Tall ship sailing specialist Star Clippers is offering a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to cruise the coasts of Costa Rica and Nicaragua in the company of David Bellamy, one of Britain’s most respected authors, environmental campaigners, broadcasters and botanists.
Bellamy will escort a group of Star Clippers guests from the UK on a week-long adventure in December 2011 on board the 170-passenger tall ship Star Flyer, visiting some of the world’s most pristine rainforest and beautiful beaches. The offer includes a private reception for the UK guests; two lectures by David Bellamy; and an escorted shore excursion with the botanist in Playas del Coco.
As well as the honour of travelling with such a respected authority on conservation, the holiday includes further chances to explore the volcanoes and cloud forests of Costa Rica. Before Bellamy boards Star Flyer with the guests on December 11, the group stays for two nights at the five-star Royal Corin Hotel, with breathtaking views of the famous Arenal Volcano, one of the ten most active in the world. There are excursions to a local farm, as well as the Tabacon Springs near Arenal, which have healing properties, and dinner at the hotel, overlooking the erupting volcano.
The week-long voyage from Puerto Caldera includes some of the most beautiful beaches and anchorages along the Pacific costs of Nicaragua and Costa Rica, among them the surf resort of San Juan del Sur; the half-moon bay of Playas del Coco, with spectacular wildlife; National Park Santa Rosa, famed for its cloud forest and wildlife; Samara, for kayaking and bird-watching; Puerto Carrillo; the National Reserve of Curu, with a good chance of spotting whales and dolphins; and the remote Isla Tortugas (overnight), before returning to Puerto Caldera.
The 11-night tour costs from £2,239 per person and departs December 8, 2011. The price includes return flights from London to Costa Rica; transfers; three nights’ hotel accommodation; seven nights’ full board accommodation on Star Flyer; two exclusive lectures by David Bellamy; one shore excursion hosted by David Bellamy; guided tours on the pre-cruise section; and watersports from the ship.