British Virgin Islands Sailing Adventure Trip Notes

Explore the Caribbean on a British Virgin Islands sailing adventure. Sail, snorkel, laze on idyllic beaches and cruise on the high seas of the BVI with the help of a local guide.

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    • Trip Price tool tip
      USD $1,183
      CAD $1,221
      AUD $1,232
      EUR €815
      GBP £693
      NZD $1,337
      ZAR R11,998
      CHF FR976
    • Kitty tool tip
      USD $120
    • Total price tool tip
      USD $1,283*
      CAD $1,329*
      AUD $1,342*
      EUR €888*
      GBP £759*
      NZD $1,455*
      ZAR R13,061*
      CHF FR1,064*
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British Virgin Islands Sailing Adventure
Trip code: ITMB
Validity: 01 Jan 2015 to 30 Apr 2015
Life sounds pretty darn good when your day's biggest dilemma is deciding which deserted island to check out next. But this isn’t some strange far-off mirage – the British Virgin Islands happen to be the latest destination in the Intrepid Sailing catalogue. Discover for yourself the world-renowned beauty of this fabulous archipelago on a one-week high sea adventure that will have you snorkelling, hiking and settling into the slow-paced Caribbean way of life. Navigate The Baths of Virgin Gorda, swim among sea turtles in Dead Man's Bay, laze on pure white sands and take in sunsets from any number of atmospheric drinking holes. This week-long Caribbean Sailing adventure really is as idyllic as getaways get.
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StyleTippingEmergency contact
ThemesDeparture taxEmergency funds
MapGroup sizeVisas
ItineraryYour fellow travellersIssues on your trip
Also available to purchaseSingle travellersWhat to take
Itinerary disclaimerAccommodationHealth
Culture shock rating MealsSafety
Physical ratingTransportTravel insurance
Included activitiesGroup leaderResponsible Travel
KittyJoining point A couple of rules
Optional activitiesJoining point instructionsThe Intrepid Foundation
Money ExchangeArrival complicationsFeedback
Spending moneyFinish point
Style
Original
  • Original trips are classic Intrepid adventures. With a mix of included activities and free time, they offer plenty of opportunities to explore at your own pace and take part in activities that really get beneath the skin of a destination. While the occasional meal may be included, you'll have the freedom to seek out your own culinary adventures. Accommodation is generally budget or tourist class (2-3 star), but you're as likely to find yourself as a guest of a local family as staying in a hotel or camping. Transport will vary as well. Depending on the destination and the itinerary you could find yourself travelling on anything from a camel to a train or a private safari vehicle. It's all part of the adventure! Original travellers have a desire to make the most of their travel time and really get to know a place, its people and cultures.
Themes
Sailing
Map
British Virgin Islands Sailing Adventure
Itinerary
Day 1 Tortola
Our adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 2pm on Day 1. The meeting point is at the bar above the Dream Yacht Charter office in Hodge Creek Marina located at Maya Cove in the East end of Tortola. After meeting our group and skipper, we will go shopping for provisions. If you are unable to make the scheduled meeting time, please contact your skipper on: +1 28 434 10647.
As space on board the boat is very limited, if you have any excess luggage that you will not need during your sailing trip, then this can be stored at the reception of the Dream Yacht Charter office for you to collect on your return.
We then board our 'home' for the next 7 days and after a safety briefing we set sail on our British Virgin Islands sailing adventure. Our first stop will be Trellis Bay on Beef Island where we will enjoy typical island food for dinner at one of the local bars. Have a great evening and wind down from your flight! Tomorrow you'll be sailing the British Virgin Islands.
The beauty of sailing is that each day is unique and, while we have a destination to reach, if the weather changes or something takes the group’s fancy, we can be flexible on the day's itinerary.
Accommodation
Overnight boat (1 nt)
Days 2-7 Sailing the British Virgin Islands
The second stop on your British Virgin Islands sailing itinerary is an easy reach to one of the most awesome sights to behold when sailing the British Virgin Islands are "The Baths" at the southern tip of Virgin Gorda (Spanish for "the Fat Virgin"). There are conflicting theories as to how these incredible rock formations were created. Some say The Baths were a result from a meteor shower, others say it could be from volcanic activity. There appears to be some evidence of lava flows which could have happened centuries after a meteor shower. OK, so The Baths are just a pile of "really big rocks" on a beach but when sailing up to them, you'll understand why they are such a highlight. They really are simply magnificent!
We sail to Gorda Sound in the afternoon, where you will find several restaurants and beach bars to enjoy. Or if you wish to be a little more active, there are some great hiking trails which offer fantastic views of the surrounding islands. After working up a bit of an appetite, dinner on Saba Rock is a great option. The bar/restaurant is perched on a coral reef so offers a unique eating and drinking experience.
The next morning we head to Anegada. Named Anegada or the “Drowned Land” by the Spanish, Anegada is the only coral island in the Virgin Islands’ volcanic chain with striking coral reefs that surround the island, including the Eastern Caribbean’s third largest continuous reef, Horseshoe Reef. Enjoy secluded sandy beaches protected by the sheltering reef! If we are lucky, we may be able to spot some flamingos and sample the famous Anegada Lobster for dinner.
We then head to Diamond Cay where the smaller of the Foxy restaurants is. It is very famous for all the musicians that have played there in the past and they still get some well-known musicians playing there now. We visit the Bubbly Pool, a short 15 minute walk away through the mangroves. It is a naturally formed jacuzzi from where the ocean swells passes through the rocks.
In the morning, we head over to Sandy Cay (Sandy Spit) for snorkelling and swimming in the crystal clear waters and shallow reef. It is also home to just two coconut palm trees and hermit crabs that you will be able to see scurrying along the white sand of the island. We will also visit Green Cay for some more, great snorkelling searching for the abundant marine life such as juvenile angel fish and glassy minnows and schools of Barracuda. Or you can just sit back and bask on one of the best beaches in the British Virgin Islands sheltered by a surrounding reef. Enjoy a drink at the Soggy Dollar bar which is located in the protected White Bay on Jost Van Dyke Island.
In the early afternoon we sail for Soper's Hole, Tortola to spend the night with dinner at a fantastic seafood restaurant and re provisioning for the remainder of our trip.
Travel to the Bight at Norman Island and stop off at "The Caves" for a leisurely snorkel in the warm Caribbean waters amongst the coral and tropical fish in search of pirate treasure! As the rumours go, there is still some treasure hidden in the many caves, hidden bays and wrecks. Norman Island and The Caves, became famous as the inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson's novel, "Treasure Island". It is said that Norman Island was named after a pirate who bought or leased it during the early 18th century.
By the time you reach Norman Island, chances are your crew will be ready to visit the William Thornton Floating Bar & Restaurant. The "Willy - T". The Willy - T Bar and Restaurant is a lively spot to enjoy a sunset cocktail.
Enjoy a beach BBQ on Salt Island (weather dependant). We will have the option of using the BBQ on the boat if the weather means we can’t go ashore for a beach BBQ.
We proceed to Peter Island, setting anchor at Dead Man's Bay where we can enjoy a lovely swim at this world class beach. Look out for Dead Chest Island which is a large rock outcrop north east of Dead Man’s Bay. According to the stories the pirate, Blackbeard, marooned some of his crew on the neighbouring island for a number of days for punishment with a cutlass and a bottle of rum each and it was given the name Dead Man’s Bay because many of the crew drowned trying to swim ashore. Grab your snorkel gear and check out the sea grass beds right below your yacht. With any luck, you will spot a sea turtle or two, lazily snacking on the sea grass. Turtles are harmless and easily spooked by curious humans, so please keep your distance and let them dine in peace.
We spend our last night in paradise, moored at Cooper Island Eco resort. This resort is a popular spot for many boaters and is home to the Cooper Island Beach Club Restaurant where we can enjoy our final dinner and drinks sitting on the outdoor sofas on the deck – prefect for taking in the Caribbean sunset.
Optional Activities
  • Hobie Cat rental (per hour) - USD50
Accommodation
Overnight boat (6 nts)
Day 8 Tortola
After breakfast we head back to the charter base at Tortola where the trip ends on arrival at approximately 8am. If flying out tonight we suggest not booking a flight departing before 3pm to allow for any delays returning to Tortola.
Also available to purchase
For many of our trips we have other services or experiences that are also available to purchase to extend your trip or to make your holiday a little easier. Below is a list of other travel products you can purchase in conjunction with this trip.
  • Cuba Sailing Adventure (QSSC)
    Itinerary disclaimer
    Occasionally our itineraries are updated during the year to incorporate improvements stemming from past travellers' comments and our own research. The information given in this itinerary may be slightly different to that in the brochure. It's very important that you print and review a final copy of your Trip Notes a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans. For the latest updated Trip Notes please visit our website: www.intrepidtravel.com
    Please note that while we operate successful trips in this region throughout the year, some changes may occur in our itineraries due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route.
    For sailing trips the itinerary will be subject to change depending on weather conditions. Your skipper will make the final decision to ensure safety at all times. Generally daily sailing time would not exceed 6 hours.
    Culture shock rating

    At times local life here will be familiar to that of back home, and at times very different. Services are available most of the time, English may not be the native language, and there may be some cultural differences.
    Physical rating

    These trips are a relaxing break. You don't have to worry about doing anything physically demanding unless you want to.
    Included activities
    Included activities are listed in the day-to-day itinerary, all other activities are optional and at your own expense. If you choose not to participate in the included activities on this itinerary, the cost will not be refunded.
    All of our sailing trips include snorkelling and the equipment is provided on board. At the skipper's discretion and sailing conditions, you may also be able to assist with the sailing of the vessel. No experience is necessary.
    Kitty
    On this trip it's compulsory to contribute to a kitty. The kitty is an on-ground payment put into a central fund managed by travellers. It helps fund for breakfast and lunch on the boat and other small items such as ice, water, snacks and drinks. Travellers are responsible for the preparation of these meals onboard and to shop at port where supermarkets are often very close to the mooring. Kitty amounts are subject to change to reflect local price increases. On day 1, the skipper will talk through the kitty and how it will be managed (by yourself or fellow travellers) The kitty will be collected when you arrive at the welcome meeting or in stages throughout your trip.
    A trip kitty of USD120.00 CASH will be required.
    Optional activities
    A selection of optional activities are listed in the day-to-day itinerary. This isn't an exhaustive list and should be used as a guide only. Prices are approximate and are for entrance only and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability and it may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination.
    Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. This means that it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, however we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Activities not listed above have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with booking these activities. The decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk.
    Money Exchange
    The US dollar is used throughout the British Virgin Islands.
    The most convenient and cheapest way to acquire money is via an Automated Teller Machine (ATM). Check with your bank in advance concerning the suitability of your account / card overseas and any international fees that will be applied. The only places on the British Virgin Islands where there are ATMs is in Road Town or at the airport on Tortola, none of the other islands have ATM facilities so please make sure you have enough cash for your trip before you board the boat. Be sure to bring some extra emergency cash in a major currency that can be exchanged if the ATMs are not functioning. When leaving home don't forget your PIN and make sure you know the telephone number for cancelling your card if it is stolen. Keep this in a safe place.
    You might be advised to take some of your money as travellers' cheques from a major financial institute. Travellers' cheques have security advantages, however please be aware that the exchange rates may not be favourable and that it is difficult to change travellers' cheques in most countries. Be particularly aware that after hours money exchanges and hotel receptions carry high commissions- sometimes up to 20%.
    For money safety we recommend that you carry your cash and credit cards in a secure money belt or pouch concealed under your clothes.
    Spending money
    Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping, participating in optional activities, and tipping. Please also remember the following specific recommendations when planning your trip.
    Tipping
    If you're happy with the services provided a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it's of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Intrepid destinations. Although can be difficult to source we advise you to carry small notes of local currency each day to make tipping easier.
    The following amounts are per person suggestions based on local considerations and feedback from our past travellers:
    Restaurants: Local markets and basic restaurants - round your bill up to the nearest US$1. More up-market restaurants we suggest 10% to 15% of your bill.
    Skipper: We suggest US$5-10 per day for your skipper.
    Departure tax
    All visitors departing from the British Virgin Islands are required to pay departure tax. This tax may be paid with cash or any major credit card. For passengers leaving via air you are required to pay US$20 per person, while boat passengers pay US$5 per person.
    Group size
    Maximum of 8 travellers per group.
    Your fellow travellers
    As you travel on a group trip you will be exposed to all the pleasures and maybe some of the frustrations of travelling in a group. Your fellow travellers will probably come from all corners of the world and likely a range of age groups too. We ask you to be understanding of the various needs and preferences of your group - patience with your fellow travellers is sometimes required for the benefit of everyone's travel experience. Remember too that you have responsibilities to the group. If you are requested to be at a place at a certain time, ensure that you don't keep the rest of the group waiting. We have found time and time again that the very best trips we operate are those where the dynamics within the group work well - this takes just a little effort on your part.
    Due to privacy reasons we are unable to provide you with contact details and any personal information about your fellow travellers booked on your trip prior to departure. However you can download Intrepid's FREE Meet Up app to chat with your fellow travellers before your trip. Meet up, discuss your upcoming trip and share the excitement of planning for your adventure. For more information visit: www.intrepidtravel.com/meetup
    Single travellers
    Our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and don't involve a compulsory single supplement. Single travellers share with people of the same gender in accommodation ranging from twin to multishare. Some of our itineraries have accommodation booked on a mixed gender share basis and where applicable this will be specified in our Trip Notes. On a selection of our trips, you have the option to pay a single supplement to ensure that you have your own accommodation (where available). Please note that this only applies to accommodation during the tour - pre-trip and post-trip accommodation will be booked on a single room basis.
    Accommodation
    Overnight boat (7 nts)
    This trip is accommodated on board a catamaran boat. Our boats are equipped with twin-share cabins, and shared bathrooms (1-4) The average size of the boat is 46 feet. Fresh water is available for showers, and toilets are either electronic or the hand pump variety. The boat is equipped with a motor for times when the wind is not sufficient for sailing. Our boats are real yachts and this is a real sailing trip. Yachts are designed to keep sleeping areas to the absolute minimum of space, while maximising common areas as much as possible.
    The skipper will allocate the rooms on arrival to the boat and single travellers will be paired up with another passenger of the same sex, this may mean sharing a double mattress. The skipper will also be sharing the yacht's facilities and sleeping quarters.
    While some may find the living quarters quite close, those who are looking to revel in the adventure and exhilaration of an authentic sailing trip usually find any discomfort is more than made up for by the spirit of this sailing experience.
    Check out the below for a typical 8 berth catamaran floor plan. The bedding can be identified in blue. Note that this vessel floor plan is an indication only and can change dependant on the boat chartered per departure.

    Meals
    7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches
    Please budget for additional meals and expenses while on your trip. Our suggestion is based on past traveller feedback but you may choose to spend more or less.
    USD 300.00
    The breakfasts and lunches included above will come from the trip Kitty payment outlined above. Please budget for additional meals and expenses while on your trip. Costs in the Caribbean tend to be higher than other parts of the world with limited budget options. Our suggestion is based on research and past traveller feedback but you may choose to spend more or less and it does not include alcoholic beverages.
    Any dietary requirements need to be provided at the time of booking so that included meals can be properly catered for. Your crew will endeavour to cater for most dietary requirements.
    Transport
    Boat
    Group leader
    On this trip you will be accompanied by one of our skippers. Your skipper's role involves taking charge of the sailing, the safety of the vessel and safety for all passengers on board. Skippers all hold a Yacht Master Offshore license or higher and have completed an intense training and review process before sailing with us. The aim of the skipper is also to take the hassle out of your travels by organizing the overall operation and smooth-running of the trip, managing trip logistics and coordinating the kitty (where applicable). Your skipper will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect skippers to have a broad general knowledge of the places visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects.
    Joining point
    Dream Yacht Charter Tortola
    Hodges Creek Marina Maya Cove, East End Tortola
    Tortola
    BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS
    Joining point instructions
    How to get to Tortola
    Tortola is the Capital of the British Virgin Islands (not to be confused with the US Virgin Islands). There are no direct flights to the British Virgin Islands from North America, South America, Europe, Australia and other major countries. The British Virgin Islands can be reached via connection hubs that you must fly to before connecting on a direct flight or ferry ride to Tortola, British Virgin Islands. These connections hubs are listed below:
    1) San Juan, Puerto Rico - airport code SJU (used by many U.S.A. Travellers)
    2) St. Thomas, USVI - airport code STT (many ferries to BVI)
    3) Antigua (ANU) St. Maarten (SXM) Barbados (BGI) - (used by many European Travellers)
    1. Getting to Tortola via San Juan, Puerto Rico
    There are no airports on Tortola but flights can be booked from San Juan, Puerto Rico directly to Terrance B Lettsome International Airport (EIS) on Beef Island, British Virgin Islands. There is a small Bridge that connects Beef Island to Tortola. A taxi is the best way to get across the bridge to the Dream Yacht Charter office in Tortola. Air carriers with schedule flights between San Juan, Puerto Rico and EIS, British Virgin Islands include: American Eagle (works in conjunction to American Airlines to bring visitor to the BVI), Cape Air (works in conjunction with Continental Airlines to bring visitors to the BVI) and LIAT.
    2. Getting to Tortola via St Thomas, US Virgin Islands
    Usually the most affordable way to get to the British Virgin Islands from the USA is to fly to St. Thomas, United States Virgin Islands and then Travel to Tortola, BVI via Ferry Services. Flights from St.Thomas USVI to Tortola BVI are available but are more seldom and expensive. St. Thomas USVI has direct flights from New York, Atlanta, Florida and much more. Airlines that operate to St. Thomas USVI includes American Airlines, Delta Spirit Airlines, Continental Airlines and US Airways and more.
    3. Getting to Tortola Via Antigua, St. Maarten, Barbados (used by many European travellers)
    European travellers can find themselves in the British Virgin Islands by connection through the Caribbean hubs such as Barbados, West Indies (BGI), Antigua West Indies (ANU) and ST. Maarten (SXM).
    Taxi Costs:
    From the West End ferry dock to Hodges Creek: US$40 per person
    From the Road Town ferry dock to Hodges Creek: US$20 per person
    From Beef Island Airport to Hodges Creek: US$15 per person
    Arrival complications
    We don't expect any problems (and nor should you) but if for any reason you are unable to commence your trip as scheduled, please refer to the emergency contact section below for who to contact depending upon your starting location.
    No refund is available on missed transfers or portions of your trip owing to a different flight arrival or delayed flight arrival. Any additional cost incurred in order to meet up with your group is at your own expense.
    Finish point
    Dream Yacht Charter Tortola
    Hodges Creek Marina Maya Cove, East End Tortola
    Tortola
    BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS
    Emergency contact
    If you find that you are unable to make the scheduled meeting time please contact your British Virgin Islands skipper on +1 28 4341 0647. If you are unable to contact the skipper please contact our Sailing Operations Manager on +66 811 424 210.
    For further contact details please use the following page:
    Emergency funds
    Please also make sure you have access to an additional US$500, to be used when unforeseen incidents or circumstances outside our control (eg. a natural disaster, civil unrest or an outbreak of bird flu) necessitate a change to our planned route.
    Visas
    Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. The visa requirements for your trip vary depending on where you are from and where you are going. As a general rule most countries expect that you will have at least 6 months' validity on your passport. On arrival visitors may be asked to present return tickets and evidence of means to cover your intended stay.
    We keep the following information up to date as much as possible, but rules do change - it's important that you check for yourself. Residents from other countries must consult the relevant embassies or your travel agent.
    BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS:
    Australia: No - Not required
    Belgium: No - Not required
    Canada: No - Not required
    Germany: No - Not required
    Ireland: No - Not required
    Netherlands: No - Not required
    New Zealand: No - Not required
    South Africa: No - Not required
    Switzerland: No - Not required
    UK: No - Not required
    USA: No - Not required
    Issues on your trip
    While we always endeavour to provide the best possible holiday experience, due to the nature of travel and the areas we visit sometimes things can and do go wrong. Should any issue occur while you are on your trip, it is imperative that you discuss this with your group leader or our local representative straight away so that they can do their best to rectify the problem and save any potential negative impact on the rest of your trip.
    We recognise that there may be times when your group leader/local partner may not be able to resolve a situation to your satisfaction - if this is the case, please ask the leader to speak to their direct manager.
    You may also choose to provide details in your online feedback, which we ask you to complete within 30 days of the end of your trip. But we do ask you to be aware that it is very difficult for us to provide any practical help after the trip is complete.
    What to take
    What you need to bring will vary according to the trip style you have chosen, the countries you are visiting and when you are travelling. Generally speaking you should pack as lightly as possible. On the vast majority of our trips you are expected to carry your own luggage, although you won't be required to walk long distances with it (max 30 minutes).
    Most travellers carry their luggage in a backpack, although an overnight bag with a shoulder strap would suffice if you travel lightly. Smaller bags or backpacks with wheels are convenient although we recommend your bag has carry straps. You'll also need a day pack/bag to carry water and a camera etc for day trips.
    You can find Intrepid's Ultimate Packing List on our website. It should be used as a guide only and isn't intended to be a complete packing list.
    Space on board the vessel is very limited - for your own comfort and safety, luggage should be kept to an absolute minimum. The use of a backpack, soft sports bag or duffel bag is recommended - we highly recommend you do not travel with a hard suitcase.
    Bring along a good-sized daypack as well as a light fleece and/or light windproof jacket. One towel is provided however you might like to consider bringing along an extra for swimming and outdoor use as towels are not changed during the trip. Sports shoes with light coloured soles or sports sandals are recommended while on board, while a pair of cycling gloves can be useful if you wish to participate in sailing. Snorkelling equipment is provided on board.
    If your trip includes hiking or trekking, please ensure you pack comfortable shoes (preferably not brand new, as this can lead to blisters) that are fully enclosed and are comfortable for you to walk in for an entire day. Sneakers or runners should be fine, as long as they are comfortable.
    While there should be electricity on board throughout your trip the voltage is likely to vary widely, from 12V to 220V, and when in port or moored we are dependent on the supply available. Please be aware that the supply may not be sufficient to power some electronic devices all the time and that you may need a voltage adapter or similar (such as portable inverter used in cars). On some trips it may be possible to charge devices ashore at restaurants or resorts, however this is not guaranteed.
    Health
    All Intrepid travellers need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully on this trip. When selecting your trip please make sure you have read through the itinerary carefully and assess your ability to cope with our style of travel. Please note that if, in the opinion of our group leader or local guide, any traveller is unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group, Intrepid reserves the right to exclude them from all or part of a trip without refund.
    You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information or for any necessary vaccinations and anti-malarial requirements before departure. We recommend that you carry a first aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements (including a spare pair of glasses) as they may not easily be obtained at the locations on this trip. For legal reasons our leaders and guides are prohibited from administering any type of drugs including headache tablets and antibiotics. Please ensure that you are adequately prepared.
    Safety
    Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure and ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all areas your itinerary covers. Please refer to our website's safety page for links to major travel advisories and updates on safety issues affecting our trip.
    We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe-keeping of your passport, air tickets, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many of our hotels have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.
    Your leader will accompany you on all included activities, however during your trip you'll have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. While your group leader will assist you with the available options in a given location, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your Intrepid itinerary, and Intrepid makes no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgement when selecting an activity in your free time. Please also note that your group leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it's deemed necessary due to safety concerns.
    For more details on the type of conditions and safety standards you can expect on your trip, please refer to Intrepid's operational safety policy on our website. We recommend that you take a moment to read through this information before travelling, and would appreciate any feedback on how well it's being implemented in the field:
    PETTY THEFT AND PERSONAL SAFETY:
    While travelling there is always the risk of pick-pocketing and petty theft, particularly in the more touristy cities. We recommend that you exercise caution when walking alone at night and encourage you to walk together and only on main, well-lit thoroughfares. Be particularly vigilant on public transport. Simple measures like carrying your day pack on your front, not hanging your bag over the back of your chair or on the floor and wearing a money belt will reduce any chance that your valuables should go missing.
    WATER SAFETY AT SEA:
    Travellers that are able and confident swimmers will be able to enjoy swimming & snorkelling off the boat, but please always note the skipper's advice and instructions on when and where to swim and what precautions to consider. Travellers who are not able to swim are certainly welcome on this trip, but you will be required to wear a life jacket when we are sailing.
    Travel insurance
    Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.
    When travelling on a trip, you won't be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance and the insurance company's 24 hour emergency contact number has been seen by your leader.
    If you have credit card insurance your group leader will require details of the participating insurer/underwriter, the level of coverage, policy number and emergency contact number rather than the bank's name and credit card details. Please contact your bank for these details prior to arriving in-country.
    Please go to our website for links to various travel insurance providers:
    Responsible Travel
    We believe strongly in low impact or rather positive impact tourism. Broadly speaking this means that we try to minimise the negative aspects of tourism on the local cultures and environments that we visit and highlight the positive aspects. Please visit our website for further details and suggestions on how you can be a responsible traveller:
    A couple of rules
    Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on our trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land, but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for Intrepid travellers. Intrepid's philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter and in particular, the local people who make our destinations such special places. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our group leader has the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.
    Everyone has the right to feel safe and secure on their trip. We don’t tolerate any form of sexual harassment at Intrepid, either between passengers or involving our leaders or local operators. Sexual relationships (consensual or otherwise) between a leader and a passenger are unacceptable. If you ever feel another person is behaving inappropriately please inform us immediately by contacting the emergency contact number detailed in these trip notes.
    The Intrepid Foundation
    Since Intrepid Travel commenced operating in 1989 we've been committed to giving something back to the communities we visit. One way has been through our support for local humanitarian, development and conservation projects. Many of our travellers want to contribute something too. Whilst it is often tempting to give hand-outs to those less fortunate, this has the potential to promote a culture of begging and dependency. Handouts are not a sustainable way for individuals or communities to live. That’s why we established The Intrepid Foundation – to make it easier for travellers wishing to give back to communities in an effective and meaningful way.
    The Intrepid Foundation is a not-for-profit fund offering a selection of excellent grassroots organisations which you can contribute to. All donations to The Intrepid Foundation will be matched by Intrepid Travel dollar for dollar (up to AU$5,000 per donor and a total of AU$400,000 for all donors in each financial year). And every cent gets there as Intrepid Travel pays for all the administration costs. Donating is simple and secure. Please ask your leader for information on the projects we support through The Intrepid Foundation or go to our website:
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