2019 Whale and Dolphin Expedition

An exciting voyage of Discovery covering more than 3,000nm.

Are you fascinated by marine wildlife, ecology, photography or sailing ? Do you want to contribute to conservation and protection of the marine environment ? Do you want to learn more about whales, dolphins and their behaviour ?

Then why not join us. 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. 

Come aboard for one or more of the seven one-week legs

The expedition will combine sailing in a variety of stunning locations and encounters with Whales and Dolphins. You will be accompanied by our on board marine biologist tour guide who 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.

Indigo Blue Sailing with Chance Discovery are an Accredited Wise Wildlife Safe Organisation.

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. 

Emma’s MSc in Marine Biology & Oceanography is from Bangor University. 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 has organised teams of volunteers conducting cetacean surveys and is currently working with the Cambodian Marine Mammal Conservation project.  

Richard gained his BSc in Geology from the University of London. He started sailing racing a Hobie 18.  Richard has sailed in Croatia, Greece, Turkey, , Caribbean, Seychelles, Thailand, Whitsundays, Balearics and is based in Montenegro. Richard ran 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  surveys into Humpback Whale behaviour and photo-id on the Gold Coast of Australia, the Húsavík Research Center, in Iceland & the Archipelagos Institute of Marine Conservation in Greece monitoring the coastal presence of dolphins and monk seal populations. Recent research was Acoustic Behaviour at the Seal Rehabilitation Centre in Pieterburen, The Netherlands. Mila is an FIAS/CMAS Advanced Open Water Diver and FIN certificated Lifeguard. She has experience of working with multi-national researchers and the public.

Guadalupe’s  MSc in Marine Biology, Biodiversity and Conservation is from the University of La Laguna in Spain, Her BSc in Biological Sciences is from the National University of Tucumán in Argentina. Her research into cetacean identification was in the Ligurian Sea and she has worked as an on board whale observer and surveyor monitoring the beaked whale populations in the Canary Islands. Guadalupe has monitored grey and humpback whale populations in Baja California and 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

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

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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