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Palau Snorkeling Adventure Terms & Conditions

To register for this trip, please contact Patrick O'Connell at Asia Transpacific Journeys, our tour operator for this program, at 800-642-2742 x242 or pat@asiatranspacific.com.

Cost: $8,025 per person, based on double occupancy. Single supplement: $2,195.

Number: Limited to a maximum of 16 participants.

Included: Accommodations, meals and activities as indicated in the itinerary; boat and ground transport; cocktails at the welcome and farewell dinners; gratuities; entrance fees; group airport transfers and group baggage handling at hotel and airport in Palau; services of a naturalist leader; WWF representative with a minimum of 12 paying participants; comprehensive pre-departure materials.

Not included: International airfare; independent transfers; international airport departure taxes; travel insurance; meals not indicated in the itinerary; personal expenses such as laundry, telephone/fax/email charges, excess baggage fees and alcoholic beverages (except beer and wine at the welcome and farewell dinners); anything else not specifically mentioned as included.

Deposit: A deposit of $1,000 per person, payable by credit card or check made out to Asia Transpacific Journeys, confirms your space. A completed waiver of liability form is due within 14 days of registration. The final balance is due July 23, 2014, and is payable by credit card or check made out to Asia Transpacific Journeys, WWF’s tour operator for this program.

Cancellations & refunds: Cancellation must be received in writing at Asia Transpacific Journeys, by postal mail, email or fax. At the time Asia Transpacific Journeys receives your written cancellation, the following per-person penalties will apply: On or before July 23, 2014: Full refund minus $500. July 24 to August 22, 2014: Forfeit 50% of the tour cost, along with any non-refundable costs paid to suppliers. On or after August 23, 2014: No refunds. Cancellation could cost you as much as 100% of your tour cost.

Singles & shares: Single accommodations are extremely limited, subject to availability at the time of booking and cannot be guaranteed. If you would like to share a room, we will attempt to find a roommate for you. If we are unable to find a roommate by the final invoice date, the single supplement will be assessed.

Airfare: Transportation Asia Transpacific Journeys can arrange international flights in conjunction with this tour, if desired. Information will be sent to registrants.

What to expect: To fully enjoy the program’s marine life- and wildlife-viewing opportunities, WWF travelers should be fit, in good health and able to participate in moderately strenuous activities. You should be an experienced snorkeler who is comfortable being in waters with moderately swift currents and should have the ability to stay in the water for an hour or more at a time. You also need to be able to pull yourself up from the water and into a small boat or Zodiac landing craft via a ladder.

Air temperatures average 80 to 90° F, with high humidity that’s sometimes tempered by sea breezes. Water temperatures average 79 to 82 °F. Currents and tides may necessitate deviations from the daily itinerary; the guide and assistants will monitor conditions. We recommend bringing a snorkel vest if you feel you need one. Nature walks could be up to one mile over uneven and slippery terrain; the hike to Jellyfish Lake in Palau is steep and slippery, taking 20 minutes. Transport during the tour is by motor coach and boat.

The snorkeling destinations in this itinerary were selected based on professional assessments of the reefs in November 2013. Please be aware that climatic events, such as coral bleaching, may occur at any time and could adversely affect the reefs. Tour organizers will continue to monitor conditions and provide timely updates to registrants when relevant.

Trip insurance: We suggest that travelers protect themselves by purchasing trip insurance; it is not required for this tour but highly recommended. You can purchase insurance at any point before your departure, but there may be a benefit to purchasing it now. For instance, policies usually exclude coverage for preexisting medical conditions, but this exclusion is frequently waived if you purchase your insurance within two weeks of your booking date.

Understandings & responsibilities: In order to offer wildlife-oriented travel experiences to its members, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has arranged for an independent Tour Operator(s) to organize this tour and procure carriage, accommodations, and other tour services from other parties. WWF serves only to assist in making necessary travel arrangements and in no way represents, or acts as agent for, transportation carriers, hotels, or any other suppliers of services connected with this tour. Travel and services are subject only to the terms and conditions under which such accommodations, services, and transportation are offered or provided, and WWF and its employees accept no responsibility or liability therefore. WWF and the Tour Operator(s) accept no responsibility for any damage, loss, accident, injury, delay, or other irregularity which may be caused by the defect of any vehicle or the negligence or default of any company or person engaged in carrying out or performing any of the services involved in this tour. Nor do WWF or the Tour Operator(s) accept responsibility for losses or expenses due to sickness, weather, strikes, political unrest, wars, or other such causes. Any such losses or expenses must be borne by the participant, since tour rates provide for arrangements only for the time stated. WWF and the Tour Operator(s) reserve the right to make changes in the published itinerary whenever, in their judgment, conditions warrant, or if they deem it necessary for the comfort, convenience, or the safety of the tour. They reserve the right to withdraw without penalty any tour announced. WWF and the Tour Operator(s) also reserve the right to decline to accept any person as a member of the tour, or to require any participant to withdraw from the tour, at any time, if such action is determined by the appropriate staff member to be in the best interest of the health, safety, and general welfare of the tour group or the individual participant. Under such circumstances, no refund will be made. Baggage and personal effects are solely the responsibility of the owners at all times. Dates, schedules, program details, and costs, given in good faith, based on information available and in force in November 2013, are subject to change and revision. As a condition to acceptance of enrollment, please read, agree to, and sign, the Waiver of Liability forms that will be sent upon registration.

Ten percent of your tour cost goes to support WWF's global conservation efforts.

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