MARINE MAMMAL SUPERHIGHWAY:
One of the world's most whale-rich areas awaits on this exploratory trip. Our goals are to photograph, film and swim with BLUE WHALES, SPERM WHALES, DOLPHINS, PILOT WHALES and more, in the area experts call the "marine mammal superhighway." East Timor is Asia's youngest country, a hidden gem that has yet to be discovered by the masses, just a 2-hour flight from Bali.
NOVEMBER 17-23 (7D/6N)
(3 spots left)
$3450 per person
(sale price until March 15)*
NOVEMBER 8-14 (7D/6N)
NOVEMBER 16-22 (7D/6N)
$3750* per person
Includes: 7D/6N hotel, overland transfers, breakfast, lunches, boat, guides, permits, workshops, access to cameras, and a video of your trip!
Ideal for: Beginner to Advanced
(open ocean swimming).
Does NOT include: Flights, insurance, alcohol, dinners, etc.
*Based on twin sharing, subject to changes. +2.9% credit card and PayPal fees.
Reg. price $3750
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Deposit only US$400
Blue whales will be our top priority, along with other marine mammals. If we are lucky all guests will have numerous in-water attempts at up-close encounters with various species. Snorkeling is the best choice for both our own mobility as well as keeping our intrusiveness to a minimum.
We hope footage from these trips will contribute to a documentary about the unique whale behavior being discovered here. Guests should be prepared to spend long hours on a boat searching for whales, but we may also encounter whale sharks, mantas and reef sharks.
East Timor is an incredible setting, with immaculate beaches, true exploration away from tourist crowds, and the sheer number of marine mammals. Unlike other destinations, East Timor virtually assures a serene experience, as we are likely to be the only boat looking for whales.
Our group will meet up in Dili, the capital, and make our way based on recent sightings. We will enjoy our own private boat, with a scheduled 5 days on the water, departing early and returning to our air-con hotels in the afternoons to cool off. There will be a maximum of 8 guests/snorkelers per boat plus a guide and skipper. We will be sailing with an experienced crew with a proven track record, in a region that is only recently being revealed to boast one of the world's highest marine mammal densities.
A RARE EXPERIENCE
This trip is created for the ocean-loving types who are serious about travel and want to experience something few others have. Most of our days will be dedicated to achieving in-water encounters with marine mammals, an experience that you will feel in your core and never forget the rest of your life.
Our daily whale searches will take place in the area of the famed Wetar and Ombai Straits, home to a major migratory route for numerous whale species. The seafloor here plummets to 3,000 meters (9,890 feet), marking the boundary between the Pacific and Indian Oceans. This huge flow of water is the great blue wilderness you've been dreaming of!
No matter what anyone says, we know that in nature there are no guarantees. And we are after one of the rarest sights in the world. The reality is that weather and animal behavior, of course, are all beyond our control. Yes, it is a long way to go. All of these things are true, but these are Blue Whales! Seeing one up-close underwater or even just near our boat is as unbelievable as it seems. It is worth the effort and with some luck, it could be legendary!
Part of what makes the experience unique is its remoteness. There are few international flights into the country, departing mainly from Indonesia and Australia, which makes for a long journey for many. Being this far off the beaten path means we need to be prepared for the unexpected and pack loads of patience -- a small price to pay for authentic ocean exploration.
Every fishing family that is involved in this trip is replacing their fishing with stewarding, as part of a planned Marine Heritage Area. We may employ up to 20 community members per trip, if for a short period. Time and weather permitting, we may also be able to scuba dive* at known or exploratory sites, and enjoy secluded beach lunches. When you're on board with us, your experience is our priority.
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*All trips to swim with blue whales are subject to local government permit process.
Scuba diving requires extra fees. Details may be subject to change. Be in touch before booking your flight or vacation!