WWF TRAVEL SEARCH EXPEDITIONS: WHALE WATCHING BUT NOT ONLY!
WWF Travel offers a sailing expedition where travelers will be involved in WWF scientific research activities for the protection of the Mediterranean megafauna. A sea and navigation experience 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 naturalistic 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:
• naturalistic photography
techniques and photo-identification techniques
• behavior sampling
• use of research instruments
: GPS, navigation software, binoculars with reticles, video camera and BORIS software for the acquisition of surface behavioral data.
The atmosphere that reigns on the boat is serene and informal and all the people on board will be involved in the activities on board (such as cooking, keeping the boat in order, ...)
, in order to preserve the spirit of sharing that characterizes this type of holidays. 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 as a crew we will need to be flexible and to understand that working with animals in nature is not 100% planned. Sometimes the observations of cetaceans will require more prolonged navigations in order to make an observation. But this is precisely the beauty
of a cruise that has a scientific research component! WHY CHOOSE WWF TRAVEL?
1) RESPONSIBLE TOURISM
: we are among the founding members of AITR, the Italian Association of Responsible Tourism; for us, making a trip means first of all implementing all good practices aimed at respecting the environment
, local communities and supporting the protection of biodiversity;
2) COMPETENCE and KNOWLEDGE
: we give enormous value to competence in fact the WWF researchers all come from naturalistic training courses, but above all they have a very clear objective, that is to give depth to the emotions experienced on board
and ensure that your wealth of knowledge is much heavier when returning from an experience with WWF, enriching with details every moment lived in search of the inhabitants of the sea.
3) FUN AND PLEASURE
: we never forget that we are talking about holidays. We want to get to know the nature that surrounds us better, but we want to do it by 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
. PLACES AND ITINERARY
We will leave from Loano (SV)
to experience a wonderful weekend discovering Liguria. We will sail in the direction of the Riviera di Levante, to skirt the whole region. We will skirt Varazze, Genoa, the beautiful Camogli and San Fruttuoso, Chiavari to finally arrive at Levanto and the suggestive Cinque Terre and the Gulf of La Spezia with the island of Palmaria. We will immerse ourselves in the beauties of the Ligurian coast, stopping in the most enchanting bays and admiring breathtaking landscapes. It will be an experience dedicated to outdoor life and contact with nature.
We will decide the exact itinerary based on the weather conditions and the indications of the skipper and the WWF expert.
Do you want to get excited with little? Fun and healthy life on the boat are also waiting for you, including aperitifs, dinners under the stars and swimming in natural pools, respecting the environment, with new and old friends. OUR SKIPPER
On board this experience there will be Nicola F
.: click on the name to read the reviews he has received from travelers.
Nicola is a profound connoisseur of the area, always navigating between Liguria and the Cote d'Azur. He is described by his traveling companions as an experienced, friendly, patient skipper and very willing to teach the basics of sailing to those who request it; friendly skipper who puts the safety and satisfaction of his guests first. To participate in this experience you will be required to show the Green Pass, or a negative swab certificate carried out in the 24 preceding boarding. A quick swab is also sufficient, which can be done in the pharmacy, with results in 15/20 minutes.