Marine Expedition in Micronesia
April 2 - 17, 2019
Sail these tropical islands in the western Pacific Ocean on our scientific voyage to explore this marine sanctuary. We created this unique new expedition in partnership with Conservation International that concentrates on the science of a world-renowned marine sanctuary, ultimately contributing to its long-term protection. Sail aboard the comfortable Ocean Hunter III for thirteen days through these very remote tropical islands that lie in the western Pacific Ocean 550 miles east of the Philippines. Explore Palau National Marine Sanctuary with marine experts on a scientific voyage to pristine Helen Reef Atoll. Kayak through the World Heritage Rock Islands Southern Lagoon where tropical forested karst islands meet coral caves and jellyfish lakes. Snorkel or scuba dive some of the most pristine and diverse reefs on the planet and learn first-hand from scientific researchers aboard about the biology of Palau’s whales, fish, reefs, and experience the unique culture of the people of these rarely visited South West Islands.
We are working on details for this safari. Please contact us if you would like more information.
Itinerary Updated: October 2017
Our Trip Leaders
Ted grew up traveling extensively and began studying and photographing wildlife as a child. After completing a Master's degree in Tropical Conservation Biology at Duke University, Ted returned to California to lead and organize expeditions full time with Cheesemans' Ecology Safaris. Ted currently leads expeditions to Antarctica, the Arctic, and the Caribbean and recently founded the citizen science project Happywhale.
Sail these tropical islands in the western Pacific Ocean on our scientific voyage to explore this marine sanctuary.
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Cost & Payments
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We reserve the right to charge for cost increases that occur between when we set tour prices and the date of travel, for example, changes due to the cost of lodging and transportation. If you are a single traveler and you desire, we will find a roommate for you. If we cannot find you a roommate, we will not charge you a single supplement. If space is available, cabins can be booked for a single occupant by adding 90% over the listed cabin cost. Single rooms are subject to availability.
Please note that we cannot guarantee a specific cabin number. If changes occur, we will do everything in our power to assign a cabin of equal or greater value as the cabin type specified in your reservation. Deck plan, cabin arrangements, and cabin amenities are subject to change by ship operator.
All reservations require a deposit to confirm reservation of your space. For reservations made after a due date, all past payments will be due with registration. By sending your initial deposit, you agree to accept our payment schedule and cancellation policy as a contract. If payments are still outstanding two weeks after the due date, your space may be forfeited.
Refunds are given depending on the time left before departure. The cancellation fee of $300 per person can be applied toward another tour if reserved within six months of the cancelled trip’s departure date. Cancellations are non-transferrable. Consider purchasing trip cancellation insurance that could reimburse your trip costs in the event of your cancellation.
Don’t let a fear of seasickness scare you away! For all but the most sensitive, seasickness is rarely a problem in this region. It’s a good idea to bring medication if you get seasick or are unsure, but you may find that you do not need it after a couple days once you have your “sea legs.” Even those who have experienced seasickness reported that the incredible wildlife and overall experience were well worth the temporary discomfort. Read our suggestions for coping with seasickness and contact us if you have any concerns.
- Non-smoking policy: We have a strict non-smoking policy. Smoking is not permitted at any time or any place during our tours.
- Maximum time in nature: We try to spend as much time in nature as possible, sometimes resulting in long days but giving you a more in-depth experience.
- Itinerary route: The itinerary route, stops, and plans are subject to change by unforeseen circumstances beyond our control, such as weather or road conditions.
- Additional forms: For some of our tours, you may be asked to fill out additional forms (e.g., medical questionnaire).
- Medical conditions and travel risks: Travel to remote places is exciting, but it is important to understand and accept the risks, both medical and logistical. Minor medical problems can usually be treated, but because we are often far from medical facilities, there can be no expectation for immediate medical treatment or evacuation, even in cases of trauma. Anyone with health problems needing close medical supervision should not consider going on this tour. Bring enough medication for the duration of the trip for any chronic medical needs, since pharmacies are usually not available. When you send your deposit and signed Reservation/Release Form, you certify to us that you do not knowingly have any physical or other conditions that would create a risk for yourself or for other trip participants.
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"This was my first Cheesemans' trip. I was very impressed on all levels and would recommend Cheesemans' trips to friends."
Lisa Moulthrop, 2016
"Ted skillfully led a very mixed group of travelers. His enthusiasm and passion were contagious."
Lyn Emerich, 2016
"On a scale of 1-10, I would rate both the tour and company as a 15."