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Oceanic Society Expeditions – Explore the Natural World

Instead of a typical vacation to Disney Land or the Grand Canyon, why not travel and support a fabulous cause? You can take an international natural history journey or participate in research expeditions OR even head out on a California whale watching trip with the Oceanic Society. The Expeditions programs offered by the Oceanic Society afford everyday people (aka not scientists) the opportunity to both enjoy and learn all about wildlife and natural habitats in various places around the globe.

These are amazing travel experiences. As a preview, here are three of their planned 2010 expeditions.

Baja California/Sea Of Cortez – WHALE WATCHING & NATURAL HISTORY

Known as the “Mexican Galapagos,” Baja and the Sea of Cortez have tremendous scenic and ecological variety, and are a refuge for blue, gray, fin, humpback, Bryde’s, and sperm whales, as well as several dolphin species. Travel and accommodations are aboard the Spirit of Adventure, with ports of call at Baja’s diverse islands. Visiting San Ignacio Lagoon, one of the major gray whale calving lagoons of Baja, we expect to see whale mothers with calves and “friendly” gray whales. Snorkeling is one of many highlights in the Sea of Cortez.

Sri Lanka & Maldives – WILDLIFE SAFARI & SNORKELING

After 10 years, we are returning to Sri Lanka, a small country offering one of the best wildlife experiences in the world, especially known for its density of leopards and elephants. The expedition includes introductions to the art and history of the ancient cultures of Buddhist Sri Lanka. With several days of snorkeling in the Maldives, this one of the best expeditions possible.

Galapagos Islands – NATURAL HISTORY

The Galapagos Islands are among the greatest nature destinations on earth. This expedition is aboard a 22-passenger motor yacht. As we cruise among the islands, our focus is observing and photographing wildlife that has remarkably little fear of human presence. Photographic opportunities are excellent.

The Oceanic Society also offers small ship cruises, animal rescue trips, family expeditions, photography travel, student friendly travel opportunities and so much more. Each unique trip is specialized for the region and is eco-friendly in nature. Oceanic Society’s primary mission is to protect endangered wildlife and preserve threatened marine habitats worldwide. They believe that responsibly conducted nature tourism can help save natural areas by contributing financially to conservation – which is an excellent point and the organization follows a code of ethics in all of its eco-tours and research expeditions.

Lastly, for seriously awesome expeditions the prices seem really low (at least to me).

Learn more at Oceanic Society.

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