The Great Bahamas Trip…
Join us on this spectacular eight day trip as we leave the hustle and bustle behind and head to the turquoise blue waters and sandy beaches of the Bahamas. This trip which is suited for all paddling types will include not only paddling to a remote deserted island chain but will also include staying at some of Fodor Travel Guides' best lodges along the way.
On Friday, April 20st, 2012 we will meet in the Richmond Airport and board a Visions Airline plane for Freeport, Bahamas. Visions flies to Freeport on Friday afternoons around 1:30pm (you can make reservations by going to http://www.visionairlines.com/index.html) so if we all plan on arriving at the airport around noon we should have plenty of time to get our boarding passes, run through security and get to the gate without a rush. Once we land in Freeport we will be met by our shuttle who will take us to the Pelican Bay Hotel in Lucaya where we can check in and head to our rooms before heading out on the town. After dinner we can head out for some souvenirs before setting out on our kayaking adventure in the morning.
Saturday morning we will wake early and head to the kayaks on the East Side of the island, from here we will make our longest journey to our destination for the evening on our first Cay. As we hop from Cay to Cay over the next several days we will have time to stop along various beaches to look around, snorkel, fish or just lounge on the shore line. In previous trips to the Bahamas we have kayaked over many rays, conch, and starfish so be on the lookout for marine life as you paddle along. Once on the water we will become self sufficient as we will be away from civilization and out under the stars over looking Abaco sound as we face amazing sunsets and sunrises over the open water. Over the next four days we will be making our journey across the shallow sound towards Little Abaco and on Tuesday we will finally land in Crown Haven. Crown Haven is the northern most development on the small island of Little Abaco and as such it is small and quiet. The town of nearly a hundred residents, most of which live in small shanties that were built in a bygone era. The town consists mostly of residents whose ancestry lingers back some 200 years when the Abaco slaves were emancipated. Upon being freed many of the slaves settled in the faraway corners of the island in hopes of being left alone. In modern days the Bahamas’ have evolved into one of the last remaining wilderness areas that cover some 700 islands which are covered by mangrove, pine, coppice and a few palms spread here and there. If we include the smaller Cays this area expands to cover almost 3,000 islands which are surrounded by crystal clear turquoise water and abundant sea life.
Once we land at Crown Haven we will clean up our gear and travel via shuttle to the town of Marsh Harbour on Abaco Island where we will spend the next 2 days of our journey. In Marsh Harbour we will be staying at the Pelican Beach Villas which is highly rated by Fodor’s Travel Guide. The villas have a small kitchen and dining area as well as being on a small beach and close to one of Abaco’s great snorkeling locations. Over the next two days we will explore Marsh Harbour, Hope Town and possibly Man-O-War Cay. When visiting the out islands make sure to bring your camera and walking shoes as the towns do not allow cars and they are reminiscent of New England shore towns.
At the end of our journey on Thursday we will head North again to Crown Haven to take the ferry back to Mclean’s Town on Grand Bahama Island. Once we land we will be shuttled back to the Pelican Bay Hotel for our last night in the islands. Once we check in we are free to do as we please until Friday morning when we are shuttled back to the airport for our trip back home.
Inclusion and Exclusions Associated with the trip…
All Lodging, Transportation and Kayak Rentals based upon double occupancy at the Pelican Bay Hotel and triple occupancy at the Pelican Beach Villas. Single occupancy is available for an additional fee. While Cay Hopping we be primitive camping along the way, so be sure to bring your camping gear.
* 2 nights at Pelican Bay Hotel in Lucaya, Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas
* 2 nights at Pelican Beach Villas, Marsh Harbour, Abaco Island, Bahamas
* Transportation to and from Pelican Bay Hotel to Mcleans Town Cay
* Transportation to and from Crown Haven to Pelican Beach Villa
* Ferry to Hope Town Cay from Marsh Harbour
* Ferry to Man-O-War Cay from Marsh Harbour
* Ferry from Crown Haven, Little Abaco to Mcleans Town on Grand Bahama Island
Kayak Rentals – 4 days rental including paddle (excludes life jacket and spray skirt)
This trip does not include airfare, food, camping gear or any other transportation other than that specifically listed above. If you require camping gear please let me know as we can offer rental equipment.
* Cost - $1,450.00 per person
* Deadline for reservations will be March 30th, 2012.
* Initial Deposit – 50% down
* Balance due by – April 6, 2012
Upon receipt of your deposit we will email you a confirmation of receipt. About two weeks prior to the trip we will email you the final details for the trip to include meeting locations, airport pickups & transfers (if appropriate), and important telephone numbers.
Cancellation and Refund Policy:
In the event that you need to cancel your trip, the following fees will apply and are calculated based on the date we receive your written cancellation notice.
If we are notified…
* More than 30 days prior to trip departure, you will receive a full refund on the amount paid.
* 14-30 days, you will receive a 50% refund.
* Less than 14 days prior to trip departure, no refund unless we can fill your spot from a waiting list.
No partial refunds will be given for unused hotel rooms, meals, sightseeing trips or other arrangements for any reason whatsoever. The price listed is a package price and credits are not given for services not used.
We reserve the right to cancel any trip due to insufficient signup or logistical problems that may impede trip operations, making it unfeasible to run the trip. In the event that we have to cancel, a full refund is given, but we are not responsible for additional expenses incurred by members in preparing for the trip (i.e. non-refundable Advanced Purchased airline tickets, equipment, medical expenses, etc.) If a trip is cancelled due to forces beyond our control (acts of God, terrorism, labor strikes, etc.), we will promptly refund all monies that have not already been paid to our suppliers (hotels, Inns, etc) and we will make every effort to recover and refund any outstanding amounts. However, we cannot guarantee any outstanding monies will be recovered. We highly recommend that you purchase trip cancellation insurance.
You are responsible for the arrangement and cost of your transportation getting to and from the start of the trip as outlined on the itinerary, i.e. airfare or other transportation method you choose. We are not responsible for any fees incurred related to these travel costs, i.e. additional nights lodging, meals, etc, as a result of airline schedule changes or delays, or the cancellation of the trip due to low enrollment circumstances beyond our control.
We will provide all kayaking gear to include a kayak (may be single or double) and paddle. You are responsible for bringing the items listed under “What You Need to Bring”. Should you have any difficulty understanding what these items are or finding these items it is your responsibility to notify us in advance so that we may assist you in finding the required items. The list of required items will be provided upon receiving your request.
Medical and Health...
As part of the registration process you will be required to complete a medical history form and return it to us prior to the trip. It is critical that any medical problems be made known to us well before the scheduled trip departure. We reserve the right to refuse participation to any individual with a medical condition that would jeopardize the safety of said individual or the group, or affect their ability to perform the emotional and physical demands of the trip. Should a medical condition be in question, we will ask the individual to seek written approval from his/her physician confirming said individual is able to fully participate in the trip. If participation is refused then the individual would incur the normal cancellation fees as stated. We also reserve the right to release anyone at any time during the trip if we feel the individual is physically or mentally incapable, and/or if the individual’s continued participation will jeopardize the safety of the individual involved or the safety of the entire group. Should an individual be released under these circumstances, no refund will be given.
You have certain responsibilities to our organization and to other trip members. You are responsible for selecting a trip appropriate to your skills, abilities, and interests. We will be happy to discuss the trip with you in depth and to answer any questions you may have. You are also responsible for adequately preparing for the trip as outlined in pre-departure information including having the appropriate clothing and gear, and being in sufficiently good health to undertake the trip. You are responsible during the trip, to carry your personal gear and to help carry the group gear, including carrying kayaks to and from the water.