A unique partnership with WWF-Australia.
Join a team of naturalists, marine biologists and WWF-Australia's scientists aboard the Ocean Endeavour on one of two incredible itineraries to Antarctica. Have the chance to learn about their non-invasive whale research project as you search for humpback and minke whales, seals and penguins. Explore the ice-filled waters by Zodiac as well as setting foot on the world's most remote continent. Most of the world’s whale species are found in Antarctica, living alongside more than 9,000 other species, half of which are seen nowhere else in the world. Sadly, as climate change and krill fishing increase, Antarctica’s whale populations face growing challenges to their food chain and survival. With a scientific focus on preserving this unique ecosystem, this is a journey you’ll carry with you for a lifetime.
Explore Antarctica with WWF-Australia
About the partnership
WWF-Australia researchers will be conducting scientific research into Antarctica’s great whales, looking to find solutions to further protect them in the future and sharing it onboard our Ocean Endeavour voyages.
This partnership will offer travellers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn more about WWF-Australia's work through a number of interactive experiences.
The Intrepid Foundation, Intrepid Travel's not-for-profit arm, will support WWF-Australia’s Protecting Antarctic Giants project over the next two years with AUD $150,000. The data collected during the project will directly contribute to our understanding of Antarctica’s whale populations and to developing a conservation policy.
We've doubled our carbon offset commitment for every customer travelling on the Ocean Endeavour vessel in the 2021 season, as well as investing in sustainable initiatives across the Antarctic region to further support WWF.
All our Antarctica departures have a range of experts on board including naturalists and marine biologists. These special WWF-Australia departures also have a team of WWF scientists on board who are undertaking a whale research and tagging project. You'll be exploring Antarctica with experts like Dr. Ari Friedlaender, the Director of Research for the California Ocean Alliance and an Associate Researcher at the UC Santa Cruz Institute for Marine Sciences in the United States. Ari has made over 40 trips to the Antarctic over the past 25 years to study marine mammals and the impacts of climate change on their survival.
Your home on the sea
The Ocean Endeavour is Intrepid’s very own polar expedition ship, and the home of our WWF-Australia voyages. We know you want to be as comfortable as possible while on board, which is why we’ve equipped it with modern conveniences like LED televisions and internet connectivity, along with luxurious touches like onboard chefs to prepare a range of quality meals.
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