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Belize BARRIER REEF - California Academy of Sciences

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Just off the coast of Central America is a jewel of the Caribbean: the Belize Barrier Reef.

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Designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1996, this massive coral reef ecosystem is home

to more than 70 types of coral and hundreds of species of brilliantly colored fish and marine

invertebrates. Angel fish, spotted eagle rays, Hawksbill sea turtles and schools of snappers and

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jacks numbering in the thousands all inhabit the azure waters of Reflex this remarkable Blue coral community.

Enjoy an unparalleled opportunity to explore the three major coral atolls in the Western

Hemisphere—Lighthouse Reef, Glover’s Reef, and the Turneffe Islands—while cruising in luxury

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aboard Le Levant. See tropical islands, with white sand beaches, or groves PMS of palm trees, and belts of

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mangroves. Snorkel and swim in renowned sites such as the Blue Hole—a perfectly round collapsed

cave with spectacular coral reefs surrounding a circle of deep blue water. The calm waters near

the reef average temperatures around 80˚ F and visibility can exceed 100 feet, affording a nearperfect

environment for visitors. Drop by the thriving bird sanctuary on Half Moon Caye, where an

observation platform provides excellent views of the red-footed booby colony. And experience the

5-star accommodations, service, and fine cuisine of the world-class expedition vessel, Le Levant.

Expert instruction is available for anyone who wishes to learn to snorkel, and Le Levant’s Zodiacs

provide safe, swift transport to secluded islands with thriving mangrove trees and wildlife habitats.

Participants can also join an optional extension to Tikal, an ancient Maya site deep in Guatemala’s

tropical rainforest.

We are pleased to have Robert Van Syoc as our Academy leader on this adventure. He will provide

a comprehensive lecture program on reef ecosystems and marine biodiversity. He will be joined by

Joel Simon, an experienced snorkeling instructor and underwater photographer, along with local

naturalists Marcel Lichtenstein and Stephen Weston. We will share this adventure with members of

the Smithsonian and the Massachusetts Audubon Society.

The Belize Barrier Reef is an ideal destination for a January getaway. We hope you can join us.

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Keel-billed toucan, the national bird of Belize

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F r i d a y, J a n u a r y 1 1

U.S. / Belize City, Belize

Fly to Belize City today and board Le Levant, your

home for the next seven nights. This evening meet

your fellow travelers at a welcome reception and

dinner as your ship sails toward the Mesoamerican

Reef—a WWF Global 200 Ecoregion and priority

area for protection. The reef is part of a larger

interconnected system of currents and habitats

that stretch throughout the Caribbean basin

and beyond. Its massive structure provides an

important defense against storms and coastal

erosion, while the living reef and associated

ecosystems support recreation and commercial

fishing. L e L e va n t ( D )

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Vince Matulewich

Deidre Kernan

Travel Program Manager

Mexico

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South Water Caye / Carrie Bow Caye

Following a snorkeling instruction session this

morning, discover the underwater wonders of

California Academy of Sciences

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South Water Caye Marine Reserve. In calm, clear

waters, snorkel the reef in search of shy sea

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turtles, endangered manatees, sharks, and rays.

You might even catch a glimpse of a rare long-

Cover: Azure waters of the Blue Hole estock;

Back cover: Above water and underwater view of Belize

Barrier Reef; Aerial view Turneffe Islands estock

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snout seahorse. This afternoon visit the Carrie Bow

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Vince Matulewich

Snorkeler near coral reef Angelfish Finger sponge

Caye Marine Research Field Station to learn about

the reef’s ecosystem and conservation efforts.

Alternatively, go bird watching by Zodiac to look for

sooty terns, brown noddies, and frigatebirds.

L e L e va n t ( B , L , D )

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Laughing Bird Caye National Park

Discover the shallow reefs of Laughing Bird

Caye, located within the protection of the main

barrier reef and encompassing an extraordinary

ecosystem teeming with rainbow-colored fish

and amazing corals. Queen angelfish, bluehead

wrasse, and queen triggerfish are just some

of the spectacular species you will find. Your

snorkeling guides help you identify the variety of

coral formations. Above water look for magnificent

frigatebirds, red-footed boobies, and brown

pelicans. L e L e va n t ( B , L , D )

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Glover’s Reef

Today explore the variety of reef topography in

Glover’s Reef Atoll—renowned for the clarity of

the water and the remarkable profusion of marine

life. The atoll is an important nursery and feeding

ground for lobster, conch, and finfish. Keep your

eyes open for sea turtles and dolphins. Explore

Elkhorn Crossing, where you find Glover’s golden

coral gardens, and Gorgonia’s Gallery, where huge

coral spires dominate the deep scenery of this

atoll. With more than 700 patch reefs and numerous

seagrass beds, Glover’s Atoll is also an important

spawning ground for grouper. L e L e va n t ( B , L , D )

T u e s d a y & W e d n e s d a y, J a n u a r y 1 5 & 1 6

Lighthouse Reef

Spend two days exploring remote Lighthouse

Reef, a body of pure coral interspersed with sandy

islets. Two special features of the reef are the

red-footed booby reserve on Half Moon Caye and

a spectacular geologic formation, the Blue Hole.

Set like a carafe of indigo ink in the colorful center

of a shallow reef, this perfectly circular void, 1,000

feet across, has vertical walls that plummet 400

feet through crystal-clear water to a distant dark

bottom. The lip of the structure features one of the

richest shallow-water coral communities found

anywhere. By Zodiac explore nearby mangrove

thickets whose ecological function is essential

to the survival of the reef ecosystem and the

creatures that live here. L e L e va n t ( B , L , D )

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Turneffe Islands

The Turneffe Islands are the third and largest

of Belize’s major atolls. Here you will discover a

diversity of habitats, including dense mangrove

colonies, shallow coral ecosystems, and steep

wall environments. Snorkel among sea fans, soft

corals, tube sponges, and hard corals during your

last day of exploration in this magical environment.

This evening celebrate your Belize adventure at the

captain’s farewell reception and dinner.

L e L e va n t ( B , L , D )

F r i d a y, J a n u a r y 1 8

Belize City / U.S.

Disembark the ship this morning in Belize City and

drive to the airport for flights home. ( B )

N o t e : Snorkeling from beach or Zodiac is offered every day,

depending on weather and sea conditions, with instruction

available for all levels of experience. Scuba diving is not offered

as part of this program. Interested participants may contract

directly with a local provider to join independent diving excursions

at certain locations along the cruise.

Questions? C o n t a c t t h e A c a d e m y T r a v e l O f f i c e a t 8 0 0 - 8 5 3 - 9 3 7 2 .


Le Levant

Le Levant is a superb expedition cruise

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ship built in France and staffed by a

50-person French crew dedicated to

outstanding service. She carries 90

passengers in 45 cabins, each measuring

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195 square feet and featuring large sleeping quarters whose beds can be configured

as queen-size or two twins. Each cabin includes a sitting area, private marble bath

with shower, bathrobes, hair dryer, satellite TV, generous storage space, minibar,

safe, and individual temperature controls. A large picture window affords

scenic views. Le Levant ’s public areas include the Grand Salon for lectures and

presentations, two restaurants that accommodate all passengers at one seating,

two bars, a library, small exercise room and wading pool, steam room, boutique,

and salon. There is an onboard physician. Le Levant also features an aft marina

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with a swimming platform and freshwater shower, and motorized Zodiacs to whisk

passengers to the best beaches and snorkeling sites.

RESTAURANT

Vince Matulewich

Study Leaders

R o b e r t V a n S y o c , Senior Collection Manager of

Invertebrates at the California Academy of Sciences

in San Francisco, has been with CAS since 1979.

During his academic career, he has studied various

topics in marine ecology and invertebrate zoology

at sites from the mud flats of San Francisco Bay to

the coral reefs of the Caribbean and South Pacific.

He earned his PhD at the Scripps Institution of

Oceanography, where he used DNA analysis to

study genetic relationships and speciation among

barnacles at the molecular level.

J o e l S i m o n is a marine biologist and freelance

photographer with more than 20 years of

experience as a study leader in tropical coral reef

environments. An accomplished photographer,

Simon has seen his images published in magazines

such as Outdoor Photographer, Sport Diver, Time,

and Travel + Leisure.

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Program Rates, per person

* Limited availability.

A i r f a r e Airfare is not included CATEGORY in the program 1 rates. CHAMPLAIN As of March, 2007, DECK international $0 round-trip $0 LEA

airfare between Dallas/Ft. Worth and Belize City is approximately $540 per person. Our tour operator

CATEGORY 2 LA PÉROUSE DECK $0 $0

for this program, High Country Passage, is happy to help you with all of your air travel arrangements.

I n c l u d e d Seven nights aboard Le Levant • Meals as specified in the itinerary • Bottled water during

shore excursions and wine with lunches and dinners aboard ship • All excursions • Comprehensive

educational program by study leader, expedition leader, and local guides • Gratuities to local guides,

drivers, and ship’s staff • Entrance fees • Snorkeling instruction • International departure tax and port

taxes • Pre-departure materials, including reading list, travel information, and luggage tags • Baggage

handling and transfers for those traveling on group flights • Professional tour management throughout.

N o t I n c l u d e d U.S. domestic and international airfare • Accident/baggage/cancellation insurance

• Baggage handling and transfers for those not traveling on group flights • Optional excursions or

deviations from the scheduled tour • Excess baggage charges • Medical expenses • Meals not

specified in the itinerary and dishes, beverages, and liquor not part of included meals • Laundry or

valet services • Telephone or fax charges • Other items of a purely personal nature and not stated

as included.

D o u b l e S i n g l e *

C a t e g o r y C Champlain Deck $ 4 , 9 9 0 $ 8 , 4 9 0

C a t e g o r y B La Pérouse Deck $ 6 , 7 9 0 $ 11 , 5 9 0

C a t e g o r y A Bougainville Deck $ 7 , 9 9 0 –

CHART PROVIDED FOR REFERENCE ONLY; OK TO REBUILD IN InDESIGN

PROGRAM RATES DOUBLE SINGLE

CATEGORY 3 BOUGAINVILLE DECK $0 $0

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Extension to Tikal, Guatemala

Hieroglyphic texts suggest that Tikal, in what is now Guatemala,

served as capital of the ancient Maya civilization more than 1,200

years ago. Explore this grand archaeological site, featuring the

highest temple-pyramids in the New World, located deep within

a wildlife preserve. Tikal is also a prime area for viewing both howler and spider monkeys, and the

jungle canopy is alive with parrots, toucans, and woodpeckers. All meals and on-tour flights between

Belize City and Flores (Tikal) are included. Details and rates will be sent to confirmed participants

Please mail your completed reservation form and deposit to Academy Travel Office, 500 Third Street,

Suite 455, San Francisco, CA 94107. You may also register by calling 800-853-9372.

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cannot be located for me by the final payment date of September 11, 2007, I agree to pay the single occupancy rate.

M e m b e r s h i p p o l i c y Travelers must be current California Academy of Sciences members to

participate in the travel program. Please call 415-321-8419 for membership categories and costs.

F o r f u r t h e r i n f o r m a t i o n , contact the Academy Travel Office, 500 Third Street, Suite 455,

San Francisco, CA 94107. Phone: 800-853-9372 or 415-901-8129. Fax: 415-901-8140.

Email: calacademy@hcptravel.com.

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Reservations and Payments A deposit of $1,000 per

person (payable to High Country Passage) is required

to confirm all reservations. Please mail the check to

Academy Travel Office, 500 Third Street, Suite 455,

San Francisco, CA 94107. Final payment deadline is

September 11, 2007.

Cancellations and Refunds: Deposits are fully

refundable if written notice of cancellation is received

by the California Academy of Sciences within 30 days

of receipt of deposit; after that, they are 100% nonrefundable.

Cancellations after final payment: 100%

penalty. All cancellations must be made in writing.

Itinerary, Program, and Cost Modifications: The

itinerary, as contained in this brochure, is subject to

modifications and change by the California Academy

of Sciences and High Country Passage. Every effort

will be made to carry out this program as planned, but

alterations may still occur after the final itinerary is

sent. Costs, although given in good faith and based on

information available upon publication of the brochure,

are also subject to change and revision. Due to

fluctuations in oil prices, a fuel surcharge may be added

to your tour fee. Details and costs will be advised prior

to your departure.

Insurance: Trip cancellation/interruption insurance is

highly recommended and should be considered for your

financial protection. Another important consideration is

medical insurance and emergency medical evacuation

coverage. A comprehensive package will be made

available to you upon receipt of your initial deposit.

Early purchase will provide coverage of pre-existing

medical conditions.

For further information, contact the Academy Travel

Office at 800-853-9372 or by email at calacademy@

hcptravel.com.

Responsibility The California Academy of Sciences

(CAS) and High Country Passage (HCP) act only as

agents for the suppliers and contractors providing

transportation and/or all other travel-related services

and assume no responsibility howsoever caused for

personal injury, personal or property loss or damage, in

connection with any service. Additionally, responsibility

is not accepted for losses or expenses due to sickness,

weather, strikes, terrorism, wars, or other such causes.

CAS and HCP reserve the right to make changes to

the published itinerary whenever, in their judgment,

conditions warrant, or if they deem it necessary

for the comfort, convenience, or safety of the tour.

Occasionally, unforeseen changes in transportation

schedules or other pressing matters necessitate a

change in the land portion of the tour or cause a tour

to be extended beyond its scheduled completion; any

extra costs incurred in such cases are the responsibility

of the passenger. CAS and HCP reserve the right at their

discretion to alter, change, omit, and/or feature any

part of the itinerary or any reservation, conveyance,

or routing at any time and without notice and for any

reason whatsoever without allowance of refund. CAS

and HCP also reserve the right to decline or accept

any person as a member of the tour, or to require any

person to withdraw from the tour at any time, when

such action is determined by their representative to be

in the best interests of the health, safety, and general

welfare of the tour group or the individual participant.

CAS and HCP reserve the right to withdraw without

penalty any tour announced. Personal effects are the

sole responsibility of the owners at all times

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