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Brief description of the holiday
WWF EXPEDITION 2021: research campaign on marine megafauna in the waters off the coast of Carloforte.
NB: It is also possible to embark in Fiumicino on September 21 in the morning and disembark in Fiumicino on October 5 in the evening , for those who would also like to experience the Fiumicino-Carloforte round trip. Being an All-inclusive experience that includes food, fuel and stops in the ports to embark and disembark at Fiumicino, an additional contribution of 200 € is required.
IN THIS CASE, IF YOU WISH TO BOARD AND LAND FROM FIUMICINO, BEFORE BOOKING, YOU MUST WRITE TO THE ORGANIZER OR CONTACT CUSTOMER CARE at 0294752565 requesting a personalized offer!
This expedition, strongly desired by the WWF for scientific research purposes for the protection of the marine megafauna, including some endangered cetaceans, sees the WWF and other nationally and internationally renowned bodies as protagonists who will send biologists, naturalists and ethologists on board. of an 18-meter schooner , discovering unexplored waters since the early 1980s, to better understand the impact man could have had, and could have in the future, on the local megafauna.
The goal is therefore to research and monitor the megafauna - Cetaceans, Turtles and Sharks - in this area south of Sardinia, with specific instrumentation and equipment (drones, hydrophones, cameras and video cameras) to study the distribution and behavior of these wonderful and very important animals and to collect fundamental acoustic data to evaluate the presence of cetaceans and the impacts of noise pollution.
It is a real research expedition that will help the entire scientific community to have valuable information on an unknown and unexplored area that could represent a biodiversity hotspot and a very important area of feeding, migration and reproduction for whales, dolphins, turtles. and sharks.
Taking part in this expedition is a unique and unrepeatable experience , which will allow 10 travelers to support professionals who work every day for the protection of marine fauna and the ecosystem in general in a very important WWF research project.
IS IT AN EXPERIENCE FOR EVERYONE?
Yes, in the sense that anyone can get on board this experience, the important thing is to be at ease on a boat and know that it will be a wonderful experience but with rhythms dictated by the real protagonists of this adventure: the cetaceans and other marine animals. There will therefore be night cruises, intense sailing but also moments of fun and strong complicity within the crew, which is united by a common mission: to search and monitor cetaceans to give them the opportunity to continue living undisturbed in their natural habitat.
THE SKIPPER AND THE BOAT
The skipper of this experience will be Francesco N .. On board with Francesco there will also be his co-skipper and at least two expert biologists / naturalists or ethologists sent by the WWF and other international bodies. 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, 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.
COVID FREE HOLIDAY
Participants of this holiday will be required to show the green pass with all the required doses or to show a negative swab / test certificate for covid19.
Schooner 60 Piedi, Westergard Boats
Wooden schooner, auric rig, traditional construction
Lung. On deck. 18.14 m wide mt. 4.67 draft mt. 2.49
Comfort: 2 double cabins, 2 triple cabins, 1 quadruple cabin, 1 navigator berth (total 15 beds);
2 bathrooms, dinette, kitchen with oven.
Instruments: compass, VHF, GPS Navionics, manual windlass, awning, tender with outboard.
100hp aspirated FTP engine
Our trip starts here
Carloforte, SU, Italia
Thursday 23 September from 19:00 until Thursday 23 September at 21:00
Our trip ends here
Carloforte, SU, Italia
Sunday 3 October from 8:00 until Sunday 3 October at 10:00
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Other important information
WHAT TO BRING
We recommend that you bring rain gear: at sea the weather can change suddenly. Do not use rigid suitcases on the boat, spaces are limited, so you need to bring a bag that can be easily stowed once emptied.
If you think you suffer from seasickness, you can buy special tablets at the pharmacy.
BOARDING AND LANDING FROM CARLOFORTE OR FIUMICINO
It is possible to embark in Carloforte on 23 September in the evening with disembarkation on 3 October in the morning, or it is possible to embark in Fiumicino on 21 September in the morning and disembark in Fiumicino on 5 October in the evening. Being an All-inclusive experience that includes food, fuel and stops in the ports to embark in Fiumicino, an additional contribution of 200 € is required.
HOW TO REACH CARLOFORTE
Starting from the main national and European airports you will have to take a flight that will take you to Cagliari Elmas airport. There are several airlines that offer daily scheduled flights, charter and low-cost flights.
From Cagliari Elmas airport you will have to reach Portovesme or Calasetta, from where ferries leave for Carloforte. To get to the ferry boarding points you can: 1. use the local train service from Airport to Cagliari City + bus transport service of the ARST company. 2. Book a private taxi from Cagliari Airport to reach Portovesme (about 1h) or Calasetta (about 1h30).
The ferries are managed by Delcomar from Calasetta or Portovesme and last about 30/40 minutes, day and night, bookable.
Payment and cancellations
For all cetacean watching and research cruises with SKIPPER on board of a SAILBOAT or GOLET the Standard Sailsquare Policies apply..
- If you are more than 45 days away from departure, you can pay a deposit of about 30% and pay the balance within 30 days before departure. For this type of payment there is a handling fee of 25€..
- Until your experience is confirmed, you can cancel your
reservation at any time and receive a full refund of all fees
. Covid19 Policy Update
Are you forced to cancel a confirmed experience when there are more than 30 days to go? Are you unable to travel or reach your departure location due to regulations issued by the relevant authorities? Contact Customer Support and you will receive a full refund of the fees paid.
Special Cancellation Policies apply to all WWF-guided nature observation trips.
If your vacation is not confirmed, you may pay:
- 30% as a deposit at the time of booking
- The balance when the vacation is confirmed or, 30 days before departure if it is not confirmed before.
If the vacation is confirmed, you can pay:
- 60% as a deposit at the time of booking
- The balance 30 days before departure.
- Unconfirmed vacation: you can cancel when you want: you will receive a full refund of the amount paid, net of any additional services.
- Confirmed vacation: if you cancel your reservation 30 or more days before departure, a penalty of 60% will apply. a 60% penalty. If you cancel less than 30 days days before departure, a penalty of 100% applies.
Knowing what expenses are included and excluded from your booking fee will enable you to have a good idea of the total cost of your chosen experience.
Included in the price.
- Meals onboard
- Final cleaning
- Mooring fees
- WWF guide
Not included in the price.
- Meals/drinks consumed ashore
- Trip from and to embarkment/disembarkment port
To be paid onboard.
In addition to the price, there will be some additional expenses that you will incur during your trip. Expenses have been listed below.
- Tessera associativa ASD - 15€/persona
The estimated expenses for the rest of the holiday are approximately 0-50€ per person.