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$500 Off On Our NEW Indonesia Sailing Adventures Dear fellow adventures, I am extremely excited to introduce two NEW adventure cruises that are out of this world! The Raja Ampat archipelago consists of over 600 Islands and islets that straddle the equator in the area off the north-western tip of Indonesia. Both 8-day adventures offer you the chance to snorkel, kayak and explore one of the most remote and biologically diverse destinations on our planet! Marine biologists have concluded that Raja Ampat is home to seventy-five percent of the known coral species on the planet. Many fish, corals and crustaceans that live in these waters are found nowhere else on earth. So, to kick things off, we're offering $500 off per person on both our Snorkel and Kayak Southern Raja Ampat and our Raja Ampat: Heart of the Coral Triangle. Snorkel and Kayak Southern Raja Ampat 8 full days to explore this remote region of the world by...
Beyond the Galapagos - Experience Raja Ampat and The Coral Triangle The sun rises and sets at 6:30am and 6:30pm every day along the equator all year, every year where two stunning archipelagos of unique life and great marine biodiversity tempt adventure seekers to experience their natural wonders. Every sunrise and sunset is an inspiring and life-affirming sight to behold even if it only flirts with our senses for a fleeting moment at the center of the planet. On opposite sides of the globe sit the Galapagos, that Darwinian ecological mecca of rugged volcanic terrain and highly adapted animal life, and it’s lesser known sister nation in Natural Selection, Raja Ampat, Indonesia. Raja Ampat sits at the heart of The Coral Triangle and is home to the most diverse, exceptional and plentiful underwater species of coral and marine life in the world. So stunning, it has been dubbed “Heaven on Earth” for its paradisiacal beauty. “Bucket” lists and “Top-Islands-to-Visit” lists and...

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Luxury Camping in an Angkorian Temple Complex Banteay Chhmar is a group of villages in northwestern Cambodia, just 20 km from the Thailand border. Currently among the top-listed sites for nomination to UNESCO’s World Heritage List, Banteay Chhmar (The Citadel of the Cats) is one of the great architectural masterpieces of Southeast Asia and the Khmer Kingdom’s epic Angkorian Period. The vision of Global Heritage Fund’s Banteay Chhmar Conservation Training Project is "to save the last great Angkorian Temple in Cambodia that remains unstudied, unconserved and unprotected and in doing so hand back the conservation of their heritage to the Cambodian people." Community involvement in the conservation project is integral to its success and ‘’Visit Banteay Chmar" is a community-based tourism organization that is helping to make this happen. This CBT offers local, English-speaking guides who lead detailed temple tours, boat trips and community tours. Other services enable visitors to explore the local area, including a silk...
Elephant Conservation Camp in Laos (Photo Essay) I just returned from a custom three-week trip through Southeast Asia and one of the highlights was our time at the Elephant Conservation Camp (ECC). The camp is located about 2 1/2 hours from Luang Prabang in the Nam Tien Protected Area just outside the village of Sayaboury on the edge of Nam Tien Lake. The camp is home to 9 rescued elephants from around Laos. Here's a rundown of what you can expect and what we experienced during our 3 days and 2 nights at the camp: Once you arrive, the first step is to get to know the elephants.  You'll learn how the mahouts (professional elephant riders) work with the elephants on a daily basis and they will introduce you to the elephants and give you the basics about their training and the commands they use. This is a great time to learn about the mahout's culture and the history of...

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Following the Leopard's Footsteps in Sri Lanka Check out this video of a banner day on safari in Wilpattu National Park, Sri Lanka. Wilpattu is Sri Lanka's largest park and one of its oldest. Sri Lankan parks boast some of the highest densities of leopards in the world so your chances of seeing this majestic cat are pretty good! On the day featured in this video 3 leopards were spotted, including one trying to hunt a boar! Wilpattu, land of lakes, is one of 22 national parks in Sri Lanka and boasts an impressive variety of animals from elephants to sloth bears to leopards and water buffalo. It's best is to spend 2 days exploring this massive and varied park. The animals can be elusive in Wilpattu due to its size but when you do catch a sighting it's all the more rewarding as there are barely any other jeeps around!  Check out our Wild Sri Lanka...
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