British Virgin Islands Sailing Adventure Trip Notes

British Virgin Islands Sailing Adventure

These trip notes are valid for departures from 01 November 2015 to 31 October 2016. View the trip notes for departures between 01 November 2016 - 31 December 2017


Last Modified: 29 Jun 2016
British Virgin Islands Sailing Adventure
Trip code: ITMB
Validity: 01 Nov 2015 to 31 Oct 2016
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.
Table of Contents
StyleAccommodationEmergency contact
ThemesAccommodation NotesVisas
Is this trip right for you?Meals introductionWhat to take
Why we love itMealsHealth
MapMoney mattersTravel insurance
ItineraryGroup leaderA couple of rules
Itinerary disclaimerSafetyResponsible Travel
Physical ratingJoining pointThe Intrepid Foundation
Group sizeJoining point instructionsFeedback
Your fellow travellersFinish point
Style
Original
Themes
Sailing
Is this trip right for you?
- You don't need to complete a Physical Participation Form, but it's important to read the trip notes carefully to make sure you're suited to this trip. You’ll need to feel comfortable with moving about the boat. The cabins and communal areas are spread over two decks, and the steps between decks are steep.
- You will be entering and exiting a Zodiac boat during wet and dry landings and when returning from snorkelling. Although the waters are usually calm, it can get rough and choppy, which requires steady sea legs and a sturdy stomach. Rain or shine, your trusty crew will always be on hand to assist you.
- The boats are real yachts, and this is a real sailing trip. Yachts are designed to maximise living area space, so sleeping quarters (typically four twin-share cabins) can be a bit cramped. That said, the adventure and exhilaration of an authentic sailing trip more than makes up for any discomfort.
- While at sea and when exploring the islands, you may be exposed to the sun for large parts of the day. It’s important to use sun protection and drink plenty of water.
- Sometimes changes to the itinerary are necessary due to the weather. This can happen with little notice. If you're flexible and have a sense of humour, you're bound to have a fun and relaxing trip across this beautiful part of the world.
- It's important to have fun, but also to respect your shipmates who might be sleeping. If you do enjoy a late night out, consider booking a hostel (where available) for the night so you don't wake your fellow travellers (and more importantly the skipper) upon your return.
Why we love it
- The snorkelling is top-notch in the British Virgin Islands. Explore a world of sparkling blue waters, coral reefs and sea grass beds, looking out for barracuda, minnows and other exotic tropical fish
- Whether it's strolling through mangrove forest to find a bubbling natural jacuzzi, or hard-core trekking to the island's highest point, Jost Van Dyke is a hiker's dream, with scenic walks for all skill levels
- Spend time at the number-one drawcard of the British Virgin Islands – The Baths, a magnificent geological oddity that doubles as a super-sweet swimming spot
- With plenty of leisure time, you can while away the hours sipping cocktails in a beach hammock, or simply marvel at the splendour of the blue-sky Carribean from the deck of your yacht
- 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
Map

Itinerary
Day 1 Tortola
Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 2 pm 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 your group and skipper, you'll go shopping for provisions. Then you will board your 'home' for the next seven days. After a safety briefing, set sail for your first destination – Trellis Bay on Beef Island. Here you will enjoy some delicious typical island food for dinner at a local bar.

Notes: If you are unable to make the scheduled meeting time, please contact your skipper on +1 284 346 5135. As space on board the boat is very limited, particularly in the cabins, please bring only a small backpack. There are very few places to store luggage in Tortola; if you do need to leave a bag at a hotel or the marina (possibly for a small fee), it's best not to leave any valuables behind.
Accommodation
Overnight boat (1 nt)
Day 2-7 Sailing the British Virgin Islands
Your second stop is an easy-to-reach but stunning location – 'The Baths'. Located at the southern tip of Virgin Gorda (Spanish for 'Fat Virgin'), this is one of the most awesome sights of the British Virgin Islands. There are conflicting theories as to how these incredible rock formations were created. Some say it was from a meteor shower, others say it was volcanic activity. In the afternoon you'll sail to Gorda Sound, where you will find several restaurants and beach bars. There are also excellent local hiking trails which offer great views of the surrounding islands. Dinner on Saba Rock is a good option – its bar and restaurant are perched on a coral reef, making for a unique dining experience.

The next morning, head to the Spanish-named island of Anegada ('Drowned Land'). This is the only coral island in the Virgin Islands’ volcanic chain, and is surrounded by beautiful coral reefs. Among these are Horseshoe Reef, the third-largest reef in the Eastern Carribean. Enjoy secluded sandy beaches, protected by the shelter of the reef. If you're lucky, you might spot a flamingo or two. For dinner, you might like to try the famous Anegada Lobster.

Next it's on to Diamond Cay, a beautiful little spot where the smaller of the Foxy restaurants, Foxy's Taboo, is located. Many famous musicians have played here, and it still gets some notable names these days. If the timing's right, there might be a good show on this evening. From here you can walk for 15 minutes or so through the mangroves to the Bubbly Pool, a naturally formed jacuzzi nestled in the rocks by the ocean. Sometimes the pool is calm and clear, and sometimes it becomes a bubbling spa. On occasion it can be unsafe, if the neighbouring waters are rough, so make sure you exercise caution.

In the morning, head to Sandy Cay (Sandy Spit) for some snorkelling and swimming in the crystal clear waters and shallow reef. Here you'll find two lone coconut palms and no doubt some hermit crabs scurrying along the white sand. Also visit Green Cay for some more snorkelling – you might see anything from juvenile angel fish and glassy minnows to whole schools of barracuda. Or you can just sit back and relax on one of the best beaches in the BVIs, sheltered by a surrounding reef. Perhaps enjoy a drink at the Soggy Dollar bar, located in the protected White Bay on Jost Van Dyke Island. In the early afternoon, set sail for Soper's Hole, Tortola, to stock up on supplies for the rest of the trip.

Travel to the Bight at Norman Island and stop off at 'The Caves' for a leisurely snorkel in the warm Caribbean waters among the coral and tropical fish. Rumour has it there's pirate treasure hidden in these caves, bays and wrecks. Norman Island and The Caves became famous as the inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson's novel 'Treasure Island'. By the time you reach Norman Island, chances are your crew will be ready to visit the William Thornton Floating Bar and Restaurant, a nice spot for a sunset cocktail. You can also perhaps enjoy a beach barbeque on Salt Island if it's a nice day (if the weather turns, you can use the barbeque on the boat).

Proceed to Peter Island, setting anchor at Dead Man's Bay, and enjoy a swim at this world-class beach. Look out for Dead Chest Island, a large rocky outcrop north-east of Dead Man’s Bay. The name 'Dead Man's Bay' comes from the legend that Blackbeard's pirates drowned while swimming ashore after their captain marooned them on a nearby island as punishment. Snorkel and explore the lush grass beds here, looking out for sea turtles (just keep your distance if you see one, because they're easily spooked). Your last night in paradise is spent moored at Cooper Island Eco resort. Perhaps enjoy some dinner at the Cooper Island Beach Club Restaurant where you can kick back on the outdoor sofas on deck and take in the Carribean sunset with your fellow travellers.
Optional Activities
  • Hobie Cat rental (per hour) - USD50
    Accommodation
    Overnight boat (6 nt)
    Meals
    4 breakfasts, 3 lunches
    Day 8 Tortola
    After breakfast you will head back to the charter base at Tortola where the trip ends on arrival (around 8 am). If you're flying out tonight, it's important not to book a departure for any earlier than midday, to allow for any delays in returning to Tortola.
    Itinerary disclaimer
    ITINERARY CHANGES 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. If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff. We are here to help you! 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. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary from time to time.

    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. Please note that we will endeavour to sail at all times but there may be times during the trip that we will use the sails and motor or just the motor.

    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.
    Physical rating

    We don't ask travellers to complete a physical participation form for this trip however we do ask you read through the trip notes carefully to ensure that this trip is the right trip for you. This applies to the included activities and moving around the boat. The cabins and communal areas of the boat are spread over 2 decks. The steps between the decks are steep
    Group size
    Maximum of 8 travellers per group.
    Your fellow travellers
    GROUP TRAVEL
    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.

    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 (7nt)
    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.

    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.
    Meals introduction
    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.
    Meals
    4 breakfasts, 3 lunches
    Money matters
    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.

    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
    When it comes to spending money on the trip, every traveller is a little different. You know your spending habits better than we do, so please budget a sensible amount for things like meals not included, drinks, shopping, optional activities and laundry. It's always better to bring a little more than you think you'll need. Also make sure you've read your trip details thoroughly so you know what's included in the trip price and what isn't. This should make budgeting a little easier. You'll find this info in the Inclusions section of your Essential Trip Information (that's this document).

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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 (e.g. a natural disaster, civil unrest, strike action or an outbreak of bird flu) necessitate a change to our planned route.
    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.
    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 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 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:

    http://www.intrepidtravel.com/contact-us/safety

    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.
    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
    Finish point
    Dream Yacht Charter Tortola
    Hodges Creek Marina Maya Cove, East End Tortola
    Tortola
    BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS
    Emergency contact
    CRISIS AND EMERGENCIES:
    In the case of a genuine crisis or emergency please contact Intrepid's sailing operator in Thailand on: +66 (0) 89 810 3722. If you are unable to reach anyone on this number, please contact Intrepid's sailing operations manager on: +66 (0) 811 424210.

    BOOKING ENQUIRIES/ISSUES:
    For general enquiries or questions about your booking, please contact your agent or adventure specialist, or visit us at http://www.intrepidtravel.com/ourtrips/contact/

    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.
    Visas
    Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it's important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality. Your consultant will also be happy to point you in the right direction with acquiring visas. Visas can take several weeks to process, so familiarise yourself with any requirements as soon as you have booked your trip to allow for processing time.

    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
    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.

    Below we have listed the essentials for this trip:

    http://www.intrepidtravel.com/pdf/trips/packinglist.pdf

    SUGGESTED 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 duffle bag is recommended - we highly recommend you do not travel with a hard suitcase. If you are travelling with a larger bag or suitcase you can leave these bags at your hotel [usually for a small fee]. This is only applicable if you are returning to the same hotel at the end of the trip, if you aren't, it will be your own responsibility to make your own way back to collect your luggage. If you are leaving a bag at a hotel or in a locker do not leave cash, credit cards, passports or any irreplaceable belongings behind.
    Daypack [a smaller back pack that you can take with you on island excursions]
    Comfortable clothing for warmer temperatures [shorts, t-shirts, light long sleeved tops and pants]
    A fleece or warmer jumper for the evenings or early mornings
    A light rain coat or poncho
    Comfortable shoes [trainers or walking shoes are sufficient for most trips]
    Sandals or thongs/flip flops/jandals
    Sunscreen [bio degradable and waterproof if available] and lip balm [to combat the effects of wind burn]
    Sunhat [that can be secured as it can get windy out on the water]
    Swimming costume
    Water bottle [filtered water is available on board the boat]
    Bio-degradable shampoo, conditioner and soap
    Dry bag
    Beach Towel
    Pegs [so you can hang your swimming costume or towel out to dry]
    Insect repellent [for island visits]
    US adaptor/electrical plug
    For keen birdwatchers, binoculars
    Camera
    Earplugs
    Batteries [if you do not have rechargeable camera batteries]
    Please ensure you travel with all required medicines, pain killers and toiletries that you may need while in on this sailing trip. You are travelling to quite a remote destination and will not have immediate access to pharmacies and even then they not stock your required medication.
    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.
    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.

    http://www.intrepidtravel.com/insurance.php
    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.
    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.

    http://www.intrepidtravel.com/ourtrips/rt/responsibletraveller

    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$1,000 per donor and a total of AU$400,000 for all donors in each financial year, excluding emergency appeals). 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:

    http://www.theintrepidfoundation.org/

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    http://www.intrepidtravel.com/feedback