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Whale watching cruise with WWF researcher on 18-meter schooner

Next Departure:

June 23, 2024

Italy:

Tuscany

Duration:

6 days - 6 nights

Max number of passengers:

10 people

Available:

June - September

Boarding from:

Talamone

What's included

Cancellation policy

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Organised by:

WWF Travel

Member since 2020 -

Organisation

Italian

English

French

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5 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


technique

• Monitoring methodologies 


• Behavioural 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 among 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 Francesco N.. Check out the great reviews it has already received on Sailsquare. On board, together with Francesco, you will also find two other people who will help him during the navigation: they will live with you a magical experience in search of cetaceans. For those who wish, during the experience it will be possible to learn sailing notions with a small course held by the skipper. 


Sailing with Francesco means taking a step back in time, it means experiencing those emotions that only history with its traditions can give you. Lie on deck, eyes closed, the sun warming your face and feel the gentle roll of the boat as it safely ploughs through the water. In fact, the schooner is built entirely of wood and designed for an environmental project to raise awareness on the issue of plastic in the sea.  There are two double cabins, a triple cabin (with double berth + 1 single berth) and a quadruple cabin with 4 single berths. The triple cabin, being a passageway, is a cabin that is not "closed".


This boat is deliberately spartan but very charming, so the small price to pay is the lack of some comforts: there is no 220v (so it is not possible to use the hairdryer on board) and it does not dispense hot water.

Starting from

€929

6 days - 6 nights

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Boat & Classes of Service

Westegard Boats Schooner 60 - 2016

Type

Gulet

Length

18.14 m.

Toilets

2

Cabins

4

Our itinerary

Our trip starts here:

Talamone.

Sunday

June 23

from 18:00

to 19:00

Our trip ends here:

Talamone.

Saturday

June 29

from 15:00

to 16:00

Our itinerary

We

therefore propose an adventure inside the Mediterranean Cetacean Sanctuary, in an area between the Island of Elba, the Tuscan Coast and Corsica, starting from the port of Talamone.


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The organiser reviews

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Organised by:

WWF Travel

Member since 2020 -

Organisation

Italian

English

French

4.78/5

out of

77

reviews

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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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