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Reefs and Rainforests of Costa Rica, Panama, Columbia, Honduras and Belize

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Book by January 31, 2016 and receive $200 or more off!

This 15 day cruise explores the rainforests and reefs of Central America sailing along coasts of Costa Rica, Panama, Columbia, Honduras and Belize  stopping at remarkable flora, fauna, and culture-rich destinations unique to the region.  Your voyage begins in San Jose, Costa Rica before embarking on the Sea Adventurer that will gracefully navigate the Panama Canal going through the three locks on its way to the Atlantic waterways. 

Aboard your expedition ship Sea Adventurer you'll experience Central America as seen through the eyes of early travelers, but with creature comforts and modern technology aboard your ship.  As you sail the Caribbean Sea you will encounter a surprising range of bio-diversity and habitats, including dense jungle forests, pristine beaches, snowcapped mountains, and deserts. Your ship is equipped with Zodiacs for exploration of smaller waterways on  with your guides.

One highlights of this trip include a visit to San Blas Archipelago which is a group of 350 islands stretching over 200 miles along Panama's east coast. San Blas is home to the Kuna Indians, a semiautonomous tribe still practicing the traditions of their ancestors. 

You may see titi and black howler monkeys, iguanas and lizards, and over 400 species of birds, including condors, eagles, and red woodpeckers. Your ship stops at the Light House Reef where a colony of red-footed nests and you will be able to snorkel or dive among fantastically-colored marine life protected by the protective coral reefs.


 

  • Itinerary
  • Date - Rates
  • Lodging
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Itinerary:
Day 1, April 12: Depart USA/San Jose

Depart the US for our flight to San Jose, Costa Rica and transfer to Marriott Hotel San Jose in time for dinner and our first overnight. 

Day 2, April 13: San Jose/Puerto Caldera/Embark Sea Adventurer

Today we will depart by bus going overland to Puerto Coldera where we will have a short city tour and lunch before embarking on the Sea Adventurer. 

Day 3, April 14: Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica

Golfo Dulce or Sweet Gulf is a nature lover's paradise! It is located on the pacific ocean side offering pristine rain forests with peaceful waters that are frequented by dolphins.  This morning we will visit Casa Orquideas, where botanical gardens filled with colorful tropical trees and exotic plants including many species of orchids is located. Among the flora we can spot resident scarlet macaws, white-faced capuchin monkeys, red-legged and shining honeycreepers, and chestnut-mandibled toucans.

There will also be an opportunity to swim, relax on the beaches or take a stroll along the beach looking or wildlife.

In the afternoon we will take one of many a Zodiac cruises up Rio Esquinas to search for birds and mammals in the complex maze of mangrove-lined canals.  

Day 4 & 5, April 15 & 16: Isla Coiba, Panama

For the next two days we will anchor off Isla Coiba for exploration of one of the largest marine parks in the world. While  on nature hikes we'll keep our eyes open for more than 130 species of birds, including red-legged honeycreepers, crimson-backed tanagers, and brilliantly colored lance-tailed manakins.

Our zodiacs will take us on excursions along quiet shores to secluded beaches where snorkeling is excellent on large coral reefs where a convergence of currents reveals an array of eastern tropical Pacific marine life. 

Day 6, April 17: Mongue River, Darien Province

This morning we explore Panama’s remote Darién Province. It is one of Central America’s last unspoiled regions exploring the Emberá Indian territory as we land on Playa del Muerto at the mouth of the Mogue River. As we disembark, we will be greeted by the Emberá community of Mogue, where we’ll learn about their traditional way of life enjoying a Emberá dance performance.

Day 7, April 18: Transit of the Panama Canal

The Sea Adventurer will navigate the dramatic Gaillard Cut, Gatún Lake, and the canal’s three mighty locks during daylight hours so we can sit on the upper decks, relax and enjoy the views on the way to the Atlantic. 

Day 8, April 19: San Blas Islands, Panama

We explore the San Blas Islands and the nearby Panamanian coastline today. There are over 365 different San Blas Islands spread out over the length of the archipelago, and the local people like to say that their archipelago consists of "one island for every day of the year." Only a dozen or so are inhabited, populated by the self-governing Kuna Yala. The region was designated as an autonomous region, a Comarca, in 1938, so the Kuna are one of the most culturally cohesive tribes of indigenous peoples. We visit a local community, whose native women are renowned for their intricate and very distinctive needlework, particularly their colorful reverse appliqué Molas and comfy shirts. The economy of the Kuna Yala depends mainly on agriculture, fishery and tourism.

In the afternoon we'll land at Holandes Caye to beach comb or snorkel in the azure waters. 

Day 9, April 20: Portobelo/Colon

We disembark this morning in the historic town of Portobelo, one of Spain’s most important strongholds in the Americas during colonial times. Visit Forts San Geronimo and Santiago de la Gloria as well as the Church of San Felipe. After lunch, transfer to Colon for a VIP tour of the five billion dollar Panama Canal expansion project. We'll get to go behind the scenes at the Panama Canal Expansion Observation Center, and meet the authorities currently working on the expansion project.

Day 10, April 21: Puerto Limón / Tortuguero Canals, Costa Rica

Today's excursion in shallow-draft boats takes us among the Tortuguero Canals which is home to 2,000 plant species, more than 400 species of birds, and 13 of Costa Rica’s 16 endangered mammals. During our exploration in the canal waterways, you may spot sloths; howler and capuchin monkeys; wood storks, bare-throated tiger herons, roseate spoon-bills, Montezuma oropendolas, and ringed kingfishers; and crocodiles, caimans, turtles, iguanas, and the Jesus Christ lizard--that runs across the water.  Return to the ship for lunch and set sail for Colombia.

Day 11, April 22: Isla de providencia, Columbia

Today we will have time to snorkel or dive the pristine coral reefs on the rarely-visited Isla de Providencia off mainland Columbia where a warm and friendly, English-speaking people reside.  The island has a nostalgic feel of the Caribbean of years gone by. An island tour takes you to a parochial school and other points of interest ashore. 

Day 12, April 23: At Sea

Today we will have a relaxing day at sea.  Rest on the upper decks and watch the world go by in between lectures. 

Day 13, April 24: Bay Islands, Honduras

The Mesoamerican Barrier Reef stretches over 600 miles from the tip of the Yucatan Peninsula down to the Bay Islands of Honduras making for some excellant snorkeling or diving over coral reefs that are among the healthiest in the Caribbean. Permission pending, go ashore for nature walks, beachcombing, or to simply relax on the white-sand beaches.

Day 14, April 25: Lighthouse Reef, Belize

Established in 1981, Lighthouse Reef’s Half Moon Caye Natural Monument is a bird sanctuary and the only nesting site in the region for red-footed boobies at the tip of the Caye. Observe these pelagic birds during a nature walk to the tip of the island keeping our eyes open for magnificent frigatebirds, ospreys, mangrove warblers, and white-crowned pigeons. The waters off Half Moon Caye offer excellent snorkeling and diving among seafans and colorful fish. This is some of the best snorkeling and diving in the region. 

Day 15, April 26: Disembark Belize City 

Disembark in Belize City and transfer to the airport for your independent flight home, arriving the same day to the US.  If you would enjoy remaining in Belize to visit the rain forests, dive the outer reefs, or visit Mayan Ruins, contact our office for extended stays.  

Date - Rates:

April 12 - 26, 2016

Book by January 31, 2016 and receive $200 or more off! 

Cabin Category Cabin Description Regular Rate
1 Ocean-view staterooms on A-Deck between 119 and 143 square ft. Two fixted twin beds, en suite bathroom and one porthole.  $11,980
2 Ocean-view stateroom on A-Deck between 117 and 153 square ft. Two fixed twin beds, en suite bathroom and one porthole $12,580
3 Ocean-view staterooms on the Main Deck between 115 and 142 square feet. Two fixed twin beds, en suite bathroom and one porthole.  $13,280
4 Ocean-view staterooms on the bow of the Main Deck between 150 and 161 square ft. Two fixed twin beds, en suite bathroom and one porthole.  $13,980
5 Ocean-view staterooms in the middle of the Main Deck between 121 and 134 square ft. Two fixed twin beds, en suite bathroom and one window. $14,780
6 Ocean-view staterooms on Promenade Deck between 142 and 154 square ft. Two fixed twin beds, en suite bathroom and two windows. $15,880
7 Ocean-view staterooms on Promenade or Boat Deck between 160 and 165 square ft. Two fixed twin beds, en suite bathroom and two windows. $16,780
Suite Ocean-view suites on Boat Deck are 221 square ft. Two fixed twin beds, a separate sitting are, en suite bathroom and four windows.  $20,880
Owner's Suite Ocean-view suites on Boat Deck are 273 square ft. Two fixed twin beds, a separate sitting are, en suite bathroom and four windows. $22,680
Single Cat. 2 Ocean-view stateroom on A-Deck between 117 and 153 square ft. Two fixed twin beds, en suite bathroom and one porthole. Limited singles available at this rate. $15,780
Single Cat. 3 Ocean-view staterooms on the Main Deck between 115 and 142 square feet. Two fixed twin beds, en suite bathroom and one porthole. $16,580
Single Cat. 5 Ocean-view staterooms in the middle of the Main Deck between 121 and 134 square ft. Two fixed twin beds, en suite bathroom and one window. $18,380

 

Inclusions: All gratuities, accommodations in our hotel and on board the Sea Adventurer as outlined in the itinerary; all k=meals on board, soft drinks, wine, beer, with lunch and dinner; all group meals on land; arrival and departure transfers on group arrival and departure dates; expedition staff services, including lectures, briefings, slide/film shows; all group activities and excursions; kayaking not guaranteed -- (limited availability); landing and port fees; medical expense coverage and emergency evacuation coverage. 

Exclusions: All air transportation; excess baggage charges; airport arrival and departure taxes; transfers for independent arrivals and departures; passport and/or visa fees; travel insurance (cancellation); items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar charges, alcoholic beverages except as listed, e-mail/Internet/fax/telephone charges.

Deposit: 30% due at time of booking. Balance due 120 days prior to trip.

Cancellation: 180 days or more $1000.00 non-refundable. 120-179: 30% of expedition fee; 1-119 days 100% non-refundable. 

Lodging:

M/S Sea Adventurer

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The 110-guest Sea Adventurer will be refurbished in 2014 and is a superb oceangoing vessel equipped with stabilizers and an ice-strengthened hull that allow her to navigate easily in the most rugged natural environments. A fleet of Zodiac landing craft allows us to explore at a moment’s notice. Each stateroom has an ocean view, an in-room music system, and en suite bathroom.

GENERAL

• Four decks of passenger facilities.
• Boat Deck – passenger cabins and the library.
• Promenade Deck – passenger cabins, Club bar, dining room, main lounge, gift shop and reception.
• Main Deck – passenger cabins, gym, and Zodiac boarding area.
• A-Deck – passenger cabins.
• Stairs connect the decks (no elevator).
• The bridge is available to visit most times throughout the day, contingent upon weather and navigation conditions.
• Smoking is allowed on outside decks only.

CABINS

• Twin cabins on Main and A-Deck are similar in amenities and average about 136 square feet; all cabins on
Promenade Deck are slightly larger and average 165 square feet; suites are 211 square feet.
• All cabins have: a bathroom with shower, individually controlled heat/air conditioner, in-room music system, an
intercom system for announcements, European-type outlets (two round sockets) at 220 volts, ample wardrobe
space, full length mirrors, locked drawer, emergency buttons to call reception, desk and chair, and hair dryer.
• All cabins have two twin lower beds. A few triple cabins are available.
• Ocean view: cabins on A-Deck have two portholes, 12 inches in diameter; cabins 200–211 have one porthole, 12
inches in diameter; cabins 212–231 have one window, 24 inches by 17 inches; and cabins on Promenade Deck and
the suites have two windows, 22 inches by 16.5 inches.

DINING

• The main dining room holds the full complement of passengers at one seating.
• Special dietary requests can be fulfilled with advance notice. Kosher meals are not available.
• A buffet lunch is available in the main lounge, and a full breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served in the dining room.

SERVICES

• Sea Adventurer carries a fleet of Zodiacs.
• Laundry services (no dry cleaning), and a doctor and a small infirmary are all available on board. Rates are posted.
• A small gift shop carries a limited supply of necessities as well as ship gift items and arts/crafts of the regions visited.
• A gym and small library with books and games available for public use.
• Cash, personal checks, traveler’s checks, MasterCard, and Visa are accepted as payment for services rendered on board.
• The U.S. dollar is the currency used on board.


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