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Whale watching cruise with WWF researcher on an 18-meter schooner

Italy:

Tuscany

Duration:

6 days - 6 nights

Max number of passengers:

9 people

Available:

-

Boarding from:

Talamone, GR, Italia

What's included

Cancellation policy

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Organised by:

WWF Travel

Member since 2020 -

Organisation

English

Italian

French

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8 travellers have booked this experience

This experience, in a nutshell

WWF TRAVEL SEARCH CRUISES: WHALE WATCHING BUT NOT ONLY!



WWF Travel offers a cruise on a sailing boat 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

monitoring methodologies

behavior sampling techniques

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

OUR SKIPPER

The skipper of this experience will be Francesco N .. Check out the great reviews he has already received on Sailsquare. On board with Francesco you will also find two other people who will help him during the navigation and 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 down on the deck, your eyes closed, the sun warming your face and feel the gentle roll of the boat as it safely plows through the water. The schooner is in fact built entirely of wood and designed for an environmental awareness project on the theme of plastic in the sea . The guest cabins are two doubles, one triple (with double berth + 1 single) and one quadruple with 4 single berths. As the triple cabin is passing through, it is not a "closed" cabin.

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


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.

No Departures available

Boat & Classes of Service

Westegard Boats Schooner 60 - 2016

Type

Monohull

Length

18.14 m.

Toilets

2

Cabins

4

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10+

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Our itinerary

Our trip starts here:

Talamone, GR, Italia.

Check-in: 6:00 PM

Our trip ends here:

Talamone, GR, Italia.

Check-out: 3:00 PM

The organiser reviews

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Organised by:

WWF Travel

Member since 2020 -

Organisation

English

Italian

French

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

05/14/2024

Eleonora C.

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Italy

Viaggio sulla carta magnifico. Purtroppo non siamo stati fortunati con il meteo-marino, perciò dal mercoledì sera siamo rimasti nel porto di Viareggio fino al Sabato a 12.00, per poi rientrare in porto la Domenica alle 18.00. "Al meteo non si comanda" e a quanto pare il rischio di fattibilità o meno del viaggio ricade tutto sui turisti. Come da policy, non è previsto annullamento o altro, perciò una volta prenotata l'esperienza bisogna solo confidare di non aver pagato invano. Al rientro, ho suggerito di prevedere dei voucher, perchè nel nostro caso sono rimasta molto delusa dalla gestione del pre-partenza. Mi sarei aspettata un annullamento di questa vacanza e la possibilità di partecipare in un altro momento. Capisco che l'organizzatore si debba in qualche modo tutelare "per la sostenibilità aziendale", come mi è stato detto (frase alquanto spiacevole da leggere in quanto cliente non soddisfatta). Credo anche però che un tour operator debba essere in grado di capire quando un viaggio è fattibile o meno. Peccato.
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1st May - Whale watching cruise with WWF researcher between Elba and Capraia

05/10/2024

Marco B.

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Italy

Esperienza nel complesso positiva, in cui ho potuto interfacciarmi con persone aventi i miei stessi ideali e che mi hanno trasmesso diverse e interessanti conoscenze su ecosistema e fauna marina relazionata alla spedizione. Nota negativa, che purtroppo pesa nella recensione complessiva, è la mancata navigazione per due giorni abbondanti su quattro a causa delle condizioni meteo-marine e la conseguente variazione d'itinerario. Data comunque la difficoltà nel prevedere questo tipo di situazioni, sarà mia cura provare a comunicare con gli organizzatori per cercare di rendere meno spiacevoli il verificarsi di queste situazioni a chi intende vivere questo tipo di esperienze.
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25 April - Whale watching expedition with WWF researcher in Liguria

05/8/2024

Nicoletta S.

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Italy

Sabrina e Silvia due Guide appassionate e competenti, super disponibili per tutte le necessità delle persone a bordo. In quattro giorni si é creato un clima di amicizia e un affiatamento tra l’equipaggio che non avrei mai sperato! Nonostante le condizioni meteo marine non sempre ideali siamo usciti sempre in sicurezza e abbiamo fatto avvistamenti ogni giorno. Nicola lo skipper ha fatto sempre il possibile per assicurare la nostra permanenza sulla barca confortevole, come se fossimo a casa nostra. Esperienza che consiglierei a tutti, tornerò sicuramente!
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1st May - Whale watching cruise with WWF researcher between Elba and Capraia

05/6/2024

Elettra B.

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Italy

Esperienza ottima. Immersione totale nella vita da barca con una parte di spiegazioni sulla vita del mare e dei nostri stupendi mammiferi marini. Organizzato con cura, attenzione e andando incontro ai bisogni delle persone presente dove possibile. Barca stupenda, tenuta bene, cibo in abbondanza, persone speciali con cui condividere spazi e tempo. Silvia molto attenta, veloce e simpatica, con una conoscenza approfondita della vita marina e non solo che trasmette senza fatica. Giulia super preparata e ottima relatrice. Anche se il tempo ci è stato avverso è stata un'esperienza unica di cui sono molto soddisfatta. Consigliata. Il capitano della vela è stato il top. Elettra .

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