Post updated: October 2, 2020 (originally posted March 19, 2020)
We are now more than six months into a prolonged shutdown of international travel, and many of us have been eager for the opportunity to plan something “we can look forward to” in these trying times. We miss the opportunities to connect with nature and to be inspired by the hope we feel when immersed in it. For many of us, the uncertainty about when places will reopen and what happens when they do is both frustrating and confusing.
Here at Oceanic Society, our travel team is in constant contact with our international partners, professional adventure travel specialists, health care professionals, and other expedition operators. We are constantly monitoring and sharing information from a variety of sources, making sure that we are both ready to field our expedition groups when it is safe to do so, and providing our travelers with the most up to date and accurate information available. At present, many of the destinations to which we travel have not yet reopened, though we do anticipate a few re-openings to international tourists in October. Of the 10 countries that have not had any COVID cases so far, we have expeditions to 4 of them. You can imagine their reluctance to reopen too soon, but also appreciate the pressures these communities that rely on nature tourism must feel to end the pause.
In an effort to keep our travelers up to date, here is the latest information about the status of our expeditions:
UPDATED BOOKING POLICIES – WHAT IF YOU NEED TO CANCEL A BOOKING?
WHAT HAPPENS IF YOUR CURRENTLY SCHEDULED EXPEDITION IS POSTPONED BY OCEANIC SOCIETY DUE TO COVID-19 TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS?
You will be able to choose between the following options:
Please do not hesitate to reach out to Wayne or Pei (email@example.com) with any travel related questions or private group travel planning needs as you contemplate planning your next adventure. We can answer many questions for you, and many of our expeditions can be customized or offered as private trips for families or groups of friends that may have been quarantining together. In the meantime, you may find the links below helpful as you decide whether to plan a trip in 2021.
We look forward to talking with you and helping to arrange the travel plan that works the best for you and your family. We will be updating this post as often as needed, so please check back here for new information. In the meantime, here are some additional resources that we recommend:
With best regards from all of us,
Rod, Wayne, Pei, Brian, Nicole, Linda Sue, Chris, Ashleigh, Lindsay, Rosie, Amanda, and Huntley
Wayne Sentman is our director of conservation travel programs and an Oceanic Society naturalist since 1998. He is an experienced guide with a diverse background in marine mammal, seabird, and marine debris research. Wayne also co-teaches undergraduate field programs in Kenya on human-wildlife conflict and on the use of social media and art to raise public participation in conservation. He recently received a Master's in Environmental Management from Harvard University.