Discover our marine conservation cruises focusing on Manta rays, Whalesharks, and Coral reef aboard Adelaar…
Manta rays Special
Manta rays are regularly encountered in the Komodo National Park. However, for true manta lovers, there are never enough mantas. One of our Komodo routes will be slightly adjusted to spend more time in areas of Komodo preferred by mantas. We invite a marine biologist to join us on these special trips. She/he talks about her work in the field, and what they are doing to help protect these elegant and graceful creatures. Through their presentation, they’ll explain everything there is to know about mantas, including that they are no longer called “mantas”. Our Manta special itinerary varies depending on the season and the availability of our specialist.
Coral Reef Special
All Adelaar’s routes being located on the coral triangle, it seemed like a must for us to organise a trip dedicated to Coral Reef rehabilitation. While only covering 1.6% of the planet’s oceanic area, the region has 76% of all known coral species in the world. On these special cruises, we’ll host a coral specialist who’ll lead a course about corals, workshops and identification games, as well as an excursion to a coral rehabilitation center on the North coast of Sumbawa.
Whale sharks Special
Twice a year we invite a marine biologist from Conservation International to join us & explore an exciting new destination, where a permanent aggregate of whale sharks have recently been discovered. CI has been instrumental in tagging the sharks, and educating the local villages on conservation measures to preserve the habitat of these gentle giants. They will be giving presentations about their work with Indonesia’s whale shark population and how we can help them in their endeavors. Our whale shark excursions are a part of our Bali-Komodo routes. Each departure timed to coincide with a new moon, which is apparently the best time for an encounter.
“What is a scientist after all? It is a curious man looking through a keyhole, the keyhole of nature, trying to know what’s going on”
Jacques Yves Cousteau
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