2019 Whale and Dolphin Expedition

A new and exciting voyage of Discovery covering more than 3,000nm.

We will set sail from Montenegro on our Odyssey to the Greek Ionian before crossing to Sicily and then North via the Straits of Messina. We will visit the Aeolian Islands to see the active volcano of Stromboli. Through the Tyrrhenian Sea to Sardinia, Corsica. Visit the Pelagos Marine Sanctuary in the Ligurian Sea. All the while searching for a wide variety of Whales and Dolphins. 

There will be more opportunities to see Dolphins and Whales en-route as we head West to the Balearic Islands, Gibralter and the Portuguese and Spanish coasts. We end our epic journey in the UK after crossing the Bay of Biscay. 

Join us for one or more of the one-week legs

The expedition will combine sailing in a variety of stunning locations with encounters with Whales and Dolphins under the expert guidance of one or more of our on board Tour Guides. They will introduce you to the wonders of marine mammals, the main threats to their survival and how to contribute to protecting their vulnerable world.

You will be given the chance to experience unforgettable moments with these magnificent creatures, and learn the essential role they play in our oceans.

Here are two videos; One from a past trip in the Adriatic and the other from our 2018 expedition from Montenegro to Turkey

 

Species we may encounter will vary from location to location. They could be any of the following:

Striped dolphin, Bottlenose dolphin, Short-beaked common dolphinWhite sided dolphin, Risso’s dolphin, Sperm whale, Cuvier’s beaked whale, Long finned Pilot Whale, Sperm Whale, Fin whale, Blue Whale, Minke Whale, Killer Whale (Orca), Humpback Whale. 

Join for any one of or all of each Leg. Places are limited to a maximum of 4 guests per Leg using two of the master stateroom with en-suite facilities, forward double cabin or Pullman cabin with two single bunks.

Emma holds an MSc in Marine Biology & Oceanography from Bangor University and has organised teams of volunteers conducting cetacean surveys. Emma is a dinghy sailing instructor, Day Skipper, Power Boat level 2 and Advanced Open Water Diver. She has worked for the RNLI & is an RLSS Beach lifeguard, British Divers Marine Life Rescue Medic and First Aider with cold shock and hypothermia qualifications. She has worked as a sailing yacht hostess & delivery crew in Croatia, Greece and Sicily and as a hostess & ski tour guide in France. Emma is currently volunteering with the Cambodian Marine Mammal Conservation project.

Richard gained his BSc in Geology from the University of London. He has visited > 80 countries and starting sailing racing a Hobie 18 in the UAE. Richard has sailed a variety of yachts in Croatia, Greece, Turkey, the Caribbean, Seychelles, Thailand, Whitsundays, Balearics and is now based in Montenegro. After performing boat surveys with the Montenegro Dolphin Project in 2017 he undertook a whale and dolphin expedition from Montenegro to Turkey with the Marine Mammals Research Association. His holds Yachtmaster Offshore, Advanced Open Water Diver, Sea Survival, VHF / DSC, 1st Aid certification.

Mila’s MSc in Marine Biology is from the Università Politecnica delle Marche and her BSc in Biological Sciences from the Università degli Studi di Milano. She has supervised boat based research surveys into Humpback Whale behaviour and photo-id on the Gold Coast of Australia, the Húsavík Research Center, in Iceland and with the Archipelagos Institute of Marine Conservation in Greece monitoring the coastal presence of dolphins and monk seal population. Her most recent research was Seal Acoustic Behaviour at the Seal Rehabilitation Centre in Pieterburen, The Netherlands. Mila is FIAS/CMAS Advanced Open Water Diver certified and a FIN certificated Lifeguard. She has experience of working with multi-national researchers and the public.

Guadalupe holds an MSc in Marine Biology, Biodiversity and Conservation from the University of La Laguna in Spain and a BSc in Biological Sciences from the National University of Tucumán in Argentina. She has performed research into cetacean identification and monitoring techniques in the Ligurian Sea and worked as an on board whale observer and surveyor monitoring the beaked whale populations in the Canary Islands. In Addition Guadalupe has monitored the grey and humpback whale populations in Baja California, Mexico. She has worked with the public as a Tour Guide in the Acatushun Museum of marine mammals and birds in Tierra del Fuego. Guadalupe holds certifications for SCTW basic safety training and is an Advanced Open Water Diver.

 Expedition Itinerary is as follows :

LEG 1 : Departing 01.09.19 : Montenegro, Greek Ionian & Sicily

LEG 2 : Departing 09.09.19 : Sicily and the Aeolian Islands

LEG 3 : Departing 18.09.19 : Ligurian Sea

LEG 4 : Departing 26.09.19 : Ligurian Sea & the Balearic Islands

LEG 5 : Departing 04.10.19 : Balearic Islands to Gibralter 

LEG 6 : Departing 12.10.19 : Gibralter, Portugal & Spain

LEG 7 : Departing 21.10.19 : Spain via Biscay to UK

Trip Fee is €1,475.00 per leg.

10% of the Fee will be donated to

Into The Deep Blue to help preserve our seas

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