Natural Habitat Adventures

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About Natural Habitat Adventures

Natural Habitat Adventures (Nat Hab) has been a world leader in responsible adventure travel and ecotourism since 1985. The company’s eco-conscious expeditions and nature-focused small-group tours led by renowned Expedition Leaders explore the planet’s most remarkable natural destinations. Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2015, Nat Hab has always been a visionary and pioneer in the realm of sustainability, becoming in 2007 the world’s first 100-percent carbon-neutral travel company. Today Nat Hab offers approximately 100 nature adventures from Antarctica to Zambia. Polar bear tours in Churchill, Canada, Galapagos small-ship cruises, Alaska grizzly bear encounters and African safaris are among a multitude of artfully crafted nature journeys conducted by professional naturalist guides. Since 2003, NHA has been the travel partner of World Wildlife Fund, the world's leading conservation organization, operating WWF’s travel programs and donating to the non-profit’s global conservation efforts. Conservation is at the forefront of everything NHA does, and its philosophy is simple: tourism must work with and benefit local communities, which will in turn find value in protecting natural resources and wildlife.

Nature-Based Travel

Natural Habitat Adventures’ hallmark is small-group travel that focuses on nature and wildlife. From its inception the company has immersed its guests in the diverse wonders of the natural world. In addition to its traditional nature adventures, Nat Hab also offers programs that align with specific interests. These specialized offerings include:

  • Natural Habitat Photo Tours, led by some of the world’s best nature photography instructors and naturalist guides
  • Natural Habitat Expeditions, a slate of active nature journeys that feature hiking, kayaking, sailing and/or snorkeling, to unusual or less-traveled destinations
  • Family Adventures, tailored to multiple generations, where Expedition Leaders understand the needs of all ages and abilities to ensure a fun, exciting and worry-free adventure
  • Natural Habitat Safaris, the company’s own Africa-based operation that includes permanent and mobile safari camps showcasing the natural and cultural highlights of East Africa
  • Private Custom Adventures, exclusive journeys for private parties available in select destinations worldwide

Unique and Authentic Itineraries

Nat Hab travelers seek more than the standard, done-before tour most commonly found in today’s travel marketplace. Inspired and created from years of scouring the planet for the singular and extraordinary, Nat Hab’s itineraries are artfully crafted, one-of-a-kind experiences that are far from “typical.”

Sampling of Adventures

  • Classic Polar Bear Adventure – Guests come face-to-face with the "King of the Arctic"! Nat Hab’s flagship polar bear tour is an expertly guided small-group adventure to see the world's largest concentration of polar bears in their natural habitat.
  • Base Camp Greenland – 2015 debut! Clients experience the stunning Arctic landscape of Greenland's remote east coast from Nat Hab’s new luxury expedition camp. Guests explore by boat, kayak, and hikes over tundra and ice.
  • Galapagos Hiking & Kayaking Adventure – Clients hike and paddle in places not included on typical trips. These catamaran-based adventures offer exclusive access to locations that are inaccessible to most Galapagos travelers.
  • Secluded Botswana Safari – This classic safari encompasses the best private wildlife reserves in the Okavango Delta and beyond, plus Victoria Falls. Guests experience Africa at its most authentic, with a maximum of just 8 guests.
  • Great Kenya Migration Safari – The world's most incredible wildlife events are the annual migrations of animals. Africa's most classic safari destination–Kenya–is home to the massive movement of creatures that constitute the Great Migration!
  • Alaska’s Coastal Grizzlies: Kodiak to Katmai – Cruising just offshore on a private chartered ship allows unparalleled access for giant brown bear watching, in the most intimate of contexts.

What Luxury Means to Natural Habitat Adventures

To Nat Hab, “luxury” encompasses the overall experience its travelers enjoy. Beyond the welcome creature comforts all trips include, “luxury” is staying at a mobile lodge positioned on the remote tundra in the heart of prime polar bear habitat, accessing a chartered aircraft to go deeper into the Alaskan bush, or putting on a pair of night-vision goggles to view wildlife after sunset. “Luxury” means intimate contact with nature and wildlife while venturing well off the beaten path with the best Expedition Leaders in the business.

World’s Finest Expedition Leaders

Despite all the intricate planning that goes into creating a superlative nature adventure, a successful trip can only happen with an extraordinary guide at the helm. Nat Hab has earned the reputation for employing the finest collection of naturalist Expedition Leaders on the planet. No other company undertakes as rigorous a vetting process and in-depth guide training. In addition, Nat Hab guides receive training and resources from World Wildlife Fund's team of scientists–exclusively available to Nat Hab as World Wildlife Fund’s travel partner–allowing the company to safely make the claim that Nat Hab’s guides are the best in the business.

Smallest Groups

Meaningful nature encounters, by definition, cannot take place in large groups. That's why Nat Hab trips average just eight or nine travelers, by far the smallest groups in the industry. A small group not only guarantees wildlife encounters that are much more likely and personal, it also ensures a lower-impact presence in the planet's special places we all love and wish to protect.

Exciting Accommodations

For convenience and economy, most tour companies utilize chain hotels and big lodges that are often overrun with hordes of tourists. Nat Hab recognizes that superb nature adventures require the quiet and seclusion of remotely located luxury camps and lodges that become an integral part of the overall experience. Nat Hab’s goal is to get travelers as close to nature as possible without sacrificing comfort.

Typical Client

Natural Habitat Adventures’ key clientele is the traveler who is active yet doesn’t typically want hard-core trekking or uncomfortable camping. Clients value a genuine immersion in nature but want plenty of creature comforts wherever possible. Luxurious accommodations are not as high a value as the value of an outstanding guide and the luxury of proximity to wildlife and stunning natural settings, though many of the camps and inns the company uses are indeed luxurious. Often repeat guests, Nat Hab travelers are passionate about nature and wildlife. Ages range from 8 to 80, with the majority falling between 50 and 70.  On family-specific trips, extra guides are added and age-appropriate activities are planned to engage and inspire children.

Nat Hab is World Wildlife Fund's (WWF) Travel Partner

Natural Habitat Adventures recognizes strength in community when it comes to protecting our planet and its wild inhabitants. Because of Nat Hab’s commitment to environmentally friendly travel, as well as the exceptional quality of its worldwide adventures, World Wildlife Fund, the world’s leading conservation organization, named Natural Habitat Adventures as its global travel partner. Together, they share a commitment to travel as a means of helping to protect the planet’s wondrous natural places. See: http://www.nathab.com/wwf/

Commitment to Conservation & Communities

Conservation is at the forefront of everything Natural Habitat Adventures does. The company’s philosophy on environmentally responsible travel is simple: tourism must work with and benefit local communities. Nat Hab believes that travel has the power to protect wildlife, support people and preserve cultural heritage – principles the company views not only as its goal, but its responsibility. To that end, it is worth noting:

  • Nat Hab’s relationship with World Wildlife Fund benefits travelers by opening up a wealth of information, connections and resources that clients benefit from.
  • Conservation travel benefits the planet through relationships with program partners selected for their commitment to maximizing social and economic benefits for local communities. Wherever possible, services and supplies are sourced locally. Local hires, guides and support staff are given the opportunity to develop sustainable skills and are paid a fair wage.
  • Nat Hab’s conservation passion nurtures, awakens and inspires a conservation ethos in travelers who become motivated to make substantial donations to critical conservation projects, and to testify how their immersion in a conservation project has added meaning to their travels – and to their lives.

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Natural Habitat Adventures & WWF Are Giving Away a Trip to See Millions of Monarch Butterflies In Mexico’s Central Highlands

BOULDER, CO, April 20, 2017– Together with WWF, Natural Habitat Adventures is shining a spotlight on monarch butterfly conservation by giving away an exclusive trip for two to the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve in Mexico.

As World Wildlife Fund’s official conservation travel partner, Nat Hab is using the sweepstakes to highlight WWF’s ongoing efforts to save the monarch butterfly. The six-day/five-night prize offers a journey to the front lines of butterfly conservation in Mexico’s Central Highlands.

Entries must be received by April 30, 2017 to be eligible to win this trip to the monarch’s ancestral wintering grounds. The winner will be drawn at random in May 2017 for a 2018 trip. No purchase is necessary. The sweepstakes is open to legal residents of the United States who have reached the legal age of adulthood (age 18 in most states). This offer is void where prohibited, and travel must be completed by March 31, 2018.

For entry details please see: http://wwf.worldwildlife.org/site/PageServer?pagename=WWF_Monarch_Butterfly_Adventure_Giveaway

Nat Hab’s Kingdom of the Monarchs trip visits Mexico’s critical fir forest sanctuaries, where butterflies congregate each year to spend the winter. WWF is working with local rural communities to counter illegal logging, boost responsible tourism and support sustainable economic development—essential elements in helping protect threatened monarch habitat.

The monarch sweepstakes winner and a guestwill make three visits to two monarch sanctuaries where millions of butterflies roost. On horseback and foot with Nat Hab’s naturalist Expedition Leaders, guests explore El Rosario and Chincua butterfly sanctuaries, spending unhurried time watching the monarchs flutter overhead in a swirl of orange gossamer wings.

Travelers will learn about the monarch’s epic migration between Canada and Mexico, a 2,800-mile annual journey that relies on a flyway of milkweed habitat across North America. They will also gain insight into WWF’s work to reduce habitat loss to agriculture, urbanization and herbicide use. Guests visit mountain villages and a traditional market, exemplifying the benefits of butterfly ecotourism for local people.

Nat Hab’s small-group monarch expeditions are limited to 14 participants led by Expedition Leaders who are butterfly experts. All are certified naturalist guides with an average of 19 years’ experience among the monarchs. They also draw upon the resources of WWF’s top scientists.

The trip begins in Mexico City and continues by road to the small mountain hamlet of Anguangeo. Travelers will enjoy the charm and hospitality of local hosts during their stay at a small inn featuring home-cooked meals sourced from fresh local food reflecting the region's cultural heritage.

Back at home, travelers are encouraged to join the “1 Million for Monarchs Squad,” WWF’s effort to engage gardeners in planting milkweed across North America’s monarch migration flyway, saving the butterflies “one backyard at a time.”

Kingdom of the Monarchs adventures are available from January through mid-March 2018. The per-person double rate starts at $3,095. For more details, please see http://www.nathab.com/central-america/monarch-butterfly-tour/

For information on all of Nat Hab’s trips, descriptive itineraries, date availability and reservations, call 800-543-8917 or visit http://www.nathab.com/. Click HERE to order a copy of the 2017 catalog.

About Natural Habitat Adventures

Natural Habitat Adventures is a world leader in responsible adventure travel and nature-based ecotourism. Since its founding in 1985, the company has offered eco-conscious expeditions and wildlife-focused small-group tours to the planet’s most remarkable nature destinations. Inspired and created from years of scouring the planet for the singular and extraordinary, Nat Hab’s itineraries are artfully crafted experiences that are far from “typical.” Trips are guided by professional naturalist Expedition Leaders, and Nat Hab enjoys a longstanding reputation for hiring some of the world’s best guides. Conservation is at the forefront of everything NHA does, and its philosophy is simple: tourism must work with and benefit local communities, which will in turn find value in protecting natural resources and wildlife. NHA is proud to be the travel partner of World Wildlife Fund, sharing a mutual commitment to travel as a means of helping to protect the world’s wondrous natural places. Nat Hab has donated more than $2 million to WWF and will continue to donate 1 percent of gross sales plus $100,000 annual through 2018 in support of WWF’s mission.

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Natural Habitat Adventures Introduces New Family-Focused Polar Bear Adventure Over Thanksgiving 2017

BOULDER, CO, Mar. 8, 2017– Young eyes are sure to grow wide with wonder in the Polar Bear Capital of the World as families set out on a new multi-generational wildlife adventure in Churchill, Manitoba this November. Natural Habitat Adventures, a global leader in conservation-focused travel, is leading families on an Arctic wildlife and cultural immersion fromNov. 21-26, a journey to polar bear territory that is sure to spark active imaginations and shape future conservationists.

Churchill Arctic Family Adventureis Natural Habitat Adventures’ newest family-focused tour. This is a 6-day itinerary designed to coincide with the Thanksgiving school holiday. In Churchill, a frontier outpost town on Hudson Bay, families will meet local people and explore the wild landscape that is the native home of polar bears. The active itinerary, available for guests ages 8 and up, introduces families to the frozen North through dog sledding, a helicopter flight over the tundra and a full day searching for polar bears and other Arctic wildlife on one of Nat Hab’s custom-built Polar Rovers. See: http://www.nathab.com/family-adventures/family-arctic-adventure/

“We're making special time and space for families to experience the magic of an encounter with the Arctic,” explains Natural Habitat Adventuresfounder and president, Ben Bressler. “Our family-focused trip is an opportunity you won't find anywhere else.  By taking advantage of a traditional school break and tailoring our activities to maximize action and engagement, we're confident kids will experience wonder and amazement as they explore the tundra ecosystem. And we expect that time spent looking for and learning about polar bears will help inspire the Arctic's future conservationists, too.”

Making transportation convenient, families fly direct from Winnipeg, Manitoba to Churchill on a private chartered aircraft. The adventure begins with a classic northern dog sled ride, as guests are pulled across the ice and snow through the boreal forest. During thisauthentic Arctic experience, guests will hear stories from expert mushers and get to know the sled dogs.

Heading deep into the Arctic landscape, guests spend an entire day aboard Nat Hab’s Polar Rover, a warm, monster-truck-sized transport designed for smooth travel over the tundra. Along the shores of Hudson Bay, guests go in search of polar bears and other Arctic wildlife that may include red fox, moose, caribou, gray wolf, wolverine, mink, marten, lynx, snowy owl, ptarmigan and lemmings. With their white coats and feathers, Arctic hare, Arctic fox and snowy owls provide an extra level of wildlife watching challenge under the camouflage of winter.

Soaring over the tundra and Hudson Bay on a helicopter, guests search for polar bears that may have already headed out onto the sea ice for the winter. Back in Churchill, travelers will hear stories of daily life in this remote Arctic town that’s accessible only by rail or air, learning about local traditions and Inuit, First Nations and Métis heritage, and exploring the area’s history as a fur trading center for the Hudson’s Bay Company.

This active family-focused itinerary is limited to 17 guests. Winnipeg accommodations are at the historic Fort Garry Hotel, an elegant landmark built by the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway in 1913. In Churchill, simple hotels are clean, comfortable and centrally located. On Thanksgiving Day, families will share a traditional feast to celebrate the holiday.Throughout the trip, kid-friendly activities will include pizza parties, games and personal encounters with local Churchill residents.

The per-person double rate is $5995 (single supplement $850) and for ages 8-12, $4995. Included are private chartered round-trip flights from Winnipeg to Churchill, accommodations, all meals, cold-weather gearincluding use of a parka and boots during the trip, services of NHA's professional Expedition Leaders and assistants, some gratuities, all activities/entrance fees, evening wildlife and cultural presentations, all taxes and service charges.

Witnessing polar bears in their native habitat helps raise awareness of their plight. Nat Hab (http://www.nathab.com/) runs eight different polar bear-focused trips. Seven itineraries are based in Churchill, home to the Western Hudson Bay polar bear population. More bears congregate here each fall than anywhere else, making this easily accessible destination a prime place to look for polar bears in the wild.

For information on all of Nat Hab’s trips, descriptive itineraries, date availability and reservations, call 800.543.8917 or visit http://www.nathab.com/. Click HEREto order a copy of the 2017 catalog.

About Natural Habitat Adventures

Natural Habitat Adventures is a world leader in responsible adventure travel and nature-based ecotourism. Since its founding in 1985, the company has offered eco-conscious expeditions and wildlife-focused small-group tours to the planet’s most remarkable nature destinations. Inspired and created from years of scouring the planet for the singular and extraordinary, Nat Hab’s itineraries are artfully crafted experiences that are far from “typical.” Trips are guided by professional naturalist Expedition Leaders, and Nat Hab enjoys a longstanding reputation for hiring some of the world’s best guides. Conservation is at the forefront of everything NHA does, and its philosophy is simple: tourism must work with and benefit local communities, which will in turn find value in protecting natural resources and wildlife. NHA is proud to be the travel partner of World Wildlife Fund, sharing a mutual commitment to travel as a means of helping to protect the world’s wondrous natural places. Nat Hab has donated more than $2 million to WWF and will continue to donate 1 percent of gross sales plus $100,000 annual through 2018 in support of WWF’s mission.

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Natural Habitat Adventures Encourages “Taking Your Temperature” in Observance of International Polar Bear Day

BOULDER, CO, Feb. 22, 2017– Feb. 27 is International Polar Bear Day http://www.polarbearsinternational.org/get-involved/international-polar-bear-day, and Natural Habitat Adventures -- the world’s leading polar bear tour operator -- is encouraging people to join efforts to combat global climate change on behalf of polar bears by putting on an extra sweater and turning down the thermostat.

Small gestures, when multiplied, can count. And reducing the energy expended on heating and cooling, even by a couple of degrees, can make a difference for polar bears.

Natural Habitat Adventures supports the Thermostat Challenge, an initiative of Polar Bears International to draw attention to the challenges polar bears face in a warming Arctic. As sea ice, which the polar bears rely upon to hunt seals, continues to diminish, the bears’ hunting season is getting shorter, and their numbers and health are being impacted.

Witnessing polar bears in their native habitat also helps raise awareness of their plight. Nat Hab (http://www.nathab.com/), a pacesetter in conservation-focused wildlife tours worldwide, runs eight different polar bear-focused trips. Seven itineraries are based in Churchill, Manitoba http://www.nathab.com/polar-bear-tours/, often called The Polar Bear Capital of the World. Churchill is home to the Southern Hudson Bay polar bear population, and more bears congregate each fall than anywhere else, making this easily accessible destination the prime place to see polar bears in the wild.

Among Nat Hab’s Churchill polar bear tours are the Classic Polar Bear Adventure, the company’s flagship tour; the new Churchill Arctic Family Adventure that takes place over Thanksgiving break; photography safaris guided by an Expedition Leader who is both an Arctic naturalist and professional nature photographer; and the Tundra Lodge Adventure where guests stay among the bears in the world's most remarkable rolling hotel—right on the tundra Itself.

Nat Hab has also just announced a brand-new polar bear viewing adventure in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, a photography expedition based in Kaktovik on the Beaufort Sea in August 2017.

The expedition, Photographing Polar Bears in Alaska's High Arctic http://www.nathab.com/alaska-northern-adventures/alaska-polar-bear-photo-tour/, debuts with three departures for eight guests each: Aug. 21-27, Aug. 24-30 and Aug. 27-Sept. 2. Similar dates are tentatively set for 2018. The per-person double rate is from $10,895. Guests fly by chartered plane over the Arctic Circle before landing on Alaska's North Slope on the edge of the Beaufort Sea at 70 degrees north latitude. This immersion in the far north provides an unusual chance to witness the impacts of climate change from the frontline while learning about how it is impacting polar bear behavior and challenges to the age-old subsistence lifestyle of local Inupiat people.

Travelers can also look for polar bears in Svalbard, the High Arctic archipelago that belongs to Norway, on an 11-day expedition cruise operated by Nat Hab’s partner Lindblad Expeditions. Land of The Ice Bears: An In-Depth Exploration of Arctic Svalbard http://www.nathab.com/adventure-cruises/arctic-polar-bear-expedition-cruise/ departs May 29, June 5, 12 and 19 in 2017. In 2018, departures are May 23 and 30. The per-person double rate aboard the 148-guest National Geographic Explorer is from $10,220.

The itinerary is flexible by design in order to accommodate local conditions and pursue prime wildlife watching in the best locations. Guests cruise for six days among the icebergs that drift along Svalbard's rugged coast, utilizing an onboard fleet of Zodiacs to get close to the shoreline and access land for guided hikes. The focus is on polar wildlife, and while polar bears are a top draw, guests will also look for drifting seals, noisy herds of walrus, reindeer on the move and the elegant Arctic fox. Guests travel with Lindblad’s staff of Arctic naturalists and polar bear experts.

For information on all of Nat Hab’s trips, descriptive itineraries, date availability and reservations, call 800.543.8917 or visit http://www.nathab.com/. Click HERE to order a copy of the 2017 catalog.

Polar Bear Trivia Quiz

In honor of International Polar Bear Day, Nat Hab has created a fun Polar Bear Trivia Quiz http://www.nathab.com/features/polar-bear-trivia-quiz/. Folks are invited to test their polar bear IQ and see how much they know about the King of the Arctic.

About the Thermostat Challenge: Even one day of lowered thermostats helps reduce carbon emissions that cause global warming, which is melting the sea ice on which the polar bears depend. Purchasing programmable thermostats and taking steps to reduce energy consumption all year round are also shared goals.  Being more energy-efficient at home can make a big difference: heating and cooling account for roughly half the energy consumption in an average home, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

About Natural Habitat Adventures

Natural Habitat Adventures is a world leader in responsible adventure travel and nature-based ecotourism. Since its founding in 1985, the company has offered eco-conscious expeditions and wildlife-focused small-group tours to the planet’s most remarkable nature destinations. Inspired and created from years of scouring the planet for the singular and extraordinary, Nat Hab’s itineraries are artfully crafted experiences that are far from “typical.” Trips are guided by professional naturalist Expedition Leaders, and Nat Hab enjoys a longstanding reputation for hiring some of the world’s best guides. Conservation is at the forefront of everything NHA does, and its philosophy is simple: tourism must work with and benefit local communities, which will in turn find value in protecting natural resources and wildlife. NHA is proud to be the travel partner of World Wildlife Fund, sharing a mutual commitment to travel as a means of helping to protect the world’s wondrous natural places. Nat Hab has donated more than $2 million to WWF and will continue to donate 1 percent of gross sales plus $100,000 annual through 2018 in support of WWF’s mission.

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Natural Habitat Adventures Introduces New Polar Bear Photo Expedition to Alaska’s High Arctic

BOULDER, CO, Feb. 9, 2017Natural Habitat Adventures, the world’s leader in sustainable travel and ecotourism since 1985, is introducing an exclusive new seven-day opportunity to photograph polar bears in the remote Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in northeast Alaska, where they roam the shoreline along the Beaufort Sea.

The expedition, Photographing Polar Bears in Alaska's High Arctic (http://www.nathab.com/alaska-northern-adventures/alaska-polar-bear-photo-tour/), debuts in August 2017 with three departures for eight guests each: Aug. 21-27, Aug. 24-30 and Aug. 27-Sept. 2. Similar dates are tentatively set for 2018. The per-person double rate from $10,895 includes private chartered roundtrip air from Fairbanks (gateway city) across the Arctic Circle to Kaktovik, flying over the vast Yukon River Valley and glaciated Brooks Range; six private 3-hour boat excursions (limited to just four passengers per vessel) to photograph polar bears and other Arctic wildlife at eye level; accommodations; all meals; and more.  

Kaktovik, an Inupiat village of 250 people located on Barter Island in the Beaufort Sea on the edge of the coastal plain, is Alaska’s premier location to view polar bears. Sightings have been increasing in the region over the past few years as bears spend more time on land due to waning sea ice. Nat Hab has operated popular polar bear adventures in Churchill, Manitoba, since the 1980s; this new trip is the company’s first polar-bear-focused trip in Alaska.

The expedition, which takes place at 70 degrees north latitude, is also Nat Hab's most northerly adventure. Guests fly over the Arctic Circle before landing on Alaska's North Slope on the edge of the Beaufort Sea. This immersion in the far north provides an unusual chance to witness the impacts of climate change while learning about changing polar bear behavior and how local people face challenges to their age-old subsistence lifestyle.

Guests travel with a Nat Hab Expedition Leader who is an Arctic naturalist and polar bear expert as well an accomplished wildlife photographer offering guidance for all ability levels. Boats are skippered by local resident guides who are intimately familiar with polar bears and their behavior, ensuring a thorough interpretive experience.

The itinerary, unique to Nat Hab and its conservation partner World Wildlife Fund, also includes a full day of exploration in Fairbanks, including a visit to the University of Alaska’s Museum of the North and the university’s Large Animal Research Station.

“No other major travel company offers an all-encompassing Alaska polar bear experience like this one, with such an immersive focus,” explains Ben Bressler, Nat Hab founder and president. “Along with multiple extended excursions to view and photograph the bears, we include all the elements to safely and comfortably get you there and home—including internal chartered flights. Once you arrive in Fairbanks, we've got your every need covered.”

For information on all of Nat Hab’s trips, descriptive itineraries, date availability and reservations, call 800.543.8917 or visit http://www.nathab.com/. Click HERE to order a copy of the 2017 catalog.

About Natural Habitat Adventures

Natural Habitat Adventures is a world leader in responsible adventure travel and nature-based ecotourism. Since its founding in 1985, the company has offered eco-conscious expeditions and wildlife-focused small-group tours to the planet’s most remarkable nature destinations. Inspired and created from years of scouring the planet for the singular and extraordinary, Nat Hab’s itineraries are artfully crafted experiences that are far from “typical.” Trips are guided by professional naturalist Expedition Leaders, and Nat Hab enjoys a longstanding reputation for hiring some of the world’s best guides. Conservation is at the forefront of everything NHA does, and its philosophy is simple: tourism must work with and benefit local communities, which will in turn find value in protecting natural resources and wildlife. NHA is proud to be the travel partner of World Wildlife Fund, sharing a mutual commitment to travel as a means of helping to protect the world’s wondrous natural places. Nat Hab has donated more than $2 million to WWF and will continue to donate 1 percent of gross sales plus $100,000 annual through 2018 in support of WWF’s mission.

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Natural Habitat Adventures Returns to Nepal and Bhutan

Unique Itinerary Marries Nature and Culture On Small-Group Exploration of Himalayan Heights and Jungle Lowlands  

BOULDER, CO, Jan. 24, 2017– In 2018 Natural Habitat Adventures returns to Nepal and Bhutan for an immersive journey embracing nature and culture in these two ancient Himalayan kingdoms. Following a devastating 2015 earthquake, Nepal’s recovery has been strong. Nat Hab is committed to bringing travelers and their critical tourist dollars back to the country, honing a focus on the wildlife-rich jungle lowlands of Chitwan National Park.

On this 13-day expedition to explore the Natural Jewels of Bhutan and Nepal, a group of no more than 10 travelers will search for sloth bears, Asian elephants, one-horned rhinoceros and Bengal tigers in Nepal’s lowlands, then journey among towering peaks, ancient monasteries, glacial rivers and peaceful villages in Bhutan. 

During four nights in Chitwan National Park, guests explore the subtropical jungle of the Terai plains. Chitwan is Nepal’s first national park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In addition to rhinos, wild elephants and sloth bears, the park is home to 50 different mammal species including wild boars, sambar deer, monkeys and gharial. Crocodiles also lurk in rivers that lace the park. Guests are immersed inwild terrain via 4x4 game drives, guided nature walks and river safaris, and will join a local guide on a tracking expedition in search of the elusive Bengal tiger. 

At Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge, guests enjoy an up-close visit with retired elephants that live chain-free and may even help feed the elephants and walk with them and their mahouts, or caretakers, in the jungle. Both Nepal and Bhutan are rich in birdlife, exemplified by the 500 species that dwell in the vicinity of Nat Hab’s expedition base in Chitwan.

Among glaciated peaks and colorful Buddhist culture in Bhutan, Motithang Takin Wildlife Reserve is a highlight. Here, Bhutan’s national animal, the takin, a shaggy ungulate related to the muskox, roams the grassy slopes. Guests also visit Taktsang Monastery, Bhutan's famous “Tiger’s Nest,” perched high on a sheer mountain cliff.

 

From Kathmandu, Nepal, to Paro, Bhutan, rich Hindu and Buddhist heritage is redolent in architecture and religious sites. Bhutan, a kingdom that measures quality of life in terms of Gross National Happiness, remained in splendid isolation until relatively recently; as a result the country as preserved deep traditions and pristine landscapes.

This small-group expedition is led by a Nat Hab Expedition Leader with a breadth of scientific knowledge and cultural insight. In Bhutan Nat Hab’s Expedition Leader is paired with an outstanding local Bhutanese guide, ensuring the ideal complement of insider insight and attentive personal service. Departures are offered from February through April 2018. The per-person rate, based on double occupancy, is from $10,595. See: http://www.nathab.com/asia-adventure-travel/natural-jewels-of-bhutan-nepal/

For information on all of Nat Hab’s trips, descriptive itineraries, date availability and reservations, call 800.543.8917 or visit http://www.nathab.com/. Click HERE to order a copy of the 2017 catalog.

About Natural Habitat Adventures

Natural Habitat Adventures is a world leader in responsible adventure travel and nature-based ecotourism. Since its founding in 1985, the company has offered eco-conscious expeditions and wildlife-focused small-group tours to the planet’s most remarkable nature destinations. Inspired and created from years of scouring the planet for the singular and extraordinary, Nat Hab’s itineraries are artfully crafted experiences that are far from “typical.” Trips are guided by professional naturalist Expedition Leaders, and Nat Hab enjoys a longstanding reputation for hiring some of the world’s best guides. Conservation is at the forefront of everything NHA does, and its philosophy is simple: tourism must work with and benefit local communities, which will in turn find value in protecting natural resources and wildlife. NHA is proud to be the travel partner of World Wildlife Fund, sharing a mutual commitment to travel as a means of helping to protect the world’s wondrous natural places. Nat Hab has donated more than $2 million to WWF and will continue to donate 1 percent of gross sales plus $100,000 annual through 2018 in support of WWF’s mission.

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Natural Habitat Adventures’ Tortoise Camp Features New Upgrades: An Exclusive Stay Included on All Galapagos Trips

BOULDER, CO, Dec. 8, 2016– Guests on upcoming Natural Habitat Adventures (http://www.nathab.com/) Galapagos cruise itineraries will enjoy an exclusive stay in newly upgraded accommodations at its private Tortoise Camp in the lush highlands of Santa Cruz Island.

Included in its one-of-a-kind itineraries on each of Nat Hab’s four privately chartered yachts, a one-night stay at the camp offers guests a singular opportunity to spend an optional night ashore in the midst of native wild tortoise habitat.

Guests enjoy accommodations in new, spacious, walk-in tents that merge comfort with nature, African-safari-style. More like cabins, the canvas-walled tents are elevated on wooden platforms, with large screened windows and a glass door that provide a view on the surrounding meadows and forest. Ensuring every comfort, tents have real beds and en suite facilities. Guests can step out onto a private veranda to look for the giant tortoises that often amble right past the door. The camp also features unique treehouse accommodations that have recently been upgraded with full facilities. Meals are served in the thatch-roofed common area warmed by a log fire.

This kind of immersive experience in nature is Nat Hab’s stock in trade. It is the only company operating in the Galapagos to offer this unusual deluxe camping option to cruise guests, and only Nat Hab guests have access to this exclusive property.

The camp sits on a remote parcel of private mountain land near a volcanic cave, surrounded by lush scalesia forest, endemic to the Galapagos. The setting is home to several dozen giant tortoises, seen here from June through February. During off months when fewer tortoises wander about, guests are driven to a nearby reserve to see them.

World Wildlife Fund, Nat Hab’s conservation travel partner, has pioneered important conservation work in the Galapagos Islands. WWF provides exclusive training resources for Nat Hab Expedition Leaders, who enhance their guests’ encounters with the tortoises through expert interpretation.

Nat Hab’s Galapagos itineraries are designed to provide small groups with close-up wildlife viewing experiences in the most personalized manner possible. Each vessel carries from 14-20 guests, who are then divided into two smaller groups, each with an Expedition Leader, for nature walks and snorkeling excursions. This translates to the best guest-to-guide ratio in the Galapagos.

All Nat Hab itineraries include visits to some of the most remote natural areas in the outermost Galapagos Islands. In addition to wild tortoise encounters at its private camp, Nat Hab guests can expect to snorkel with sea lions, turtles and penguins, sunbathe with iguanas, hike among blue-footed boobies and other seabirds, and scout for whales and dolphins on panga (motorized raft) excursions.

All of Nat Hab’s programs include the overnight at Tortoise Camp.

Galapagos Hiking & Kayaking Adventure is a 10-day catamaran-based odyssey for just 14 guests per departure year-round. Rates in 2017 are from $5,995 per person, double occupancy. Activities take place on foot, by kayak and motorized raft. Guests travel aboard a 75-foot luxury motor sailing catamaran, Nemo III, with a classic, sporty style and nimble quality that perfectly complements the active focus of this adventure.

Classic Galapagos: The Natural Habitat Experience is a 9- or 10-day adventure offered year-round from $6,295 per person, double occupancy. Guests wander lava-strewn shorelines thick with passive wildlife nonchalant about human presence, and cavort with sea lions and other marine creatures on daily snorkeling excursions. Guests can choose their preferred cruise style: the motor yacht Letty was purpose-built for exploring the Galapagos in comfort; Petrel is a new luxury motorized catamaran; Xploration offers contemporary luxury via motorized catamaran; and Origin is also a recently launched high-end yacht with sleek details.

Classic Galapagos Photo Adventure is a 10-day photography-focused version of the Classic Galapagos experience. The per-person double rate is from $7,495. Exceptionally close, unhurried encounters with wildlife place this high on nature photographers’ bucket lists. Up to 20 guests per departure, accompanied by two Expedition Leaders who are both naturalists and highly accomplished photographers, enjoy accommodation aboard the Letty.

Family Galapagos Adventure is a 10-day itinerary offered throughout July from $6,995 per person based on double occupancy.A dedicated children’s guide is aboard to lead a variety of activities designed especially for kids on this multi-generation-focused adventure. Accommodation for 20 guests aboard the Letty.

For information on all of Nat Hab’s trips, descriptive itineraries, date availability and reservations, call 800.543.8917 or visit http://www.nathab.com/. Click HERE to order a copy of the 2017 catalog.

About Natural Habitat Adventures

Natural Habitat Adventures is a world leader in responsible adventure travel and nature-based ecotourism. Since its founding in 1985, the company has offered eco-conscious expeditions and wildlife-focused small-group tours to the planet’s most remarkable nature destinations. Inspired and created from years of scouring the planet for the singular and extraordinary, Nat Hab’s itineraries are artfully crafted experiences that are far from “typical.” Trips are guided by professional naturalist Expedition Leaders, and Nat Hab enjoys a longstanding reputation for hiring some of the world’s best guides. Conservation is at the forefront of everything NHA does, and its philosophy is simple: tourism must work with and benefit local communities, which will in turn find value in protecting natural resources and wildlife. NHA is proud to be the travel partner of World Wildlife Fund, sharing a mutual commitment to travel as a means of helping to protect the world’s wondrous natural places.  Nat Hab has donated more than $2 million to WWF and will continue to donate 1% of gross sales plus $100,000 annual through 2018 in support of WWF’s mission.

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Natural Habitat Adventures Announces New 2017 Scotland Itinerary Immersing Guests in the Wildlife of Highlands and Hebrides

BOULDER, CO, Nov. 18, 2016 – Scotland claims some of Europe’s most significant and intact wilderness, a mecca for wildlife viewing on land and offshore. Natural Habitat Habitat Adventures’ newly revised 2017 Scotland’s Wild Highlands & Islands adventure now begins and ends in Inverness, avoiding lengthy cross-country road trips, to get travelers into the wilds of Scotland more efficiently.

The 9-day exploration offers nature lovers multiple, varied opportunities to encounter wildlife in dramatic natural settings encompassing Scotland’s rugged coasts,heather-clad mountains and moors, ancient forests and shimmering lochs. Departures in 2017 are scheduled for May 14, June 11 and July 19. Per-person (double occupancy) rates begin at $7,495. See: http://www.nathab.com/alaska-northern-adventures/scotland-adventure/.

The small-group Scotland itinerary begins in Inverness where just 11 travelers meet their Nat Hab Expedition Leader, an expert naturalist guide. The first excursion is by private boat off the Black Isle Peninsula that juts into the North Sea off Scotland’s northeast coast. Here in the rich waters of Cromarty Firth, a narrow inlet hemmed in by steep-walled cliffs, is a protected marine area home to Scotland's best-known pod of bottlenose dolphins. Harbor porpoises, common and gray seals and the occasional minke whale are also found here.

Red deer browsing in lush meadows, nesting golden eagles and other and woodland birds are revealed on a drive across the northern Highlands that divide Scotland's crenellated- island-pocked Atlantic coast from the fertile coastal plains and estuaries on the east.

The next destination is the island of Handa in the Inner Hebrides, managed by the Scottish Wildlife Trust, where cliffs contain some of Europe’s most important seabird breeding grounds supporting such species as guillemots, razorbills and great skuas. There are also several families of red grouse and common snipe on the island, all of which are remarkably approachable.

The far-flung Outer Hebrides and the Isle of Harris are the base for discovering a remarkably diverse landscape of mountains and moorlands, crofts, lochs, sandy beaches and low-lying grassy meadows known as machair. Inhabited for millennia, these islands hold many ancient cultural sites including the Neolithic 5,000-year-old ring of Callanish Standing Stones, used in Bronze Age rituals.

While in the Hebrides, guests enjoy aprivate boat cruise along the west coast of Lewis to the picturesque port of Miavaig and along rich feeding grounds for marine mammals, including seals (both gray and common), dolphins, porpoise, minke and pilot whales, orcas, basking sharks and even the elusive sunfish. Birdlife includes gannets, fulmars, terns, divers, guillemots, razorbills, shearwaters and eider duck.

Heading into the rugged interior of the Highlands, the itinerary is capped with a visit to Aigas Field Center. Guests will converse with renowned Scottish author and naturalist Sir John Lister-Kaye, the center’s proprietor and director, who shares the natural and cultural history of the Scottish Highlands in a private meeting. He will also discuss conservation and wildland restoration work at Aigas, including beaver and Scottish wildcat projects. On a guided forest walk, Nat Hab guests may view badgers and the elusive pine martin from a private hide.

Distinctive, small-scale accommodations ensure comfort, authentic local atmosphere and an immersion in nature, including an experience at Aigas Field Center where guests are ensconced in a castle-like setting and dine in a baronial hall.

Nat Hab’s own professional naturalist expedition leader, who accompanies the group throughout, ensures outstanding interpretation of Scotland’s natural and cultural history, plus individualized service.

For information on Nat Hab’s programs worldwide, descriptive itineraries, date availability and reservations, call 800.543.8917 or visit http://www.nathab.com/. Click HERE to order a copy of the current catalog.

About Natural Habitat Adventures

Natural Habitat Adventures is a world leader in responsible adventure travel and nature-based ecotourism. Since its founding in 1985, the company has offered eco-conscious expeditions and wildlife-focused small-group tours to the planet’s most remarkable nature destinations. Inspired and created from years of scouring the planet for the singular and extraordinary, Nat Hab’s itineraries are artfully crafted experiences that are far from “typical.” Trips are guided by professional naturalist Expedition Leaders, and Nat Hab enjoys a longstanding reputation for hiring some of the world’s best guides. Conservation is at the forefront of everything NHA does, and its philosophy is simple: tourism must work with and benefit local communities, which will in turn find value in protecting natural resources and wildlife. NHA is proud to be the travel partner of World Wildlife Fund, sharing a mutual commitment to travel as a means of helping to protect the world’s wondrous natural places.  Nat Hab has donated more than $2 million to WWF and will continue to donate 1% of gross sales plus $100,000 annual through 2018 in support of WWF’s mission.

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Sri Lanka Is Focus of Natural Habitat Adventures’ Newest Exploratory Immersion in Nature

BOULDER, CO, Oct. 25, 2016 –Natural Habitat Adventures has announced a new wildlife safari to Sri Lanka, a small island off the southernmost tip of India that is one of the world’s top 25 biodiversity hotspots.

Sri Lanka is home to the world’s densest concentrations of leopards and offers abundant primates and 441 species of birds. Encircled by the Indian Ocean, it is also one of the best places in the world to see blue whales, along with dolphins, orcas and sperm whales.

Sri Lanka is a new destination for Natural Habitat Adventures (http://www.nathab.com/), with scheduled small-group departures starting in early 2018. The Sri Lanka Wildlife Safari is an 11-night/12-day nature-intensive odyssey with four departures scheduled: Jan. 14-25, Feb. 4-15, Feb. 18-Mar 1, and Mar. 4-15, 2018. Each trip will host a maximum of 10 guests. The rate is from $9,495 per person, double occupancy. See: http://www.nathab.com/asia-adventure-travel/sri-lanka-wildlife-safari/

In this up-and-coming adventure travel destination, Nat Hab’s guests will also look for Asian elephant and buffalo, sloth bear, jackal, Asiatic buffalo, wild boar, mugger crocodile, sambar, spotted deer, grey langur, toque macaque and black-naped hare.

The compact island nation of Sri Lanka, formerly known as Ceylon, is comprised of widely varied ecosystems and habitats that offer diverse wildlife viewing. The itinerary explores virgin tropical rain forest, cloud forest highlands, lush lowlands, golden beaches and the Indian Ocean marine environment.

In Yala National Park, guests will search for leopards and other wildlife in the comfort of top-quality four-passenger, open-top vehicles. In Mirissa Harbor, travelers board a privately chartered vessel for two whale-watching excursions.Excellent birdwatching in Hurulu Nature Reserve showcases the Indian roller, Sri Lanka jungle fowl, Indian peafowl, blue-tailed and green bee-eaters, and raptors such as changeable hawk eagle, crested serpent eagle and shikra. Colorful highland bird species reveal themselves in Horton Plains National Park.

While the itinerary focuses on wildlife and the environmental conservation measures that Sri Lankans are applying to their compact island, culture also comes into play. Outstanding primate watching happens among the 12th-century ruins of Polonnaruwa, with Toque macaques, purple-faced leaf monkeys and grey langurs on view at close range. Polonnaruwa was Sri Lanka’s second capital, renowned for its impressive stone culture.

Cultural highlights feature several other UNESCO World Heritage Sites including the ruins of Sigiriya, the 5th-century capital whose dominant landmark is a massive granite outcrop often referred to as Lion Rock, rising 600 feet above the surrounding jungle, and the Temple of the Sacred Tooth, which houses Sri Lanka's most important Buddhist relic, a tooth believed to have been the Buddha's own. The temple was built in the 16th century as part of the royal palace complex at Kandy, the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings.

Diverse, high-quality accommodations ensure comfort, atmosphere and immersion in nature. Highlights include a tented safari camp in Yala National Park, a beachfront boutique resort on the Indian Ocean designed by a renowned Sri Lankan architect and a historic country house surrounded by tea plantations in the heart of the highland region known as “Little England” to 19thcentury colonial expatriates.

Outstanding guides and a remarkable guide-to-guest ratio ensure expert interpretation. Each departure travels with one of Nat Hab's own professional naturalist Expedition Leaders, and also with a Sri Lankan national guide throughout. This combination assures the ultimate in knowledgeable interpretation of natural and cultural history, personal attention, insider connections and individualized service.

For information on all of Nat Hab’s trips, descriptive itineraries, date availability and reservations, call 800.543.8917 or visit http://www.nathab.com/. Click HERE to order a copy of the current catalog.

About Natural Habitat Adventures

Natural Habitat Adventures is a world leader in responsible adventure travel and nature-based ecotourism. Since its founding in 1985, the company has offered eco-conscious expeditions and wildlife-focused small-group tours to the planet’s most remarkable nature destinations. Inspired and created from years of scouring the planet for the singular and extraordinary, Nat Hab’s itineraries are artfully crafted experiences that are far from “typical.” Trips are guided by professional naturalist Expedition Leaders, and Nat Hab enjoys a longstanding reputation for hiring some of the world’s best guides. Conservation is at the forefront of everything NHA does, and its philosophy is simple: tourism must work with and benefit local communities, which will in turn find value in protecting natural resources and wildlife. NHA is proud to be the travel partner of World Wildlife Fund, sharing a mutual commitment to travel as a means of helping to protect the world’s wondrous natural places.  Nat Hab has donated more than $2 million to WWF and will continue to donate 1% of gross sales plus $100,000 annual through 2018 in support of WWF’s mission.

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Natural Habitat Adventures Introduces a Rare Chance to Help Care for Giant Pandas on its Wild China Trips

BOULDER, CO, Oct. 13, 2016 – Natural Habitat Adventures has introduced a new opportunity to get behind the scenes and assist with panda care on its China nature adventures. Guests can enjoy a one-day volunteer experience at a Chinese research base that has helped pull giant pandas back from the brink.

The optional caregiver opportunity takes place at Dujiangyan Panda Valley, China’s newest facility for panda research, education and conservation located outside Chengdu. It is included on both Nat Hab’s Wild Side of China Nature Odyssey and Wild Side of China Photo Adventure.

On both panda-focused itineraries, travelers have the rare chance to spend a day with panda keepers, enjoying pandas at close range while assisting with tasks that are part of the daily care routine, such as feeding pandas and cleaning enclosures.

This intimate contact comes in the context of a celebratory victory for conservation, as China’s giant panda population was recently downgraded from endangered to vulnerable. While giant pandas are still at risk, their numbers continue to rebound. Morethan 1,800 were counted in the wild in China’s 2014 survey, a jump of 17 percent since the 2003 national census.

Top naturalist Expedition Leaders provide insight into this success story on Nat Hab’s two 12-day itineraries, which offer the most panda-intensive and nature-centered exploration of China provided by any travel company. In addition to visiting three different panda research bases, guests are immersed in the giant panda’s wild native habitat, including two days in a remote mountain nature reserve in Sichuan Province that few tourists ever see.

On this rare expedition into the Minshan Mountains, walks and wildlife drives in this virtually unvisited preserve provides reveal the panda’s native environment, including lush bamboo forests, river gorges and waterfalls.

Because wild pandas are highly elusive, guests are not likely to see them, but approximately 60 live within this densely forested 100,000-acre sanctuary. The reserve is rated as a Grade I global biodiversity hotspot by World Wildlife Fund and is home 430 different mammal species including golden monkeys, Tibetan and rhesus macaques, musk deer, muntjac, serow, wild boar, blue sheep, and endangered moon bears and red pandas. More than 2,400 different plant species and 150 bird species are also found in the park, including the golden pheasant.

Both itineraries also include Jiuzhaigou National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and UN Biosphere Reserve, containing some of China’s most dramatic wild landscapes. Guided walks showcase steep peaks, ravines, forest, meadows, marshes and a multitude of lakes and waterfalls. The park’s most distinctive feature is its terraced limestone pools filled with turquoise water that flows in crystalline cascades from ledge to ledge.

Each departure is led by a Nat Hab Expedition Leader who has trained with WWF scientists and researchers, along with a top Chinese naturalist guide. Travelers benefit from a breadth of expert scientific knowledge, authentic cultural insight and attentive personal service. Photo tour departures feature personalized guidance from an expert professional photographer.

This unique itinerary also offers an unusual chance for Western visitors to witness rural Chinese life. In the Gansu Muslim village of Qing Xi, guests stroll among 300-year-old wooden buildings from the Qing dynasty. On an overland journey onto the Tibetan Plateau,they traverse a landscape dotted with fluttering prayer flags and chortens and share lunch with a Tibetan family.And on a visit to a small farm, they learn about a WWF-supported bio-waste project that uses agricultural by-products to create cleaner cooking fuels, reducing local wood consumption and preserving habitat for pandas and other wildlife.

The per-person rate, based on double occupancy, is from $10,495, for both regular and photo departures. 2017 season departures are: April 2, April 6 (Photo Tour), April 16, April 20 (Photo Tour), May 1, May 4 (Photo Tour), Sept. 3, Sept. 17, and Oct. 7 (Photo Tour). Dates also available for 2018.

For information on all of Nat Hab’s trips, descriptive itineraries, date availability and reservations, call 800.543.8917 or visit http://www.nathab.com/. Click HERE to order a copy of the 2017 catalog.

About Natural Habitat Adventures

Natural Habitat Adventures is a world leader in responsible adventure travel and nature-based ecotourism. Since its founding in 1985, the company has offered eco-conscious expeditions and wildlife-focused small-group tours to the planet’s most remarkable nature destinations. Inspired and created from years of scouring the planet for the singular and extraordinary, Nat Hab’s itineraries are artfully crafted experiences that are far from “typical.” Trips are guided by professional naturalist Expedition Leaders, and Nat Hab enjoys a longstanding reputation for hiring some of the world’s best guides. Conservation is at the forefront of everything NHA does, and its philosophy is simple: tourism must work with and benefit local communities, which will in turn find value in protecting natural resources and wildlife. NHA is proud to be the travel partner of World Wildlife Fund, sharing a mutual commitment to travel as a means of helping to protect the world’s wondrous natural places.  Nat Hab has donated more than $2 million to WWF and will continue to donate 1 percent of gross sales plus $100,000 annual through 2018 in support of WWF’s mission.

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Natural Habitat Adventures Introduces New 16-Passenger M/C Petrel to Showcase Rarer Reaches of the Galapagos

Luxury Catamaran Is the Key to Exploring an Intimate Galapagos Itinerary

BOULDER, CO, Sept. 7, 2016 – With the addition of the 16-passenger M/C Petrel to its privately chartered Galapagos fleet, Natural Habitat Adventures offers a new itinerary through the islands featuring unrivaled wildlife interaction and expert nature interpretation.

Built in 2015 and brand-new to the Galapagos, this sleek, 115-foot luxury motor catamaran is the fourth and newest privately chartered expedition yacht in Natural Habitat Adventures’ Classic Galapagos portfolio. The Petrel expands the realm of style and sophistication at sea for Nat Hab guests with an out-of-the-ordinary route through this volcanic archipelago that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador.

With a pair of top naturalist guides aboard, Petrel guests enjoy an unusual itinerary designed for up-close, private encounters with blue-footed boobies, iguanas, giant tortoises and whales in some of the most remote and lesser-known areas of the outermost Galapagos Islands. Kayaks, snorkel gear and wetsuits are at the ready for exploration, revealing an undersea world filled with curious sea lions, sea turtles, penguins and colorful fish.

In addition, each Petrel voyage includes a night on land at Nat Hab’s exclusive Tortoise Camp in the Santa Cruz highlands, where wild Galapagos tortoises roam free and accommodations are in raised canvas tents and treehouses.

The Petrel’s 10-day Classic Galapagos itinerary includes a range of Ecuador’s ecosystems. Starting on the mainland in the Andean highlands, guests stay at a 1691 colonial hacienda in a setting that’s home to Andean condors and spectacled bears, among other wildlife. Once onboard ship, the adventure includes Espanola’s prolific wildlife while swimming, kayaking and snorkeling from white sand beaches and dipping into hidden caves, then sailing to remote Genovesa in the far north, home to more than a million birds including rare red-footed boobies. Visit Floreana, once a pirate haunt where whalers set up a post office in 1793 and snorkeling now revealssunken volcanic craters home to sharks, rays, sea turtles, hammerhead sharks and sea lions. Get close to giant tortoises onSanta Cruz, then snorkel with penguins, stingrays and sleeping white-tipped sharks around Pinnacle Rock on bitty Bartolome.

The Petrel’s crew and guides are local residents sharing first-hand knowledge of the Galapagos, underscoring an emphasis on the social and environmental consciousness that is intrinsic to Nat Hab’s operations. Everything used on the ship is sourced from suppliers who have proven green credentials, leaving the lightest possible footprint while meeting or exceeding Galapagos National Park regulations. Much of the Petrel’s supplies come from local communities.

A striking addition to Natural Habitat Adventures’Galapagos fleet of small expedition ships, the Petrel is a motorized catamaran designed for stability and style. The spacious top deck provides 360-degree views, while a dramatic sunken lounge with deep leather couches enhances sightseeing in air-conditioned comfort. Eight exceptionally roomy and comfortable staterooms accommodate one king-size or two twin beds, plus ample closet space, a writing desk and private balcony. The ship’s contemporary décor features a black and white palette with gleaming teak floors underfoot, chrome and leather furnishings, and intermittent splashes of scarlet and gold. Guests enjoy fine meals in the dining room and al fresco on the aft deck, while two open-air bars, a Jacuzzi, small fitness center and library are among the ship’s shared spaces.

M/C Petrelis featured on Classic Galapagos: The Natural Habitat Experience, a 10-day itinerary offering the utmost attention to environmental awareness, comfort and service. Rates are from $6,295 per person, double. For more information, please see:http://www.nathab.com/galapagos/galapagos-islands-adventure/.

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About Natural Habitat Adventures

Natural Habitat Adventures is a world leader in responsible adventure travel and nature-based ecotourism. Since its founding in 1985, the company has offered eco-conscious expeditions and wildlife-focused small-group tours to the planet’s most remarkable nature destinations. Inspired and created from years of scouring the planet for the singular and extraordinary, Nat Hab’s itineraries are artfully crafted experiences that are far from “typical.” Trips are guided by professional naturalist Expedition Leaders, and Nat Hab enjoys a longstanding reputation for hiring some of the world’s best guides. Conservation is at the forefront of everything NHA does, and its philosophy is simple: tourism must work with and benefit local communities, which will in turn find value in protecting natural resources and wildlife. NHA is proud to be the travel partner of World Wildlife Fund, sharing a mutual commitment to travel as a means of helping to protect the world’s wondrous natural places.  Nat Hab has donated more than $2 million to WWF and will continue to donate 1 percent of gross sales plus $100,000 annual through 2018 in support of WWF’s mission.

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