September 24, 2021 • COVID-19, News Announcements
Post updated: September 24, 2021 (originally posted March 19, 2020)
As we move into the fall season, there are many travel updates to share with you. Over the summer we led trips to the Galapagos, the Bahamas, Belize, and Kenya. While entry regulations and testing requirements are proving to be moving targets, with a bit of patience and regular pre-trip updates, all of our group members managed to successfully enjoy their international travel escapes. And our conservation partners on the ground were very excited to see their marine conservation projects once again being supported by travel fees.
This November we will have our first group back out to Palau since February 2020. Palau has been slowly reopening to international travelers. And while United Airlines is still limiting the number of flights per week, we were able to adapt and simply add a few more days of snorkeling to our expedition plans. Just this week, we also learned that Indonesia and possibly Fiji will also start to cautiously reopen to international travelers. While we did have to postpone our October ad November 2021 Raja Ampat snorkeling trips, our January and February trips look like they are more likely to go now that we see some positive news coming out of Indonesia.
During this time we have also been busy adding 2022 and 2023 dates to our Palau, Micronesia, Bahamas, and Raja Ampat expedition schedules. With so many people having trips postponed over the last 18 months, many of our travelers simply cannot travel until 2023. If that is the case for you, I suggest you check out our rarely offered Solomon Islands liveaboard trip. We have back-to-back departures heading out in April of 2023, and if you sign up for both you will have 20 days of snorkeling to look forward to. If you are able to travel sooner, then we have a new Bahamas cruise that we are offering in partnership with Lindblad Expeditions in February and March 2022; a limited number of cabins are still available. And in August 2022, we have our Komodo liveaboard trip, which will be a welcomed return to the Coral Triangle region.
We will still be offering custom trips for family groups or groups of friends. As long as you have 4 or more in your group we should be able to easily adapt any of our expedition destinations into a private group outing. So far in 2021 we have organized private trips to the Galapagos, Micronesia, Belize, Florida, and San Francisco for family and friend groups.
As more and more of our trips are getting back out in the field a few words of advice:
Please do not hesitate to get in touch with questions or to plan your next adventure. We are getting more and more calls each week and many of our 2022 trips are already filling up. We look forward to helping you select a trip that will get you safely back out in nature. As of August we will be requiring all of our trip members to present proof of vaccination in order to participate in any of our trips (excluding California whale watching trips). At this point, all of our staff members and guides are vaccinated. And, because the tourism sector has been prioritized for vaccination in many countries, in most cases the employees of the ships and hotels we use have been vaccinated too.
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. Please see our updated COVID policies as of September 2022 below.
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:
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With best regards from all of us,
Rod, Wayne, Pei, Brian, Nicole, Linda Sue, Chris, Ashleigh, Lindsay, Rosie, Amanda, and Huntley