for us were excellent and kept us fueled for the journey. And the boat was just fantastic. I can't imagine a better trip!"

      Robin G.

      Greenville, SC

      "Very well organized and executed by a most competent leader. I have participated in years of SCUBA live aboard and land-based trips and Din's demeanor and personal attention beats all. Even though it was billed as a snorkeling trip you come away feeling like it was a lot more."

      Ronald D.

      Los Gatos, CA

      "Stunning trip and great to have an experienced trip leader who is flexible and knowledgeable of the conditions of the area to ensure we got the best possible experience."

      Sandy T.

      Christchurch, New Zealand

      "I loved this trip. Din, my fellow travelers, crew made it a great experience."

      Shelly A.

      New Haven, CT

      "The awareness of just how remote we were and the raw beauty of the surroundings seemed like a dream to me! There were moments on this trip that truly filled my soul."

      Susan F.

      Sausalito, CA

      "The remoteness of the region and the colors of the sea, coral, and fish are beyond words!"

      Susan K.

      Goleta, CA

      "I've gone on at least 12 group trips, and this was one of the very best. I highly recommend that people go to Raja Ampat soon since the coral is still living and beautiful here, unlike most places in the world. I can truly say that I have never been as relaxed as I was on this journey; it was hard coming back to reality! I can't rave about this trip enough—10 out of 10!"

      Susan S.

      Chicago, IL

      "There are not enough words to describe the trip. It was just amazing and I loved every minute. Lots of laughter and fun out of the water and the snorkeling was beyond what I expected. I would love to go back."

      Tanis D.

      Noosaville, Australia

      "The beauty of Raja Ampat has to be seen to be believed. It’s hard to imagine that there is a place so remote, pristine, and beautiful left on the planet."

      Vicki G.

      Oakland, CA

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      With more than 200 different adventures to choose from, we want to help you find the trip that’s right for you. Our Trip Level system ranks each trip in two ways: a number rating from 1 to 6 according to the activity, and general travel rigors. 1 is the easiest and 6+ the most difficult—see descriptions below for explanations of each number. A plus (+) sign means the trip is a bit more strenuous than other trips of that level. The detailed explanation of each trip—below the bar with the number rating—is perhaps more important, specifying activities, altitudes, hiking, and travel conditions. The Detailed Itinerary, available by download or mail, gives further information. Our Area Managers can also answer questions and guide you to the trip that best suits your interests.

      Level 1 – Easiest

      Non-camping journeys, optional walks, little elevation gain or loss.

      Level 2 – Easy to Moderate

      Hotel nights and/or safari-style camping, hikes of two to four hours on some days. Other physical activities are sometimes included, such as optional sea kayaking.

       

      Level 3 – Moderate

      Half- to full-day hikes (3-6 hours) over rolling countryside on most days, occasional steep trails. Many of our hotel-based walking tours are in this category, as are our snorkeling adventures.

      Level 4 – Moderate to Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (4-6 hours), mountainous terrain, significant elevation gains and losses (hiking up or down as much as 3,000 feet) on many days. Altitudes no greater than about 10,000 feet.

       

      Level 5 – Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (4-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Trips with hiking at average altitudes of 10,000 to 12,000 feet are in this category.

      Level 6 – Very Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (5-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Most hikes take place at altitudes above 10,000 feet, with some days ascending as high as 18,000 feet.

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Our afternoon snorkel takes us into the mysterious world of invertebrates as we drift through the forest-lined waterways of the bay. We enjoy the sunset in this incredibly scenic bay, listening to the chorus of parrots, hornbills, and herons as they come home to rest for the night. Overnight on board.","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":1,"Dinner":1,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":8,"DayTo":8,"Headline":"Alyui Bay (Waigeo) \/ Wofoh","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"Our morning snorkel in &ldquo;Spooky Channel&rdquo; (so named because of the towering limestone walls on either side) is a drift through an abundance of soft corals and sea fans. We hop in the dinghy to explore the wide diversity of marine life, hidden lagoons, and mangroves. 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From 1854 to 1862, Wallace traveled through Indonesia and Malaysia and collected large numbers of previously unknown birds, mammals, and insects. His observations of the marked zoological differences across a narrow zone in the Indonesian archipelago led to his hypothesis of the zoogeographical boundary now known as the Wallace Line, the divide between two great zoogeographic regions, the Oriental and Australian. 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As a young child, holidays were to the coast to go snorkeling (she says she learned to swim before she could walk!). A move with her family to Fiji helped her realize her dream of learning to dive and she fell in love with the ocean and all its frontiers. She worked as a volunteer on a marine project in Roatan, and qualified to be a scuba diving instructor. After teaching and guiding for four years, she moved to Indonesia to become a guide at the Wakatobi Dive Resort, which only increased her desire to head to all the amazing and remote locations Indonesia has to offer. In 2008 she helped start up a new liveaboard operation as the Cruise Director and held that job for 12 years, living a nomadic boat lifestyle and enjoying wonderful travels throughout the remote Indonesian Archipelago. Wendy has worked with a number of marine biologists, been involved in looking for new dive areas and fish species, and has now completed more than 13,000 dives. &ldquo;Indonesia is an incredible place,&rdquo; she says, &ldquo;with both its people and nature, you can never really get enough of it.&rdquo; Wendy is fully conversant in Indonesian and is passionate about conservation of the world&apos;s resources."},{"GuideID":851122,"First_Name":"Bob","Last_Name":"Brunskill","BioShort":"Bob Brunskill is an Englishman with two decades of experience planning and executing diving excursions in Indonesia. He left the United Kingdom in 2003 in search of adventure, which led him to Thailand, where he gained his diving certification, and later to Indonesia. Nineteen years and more than 10,000 dives later, he continues to pursue his passion to explore and introduce travelers to the underwater haven of this spectacular corner of the world. Since 2008, he has specialized in leading trips in Raja Ampat. He is fluent in Indonesian and has a deep appreciation for the people and culture in Papua and Indonesia. Bob has played a major role in the refurbishment of the boat we use in Raja Ampat, and when he's not working on the boat and leading trips, he enjoys spending time with his kids.","BioLong":"Bob Brunskill is an Englishman with two decades of experience planning and executing diving and snorkeling excursions in Indonesia. He left the United Kingdom in 2003 in search of adventure, which led him to Thailand, where he gained his diving certification, and later to Indonesia. Nineteen years and more than 10,000 dives later, he continues to pursue his passion to explore and introduce travelers to the underwater haven of this spectacular corner of the world. \"I have been working in Raja Ampat for the last two decades and it continues to surprise me,\" he says. \"Never the same twice, mother nature always amazes me, and it is a privilege to share this special experience with guests.\" He is fluent in Indonesian and has a deep appreciation for the people and culture in Papua and Indonesia. 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You don't have to settle for watching the Blue Planet on TV, you can live it every day while onboard and then understand why we need to save it."},{"GuestNames":"Annette C.","GuestLocation":"Eureka, CA","GuestReview":"A very organized and comfortable way to enjoy an experience in an exotic place we would never visit on our own."},{"GuestNames":"Betty-Lynn W.","GuestLocation":"Westport, CT","GuestReview":"I was awestruck by the beauty I saw. I felt for the first time in my life that I had been honored to see the world as it was in its beginning. Certainly a life-changing experience."},{"GuestNames":"Carrie B.","GuestLocation":"Oakland, CA","GuestReview":"I feel like I've experienced the best snorkeling the world has to offer&#8212;and who know how much longer we'll have coral reefs to enjoy."},{"GuestNames":"Catherine R.","GuestLocation":"Grand Junction, CO","GuestReview":"This was one of the best WT trips that I've had, and I have done quite a few. Being on our ship, the Shakti, was a wonderful experience&#8212;made all the more so by the care of the crew, Andrea, Bob and Di."},{"GuestNames":"Chuck P.","GuestLocation":"Chicago, IL","GuestReview":"As well-traveled as I am, I marvel that there are still special places like Raja Ampat out there that are a privilege to visit."},{"GuestNames":"Claire H.","GuestLocation":"Austin, TX","GuestReview":"Once again I was sailed off to Shangri La where time has no meaning and only the beauty of the moment surrounds. That is Raja Ampat to me and no one could dream of a more ideal trip."},{"GuestNames":"Connie P.","GuestLocation":"New York, NY","GuestReview":"Absolutely wonderful. The perfect way to enjoy this beautiful part of the world."},{"GuestNames":"David S.","GuestLocation":"East Peoria, IL","GuestReview":"This is the ultimate snorkel trip&#8212;the fauna are in perfect balance so you see a large number of incredibly rare species. This isn&#8217;t a vacation, it&#8217;s a privilege."},{"GuestNames":"David W.","GuestLocation":"Honolulu, HI","GuestReview":"We had a memorable lifetime adventure on this trip, with incomparable snorkeling, beautiful scenery, and a boatful of nice people."},{"GuestNames":"DeAnn C.","GuestLocation":"Cazenovia, NY","GuestReview":"It was a fabulous trip. What a unique opportunity to see such a pristine coral reef! I will likely go again."},{"GuestNames":"Diane K.","GuestLocation":"Riverside, CA","GuestReview":"The trip was fabulous and I have just now signed up for the May 2019 trip with my niece!!!"},{"GuestNames":"Dianne L.","GuestLocation":"Fairfax Station, VA","GuestReview":"Raja Ampat is the most beautiful snorkeling place in the world. Bountiful, rich with life and diversity. Can&#8217;t be beat!"},{"GuestNames":"Heather W.","GuestLocation":"Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada","GuestReview":"I loved the trip and have never been disappointed with Wilderness Travel."},{"GuestNames":"Hilary M.","GuestLocation":"Boulder, CO","GuestReview":"This was an incredible trip. Raja Ampat is so remote and stunning."},{"GuestNames":"Inge K.","GuestLocation":"Concord, MA","GuestReview":"Swimming with a manta ray, the phantasmagoria of color under water, awaiting the dawn and the bird of paradise&#8212;awesome!"},{"GuestNames":"Jeanne H.","GuestLocation":"Orinda, CA","GuestReview":"This is the third time I&#8217;ve been to Raja Ampat\/Misool with WT and I hope to go again. It&#8217;s a snorkeler&#8217;s paradise, made even better by Trip Leader Ethan Daniels and the boat staff."},{"GuestNames":"Joe F.","GuestLocation":"Lindenhurst, IL","GuestReview":"We thoroughly enjoyed Our trip to Raja Ampat. It was the most beautiful snorkeling we ever experienced&mdash;a trip of a lifetime for us!"},{"GuestNames":"John W.","GuestLocation":"Forth Worth, TX","GuestReview":"A truly great trip&#8212;one of the best I&#8217;ve ever taken."},{"GuestNames":"Karen H.","GuestLocation":"Mission Viejo, CA","GuestReview":"This was the trip of a lifetime for us! Staying on the boat was fantastic. It wasn't camping, but it had some of that rustic, romantic feel&#8212;What a wonderful way to enjoy the beauty of Raja Ampat. The snorkeling was unparalleled. We explored two different reefs every day and each was spectacular. The soft coral snorkel was particularly awe-inspiring. I've been snorkeling for many years and have never seen anything like the corals and animals we saw on this trip. The guides were fabulous, pointing out animals and plants I would never have seen on my own. I really enjoyed the company of the other guests as well as the guides and crew. If it weren't so far away, I'd go again next week!"},{"GuestNames":"Karen R.","GuestLocation":"Santa Fe, NM","GuestReview":"This was an amazing trip, absolutely the best 12 days I&#8217;ve ever experienced."},{"GuestNames":"Laura W.","GuestLocation":"Honolulu, HI","GuestReview":"A lifetime experience in this exquisite part of the world, so removed from civilization as we know it."},{"GuestNames":"Leslie J.","GuestLocation":"Winnepeg, Canada","GuestReview":"This is a truly wonderful snorkeling adventure in a beautiful place with a very experienced guide. It is the trip of a lifetime for people who like to snorkel."},{"GuestNames":"Liz B.","GuestLocation":"Arroyo Grande, CA","GuestReview":"If lots of snorkel and swim time is your goal, this trip is for you. I have snorkeled all over the world and this trip itinerary is truly fabulous with the different sites chosen with a lot of thought and the the safety boats and crew providing impeccable service to all the guests, no matter what their experience."},{"GuestNames":"Maurice W.","GuestLocation":"Seattle, WA","GuestReview":"Tremendous trip. It met or exceeded all my expectations; I would recommend it very highly. Environmentally, the area visited is of world-wide significance and this value was respected throughout the trip&#8212;right down to being alert to unintended minor damage to reefs that might be caused by less skilled snorkelers."},{"GuestNames":"Patrick T.","GuestLocation":"Danville, CA","GuestReview":"This was a mind-blowing experience for me. I've been a diver for many years and have never seen anything like what we saw on this trip. Other areas in the world where I have dived or snorkeled don't even come close to Raja Ampat."},{"GuestNames":"Paula S.","GuestLocation":"Sedro Woolley, WA","GuestReview":"This was a great snorkeling experience. We got to see 22 different reefs&#8212;lots of variety&#8212;and didn't see any other boats for 8 days&#8212;truly amazing."},{"GuestNames":"Peter W.","GuestLocation":"Berkeley, CA","GuestReview":"All WT trips are good and often great, but superlatives aren't sufficient for this trip."},{"GuestNames":"Rick L.","GuestLocation":"East Falmouth, MA","GuestReview":"We love to snorkel and this is the best in the world. The fish are incredible&#8212;a super underwater experience."},{"GuestNames":"Robert B.","GuestLocation":"Reseda, CA","GuestReview":"A superb trip and extremely good value."},{"GuestNames":"Robin G.","GuestLocation":"Greenville, SC","GuestReview":"Our trip aboard Shakti was even better than we could have dreamed! The staff were friendly and kind, smiling, and gracious at every turn. Our guide was beyond professional and knowledgeable; she was kind and generous, and shared her love for her subject with us at every turn. We loved being with Andrea! Her partner in guiding, Robert, was also fantastic - they make a great team! The meals prepared for us were excellent and kept us fueled for the journey. And the boat was just fantastic. I can't imagine a better trip!"},{"GuestNames":"Ronald D.","GuestLocation":"Los Gatos, CA","GuestReview":"Very well organized and executed by a most competent leader. I have participated in years of SCUBA live aboard and land-based trips and Din's demeanor and personal attention beats all. Even though it was billed as a snorkeling trip you come away feeling like it was a lot more."},{"GuestNames":"Sandy T.","GuestLocation":"Christchurch, New Zealand","GuestReview":"Stunning trip and great to have an experienced trip leader who is flexible and knowledgeable of the conditions of the area to ensure we got the best possible experience."},{"GuestNames":"Shelly A.","GuestLocation":"New Haven, CT","GuestReview":"I loved this trip. Din, my fellow travelers, crew made it a great experience."},{"GuestNames":"Susan F.","GuestLocation":"Sausalito, CA","GuestReview":"The awareness of just how remote we were and the raw beauty of the surroundings seemed like a dream to me! There were moments on this trip that truly filled my soul."},{"GuestNames":"Susan K.","GuestLocation":"Goleta, CA","GuestReview":"The remoteness of the region and the colors of the sea, coral, and fish are beyond words!"},{"GuestNames":"Susan S.","GuestLocation":"Chicago, IL","GuestReview":"I've gone on at least 12 group trips, and this was one of the very best. I highly recommend that people go to Raja Ampat soon since the coral is still living and beautiful here, unlike most places in the world. I can truly say that I have never been as relaxed as I was on this journey; it was hard coming back to reality! I can't rave about this trip enough&#8212;10 out of 10!"},{"GuestNames":"Tanis D.","GuestLocation":"Noosaville, Australia","GuestReview":"There are not enough words to describe the trip. It was just amazing and I loved every minute. Lots of laughter and fun out of the water and the snorkeling was beyond what I expected. I would love to go back."},{"GuestNames":"Vicki G.","GuestLocation":"Oakland, CA","GuestReview":"The beauty of Raja Ampat has to be seen to be believed. 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There are many online consolidators for booking travel, but for more personal help arranging air transport, you can contact Exito Travel at 1-800-655-4053 in the US or 1-800-670-2605 in Canada. They are very adept at putting flight itineraries together, to even the most far-flung places. More information can be found on Exito's website at <a href=\"https:\/\/exitotravel.com\/\">www.exitotravel.com<\/a>.<br \/><br \/>Depending on your routing, it is necessary to depart from the US one or possibly two days prior to Day 1 of the trip itinerary. The name on your airline ticket must match the name on your passport exactly, and your passport must be valid for at least six months after your date of return to the US. <br \/><br \/><strong>Please do not purchase your tickets until you are confirmed on the trip.<\/strong> Once your tickets have been purchased, please send us a copy of your airline schedule. It is your responsibility to ensure your flight times coordinate with the arrival and departure logistics for this trip.<\/p>","Custom_Extra_Hotel_Nights":"","Custom_Recommended_Hotels":"","Custom_A_and_D_Misc_-_Header_1":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-04-25T13:38:48 --><p>RECOMMENDED HOTELS<\/p>","Custom_A_and_D_Misc_-_Text_1":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-04-25T13:40:00 --><p><strong>Sorong<\/strong><br \/>Swiss-Belhotel: <a href=\"http:\/\/www.swiss-belhotel.com\">www.swiss-belhotel.com<\/a><br \/><br \/>Please note that Sorong has very little tourism infrastructure, so there are not many pre-trip hotel options. 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The last few pages of your passport, which say &#8220;Amendments and Endorsements,&#8221; and the final page of your passport, which may not have a page number, are not considered to be legitimate visa pages. The service of adding pages for visas was discontinued as of January 1, 2016. You can request a new passport through <a href=\"http:\/\/travel.state.gov\/passport\">US Passport Services Office<\/a> or use a visa service agency, which can take care of your passport renewal and expedite the process, if needed. We recommend <a href=\"http:\/\/www.passportvisasexpress.com\/?affId=2120\">Passport Visas Express<\/a> . Be sure to allow sufficient time to acquire this before your trip. <br><br>It is very important to carry photocopies of your passport's photo page and any acquired visa pages for your trip (if applicable) in case your passport is lost or as an additional piece of identification, as well as two extra passport photos.","Custom_Visas_and_Entry_Notes":"US citizens can obtain a Visa on Arrival (VOA) in Indonesia for $35 USD before reaching immigration for stays of less than 30 days. If you are a citizen of any country other than the US or plan to stay for longer than 30 days, check with a local consulate for entry requirements. <br><br>Note: If you are transiting through Bali, a tourism levy may be necessary. Please check entry requirements and\/or with your air carrier for more information.","Custom_Money":"Indonesia's currency is the Indonesian rupiah (IDR), abbreviated Rp. It is very important that you bring your spending money in US cash, not traveler's checks. Traveler's checks can be difficult and time-consuming to cash. USD is the second currency of Indonesia and is accepted in a pinch. Note that pre-1999 USD that is ripped, wrinkled, or stained will often be rejected. ATMs are common in the larger cities in Indonesia and are generally reliable. <br><br>You will need to budget spending money for gratuities, for any meals not included in the trip itinerary, and for personal items such as snacks, phone calls, etc. <br><br>To use an ATM internationally, you must have a four-digit PIN. If you plan to use your credit cards, inform your credit card company before your departure that you will be using the card abroad.","Custom_Tipping":"Tipping is completely discretionary, but over the years, clients have asked us for tipping guidelines to reward guides for outstanding service. A range of reference would be $175-$225 USD per trip member for the boat crew and $175-$225 USD per trip member for the Trip Leader. Bills that are crisp and of a larger denomination are preferred, as smaller denominations and wrinkled bills are generally not accepted at Indonesian banks.","Custom_Food":"Please reach out to us directly to discuss any dietary restrictions or concerns you may have. We can easily make arrangements for most diets, but please keep in mind that certain cultural differences or logistical limitations can make it difficult or at times impossible to accommodate all requests. With this in mind, please inform us at least eight weeks before your trip if you have a special diet, and any food allergies in particular, so we can do our best to meet your needs.","Custom_Communications":"<strong>Telephone<\/strong><br>The international dialing code for Indonesia is 62. Please contact your cell phone company for specific instructions for international use. Cell service in the Raja Ampat islands is very limited.<br><strong><br>Email &amp; Internet Access<\/strong><br>Internet access is not available on the boat.","Custom_Electricity":"Indonesia has 220-volt current and a variety of plug types. The voltage on the boat is 220, and plugs have two round prongs.","Custom_Laundry":"","Custom_Ship_Notes":"The boat has steep stairs\/ladders from the four cabins situated on the first deck up to the main deck; people staying in these cabins who have trouble climbing stairs may have difficulty moving around the boat. Arrangements can be made to situate them on the main deck. Cabin assignments have been pre-determined in the most democratic way possible.","Custom_Inoculations":"Entry requirements are subject to change; check with the Centers for Disease Control for updates. All shots should be entered on your International Health Card (yellow card), which is provided by the facility giving the shots. Keep it with your passport while traveling. This provides an important personal record for you to refer to when making future travel plans. We recommend you discuss the following with your physician:<br><br><br><strong>Polio<\/strong><br>People who have received the primary series of at least three doses of polio vaccine are considered fully immunized. People who are unsure of their status should receive the vaccine (three doses spaced at intervals).<br><br><br><strong>Hepatitis<\/strong><br>The vaccines HAVRIX and VAQTA (two injections, six to 18 months apart) give long-term protection against Hepatitis A and are worthwhile if you travel regularly to developing countries.<br><br><br><strong>Tetanus Booster<\/strong><br>A booster is strongly recommended (effective for 10 years).<br><br><br><strong>Typhoid<\/strong><br>The CDC recommends the shot or the oral vaccine, Vivotif Berna. 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Use repellent containing DEET.<br><br>If, after returning from your trip, you have a persistent fever with chills, muscle aches, and headache, report to your doctor the possibility of exposure to malaria.<br><br>For further malaria information, consult your doctor or the CDC Malaria Hotline: 888-232-3228.","Custom_Staying_Healthy":"Leading up to the trip, we encourage you to do everything possible to stay healthy, including avoiding close contact with anyone displaying cold or flu symptoms and washing your hands often. In the event of cold or flu symptoms while on the trip, we advise you to rest, stay hydrated, wear a mask while indoors, and move away from people before coughing or sneezing. If you are worried about a fellow traveler's flu-like symptoms, you may opt to wear a mask or distance yourself as needed. It's important to remember that there are inherent risks associated with travel and group settings.","Custom_Getting_In_Shape":"For maximum enjoyment of the trip, you must be in good health and able to snorkel for multiple hours at a time. We highly recommend that you have previous snorkeling experience. There are a few optional hikes, and if you would like to participate you will need to be comfortable hiking up slippery, muddy jungle floor and steep limestone rocks using your hands for support.","Custom_Medical_Care":"The Raja Ampat journey takes place in an extremely remote and uninhabited archipelago in the Pacific. In the case of serious illness or injury, medical attention and swift evacuation are not available. Once we sail from Sorong, we are far away from towns and medical facilities. In the case of serious illness or injury, we will make every effort to reach medical facilities as soon as possible, but be aware that it may take the boat days to return to the port of Sorong. If you have health or medical issues of concern, please discuss them with your physician before considering this trip.","Custom_Altitude_Considerations":"","Custom_Covid-19":"","Custom_Reading_List":"Elevate your travel experience by delving into this curated collection of books tailored to your upcoming adventure. They will not only entertain but also provide invaluable insights into the history, culture, cuisine, wildlife, mountain trails, or even folklore of the places you're about to explore. Discover the perfect companions for your journey ahead by <a href=\"https:\/\/bookshop.org\/lists\/wilderness-travel-snorkeling-raja-ampat\">following the link<\/a> or scanning the QR code.","Custom_Photography":"<strong><br>Underwater Photography<br><\/strong>Past clients have enjoyed taking photos of the underwater treasures and sharing them with other trip members after the snorkeling excursions. We recommend bringing a waterproof camera or waterproof housing for your camera. For more information, visit <a href=\"www.bestproductsreviews.com\/cheap-underwater-camera\">Best Underwater Compact Cameras<\/a>.","Custom_Cultural_Considerations":"","Custom_Giving_Back":"","Custom_Enviromental_Concerns":"Please bring your own shampoo, soap, body wash, moisturizer, sunscreen, and any other toiletries you might need. These products wash off your skin while snorkeling, and can cause damage to coral reefs and wildlife. We HIGHLY recommend bringing products with natural and biodegradable ingredients. Dr. Bronner's comes in liquid and bar form, is environmentally friendly, and can be used as body soap, shampoo, hand soap, etc. We also like Wilderness Wash, Campsuds, and Acure Organics Biodegradable wipes. In general, try to stay away from products with phosphate, surfractants, triclosan, and antibacterial ingredients. For sunscreens we recommend mineral-based products with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. Brands such as Honest Company, Badger, Raw Elements, and Alba Botanica are found in most sporting goods stores and drugstores. Avoid all sunscreens that contain oxybenzone and octinoxate, which are harmful to coral reefs.","Custom_Shopping_and_Souvenirs":"","Custom_Seasickness":"","Custom_Explore":"","Custom_Additional_Information":"","Custom_Essentials":"<ul><li>Air tickets (or E-tickets)<\/li><li>Passport<\/li><li>One other picture ID, such as a driver's license<\/li><li>Expense money<\/li><\/ul>","Custom_Luggage":"<ul><li>Sturdy duffel bag, preferably water-resistant nylon. Bring a small padlock to lock your duffel (must be unlocked for air travel). Soft suitcases are also acceptable, but please note there is limited storage space in the cabins. 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A spare pair is invaluable if your first pair gets lost.<\/li><li>Toiletries kit and soap (see section on environmental concerns)<\/li><li>Flashlight, extra batteries<\/li><li>Reusable water bottle<\/li><li>Large plastic bags to keep items dry in your duffel<\/li><\/ul><strong><br>Note: <\/strong>Weightbelts and weights (for the weightbelt) are provided onboard the boat.","Custom_Personal_First_Aid":"Every trip member should bring a small kit for personal use. Your own experience will influence your choices.<br><ul><li>Waterproof biodegradable sunscreen SPF 30 or higher. Bring a large quantity! The sun can be very intense. Be sure to bring enough. We recommend mineral-based sunscreens with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide because they do not contain harsh chemicals that are harmful to the environment. Brands such as Honest Company, Badger, and Alba Botanica are found in most sporting goods stores and drugstores. 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Look for the long-lasting gel-type bandages that you can apply directly on blisters, such as Band-Aid Advanced Healing Bandages or Curad Gel Multi-Day Bandages. &#8220;Liquid band-aids,&#8221; such as New-Skin, are useful because they dry rapidly to form a tough protective cover over a blister caused by your fins.<\/li><li>Anti-bacterial gel for hand washing<\/li><li>Post-insect bite cream (antihistamine), cortisone cream, an antihistamine such as Benadryl for jellyfish stings<\/li><li>Calamine lotion for bug bites<\/li><li>Imodium for diarrhea. 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The voltage on the boat is 220, and plugs have two round prongs.<\/li><li>Binoculars<\/li><li>Camera, spare batteries, spare flash cards<\/li><li>Travel clock<\/li><li>Money belt or neck pouch. Always carry your passport, credit cards, and cash with you in a money belt or neck pouch tucked down inside your shirt or blouse.<\/li><li><strong>Wine or liquor:<\/strong> Please note that alcohol is illegal in many parts of Indonesia, although it is sometimes available for purchase at duty-free shops at the airport in Bali or Jakarta, en route to Sorong. Since duty-free purchase cannot be guaranteed, we recommend that you bring your own wine or liquor from home, in your checked bag, should you want a specific drink on board the boat. If you would like to purchase more, this can be paid for directly on board the boat. Please note that wine in Sorong is not of very high quality, so again, we recommend that you bring your own if you have a strong preference.<\/li><\/ul>","Custom_Prohibited_Items":"<strong>E-Cigarettes: <\/strong>Please do not bring e-cigarettes (vaporizers), including e-cigarette refills. The countries of Thailand, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Singapore, and Vietnam have all outlawed the import and export of e-cigarettes (vaporizers), including e-cigarette refills. Travelers found with these items could be fined or sent to prison for up to 10 years if convicted. 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While snorkeling is usually at your own pace, it is sometimes necessary to be able to keep up with the group.<div><br><\/div><div><strong>Average Day<\/strong><ul><li>4-6 hours snorkeling<\/li><li>3-4 hours sailing<\/li><li>Occasional kayaking, paddle boarding, and short-moderate hikes<\/li><\/ul><strong>Challenge Days<\/strong><ul><li>Day 4: 4-5 hours snorkeling, including 2 hours in an area with extremely strong current, 3-4 hours sailing, and 1 hour hike<\/li><\/ul><\/p>","Custom_Terrain":"","Custom_Getting_in_Shape":"","Custom_Weather":"Raja Ampat is near the Equator and has a warm tropical climate, with year-round temperatures in the low 80s and occasional rain showers. Water temperatures range from 78 to 84\u00b0F.","Custom_Accommodations":"","Custom_Cuisine":"The cook on board prepares simple and tasty meals, a mix of Asian and Western styles with seafood and plenty of fruit and vegetables. There is bread and fruit available for breakfast, as well as eggs on request. 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If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please call Wilderness Travel at 1-800-368-2794 or email us at <a href=\"mailto:\/\/info@wildernesstravel.com\">info@wildernesstravel.com<\/a>.<\/p>","System_References":"<p>We&rsquo;d be happy to put you in touch with a past client that has traveled with us.<\/p>","System_Visit_Our_Website":"<p>At <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/\">www.wildernesstravel.com<\/a>, you can book your trip online or find out about added departures, last-minute deals, and one-time Limited Edition adventures that aren&rsquo;t listed in our catalog. You can also access our complete library of detailed itineraries filled with enticing photos and videos, read bios of our Trip Leaders, find descriptions of trip accommodations, and check real-time availability of any trips that interest you.<\/p>","System_Helpful_Links":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-01-27T07:52:03 --><p>Wilderness Travel has compiled a list of useful websites for travelers. Find the Toucan Club tab on the home page of our website and choose Helpful Links: <a href=\"http:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/ toucan\/links\">www.wildernesstravel.com\/ toucan\/links<\/a>.<\/p>","System_About_New_Trips":"This is a new adventure and one that we are particularly excited about offering. However, as with all new departures, flexibility and a spirit of adventure are always appreciated! Activities are described in the itinerary but they can vary, sometimes considerably, depending on weather conditions, the group, and other factors.","System_About_Private_Journeys":"<p>Wilderness Travel Private Journeys are designed for people who want to travel with their own small private group, but who still want to experience the same superb itinerary design, great accommodations, and signature quality of Wilderness Travel's escorted group trips. These Private Journeys allow you to choose your own dates and your traveling companions&mdash;and enjoy the WT touch on all aspects of the journey.<\/p>","System_Limited_Edition_Adventures":"This is a Limited Edition adventure&mdash;which means a unique trip we've never run before or offer only every few years. Led by our most experienced Trip Leaders, these journeys often take place in remote destinations with only the most basic infrastructure for tourism. If you see a Limited Edition trip scheduled for this year, now is the time to sign up, as spaces fill very early and the trip may not be back for a while! Planned daily activities and actual timings may vary due to local conditions or the discretion of your Trip Leader&mdash;it is important to bring your spirit of adventure for these special exploratory journeys!","System_Social_Media":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:33:43 --><p><strong>SOCIAL MEDIA:<\/strong> We invite you to share your adventure with us on social media. Tag @wildernesstravel and we may even feature your content on our pages!<\/p>","System_If_You_Miss_Your_Flight":"<p><strong>IF YOU MISS YOUR FLIGHT<\/strong><br>If you miss your flight or are otherwise delayed, contact our Wilderness Travel office, as well as our local partners, with your new flight information. Refer to the Emergency Contact Information listed in this Final Bulletin.<\/p>","System_Valid_Passport":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-06-16T10:26:21 --><p><strong>VALID PASSPORT:<\/strong> Check that your passport is valid for at least six months from the last day of your trip, and that you have at least two blank pages for any necessary visa or entry and exit stamps.<\/p>","System_Insurance_Policy":"<p><strong>INSURANCE POLICY:<\/strong> If you have purchased the Travelex Travel Protection Plan, you should have received an email confirmation of your policy. Please bring a digital or printed copy of this policy with you. If you cannot find your email confirmation, please contact Travelex's Customer Solutions team at 844-877-1885 or e-mail customersolutions@travelexinsurance.com. If you have not purchased Travelex insurance already, you have the option to do so up to 24 hours prior to your departure.<\/p>","System_Covid-19_Travel_Requirements":"<p><strong>PRE-DEPARTURE INFORMATION<\/strong><strong>: <\/strong>Please review your Pre-Departure Information booklet included in this packet for important information regarding Wilderness Travel's COVID-19 protocols, packing lists, recommended reading, tipping, etc.<\/p>","System_Wilderness_Travel_Office":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:38:07 --><p>Our office in Berkeley, California can be reached at 510-558-2488, or by email at info@wildernesstravel.com. We are available during regular business hours (M-F, 8:30 am-5:00 pm, PST). <\/p>","System_ECI_Travel_Insurance":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:38:31 --><p>If you have purchased the Travelex Travel Protection Plan through Wilderness Travel, please remember to bring your Confirmation of Coverages (COC) with you on the trip, including your Plan Number and important emergency contact information.<\/p><p>If you've purchased a travel protection plan on your own, we recommend that you bring a copy of your policy, including all coverages, with you on your trip.<\/p>","System_Face_Masks_and_Hand_Sanitizer":"","System_DidNotPurchase_Insurance":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-02-28T12:27:44 --><p>Travel Insurance: We recommend that you purchase travel insurance for this trip. For your convenience, we offer Travelex travel protection. Please let us know if you would like us to add the Travelex Travel Protection Plan to this final invoice. You can learn more about the policy on our <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/toucan\/travel-insurance\">website<\/a>.<\/p>","System_Purchased_Insurance":"Please remember to bring a copy of your Travelex Confirmation of Coverage and State Specific Policy with you on your trip. You should have received an email directly from Travelex with these documents. If you need this email to be re-sent, please contact Travelex's Customer Solutions team at 844-877-1885 or e-mail customersolutions@travelexinsurance.com. <br><br><br>","System_COVID-19":"The Public Health Emergency for COVID-19 declared by the World Health Organization and the US Department of Health and Human Services expired in 2023. As of March 2024, we no longer require guests who exhibit cold or flu symptoms to test for COVID-19. Guests who test positive for COVID-19 will be required to follow local health protocols, wear a mask in group vehicles and during indoor activities for the remainder of the trip, and may be asked to dine separately. Any travel companion sharing a room with them will also be required to wear a mask at all times in the shared group vehicles for the remainder of the trip.<br><br>We encourage all travelers to actively monitor their own well-being and to use common-sense preventative measures such as regular handwashing (or use of hand sanitizer) and\/or wearing a face mask. If you are feeling sick, we encourage you to self-isolate and\/or wear a mask to protect your fellow travelers. Guests may be required to wear a mask if the Trip Leader believes the situation warrants it.<br><br>Leading up to the trip, we encourage you to do everything possible to stay healthy, including avoiding close contact with anyone displaying cold or flu symptoms and washing your hands often. As always, by traveling with Wilderness Travel, guests agree to be accountable for their own well-being. If you are worried about a fellow traveler's cold or flu-like symptoms, you may opt to wear a mask or distance yourself as needed. It's important to remember that there are inherent risks associated with travel and group settings.<br><br>These protocols will be reviewed and adjusted as guidance evolves. <br><br>","System_Photography":"<strong>Camera Recommendations<\/strong><br>With the many advances in digital technology, a simple compact digital camera or even your smartphone is capable of taking pictures suitable for the needs of most people. For higher quality images and the ability to use long lenses for closer wildlife pictures, a DSLR camera is well worthwhile, though heavier. Most digital cameras and phones have good video options, but you may want to consider a GoPro for a lightweight, waterproof option. Always practice ahead of time with new equipment and bring your manual with you. You may want to consider renting camera equipment for your trip from places such as <a href=\"https:\/\/www.lensrentals.com\/\">lensrentals.com<\/a>. This is an especially good idea for renting large zoom lenses that you may need for just one trip. Adding their extra insurance fee to cover expensive equipment is recommended. <br><strong><br>Camera Accessories<\/strong><br>We recommend bringing at least two large capacity memory cards or a small digital storage unit (or tablet) to back up your photos, freeing space on your memory cards. Don't forget to bring a battery charger and a backup battery so one is always charged and ready to use. For trips where you may be away from power sources for multiple days, consider looking into a solar-powered battery charger or buying additional backup batteries, and check that you have the appropriate adapter for the electrical outlets in your destination.<br><strong><br>Sharing Your Images<\/strong><br>We would love for you to share photos from your trip, and with your permission, may even use your photos in our marketing materials or on our photo blog. We request that you send us a small sample of your best images. Please email your photos to wtphotoblog@gmail.com or tag us @WildernessTravel on social media.<br><strong><br>Photography Etiquette<\/strong><br>When taking pictures of local people, be aware of cultural considerations. Approaching people with a warm smile and using polite gestures or simple phrases to ask permission to photograph them usually works well. It is always recommended to engage people in conversation before asking to photograph them, but if people do not wish to have their photo taken, please honor their requests. We urge travelers to avoid giving money in exchange for photo opportunities, which makes it harder for future travelers to have a meaningful personal interaction with local people. Please always heed your Trip Leader's guidelines for what is appropriate. ","System_Gear_Store":"To help you prepare for your next WT adventure, we've put together a great collection of top brands including Patagonia, Outdoor Research, Eagle Creek, and more at our WT Gear Store (<a href=\"https:\/\/wildernesstravel.newheadings.com\/\">wildernesstravel.newheadings.com<\/a>).","System_Questions?":"<p>Our Area Specialists are your single point of contact and would be happy to answer any questions about your trip!<br>800.368.2794 | 510.558.2488<\/p>","System_Pricing_Detail-Small_Group_Adventure":" <br><br>To offer the lowest possible cost, our trips are priced according to the number of participants on the trip. All costs are per person, based on double occupancy. If you wish to have a single room, you must pay the single supplement fee. Please note that Wilderness Travel staff, or guests of Wilderness Travel such as travel writers, photographers, or leaders-in-training, are not included in the tier pricing count.","System_Travel_Insurance":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-01-27T07:58:05 --><p>We highly recommend you purchase travel insurance. You can take advantage of a comprehensive Travel Protection Plan designed for Wilderness Travel by Travelex, or purchase other insurance on your own. See our website for details: <a href=\"http:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/insurance\">www.wildernesstravel.com\/insurance<\/a><\/p>","System_Make_it_Your_Trip":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:44:18 --><p>The prices above are for the ready-to-book adventure outlined in this Detailed Itinerary, a popular option that has been handcrafted by our Area Specialists to include the best of every destination. While many travelers choose to book this tour as is, our Area Specialists are also happy to work with you to customize this Private Journey to suit your specific interests and style of travel. We can arrange for longer or shorter stays, offer hotel upgrades (see below for sample costs), or add an extension to additional places of interest. We can even add special activities or customize excursions depending on your interests. We invite you to contact us to discuss your options!<\/p>","System_Signing_up_for_a_Trip":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:44:42 --><p>Early reservations are recommended since accommodations often sell out far in advance. Please call 1-800-368-2794 and ask for our [Africa Manager] or email us at [africa@ wildernesstravel.com] with any questions that you may have about this trip. To reserve your Private Journey, we will need to know your preferred dates of travel. We will then check availability and send you a proposed itinerary with exact pricing for your adventure. We can typically hold a provisional booking for one week. At that time, we must collect your initial deposit or accommodations will be released. We accept Visa, Mastercard, or American Express card. Upon receipt of your deposit, we will send you a Welcome Packet that includes a letter of confirmation, Detailed Itinerary, Trip Application, Medical Form, and Pre-Departure Information Booklet with information to help you prepare for your adventure. Please see our Cancellations and Transfer Fee Schedule for specific payment information.<\/p>","System_Trip_Leaders":"<p>Wilderness Travel Trip Leaders have a passion and a joy for creating an unforgettable journey. We are extremely proud of them and the incredible travel experiences they make possible. For more information, including client comments about them and which specific trips they will be leading, please visit <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/leaders\/\">wildernesstravel.com\/leaders<\/a>.<\/p>"},"terms":{"PaymentSchedule":"<p>At time of reservation: $600<br>150 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost<br>90 days prior to departure: Balance <br><br><em>Please note that this differs from our standard policy.<\/em><\/p>","CancelSchedule":"<p>Minimum fee: $600 per person<br>91-150 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost<br>90 days or less: 100% of trip cost<\/p><p><em>Please note that this differs from our standard policy.<\/em><\/p>"}}