to download a PDF of the brochure for this program - The Explorers ...

explorers.org

to download a PDF of the brochure for this program - The Explorers ...

WILD EDGE OF THE PACIFIC

FIJI KERMADECS NEW ZEALAND CHATHAMS BOUNTY

ANTIPODES AUCKLANDS FIORDLAND

Aboard the Clipper Odyssey | November – December 2009


DEAR TRAVELER

Two new back-to-back voyages in 2009 will take you to

frontier islands, with itineraries that spotlight New Zealand’s

far-flung Chatham and Kermadec Islands—tiny, but vital,

specks on the map. This is a rare opportunity to visit places

that only a limited number of travelers have ever experienced,

and in the company of Explorers Club members

Peter Harrison (FN ‘83), Shirley Metz (MN’89), and Jack

Grove (FN ‘96). The landscapes you will encounter and the

array of indigenous and endemic birds and botanicals are

mind-boggling, and the chance to witness at close range some

of the rarest penguin and albatross species on the planet is the

thrill of a lifetime for nature lovers.

On Fiji, a South Sea paradise both on land and beneath

the dazzling waters, you will embark the 64-cabin Clipper

Odyssey, a superb vessel equipped with a fleet of Zodiac

landing craft, on which you will unpack just once and cruise

the azure Pacific in utter comfort and convenience. Meander

through the volcanic archipelago of the Mamanuca Islands,

and swim and snorkel amid the underwater gardens of corals

and fi sh around volcanic Kadavu Island. Two days in the

Kermadecs reveal astonishing natural wonders with an

incredibly high rate of endemism. You will cruise rocky

shores and hidden inlets by Zodiac to witness many of the

21 species of indigenous birds, and visit the world’s only

breeding ground for the white-necked petrel. The opportunity

to snorkel in these sub-tropical waters allows you to

keep an eye out for the resident spotted black grouper—gentle

giants whose friendly curiosity is the result of a highly

protected environment.

Rotorua, on the North Island of New Zealand, offers a

fantastic display of geothermal dramatics and prides itself

on being the country’s cultural capital. This was the fi rst

settlement of the Maori, and you will visit a local village

to witness their interesting cultural and artistic heritage.

The stunning, low-lying Chatham Islands are a highlight

of both voyages. Pristine landscapes and temperate forests

shelter unique botanicals and two of the rarest birds on the

planet—the Chatham Island black robin and shore plover.

Here, too, is the nesting ground for the world’s remaining

11,000 Chatham albatross. During your time here you will

learn about the history and culture of the Moriori people,

who settled the islands more than 1,000 years ago.

The second voyage, which you can choose to do alone or in

tandem with the fi rst, sets out from the Chathams, cruising

southward into New Zealand’s Sub-Antarctic islands, a

World Heritage Park renowned for its astonishing biodiversity.

Bounty and Antipodes Islands alone are home to 100,000

Salvin’s albatross and half of the world’s population of erectcrested

penguins. On the wild bluffs and grassy headlands of

Campbell Island, you will marvel at close—and supremely

photogenic—encounters with southern royal albatross, and in

the Auckland Islands thrill at the sighting of rare yellow-eyed

penguins. Nature walks lead you through rata and elfi n

forests, and the exquisite waterways of Fiordland National

Park add a spectacular fi nale to this grand adventure.

Throughout the voyage you will be accompanied by an

outstanding team of onboard expedition leaders and naturalists,

including Explorers Club members Peter Harrison,

Shirley Metz, and Jack Grove, who will enhance the journey

with lectures as well as on-deck and onshore observations

about this Wild Edge of the Pacific’s fascinating denizens.

Together you will explore the region’s rich and complex

physical and cultural geographies, flora, and fauna as you

encounter some of the world’s most remote islands, snorkel

and swim in warm clear waters, scan ruggedly beautiful landscapes

in search of unusual plants and rare birds, and enjoy

the hospitable traditions of the local people.

Seize this opportunity to join one or both of these spectacular

voyages—an experience that is sure to be nothing short of

extraordinary.

Sincerely,

Daniel A. Bennett

President

The Explorers Club ®


FIJI EXTENSION

Optional Pre-Voyage Extension

November 23 – 28, 2009

Join renowned ornithologist Peter Harrison

for four days in Fiji to search for a spectacular

variety of the island’s tropical birds. Take

a scenic fl ight from Viti Levu to Taveuni,

the Garden Island of Fiji,” where we stay for

three nights at the Garden Island Resort, situated

on the Somo Somo Strait. The beautiful

beaches and pristine rain forests of Taveuni

are home to the orange dove, silktail, bluecrested

flycatcher, Layard’s white-eye, and

Fiji goshawk. During leisure time, or desired

breaks from birding excursions, enjoy the

warm aquamarine waters teeming with fi sh

and corals, beaches with ribbons of soft sand,

and the exuberant hospitality of the Fijians.

This extension is the perfect precursor to our

Wild Edge of the Pacifi c adventures. Contact our

offi ce at 800-856-8951 or ect@studytours.org

for a detailed itinerary and rates.

FIJI

Lautoka

Nadi

Kadavu

Island

Viti Levu Island

Taveuni Island

© Thomas Baechtold

© Peter Harrison

CHATHAM ISLAND ALBATROSS

KERMADEC ISLANDS

Raoul Island

Macauley &

Curtis Islands


© Sergey Frolov

© Scott Bickell

SNARES ISLANDS

PACIFIC OCEAN

SNARES CRESTED PENGUINS

VOYAGE I

VOYAGE II

Auckland

Rotorua

Tauranga

Gisborne

CHATHAM

ISLANDS


THE CLIPPER ODYSSEY

A 110-passenger luxury expedition vessel, the

Clipper Odyssey is ideally suited for this style

of expedition cruising. She carries a fleet of

Zodiacs, which allows us to land anywhere

nature or curiosity dictates, and a glass-bottom

boat, giving us a topside-look at the undersea

world. All 64 cabins have an ocean view,

safe, minibar, individually controlled heat/air

conditioner, in-room music system, and sitting

area with sofa. Passengers can track the progress

of their voyage on the Global Positioning

System broadcast in each cabin. Beds can be

configured for twin or queen-size sleeping

arrangements. All cabins have an en suite

bathroom with shower. The Clipper Odyssey

maintains a gourmet kitchen, providing

American and international specialties.

Facilities on board the Clipper Odyssey include

a dining room, lounge, small library, gym,

outdoor pool, massage room, and gift shop.

An elevator services all passenger cabin decks.

The Clipper Odyssey has an infirmary staffed by

a registered physician and a sophisticated telecommunications

system permitting Internet

access and telephone and fax communication

with any location around the world. Ship

registry: Bahamas.

MAP NOT TO SCALE

Milford Sound

Doubtful Sound

Dusky Sound

AUCKLAND

ISLANDS

The Snares

Stewart & Ulva Islands

Enderby Island

Queenstown

Campbell Island

NEW ZEALAND

ANTIPODES ISLANDS

Chatham Island

Pitt Island

BOUNTY ISLANDS

ERECT-CRESTED PENGUIN

© M. Hale/VIREO


WILD EDGE OF THE PACIFIC:

VOYAGE I | 16 Days

November 26 – December 11, 2009

Th ursday & Friday, November 26 & 27, 2009

USA

Travel on independent fl ights from the USA to Fiji.

A day is lost crossing the International Date Line.

Saturday, November 28

Nadi, Viti Levu, Fiji

Arrive in Nadi and check into our hotel for a morning

at leisure. After lunch we board catamarans and

tour the beautiful Mamanuca Islands. Meandering

through this volcanic archipelago we view idyllic

islands surrounded by coral reefs and enter startlingly

blue lagoons. Enjoy dinner and overnight at our hotel.

Sunday, November 29

Nadi / Lautoka / Embark Clipper Odyssey

Following a morning at leisure and lunch at our

hotel, we set out for Viti Levu’s western “sunshine”

coast. Along the way, we visit the Garden of the

Sleeping Giants, started by actor Raymond Burr in

1977, which showcases more than 2,000 varieties of

orchids. At the traditional Vei Sei Sei village we enjoy

a kava ceremony, then stop for magnificent island

views at Vudu Lookout. Embark the Clipper Odyssey

in Lautoka and set sail in the evening.

Monday, November 30

Kadavu Island

Enjoy a morning of swimming and snorkeling off

this rugged, volcanic isle. Spectacular underwater

gardens of hard and soft corals, multiple varieties of

nudibranchs, and 850 species of fish make the aquamarine

waters of this lesser-visited island legendary.

Alternatively, join our ornithologist to search for

the Kadavu shining parrot, Kadavu honeyeater,

and Kadavu fantail.

Tuesday & Wednesday, December 1 & 2

At Sea

During our cruise southward, our team of onboard

lecturers introduces us to the natural wonders

that await us during a two-day exploration of the

Kermadec Islands, New Zealand’s largest and most

remote nature and marine reserve. Tiny specks in a

vast ocean, these thirteen volcanic isles are among

the very few island groups in the subtropical southern

hemisphere. Isolated and seldom-visited, they are

distinguished by rugged coastlines and volcanic peaks

that are home to an incredible array of botanicals

and wildlife, especially birds—the southern

Kermadecs boast some of the highest concentrations

of breeding seabirds in the world. The waters

surrounding the islands shelter both temperate and

tropical marine environments that support 145 species

of fish. We arrive off the coast of Raoul Island in the

late afternoon of December 2.

Th u r ay, s d December 3

Raoul Island, Kermadec Islands

Raoul, the largest and northernmost island of the

group, is mountainous, features three volcanic

craters, and is the only Kermadec Island covered with

forest. It is also the only one of the Kermadecs that

is inhabited—by a handful of permanent residents

who staff the Raoul Island meteorological and radio

station—and the only island in the Kermadecs to

permit landings.

Twenty-one indigenous species of birds breed here,

including fourteen species of seabirds—sooty terns,

brown and white-capped noddies, Kermadec and

black-winged petrels, red-tailed tropicbirds, and

masked boobies among them. The island is also home

to one of the rarest plants in the world, the hebe

breviracemosa. During our time here we go ashore for

exploratory walks amid stunning scenery and cruise

the shores and rocky islets by Zodiac, witnessing

some of the most pristine habitat on the planet.

Colorful gorgonian sea fans grow in the surrounding

clear waters, and snorkelers should keep an eye out

for the resident gentle giants: spotted black groupers.

Friday, December 4

Macauley & Curtis Islands

We divide our Zodiac exploration today between

Macauley and Curtis Islands, which are still active

volcanoes. Both islands are home to vast numbers


© Floor Anthoni, Seafriends

© Natalia Baechtold

© Wolfgang Kaehler

MASKED BOOBIES

SPOTTED BLACK GROUPER


of breeding

seabirds, including

populations of little

shearwaters and blackwinged

petrels. Macauley

is the only breeding place on the

planet of the endemic white-necked petrel.

© Tourism New Zealand

Saturday, December 5

At Sea

We continue our southbound voyage today, highlighted

by lectures on New Zealand and its Maori culture.

Sunday, December 6

Tauranga, New Zealand / Rotorua

This morning our ship arrives alongside in Tauranga,

and we set out by motorcoach for Rotorua, renowned for

its intense geothermal activity. Here we follow wooden

boardwalks among the myriad geysers, hot springs,

steam vents, and mud pools of Whakarewarewa Thermal

Village. Maoris first settled the area in the 14 th century,

and Rotorua prides itself as the cultural capital of

New Zealand. Our visits to the Rotorua Museum and

to a Maori village in the Ohinemutu region lend insight

into the fascinating Maori history, culture, and superb

traditional wood-carving arts.

Monday, December 7

Gisborne

Gisborne sits along the sunny eastern coast of the

North Island, the site of the first European landing in

New Zealand—Captain Cook stepped ashore here in 1769.

to lagoons,

inland lakes,

and the Hapupu

National Historic

Reserve, one of only

two such reserves in New

Zealand. Hapupu is a small area

of karaka trees, brought to Chatham

from New Zealand by the Moriori. The

seed kernel was an important carbohydrate

source, and the Moriori cultivated the trees

in groves throughout the island. A walk here

brings us to ancient dendroglyphs (Moriori

carvings in the bark of the

karaka)—silent testaments

to the Chathams’

first residents.

MAORI CHILDREN


The surrounding hillsides are covered with vineyards

and orchards of kiwifruit and citrus, and our tour of the

region highlights wineries, the arboretum, and stunning

coastal coves and beaches.

Tuesday, December 8

At Sea

As we cruise away from the mainland and head southeast,

our onboard lecturers enlighten us about the natural and

cultural histories of the far-flung Chatham Islands and

their stupendous array of flora and fauna. The eighteen

species of birds unique to the islands alone—including

the Chatham Island black robin and Chatham Island

pigeon, among the world’s rarest birds—endear the

wild Chathams to nature lovers and birders alike.

The islands were first settled by the Moriori people,

believed to have originated from Polynesia via

New Zealand around 1,000 years ago. Diseases

contracted from European settlers arriving in the late

18 th century and confl icts ensuing from the arrival

of the Maori people in 1835 meant that the very last

full-blooded Moriori died on Chatham Island in 1933.

We follow the coast to

Matarakau to view the

nesting place of both Pitt Island and Chatham Island shags. After a lunch

of local specialties we continue to Waitangi, the main settlement on the

island, where those who wish may return to the ship, which will meet us

here. Others will drive through farmlands to Awatotara, for a bush walk

to search for the endemic Chatham Island gerygone and Chatham Island

pigeon. We return to the ship in Waitangi in time for dinner.

Thursday, December 10

Pitt Island

Early this morning we arrive at low-lying Pitt—the first inhabited island

to see the sun rise each day. It is also home to the easternmost house in

the world, and to the nikau palm, which is the farthest point from the

equator of a naturally growing palm tree. The endemic Pitt Island shag

makes its home along the rocky shores, and just this past spring, twenty

Chatham Island snipe were released on the island. Expedition stops by

Zodiac take us around the island, and we watch for the Chatham petrel

and the very rare magenta petrel. In the afternoon the Zodiacs bring us

close to The Pyramid, a huge triangular wedge of rock, for a thrilling

close-up look at the only breeding place of the world’s remaining 11,000

Chatham albatross.

© Peter Harrison

© Heritage Expeditionsd

Wednesday, December 9

Chatham Island

This morning we go ashore at Kaingaroa, on the northeastern

corner of Chatham Island, the historic landing site

of the first Europeans. We may see several endemic plants

here, including the Chatham Island forget-me-not, and

the hebe and sow thistle. We board local motorcoaches

and set out for an island drive through temperate forests,

Friday, December 11

Chatham Island / Disembark Clipper Odyssey / Auckland / USA

Disembark this morning and transfer to the airport for your fl ight to

Auckland and homeward. For passengers continuing on to Voyage II,

please see the following itinerary for details.

NOTE: Due to variable weather conditions in the Chatham Islands,

landings and excursions may vary.

CHATHAM ISLANDS

© Heritage Expeditions


WILD EDGE OF THE PACIFIC:

VOYAGE II | 16 Days

December 8 – 23, 2009

Tuesday & Wednesday, December 8 & 9, 2009

USA

Travel on independent fl ights from the USA to New Zealand.

A day is lost crossing the International Date Line.

Thursday, December 10

Auckland, New Zealand

Arrive in Auckland in the morning and transfer to our hotel.

Spread over a narrow isthmus between two dazzling harbors,

Auckland is a multi-cultural metropolis sitting on the doorstep

of a natural wonderland. After lunch at our hotel, a tour reveals

the highlights of this “city of sails.” Enjoy dinner and overnight

at our hotel.

Friday, December 11

Auckland / Chatham Island / Embark Clipper Odyssey

After a morning at leisure and lunch at our hotel, we fly to

Chatham Island and embark the Clipper Odyssey.

Situated nearly 500 miles from the New Zealand mainland,

this isolated group of ten islands offers a mind-boggling array of

botanicals and birdlife, supremely photogenic landscapes, and

welcoming locals who live and work in New Zealand’s easternmost

community. The Chathams’ unique nature statistics include

320 indigenous species of flora—29 of these exist nowhere else

on Earth. Eighteen species of birds are unique to the islands, and

Islands and home to three hundred residents. Fern-covered hills

are a backdrop to a picturesque beach, where we enjoy a picnic

lunch and may have the opportunity to meet local farmers.

Saturday, December 12

Chatham Island

After breakfast we have a choice of two excursions. The fi rst

is a drive through farmlands and past superb coastal scenery

to Awatotara, for a bush walk to search for the Chatham Island

warbler and Chatham Island pigeon. Alternatively, visit

“Plum Tree,” a spot popular with the locals and situated on

the Te Whanga Lagoon, where we can see petroglyphs that

date back to early Moriori days.

In the afternoon we gather for a lunch of local specialties and meet

islanders at the local Marae, (sacred place) which celebrates three

distinct cultural groups: the Moriori, the Maori, and Chatham

Islanders. We have the option to visit Owenga, a small settlement

near Cape Fournier on the easternmost point on the island.

Along the way we visit a monument to Tommy Solomon, the last

full-blooded Moriori, who died in 1933. We return to our ship

for dinner and overnight.

Sunday, December 13

Pitt Island

Low-lying Pitt is the first inhabited island to see the sun rise each

day. It is also home to the easternmost house in the world, and to

the nikau palm, which is the farthest point from the equator of a

naturally growing palm tree. The endemic Pitt Island shag makes

its home along the rocky shores, and just this past spring, twenty

Chatham Island snipe were released on the island. Expedition

stops by Zodiac take us around the island, and we watch for the

SHORE PLOVER

THE PYRAMID

© B. Chudleigh/VIREO

© Heritage Expeditions

© Bill Mercadante


include the Chatham Island black robin, famous as being the hero

of one of the world’s most inspiring conservation stories, as well

as the shore plover and the Chatham Island pigeon, among the

world’s rarest birds. These unique and wild lands were fi rst settled

by the Moriori people, believed to have originated from Polynesia

via New Zealand around 1,000 years ago.

For Passengers Continuing from Voyage I: After breakfast today, we

begin a day-long excursion to Waitangi West, past farmlands,

native bush, and Lake Te Roto. At Port Hutt, a small fi shing

village, we visit the historic landing site of the Maori when they

invaded from New Zealand, and in Maunganui we see the

remains of houses in which German missionaries once lived.

Waitangi, situated on Petre Bay, is the main port in the Chatham

Chatham petrel and the very rare magenta petrel. By Zodiac we

cruise the perimeter of The Pyramid, a huge triangular wedge of

rock, for a thrilling close-up look at the only breeding place of the

world’s remaining 11,000 Chatham albatross.

Monday, December 14

Bounty Island

One of New Zealand’s sub-Antarctic island groups, Bounty is part

of the World Heritage Park renowned for its incredible biodiversity,

density of wildlife, and high rate of endemism. Captain William

Bligh encountered this cluster of twenty tiny islands in 1788 and

named them after his ship. By ship and Zodiac we cruise the

shores of the largest island, a mere one-half-mile square, which is

home to the rare erect-crested penguin (which nests only here and

CAMPBELL ISLAND

© Thomas Baechtold


on Antipodes Island), nearly six hundred pairs of Bounty

Island shag, and more than 100,000 Salvin’s albatross.

Tuesday, December 15

Antipodes Island

To the south is another small island grouping, the Antipodes,

where we explore the rugged coast of the principal namesake

island. A former station of sealing gangs in the early 19 th

century (more than 400,000 seals were hunted) and penguin

skin traders in the latter part of that century, and temporary

home to the survivors of numerous shipwrecks, Antipodes

remains a wild and inhospitable place of wave-pounded cliffs

and wind-blown tussocks. No landings are permitted, but

Zodiacs bring us close to the shores to search for the 200,000

pairs of erect-crested penguins that make their home here,

as well as the endemic Antipodes parakeet.

Wednesday, December 16

At Sea

Join our naturalists on deck for incredible opportunities to

view and photograph northern royal, shy, and Buller’s albatross;

Antarctic fulmar; and a host of southern ocean petrels.

Thursday, December 17

Campbell Island

This morning we anchor off Campbell Island, the southernmost

sub-Antarctic island. Birders and photographers thrill

to close encounters with southern royal and light-mantled

sooty albatross and Hooker’s sea lions. Broad bays, vertical

headlands, and surf-washed beaches serve as the backdrops

to our exploration.

Saturday, December 19

Snares Islands

With fur seals and penguins lining the kelp-covered shores,

we board Zodiacs and cruise around the Snares Islands,

home to endemic bird species such as the Snares tomtit,

Snares fern bird, and the Snares crested penguin.

Sunday, December 20

Stewart Island / Ulva Island

Peaceful Stewart Island, home to only 480 residents, is

ringed with golden beaches backed by dunes and thick

forests that shelter an abundance of birds. We anchor near

Halfmoon Bay for an exploration of Oban, New Zealand’s

southernmost township. We also visit Ulva Island, a bird

sanctuary, with the hope of spotting kaka, a threatened

native parrot.

Monday, December 21

Dusky and Doubtful Sound, Fiordland National Park

Cruise these pristine fiords and board Zodiacs to explore

remote coves where Captain Cook anchored his ship,

the Resolution, in 1773. Watch for rare Fiordland crested

penguins and join our naturalists on deck to search

for bottlenose dolphins, fur seals, and little

blue penguins.

Tuesday, December 22

Milford Sound / Disembark Clipper Odyssey /

Queenstown

Sheer cliff faces rise thousands of feet from the water’s

edge, and we explore this awe-inspiring wonderland with

its dramatic cascades and stunning mile-high Mitre Peak.

We drive through the three-quarter-mile-long Homer Tunnel,

completed twenty years after it was started, to look for

endemic South Island wrens, then walk through a primeval

Fiordland beech forest and cross foot bridges over the

Cleddau River, with its spectacular waterfalls. After lunch

in lakeside Te Anau, we continue to Queenstown where we

enjoy dinner and overnight at our hotel.

Wednesday, December 23

Queenstown / USA

Transfer to the airport for your independent fl ights homeward.

NOTE: Due to variable weather conditions in the Chatham

and Sub-Antarctic Islands, landings and excursions may vary.


Friday, December 18

Enderby Island, Auckland Islands

The Aucklands are regarded as the most diverse of all wildlife

havens fringing the great Antarctic continent. Enderby’s

varied landscape of wave-battered basalt cliffs, serene fiordlike

inlets and bays, and rata forests is home to Hooker’s sea

lions and yellow-eyed penguins—one of the rarest penguins

in the world. In the elfi n forest of twisted trunks, we search

for melodious bellbirds, diminutive tomtits, and colorful

red-crowned parakeets. Other endemic birds include the

Auckland Island shag, banded dotterel, and fl ightless teal.

RED-CROWNED PARAKEET

CAMPBELL ISLAND

YELLOW-EYED PENGUIN

© Thomas Baechtold

© Peter Harrison

© Sergey Frolov

© Thomas Baechtold


TERMS & CONDITIONS

Reservations and Payment: A deposit of twenty-fi ve

percent (25%) of the per person cabin rate is required

to confi rm a reservation on this tour with fi nal payment

due 120 days prior to departure. All prices and payments

are in U.S. dollars.

Cancellation and Refunds: All requests for cancellations

must be received in writing. At the time we

receive your written cancellation, the following penalties

will apply:

• more than 120 days prior to departure:

$300.00 per person

• 60 through 120 days prior to departure:

50% of expedition cost

• 1 through 59 days prior to departure:

100% of expedition cost

Prices quoted are based on group participation and no

refunds will be made for any part of the program in

which you choose not to participate. It is understood

that refunds cannot be made to passengers who do not

complete the tour for whatever reason. You are strongly

encouraged to obtain trip cancellation insurance.

Itinerary: The Explorers Club and its agent, Eos,

(hereinafter “Sponsors”) and Zegrahm Expeditions

and/or its agents (hereinafter “Operator”) reserve the

right to change the itinerary due to weather conditions,

availability of anchorages, political conditions and

other factors beyond our control without consulting

the participants. Participants have no right to any

refund or other considerations in the event of these

itinerary changes.

Luggage Restrictions: Luggage size and weight limitations

for both checked and carry-on luggage, imposed

by the airlines or as an operational requirement due to

type of aircraft, will apply for fl ights to/from/within

this program. Specifi cations will be provided with

pre-departure materials.

Rates: Rates are based on tariffs and exchange rates in

effect at the time of printing and are subject to change

prior to departure. Substantial changes in tariffs,

exchange rates, the price of fuel, services and labor sometimes

increase the cost of arrangements signifi cantly,

and we reserve the right to alter our prices.

Responsibility: The Explorers Club and its agent, Eos,

(hereinafter “Sponsors”), and Zegrahm Expeditions,

Inc., (hereinafter “Operator”), assume no liability for

failure to provide the services and accommodations

referred to in this brochure to the extent that such

services and accommodations cannot be supplied due to

delays or other causes beyond the control of Operator.

In the absence of negligence on the part of Operator, the

participant agrees that Operator has no responsibility or

liability of any nature whatsoever for damage to or loss of

property, or injury to, or death of persons due to any act,

omission, or negligence of any carrier, hotel, restaurant,

bus carrier, tender service, sightseeing company, or any

other persons rendering any of the services or ground

portions of the itinerary. The participant further waives

any claim against Operator and Sponsors for any such

damage, loss, injury, or death. Operator and Sponsors

shall not be responsible for any delays, substitution of

equipment, or any act or omission whatsoever by the

suppliers of such services, their agents, servants, and

employees, and the participant hereby waives any claim

arising therefrom. Operator and Sponsors reserve the

right to decline, accept, or retain any participant at any

time. Sponsors and Operator reserve the right to cancel

this tour prior to departure, in which case payment will

be refunded without further obligation on our part.

The passenger contract in use by the carriers concerned

(when issued) shall constitute the sole contract between

the transportation companies and the purchaser of

this tour and/or passage. By forwarding of deposit, the

passenger certifies that he/she agrees with these terms

and conditions and that he/she does not have any mental,

physical, or other condition or disability that would

create a hazard for him/herself or other passengers.

Certain shipowners require use of pre-printed ticket

forms which limit shipowner’s and operator’s liability.

When such tickets are used, you are generally bound

by the terms of these tickets with respect to your legal

relationship to the owners and operators of the ship,

their agents, Zegrahm Expeditions, and the ship’s crew.

Release: Not withstanding anything set forth above

or otherwise contained herein, the signee clearly

understands that The Explorers Club and its agent Eos

(hereinafter Sponsors) are in no way responsible and

can assume no liability of any nature whatsoever for

the tour and any acts, omissions or negligence by the

Operator or by companies and persons with whom the

Operator may contract. The signee has carefully read the

list of activities, requirements, and conditions as listed

in the brochure and application for the tour and is/are

aware that the tour and its activities involve the risk of

personal injury or death and damage or loss of property.

In consideration of the benefits to be derived from

participation in the tour, the signee voluntarily accepts

all risk of personal injury or death and property damage

or other loss arising from participation on the tour and

hereby agrees that he/she and his/her dependents, heirs,

executors and assigns, do release and hold harmless

Sponsors and the employees, officers, directors, trustees

or representatives of Sponsors, from any and all claims,

including claims of negligence, illness, personal injury,

death or property damage or loss, however caused,

arising from or related to this tour. The signee has read

carefully this agreement, and will abide by the conditions

set by Sponsors and the Operator as described in

the Terms and Conditions and other sections as stated

herein or elsewhere published. The signee affi rms that

he/she has not received or relied on any oral or written

representation of Sponsors as a basis for executing

this Release.

WHAT TO EXPECT

Part I: For most activities, a low level of exertion

is required. You will need to climb into and out

of Zodiacs for excursions ashore where you must

be able to walk moderate distances, unassisted,

over rough terrain such as rocky, uneven beaches.

Temperatures will range from: the 70s to the

80s°F in Fiji; 60 to 70°F in New Zealand; and

40 to 55°F in the Chatham Islands. During this

expedition you will have opportunities to snorkel

in Fiji and the Kermadecs.

Part II: This adventure requires a moderate level

of exertion. You will need to climb into and

out of Zodiacs for excursions ashore. Moderate

hikes along rocky, uneven beaches or windswept

terrain will average one to three miles in length.

Temperatures will range from: 60 to the mid-

70s°F in New Zealand and 40 to 55°F in the

Chatham and Sub-Antarctic Islands.

You will travel with experienced leaders and a

renowned team of lecturers who will add insight

to both the cultural and natural riches you

encounter. Approximately five months prior to

departure we will mail you a complete list of

recommended clothing and a suggested reading

list. Participants will most enjoy the remarkable

opportunities these expeditions offer if they travel

with a spirit of adventure.


THE SNARES ISLANDS

LEADERS

Especially chosen for this voyage, our team of expert leaders

and lecturers serves to bring a comprehensive educational

component to your adventure through lectures, guided

excursions, and daily recaps. Additional leaders will join

this team.

Jack Grove (FN ‘96, Voyage I only) – A marine biologist,

professional naturalist, and cofounder of Zegrahm Expeditions,

Jack is a leading authority on the fi shes and marine environments

of the eastern tropical Pacific. In 1997 Stanford

University Press published his comprehensive volume,

The Fishes of the Galápagos Islands, and he received his Ph.D.

from Pacific Western University. An avid scuba diver, certified

dive master, and Fellow of The Explorers Club, Jack has led

numerous expeditions to the remote corners of the world.

Peter Harrison, MBE (FN ‘83) – A professional birder, artist,

author, and screenwriter, Peter is widely considered the world’s

foremost authority on seabirds. Often credited with having seen

more seabirds than anyone, past or present, Peter has written

and illustrated over a dozen books, of which Seabirds: An

© Thomas Baechtold

Identifi cation Guide is considered the bible of seabird identification.

An active conservationist, he has been honored by Queen

Elizabeth II with the title Member of the British Empire for

services to natural history. He is also a cofounder of Zegrahm

Expeditions and a Fellow of The Explorers Club.

Shirley Metz (MN ‘89) – Shirley is a modern-day adventurer

and explorer. In 1989 she became the fi rst woman, and one

of the fi rst Americans, in history to ski overland to the South

Pole, a journey of over 800 miles. She has been listed in the

Guinness Book of Records, and in 1989 the Soviet minister of

polar research and exploration bestowed his country’s prestigious

Polar Award upon Shirley, the only woman to receive

this distinction. Shirley is a cofounder of Zegrahm Expeditions

and a member of both The Explorers Club and the Society of

Woman Geographers.

Mike Messick (MN ‘96, Expedition Leader) – One of the

best expedition leaders in the business, Mike embarked on a

full-time career in adventure travel shortly after graduation

and has since visited more than 170 countries around the

world. He is a member of The Explorers Club, holds a U.S.

Coast Guard captain’s license, and has his scuba instructor

certificate from NAUI. In 1990 Mike and six others founded

Zegrahm Expeditions.

John Gardiner (Voyage II) – Known as one of New Zealand’s

longest-serving protectors of the environment, John has

spent over forty years in various positions for New Zealand’s

Department of Conservation. With an intimate working

knowledge of his country’s great outdoors, its National Parks

and fascinating flora and fauna, he has been a key player in the

recovery of many endangered species and threatened habitats,

and the initiating force behind a large number of conservation

projects. John also maintains a strong interest in, and

knowledge of, his nation’s unique indigenous Maori history

and culture.

Susan Halliwell (Voyage II) – Conservation, communication,

and cetaceans are Sue’s great passions, with the pursuit of each

taking her around the globe. Hailing from New Zealand, she

works as a freelance nature and travel writer, and as a national

environmental educator. Sue is the former national chair of

Project Jonah, New Zealand, and now acts as a media advisor

for individuals and non-governmental organizations working

toward the saving of marine mammals and their habitat.

Ian R. Stone – Ian attended the Universities of Manchester,

London, and Cambridge and has degrees in geology, history, and

mathematics. He traveled the world, teaching in various regions

such as the Indian Ocean and Africa and later at the University

of Kent at Canterbury. He has been a guest lecturer on a large

number of expedition cruises, having traveled very widely in both

the Arctic and the Antarctic, and in the Black and Baltic Seas,

as well as in waters nearer his home in the Isle of Man.

Peter Zika – Peter is a field biologist from Seattle, involved

in investigating and describing new species of plants from

western North America. His interests in ecology have led him

across the tropics and into polar regions for the last 20 years.

In addition to teaching wetland plant identification, he serves

as a ship’s naturalist on all oceans and continents. Peter has

published more than 90 scientific notes, articles, and books,

as well as occasional photographs, cards, and reviews in the

popular press.


RESERVATION FORM

❏ Wild Edge of the Pacific: Voyage I – Fiji to Chatham Islands

Nov 26 – Dec 11, 2009

❏ Wild Edge of the Pacific: Voyage II – Chatham Islands to Fiordland

Dec 8 – 23, 2009

❏ Wild Edge of the Pacific: Combo Voyage – Fiji to Fiordland

Nov 26 – Dec 23, 2009

❏ Fiji: Pre-voyage Extension to Voyage I

Nov 23 – 28, 2009

Name #1 (As it appears on passport)

(Preferred Name)

Name #2 (As it appears on passport)

(Preferred Name)

Address

City State ZIP Country

Phone (Home) (Offi ce)

E-mail Fax

Cabin Category: ❏ 1 ❏ 2 ❏ 3 ❏ 4 ❏ 5 ❏ 6 ❏ Suite

Accommodations: ❏ Twin ❏ Share (roommate to be assigned) ❏ Single

I am/We are: ❏ Nonsmokers ❏ Smokers

Deposit Information:

❏ Enclosed is a deposit check payable to EOS Passenger Escrow – EC Pacific 11-09

for (25% per person of the program fare)

❏ Charge 25% deposit per person to:

❏ VISA ❏ MasterCard ❏ American Express

Card Number Expires

Authorized Cardholder Signature Date

Note: Credit cards accepted for deposit only.

I/We have read and understand the enclosed Terms & Conditions for this program, and agree

to abide by them.

Signature Date

Signature Date

Please complete and return this Reservation Form with your deposit of 25% per person of the program fare to:

THE EXPLORERS CLUB TRAVELERS

P.O. Box 938, 47 Main Street, Suite 1 Walpole, NH 03608-0938

tel: (800) 856-8951 or (603) 756-4004 • Monday – Friday, 9am – 6pm, ET

fax: (603) 756-2922 • e-mail: ect@studytours.org • web: www.explorers.org

To hold your reservation for 7 days while this form and your deposit are in the mail,

please contact us at 800-856-8951 or ect@studytours.org.


THE CLIPPER ODYSSEY

RATES

Milford Sound

A 110-passenger luxury expedition vessel, the

Combo

Doubtful Sound

Clipper Category Odyssey is ideally Voyage suited for I this style Voyage 2 Voyage Savings

of expedition Queenstown

Category cruising. 1 She $9,980 carries a fleet of $8,980 $18,060 $900

Zodiacs, which allows us to land anywhere

nature Category curiosity 2 dictates, $10,480 and a glass-bottom $9,480 Dusky $18,960 Sound $1,000

boat, Category giving us a 3 topside-look $10,980 at the undersea $9,980 $19,860 $1,100

world. All 64 cabins have an ocean view,

safe, minibar, Category individually 4 $11,480 controlled heat/air $10,480 $20,760 $1,200

conditioner, Category in-room 5 music $12,180 system, and sitting $11,180 $22,060 $1,300

area with sofa. Passengers can track the progress

of Category their voyage 6 on the $12,980 Global Positioning $11,980 $23,460 $1,500

Stewart & Ulva Islands

System Suite broadcast in each $15,980 cabin. Beds can be $14,980 $29,160 $1,800

configured for twin or queen-size sleeping

The Snares

arrangements.

Single/Cat

All

2

cabins

$16,780

have an en suite

$15,180 $30,160 $1,800

bathroom Single/Cat with shower. 3 The $17,580 Clipper Odyssey $15,980 $31,560 $2,000

maintains a gourmet kitchen, providing

American and international specialties.

Facilities Limited singles on board available the at Clipper the quoted Odyssey single rate include above. Additional singles may be available at 1.7 times the share

rate (suite not applicable).

a dining room, lounge, small library, gym,

outdoor Included: pool, Accommodations massage room, in our and hotels gift and shop. on board Clipper Odyssey as outlined in the itinerary; Enderby all onboard Island

meals; all group meals on land; group transfers; services of the expedition staff, including lectures, briefi ngs, slide/

An elevator services all passenger cabin decks.

fi lm shows; all group activities and excursions; landing and port fees; all gratuities.

The Clipper Odyssey has an infirmary staffed by

Not Included: All air transportation; excess baggage charges; airport arrival and departure taxes; transfers for

a registered physician and a sophisticated telecommunications

as laundry, bar charges, system alcoholic permitting beverages, Internet e-mail/fax/telephone charges.

independent arrivals and departures; passport and/or visa fees; travel insurance; items of a personal nature such

AUCKLAND

access and telephone and fax communication

Air Fare: A tentative fl ight schedule is available upon request. Zegrahm Expeditions will contact you approximately

with any location around the world. Ship

ISLANDS

180 days prior to the departure of this program to fi nalize your fl ight plans. As of September 2008 the air fare for

registry: Voyage I is Bahamas. $2,250 for Los Angeles / Nadi - Chatham Islands / Auckland / Los Angeles, air fare for Voyage II is

$2,850 for Los Angeles / Auckland - Queenstown / Los Angeles, and air fare for the Combo Voyage is $1,325 for

Los Angeles / Nadi - Queenstown / Los Angeles. Additional fares from other cities will be quoted as needed. Campbell Island

All rates are per person, quoted in U.S. dollars, and must be paid in U.S. dollars. Rates and itineraries are subject to change.

MAP NOT TO SCALE

CLIPPER ODYSSEY DECK PLAN

NEW ZEALAND

310

308

306

304

302

ELEVATOR

DINING

ROOM

INFIRMARY

311

309

307

305

303

301

ANTIPODES ISLANDS

Chatham Island

BOUNTY ISLANDS

A-DECK MAIN DECK LIDO DECK BRIDGE DECK

Main Lounge Category 3 Cabin Dining Room

Pitt Island

ERECT-CRESTED PENGUIN

© M. Hale/VIREO


© Michele Westmorland

VITI LEVU, FIJI

WILD EDGE OF THE PACIFIC

FIJI KERMADECS NEW ZEALAND CHATHAMS

BOUNTY ANTIPODES AUCKLANDS FIORDLAND

Aboard the Clipper Odyssey | November – December 2009

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

© Gia Fasanelli

Each of these voyages offers a stupendous array of wildlife, scenery, and experiences.

• Excellent Snorkeling: Fiji’s aquamarine waters are a wonderland of coral gardens,

and home to hundreds of species of fi sh. Off the coast of the subtropical and remote

Kermadecs, snorkelers keep a lookout for the resident gentle giants—the spotted

black groupers.

• Meet the Local People: Share in a kava ceremony on Fiji; experience the hospitality and

superb art of New Zealand’s Maori people; learn about the Moriori settlers of the Chathams;

and enjoy the company of the people who call themselves true Chatham Islanders.

• View the World’s Rarest Albatross Species Close-up: Threatened by fi shing practices,

many species of albatross are quickly dwindling in number. The Chatham Islands are home

to multiple species—Chatham, Salvin’s, southern royal, and light-mantled sooty albatross—

and thrilling close-up photographic opportunities abound.

• Zodiac Excursions Showcase Incredible Natural Diversity: Explore wild coastlines to

search for numerous species of rare, endemic, and endangered seabirds, including five species

of penguins: erect-crested, yellow-eyed, Snares crested, little blue, and Fiordland crested.

On land, walk through unique rata, fern, and karaka forests.

P.O. Box 938, 47 Main Street, Suite 1

Walpole, NH 03608-0938

PRSRT STD

U.S. POSTAGE

PAID

SEATTLE, WA

PERMIT NO. 5260

Cover: Wandering Albatross © Sergey Frolov

More magazines by this user
Similar magazines