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Wildlife Sailing trip Two: Giants and Dwarves

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 7 - 14 day(s)
Group Size: 6 people
Destination(s): Greece  
Specialty Categories: Boating and Sailing   Marine Biology  
Season: October
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 670 Euro (EUR)
Maximum Per Person Price: 720 Euro (EUR)

Two weeks dedicated to endangered species and rare representatives of both the animal and plant kingdoms. Our biologist Dr. Panayiotis Pafilis, specialized in the fauna of the Mediterranean, will be our guide through this amazing journey of evolution. Starting on the 8th of September, Tahita will set course for the area of depths up to 2,000m in the west Ionian Sea, at a place where sperm whales Physeter macrocephalus gather to forage the giant squid. With the aid of our hydrophone we'll try to listen to their magical voices and track them down.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Our starting point is Corfu Island, the Homeric island of Faeacus. With the traces of the Venetian era evident everywhere, the old city resembles a theatrical scenic and offers a quick "journey" to the glorious past of the Republica Serenisima. We’ll meet at the fishing port of Petriti where you will be briefed on the week’s activities. There will be plenty of time to settle down on the boat and get to know each other over a nice meal.

Day 2: Our first stop will be Acherontas River, the mythical gate to the World of the Dead. Fortunately our boatman does not demand coins for a macabre journey but drives us to the estuary ecosystem of Acheronta's where many animal species of both fresh and sea water live. We will moor to the picturesque harbor of Parga, which still maintains the stately profile of the rich ship owners' city that used to have some centuries ago.

Day 3: The sun rises from the mountains of Epirus and so does our anchor with destination to the Paxoi islands complex, famous for their jade green waters. But our voyage today is quite special: following an arch-line bearing in the depth line of up to 2,000 meters and with the aid of our hydrophone we will attempt to track down the biggest of all the Mediterranean dwellers, the sperm-whale Physeter macrocephalus. Seeking their food that is consisting almost entirely on giant squids (which are abundant thanks to the rich in nutrients waters of the region), sperm whales are common visitors in this corner of the Mediterranean. We will spend the night in the unique in its shape port of Gaios that is actually a vast corridor between the main island and an all-green islet.

Day 4: This day is also dedicated to tracking down our Leviathan. We’ll follow a similar route and spend the day monitoring our hydrophone and observing the horizon through our binoculars seeking sperm whales. Another full day sailing and observing the deep blue sea. By noon we’ll arrive at the capital and main port of Lefkada island where we’ll spend the night.

Day 5: We will rove in the whales region for one more day. Towards the end of our sail, we'll reach the magnificent cove of Agiofili in the souther most edge of Leukada island where we’ll enjoy a barbeque on the beach.

Day 6: A short sail today between mainland Greece and Leukada, an area full of small islets, some of them deserted and other inhabited by few fishermen. This area offers hospitality to many rare species like the pigmy cormorant Phalacrocorax pygmaeus and it's the best spot to estimate the Ionian biodiversity. Our night harbor will be the beautiful bay of the deserted island of Atocos where we will share a simple and beautiful experience: stay on anchor and sleep under the starry Ionian night.

Day 7: Cephalonia, the biggest and the craziest (according to its very habitants!) island of the Ionian is hosting us today. The undeniable king of the rich flora of the island is the local fir species Abies cephalonica found in the dense forests of the high mountain (over 1,600 m) Ainos that is characterized as a National Park. So, this is trekking time! We’ll end our adventure in the picturesque fishing village of Fiscardo. Relax and taste the special local cuisine. That will be the end of the first week of our “Giants and Dwarves project”. Please note that all the photographs and specimen that you may collect during the week will be offered to scientists to assist them in their data collection and researches.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- Skipper
- 6,5% VAT
- Deck hand
- Biologist/Guide
- Breakfast
- Water supplies
- Port fees
- Snorkeling equipment.

Price Excludes:
- Fuel (€ 20-25 per person)
- Provisions (food and drinks)
- Travel insurance (please arrange your own)

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