Rascal Voyages leads conservation with Exploration Series
Published: Friday, 12 October 2018
Rascal Voyages has partnered with Conservation International Indonesia (CI Indonesia) to launch the Exploration Series, an exclusive programme of scientific expeditions that gives travellers the opportunity to play a part in contributing to conservation.
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Having already made waves as the first private charter Phinisi to offer an entirely above-water accommodation experience across the Indonesian archipelago, the Exploration Series comes in line with Rascal’s recent announcement to unveil more Phinisi vessels across the region, with five further boats in the making.
The new series will take guests on journeys across the Indonesian archipelago, Southeast Asia, the Indian Ocean and beyond. While strengthening Rascal’s commitment to marine preservation, it offers hospitality from pop-up island dinners to onboard cocktail parties and snorkelling and diving activities.
“The new partnership between Rascal Voyages and Conservation International follows a successful collaboration earlier this year, where we saw major scientific breakthroughs during a Rascal and CI Indonesia voyage to Raja Ampat,” Co-owner of Rascal Voyages Erik Barreto said.
“As well as the discovery of two new species of fish and two manta cleaning stations, the initiative led to the identification of at least 25 new manta individuals, and proof of new drone surveying technology. These accomplishments inspired us to develop the programme further, in line with our Rascal Voyages expansion across Southeast Asia.”
The first voyage – a five-day expedition led by turtle expert Dr Ricardo Tapilatu from the State University of Papua, along with Dr Mark Erdmann and a team of Indonesian conservation experts – will take place in coming December to Mapia Atoll, which is part of the Bird’s Head Seascape and comprises four main islands.
Guests will learn about the Atoll’s reef fish diversity and coral health, by drone technology to survey turtles and mantas, and meet with local communities to learn about their approach to marine resource management and current threats.
Later expeditions will be announced in due course and will include a journey to Cenderawasih Bay, the playground of whale sharks. The voyage will see scientists satellite tag the sharks to build a better picture of their movements and behaviours. Other trips will include surveying walking sharks along north Papua coast and shark tagging in Banda Sea and Alor.