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Oceanic Society's 2020-2021 Expeditions Catalog is Here

By Amanda Townsel

Our new 2020-2021 Expeditions Catalog is available now! Oceanic Society is proud to provide sustainable nature travel programs that not only guarantee you an unforgettable experience, they also support ocean conservation through our unique non-profit model. Learn about some of our new and updated trips, some of our most popular, and a few that are truly a once in a lifetime.


To download a digital copy of the catalog or to receive a printed copy by mail, please request a catalog here.

New and Updated Expeditions in 2020-2021
1. Solomon Islands: Snorkeling by Liveaboard

The remote Solomon Islands offer world-class snorkeling. © Wayne Sentman

Discover one of the Coral Triangle’s hidden gems on this liveaboard expedition that combines daily snorkeling and whale watching in the remote Solomon Islands. Join one of two expedition legs or do them both back-to-back! Learn more.

Dates: April 10–20, 2021 | Apr 21–May 1, 2021


2. Cuba: Snorkeling Gardens of the Queen (last chance!)

Cuba's Gardens of the Queen is home to the healthiest reefs in the Caribbean. © Noel Lopez

It’s the last chance for the foreseeable future to snorkel the fabled Gardens of the Queen (Jardines de la Reina), home to Cuba's best snorkeling and the most pristine reefs in the entire Caribbean. Learn more about this unique liveaboard trip.

Dates: Apr 18–25, 2020


3. Micronesia: Ulithi, Yap, and Palau (coming back in 2021!)

An uninhabited island in Ulithi Atoll. © Wayne Sentman

Join this regional snorkeling adventure to explore Micronesia's breathtaking coral reefs and idyllic islands and learn about vibrant local cultures. After a brief hiatus, we are excited to offer this expedition again in 2021. Learn more.

Dates: May 9-22, 2021


4. Baja: Whale Sharks & Snorkeling in the Sea of Cortez (new itinerary!)

Whale sharks feed in the waters off of La Paz, Mexico. © Slater Moore

Snorkel with giant whale sharks and playful sea lions in the Sea of Cortez and visit fish-rich Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park. Baja California's magnificent marine wildlife is just a short flight away from the U.S. Learn more.

Dates: Mar 21–28, 2020 | Apr 4–11, 2020 | Mar 22-29, 2021 | Mar 30 - Apr 6, 2021


5. Trinidad: Land of the Leatherbacks (new volunteer vacation!)

A leatherback turtle hatchling. © Brian J Hutchinson

Walk the beaches of Trinidad as you assist with sea turtle research and enjoy close encounters with the world’s largest turtles during their peak nesting season. Trinidad is home to the world's densest colony of leatherback turtles, making it one of the best places to see and experience sea turtle nesting. Learn more.

Dates: May 9-17, 2020 | May 8–16, 2021


6. Indonesia: Halmahera to Sulawesi (all new expedition!)

Halmahera is home to some of Indonesia's best coral gardens. © Pete Oxford

Hop aboard a boutique Indonesian liveaboard for this unique and rarely offered itinerary in the biogeographic region of Wallacea, beginning near the "Spice Island" of Halmahera and traveling to Sulawesi, Indonesia. Halmahera has some of the best hard coral gardens in Indonesia and is still being explored - be among the first to snorkel its reefs! Learn more.

Date: April 21 - May 3, 2022


7. Plastic Free Raja Ampat with Plastic Pollution Coalition (special one time trip!)

Explore dazzling coral reefs in Raja Ampat, Indonesia. © Keoki Stender

Join this one-of-a-kind volunteer expedition to explore the globally important issue of plastic pollution in the heart of the Coral Triangle region. Our expedition combines the chance to explore Raja Ampat's world-famous reefs with opportunities to learn first-hand about plastic pollution from some of the world's experts. Learn more.

Date: Oct 26 – Nov 6, 2020


Beyond the expeditions highlighted above, you'll also find:
  • Expanded snorkeling expeditions in our most popular destinations: Raja Ampat, Indonesia and the Coral Triangle, Palau, Fiji, and the Caribbean.
  • Volunteer vacations in the Bahamas (studying dolphins) Belize (studying coral reefs and ocean wildlife), Puerto Rico (studying coral reefs), and Palau (studying sharks and coral reefs)

And much more! See all of our expeditions here.

Author

Amanda Townsel is an Oceanic Society communications strategist, copywriter, and community coordinator. Amanda earned a Bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of San Diego and a Master’s in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. She is an avid traveler with a professional career that includes diving, marine ecotourism research, and strategic communications for conservation organizations.

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