2020 BAHAMAS EXPEDITION: TRIP ITINERARIES
Conservian will provide transportation from/to specified Bahamian airports as close to your flight times as expedition schedules permit. Conservian's Bahamas small-group, scientific expedition fee includes airport transfers, 7 nights lodging aboard the 75 foot research schooner, and meals on board. Accommodations below deck include air-conditioned shared cabins (two per cabin) and two communal bathrooms. Airfare and personal insurance not included. Itineraries subject to change for reasons including weather and Conservian science operations. Guidelines and waiver forms will be provided to expedition applicants.
TRIP 1: Ambergis Cay, (Berry Is) Joulter Cays National Park & S. Andros -
May 3-10 - Fly in/out of Nassau Int. Apt.
Arrive at Nassau International airport no later than 4 pm for transportation to the schooner research vessel. Afternoon- schooner sails to Berry Islands.
Explore the remote islands of Ambergris Cay in the Berry Is. & Joulter Cays National Park that can only be reached by boat. Opportunities for shorebird surveys, locating nests of beach-nesting birds, posting of nesting areas and invasive Australian pine control work with students from University of the Bahamas and Bahamas Agriculture & Marine Science Institute.
Thursday - Friday
We will explore the beaches of South Andros. Shorebird surveys continue using a private van to access beach-nesting bird sites. Visit spectacular beaches & local towns along the way. Late afternoons and evenings at leisure.
Snorkel trip & opportunities to fish (weather permitting). Sail back to Nassau. Visit Nassau town on Saturday night. Pack for tomorrow's departure.
Say farewell to new friends and transfer to Nassau International airport for your journey home. Suggested flight departure time no earlier than 8 am.
TRIP 2 : Exumas & Great Exuma -May 10-17 Fly into Nassau Int Apt/out of Great Exuma Int. Apt.
Arrive at Nassau International airport for pick up by Conservian no later than 4 pm. Board schooner and set sail for the northern Exumas. Night surveys, assist with capture & banding opportunities for nesting shearwaters on Allan's Cay with seabird experts.
Monday - Thursday
Seabird surveys and opportunities to assist with seabird capture and banding in the Exumas Land and Sea National Park, as we sail and work along the many remote islands of the Exumas island chain on the way to Great Exuma. Opportunities to participate in night shearwater surveys on Allan's Cay & Long Rock Cay. Daily opportunities to snorkel.
Sail the barrier Islands along Great Exuma. Shorebird & seabird surveys & opportunities to participate in Australian pine control work with local Bahamians and the Exuma Foundation at breath-taking Moriah Harbour Cay National Park. Daily opportunities to snorkel. Snorkel trip to reef (weather permitting), explore Georgetown on Saturday afternoon/evening, then pack for tomorrow's departure.
Say farewell to new friends and transfer to Exuma International airport for your journey home. Suggested flight departure time no earlier than 8 am.
TRIP 3 : Cat Island, Little San Salvador, Eleuthera - May 17-24 Fly into Great Exuma Int. Apt/out of Nassau Int. Apt.
Arrive at Exuma International Airport for pick up by Conservian no later than 4 pm. Board schooner and set sail for Cat Island.
Monday - Tuesday
Participate in nesting shorebird surveys on Cat Island Locate nests and downy chicks. We will use private van transportation to access beach sites on Cat Island. Opportunities to snorkel reefs and explore local sights.
Wednesday - Friday
Sail to Little San Salvador and Eleuthera as we continue to explore stunning beaches and survey for beach-nesting birds, nests, and downy chicks. We will use a private van to access sites on Eleuthera. Opportunities to snorkel local reefs, sail, and explore local towns in Eleuthera and the Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve.
Snorkel trip to local reef (weather permitting). Sail for Nassau in the afternoon. Visit Nassau town Saturday night. Pack for tomorrow's departure.
Say farewell to new friends and transfer to Nassau International airport for your journey home. Suggested flight departure time no earlier than 8 am. All guests should plan to depart schooner by 10 am.