EXPEDITIONS

 




QUEST FOR SNOW LEOPARD

Snow Leopard, Himalayas & Monasteries

31 JAN - 11 FEB 2014   |   12 DAYS   |   10 GUESTS

 
  

Wildlife & Nature | Trekking | Photo | Culture


Join Wild Earth Expeditions on a truly remarkable and exhilarating adventure, into some of the most remote and mountainous regions of Central Asia, in search of one of the rarest and most magnificent cats, the snow leopard. We are offering a small group of very adventurous Wild Earth Explorers a fascinating insight into Hemis National Park and it’s mysterious inhabitant, often referred to as the “Ghost of the Mountains”. Situated in the Ladakh region of Jammu & Kashmir in India’s far North West, this scenic mountain region in the Himalayas is also home to the Tibetan wolf, the Himalayan brown bear, yak, ibex, deer, blue sheep and golden eagle. During the cold winter months when food becomes scarce, these elusive cats descend from the high Himalayan peaks in search of their primary food source, the Bharal, or Himalayan blue sheep. 

This epic Himalayan expedition not only allows you the opportunity to trek across one of the world’s last truly remote and wild places in search of the elusive snow leopard and other wildlife, but it also gives you the opportunity to visit picturesque Buddhist villages and monasteries and meeting the traditional communities who call this remote wilderness home, an area practically cut off during the winter months.


COMBO DEAL

Combine Wildlife of India and Quest for Snow Leopard and receive a $500 savings off the combine expedition cost. Visit the Cost & Info page for each trip for more details.



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WILDLIFE OF INDIA

Tigers, Elephants & Rhinos

09 - 23 FEB 2014   |   15 DAYS  |  16 GUEST

 
  

Wildlife & Nature | Photo | Culture


Witness some of India’s iconic wildlife up close and personal and experience the incredible cultural diversity this country has on offer. Travel to India’s far North east to the banks of the mighty Brahmaputra river. Famous for it’s one-horned Rhinoceros and asian elephants, gaur and swamp deer, explore Kaziranga National park by jeep and on elephant back. 

Continue your travels to the heart of India, to Pench National Park, the original setting for Kipling’s most famous work The Jungle Book. Witness breathtaking landscapes, soft rolling hills, deciduous forests and the Pench river meandering through it’s entire stretch. A bird watchers paradise with over 250 bird species recorded, spend your days looking for tigers, langurs and macaques, an exceptional number of Indian deer including chital, sambar, nilgai and predators like leopard, wild dog and jackal. Visit a local village and school and spend a night outside in a “star bed” gazing at the night sky, listening to the sounds of the jungle.

On your final leg, travel far south to Kerala and explore historic harbor city of Cochin, witness a traditional Kathakali dance performance and experience the timeless beauty of life along the banks of Kerala from the comforts of your private luxurious traditional houseboat. Disembark the houseboat at one of India’s finest 5* luxury heritage resorts, nestled on the banks of Lake Vembanad and indulge in a massage at the award winning Ayurveda spa.


  1. Post Extension - Kovalam Beach:  22-26 Feb Built on a cliff-top and spread over acres of lush greenery, the 5* beach resort The Leela Kovalam is cradled between wide sweeping beaches and has a panoramic view of the famous Kovalam coastline. Spend your days lazing on the beach, enjoying an Ayurveda treatment at the award winning Spa or exploring some of the cultural sites and temples nearby. See details for this Post-Extension below


COMBO DEAL

Combine Wildlife of India and Quest for Snow Leopard and receive a $500 savings off the combine expedition cost. Visit the Cost & Info page for each trip for more details.



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FIJI & TONGA

Humpback whales, Sharks & Soft Coral gardens

AUG 23 - SEP 13 2014   |   22 DAYS  |  10 GUESTS

 
  


Snorkel | Dive  | Photo | Culture


Join us on this extraordinary 3 week voyage and witness one of the worlds greatest underwater events. Swimming alongside a mother humpback whale & her calf in the deep blue breeding grounds off the remote Haapai’ Island group in Tonga. Spend 10 days exploring this island maze and swimming with Humpback whales from the comforts of our privately charted dive live-aboard Nai’a, one of the world’s more comfortable dive-liveaboards.

Experience the best of Fiji as you explore incredible Rainbow reef and Taveuni Island; bathe in tropical sun on palm fringed white sandy beaches; kayak over pristine coral gardens; hike breathtaking nature trails; relax in your Luxury Oceanfront Villa and simply allow rustling palms and fragrant frangipani lull you into Fiji mode, as pampered guests of one of Fiji's leading boutique resorts. Explore Fiji's world-class snorkel and dive sites, famous for it’s soft coral gardens with corals reaching tree-like proportions, dramatic coral encrusted walls, pinnacles and overhangs teeming with a myriad of colorful fish. Hike stunning coastal trails and swim underneath waterfalls in the jungle. This amazing voyage will take you into the heart of the Pacific, where rich cultural traditions, warm Fijian hospitality, incredible marine encounters and breathtaking landscapes will dazzle your senses.


EXTENSION | BEQA SHARKS & FIJI CULTURE

WAITING ON DATES  |  3 DAYS  |  10 GUESTS 

This will be a pre or post extension, to be confirmed shortly. 


We are offering a 3 day extension to Fiji’s Beqa Lagoon to witness one of the worlds greatest shark dives, experience Fijian culture. Scuba divers, get ready for a heart stopping frenzy of Apex predators, groupers, remoras, snappers and other predatory fish on one of the most thrilling shark dives. You will come face to face with up to seven species of sharks, including bull sharks, tiger sharks, silvertips, lemon sharks, tawny nurse sharks, and several species of reef sharks. While the divers are out with the sharks, the non divers will have the opportunity to enjoy a full day cultural tour. Travel by long boat up the Navua river through pristine rainforest, gorges and past isolated villages and waterfalls. Visit a traditional village, experience a Meke dance performance, take part in a Kava ceremony and enjoy a Fijian lunch. This will be a pre or post extension, to be confirmed shortly. 

 

This amazing voyage will take you into the heart of the Pacific, where rich cultural traditions, warm South Pacific hospitality, incredible marine encounters, breathtaking landscapes, along with pure luxury will dazzle your senses. 


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ANCIENT BURMA & NGAPALI BEACH

The Best of Myanmar

30 NOV - 14 DEC 2014   |   14 DAYS  |  12 GUESTS

 

Culture | Photo


Join us on a expedition to one of the most fascinating and intriguing countries of South East Asia, a land where thousands of ancient stupas rise out of flat plains and floating village life ebbs and flows on Inle Lake. In this deeply Buddhist country, visit ancient temples, monasteries and pagodas; explore bustling colorful markets and immerse yourself in the cultural splendors of this magical place. Our Burma itinerary is designed to not only cover the classic architectural wonders in Yangon, Mandalay and the ancient city of Bagan, but to witness minority hill tribes and experience the timeless beauty of life along the banks of the Irrawaddy River from the comforts of a restored colonial riverboat. Take in spectacular views from the top deck, sip on a sundowner and enjoy the tranquility of this beautiful landscape. As the sun slowly rises behind distant mountains, float over Bagans ancient pagodas, stupas and the mighty Ayeyarwaddy River in a Hot-air Balloon. Visit a remote elephant camp in a conservation area, enjoy an elephant ride and help feed and bathe these gentle giants. Explore lush farmland, discover traditional villages and meet the ethnic minority tribes on a classic trek between Kalaw and Inle Lake and overnight at a monastery. This amazing adventure has been designed to include incredible photographic opportunities with in-field workshops and practical photo tips.


PRE EXTENSION |  Bangkok (Thailand)  | 27 NOV - 01 DEC  |  3 Days  | 12 Guests

We are offering a short Pre-Extension to explore Bangkok and its surroundings. Find more information via the Trip Information button below.


POST EXTENSION | Ngapali Beach | 13 - 17 DEC | 3 Days  | 12 Guests

Come with us on a Post-Extension to Myanmar’s premier beach resort. Ngapali’s magnificent scenery of the Bay of Bengal and idyllic palm-lined beach is the perfect place to “get away from it all” and recharge after our busy “Ancient Burma” expedition. Simply unwind and relax in this tropical paradise in your luxurious beach-front suite. Indulge in a massage, enjoy fresh seafood, swim in the crystal clear warm waters of the Indian Ocean, go for a bike ride and visit local fishing villages that still preserve their traditional way of life.


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PHILIPPINES & PALAU

Rainbows End

4 - 21 MAR 2015 |  18 DAYS  |  14 GUESTS


  


Snorkel | Dive | Photo | Wildlife & Nature


Join Wild Earth Expeditions on another exceptional expedition through the Philippines and Palau, showcasing incredible marine biodiversity inside the Coral Triangle with over 1500 species of fish and a plethora of soft and hard corals. You'll discover jaw-dropping landscapes, world-class snorkeling, diving and kayaking and swim with millions of jellyfish at mysterious Jelly Fish Lake. Experience the cultural riches of South East Asia and Micronesia. Explore WWII wrecks, hunt for weird critters on "muck dives" and snorkel alongside the worlds largest fish, the Whale shark. All from the comfort of our privately chartered yachts, furnished with luxury amenities and excellent food. Encounter the smallest primate on earth, visit a bustling colorful local market, hike to a volcano lake, kayak through the lush islands, enjoy a massage, sip on a cocktail and stroll along a pristine white sandy beach while watching a spectacular sunset.

From the largest fish in the ocean to the tiniest, this expedition has it all and should be on the "Bucket List" of any keen snorkeler or scuba diver.

Join Thomas Baechtold and our wonderful Wild Earth leader and Marine Biologist extraordinaire Robin Aiello on this wonderful expedition to “rainbows end”.


PRE EXTENSION  |  Malapascua Island  |  28 FEB - 5 MAR 2015  |  5 Days  |  10 Guests

For the ultimate Philippines adventure be sure to join the Pre-extension to the tiny tropical island paradise of Malapascua. Surrounded by white sandy beaches, turquoise waters and situated across the northernmost tip of Cebu Island, the reefs off Malapascua Island are the only place in the world where you can encounter the elusive Pelagic Thresher sharks but also Manta rays, Devil rays, White-tip Reef sharks and Grey Reef sharks. Explore an amazing coral encrusted ship wreck and enjoy some of the Philippines best soft coral gardens and “Muck diving” on the house reef.



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AUSTRALIA

Rainforest to Reef

20 JUN - 05 JUL 2015  |  16 DAYS  |  10 GUESTS

 
 


Snorkel | Dive | Wildlife & Nature | Culture & History |  Photo


This unique Wild Earth Expedition of discovery explores Far North Queensland, Australia. Become personally acquainted with Dwarf Minke whales and marvel at the underwater wonders of the Great Barrier Reef. Travel across the Atherton Tablelands, experience the world heritage listed Daintree Rainforest and head up the famous Bloomfield track in a four-wheel drive truck. Discover one of the world’s oldest living cultures while experiencing ancient rainforests alive with a plethora of birds, mammals and reptiles. This two-week expedition takes you on an exhilarating journey of investigation and inspiration as experienced, local guides and marine biologists reveal to you the secrets of the rainforest, ancient cultures, Minke Whales and the Barrier reef.

Add a few days and unwind at one of Australia’s top rated 5*resorts on the Barrier Reef, the Lizard Island Resort.


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NORTHERN VIETNAM, LAOS, CAMBODIA

Cultural Splendours

12 - 25 SEP 2015   |   14 DAYS  |  16 GUESTS



Culture & History  |  Photo


Prepare to discover the many and varied wonders of Indochina with this Wild Earth Expeditions journey through Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia. Explore the natural, cultural, culinary and historical delights of these three unique countries as you experience exotic Laos through the royal city of Luang Prabang and surrounds, Vietnam’s vibrant hill tribe markets and glistening Halong Bay onboard a traditional junk, and witness the engaging charisma of Cambodia through the riverside city of Siem Reap and the inspiring temple city of Angkor Wat. This journey with Wild Earth Expeditions is a unique adventure packed full of ancient sights, charming people and breathtaking beauty.


PRE EXTENSION |  Laos   |  07 - 14 Sep 2015  |  6 days  |  16 Guests

POST EXTENSION |  Cambodia  |  24 - 29 Sep 2015  |  5 Days  |  16 Guests



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INDONESIA

North Sulawesi & Raja Ampat

01 - 19 NOV 2015  |  19 DAYS  |  16 GUESTS


Snorkel | Dive | Photo | Wildlife & Nature | Culture


Snorkel and dive the fringing reefs of Bunaken Islands Marine park, world famous for its clear waters, steep & dramatic walls covered in soft coral and giant sea fans, pristine coral gardens, giant turtles and amazing abundance of fish life.

Lembeh strait is considered one of the worlds best critter & muck diving destinations. Beneath the calm surface, on a dark sand floor find a mind-boggling array of weird, wonderful and rare marine creatures like the pygmy seahorse, ribbon eel, ghost pipefish, mimic octopus and hairy frogfish.

Spend a week exploring the underwater riches of Raja Ampat, a group of majestic islands, located at the heart of the Coral Triangle in the northwestern tip of West Papua's Bird Head Peninsula. Considered the marine bio diversity hotspot Raja Ampat is home to 1320 species of fish (27 endemic), 700 species of mollusks, 13 marine mammals, 5 species of endangered sea turtles and 75% of all known coral species in the world.


PRE EXTENSION  |  Gangga & Bangka Islands  |  29 OCT - 02 NOV  |  4 DAYS  |  12 GUESTS

POST EXTENSION  | Baliem Valley Trek  | 18 - 25 NOV  |  7 DAYS  |  12 GUESTS



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EXPEDITIONS OVERVIEW - Below find an overview of all scheduled and planned trips with Wild Earth Expeditions for the coming years. For a more detailed description, itinerary, images and booking information either click on the Trip Information button next to the trip you are interested in or click on the direct link in the menu bar at the top of the page. Many trips are still in the planning phase and details will be released shortly.

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