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1st May - Whale watching cruise with WWF researcher between Elba and Capraia

Next Departure:

May 1, 2024

Italy:

Tuscany

Duration:

4 days - 4 nights

Max number of passengers:

6 people

Available:

May

Suitable for travellers:

> 10 years

Boarding from:

Viareggio

What's included

Cancellation policy

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Organised by:

WWF Travel

Member since 2020 -

Organisation

Italian

English

French

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3 travellers have already tried this experience

This experience, in a nutshell

WWF TRAVEL RESEARCH CRUISES: WHALE WATCHING BUT NOT ONLY!



WWF Travel offers a sailing cruise where travelers will be involved in WWF scientific research activities for the protection of the megafauna of the Mediterranean. An experience of sea and navigation accompanied by WWF researchers, where you can learn to observe, identify and protect, with strictly non-invasive methods, the cetaceans of our seas. 


For travelers it will be an opportunity to enjoy natural and marine beauties, to have fun in the most beautiful seas of the Mediterranean and at the same time to develop skills of great scientific interest such as:

nature photography techniques and photo-identification techniques• monitoring methodologies• behavior sampling techniques 

 

 

• use of research instrumentation: GPS, navigation software, binoculars with reticles, video camera and BORIS software for the acquisition of surface behavioural data.


The atmosphere on the boat is serene and informal, and everyone on board will be involved in the activities on board (such as cooking, keeping the boat tidy,..) , in order to preserve the spirit of sharing that characterizes this type of holiday.


The daily activities, in agreement with the skipper and the researcher, will be modulated and variable according to the weather and sea conditions and the identification of itineraries that lend themselves extemporaneously to scientific research. For this reason, in the crew we will need to be flexible and understand that working with animals in the wild is not 100% plannable. Sometimes cetacean observations will require longer navigations in order to make an observation. But that's the beauty of a cruise that has a scientific research component!



WHY CHOOSE WWF TRAVEL?



1) RESPONSIBLE TOURISM: we are one of the founding members of AITR, the Italian Association of Responsible Tourism; For us, making a trip means first of all implementing all the good practices aimed at respecting the environment, local communities and supporting the protection of biodiversity;


2) COMPETENCE and KNOWLEDGE: we place a huge value on competence, in fact WWF researchers all come from naturalistic training courses, but above all they have a very clear objective, which is to give depth to the emotions experienced on board and ensure that your wealth of knowledge is much heavier when you return from an experience with WWF, enriching every moment spent in search of the inhabitants of the sea with details.


3) FUN AND PLEASURE: let's never forget that we are talking about holidays. We want to learn more about the nature that surrounds us, but we want to do it while enjoying the beauty of the places we are visiting and appreciating the pleasure of sharing the experience with our travel companions in a cheerful and relaxed atmosphere.



OUR SKIPPER


The skipper of this experience will be Gianni Maurizio C. click on his name to read the reviews he has received from travellers.

My passion for sailing began over 20 years ago. He has taken numerous sailing courses, traveling with children, teenagers and families. Gianni defines himself as extroverted, very patient, good company and also a bit of a mess when it comes to partying. For some experiences he could be replaced by his trusted partner Cesare G.

€509

4 days - 4 nights

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Boat & Classes of Service

Beneteau First 47 - 2004

Type

Monohull

Length

14.5 m.

Toilets

2

Cabins

3

Our itinerary

Our trip starts here:

Viareggio.

Wednesday

May 1

from 18:00

to 21:00

Our trip ends here:

Viareggio.

Sunday

May 5

from 16:00

to 18:00

Our itinerary

The meeting is scheduled in Viareggio on Wednesday starting at 18:00. We will make a galley and then we will have dinner in the port for a first evening of acquaintance.

The next morning we will set sail very early for the Tuscan Archipelago. Our first stop will be the island of Capraia, and then evaluate depending on the weather conditions whether to sail to the Island of Elba, stopping among its coves.

We will encounter white beaches, crystal clear water, rocks and wonderful views. Elba and Capraia are wild and unspoiled islands, interrupted by small villages, which will fascinate us.

On the way back,

we will head back to the island of Capraia, and then return to Viareggio on Sunday afternoon.


Embarkation will take place on Wednesday evening before dinner, around 18:00 and disembarkation will be on Sunday, by 18:00.


NB: if the weather does not allow us to sail long, we will evaluate whether to dedicate more time to just one of the Island of Elba or Capraia.

Frequent questions

The organiser reviews

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Organised by:

WWF Travel

Member since 2020 -

Organisation

Italian

English

French

4.78/5

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77

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Whale watching expedition with WWF researcher on an 18-metre schooner

10/6/2023

Lorenzo S.

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Italy

Esperienza meravigliosa. Ho incontrato persone splendide, ringrazio in particolare il Capitano Francesco, Alejandro e Silvia del WWF, per tutti gli insegnamenti e per la disponibilità. Consiglio vivamente l'esperienza.
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Whale watching expedition with WWF researcher on an 18-metre schooner

10/6/2023

Daniela M.

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Italy

Per me è stata un'esperienza entusiasmante! Non avevo mai navigato prima e già penso ad imbarcarmi di nuovo. Tutto mi è piaciuto in questo viaggio, le persone affidabili, accoglienti, colte e allegre che ho incontrato, la goletta aurica da sogno, la meraviglia infinita del mare e delle isole Pontine. Anche le stenelle che più volte abbiamo avvistato!! Ringrazio davvero di cuore Silvia, Francesco e Alejandro e spero non mancherà un'altra occasione per navigare insieme.
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Whale watching expedition with WWF researcher in Liguria

09/22/2023

Lara B.

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Italy

Esperienza veramente BELLISSIMA, nonostante i pochi avvistamenti, ma in quanto tali son stati assaporati al massimo! Tutto é fluito alla perfezione, dentro e fuori la barca, nonostante momenti di pioggia e mare mosso. Oltre ai compagni di spedizione con cui si é creato subito un clima di armonia e cooperazione, un GRAZIE speciale a Joelle - la NS ricercatrice Whale Whatcher WWF - e a Nicola - il NS skipper - nn solo per la loro professionalità e attenzione ad ogni NS esigenza, ma soprattutto per la loro passione per il mare e i suoi abitanti che hanno condiviso con noi e ci hanno trasmesso. Lo considero un assaggio di altre esperienze future.
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Whale watching expedition with WWF researcher in Liguria

09/22/2023

Alessia T.

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Italy

La guida whale watcher Joelle è molto competente, super entusiasta (ragazziiiiiiiii, stenelleeeeeeeeeee!!!) e sempre attenta alle esigenze del gruppo. Con il suo sorriso (tanto più smagliante quanto più numerosi sono gli avvistamenti!) contribuisce a creare un clima allegro e spensierato tra i membri dell'equipaggio. Lo skipper Nicola ci ha illustrato con grande chiarezza alcuni principi base dell'andare a vela e ci ha portato con grande competenza, equilibrio e simpatia, sintonizzandosi perfettamente con tutti i componenti del gruppo (ok, con gli ingegneri informatici particolarmente). Abbiamo avvistato due gruppi di stenelle e qualche tonno salterino. Consiglio molto questa esperienza, io continuerò a iscrivermi finche non vedrò una balena!!!

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