What is covered by the expedition costs?
The expedition costs paid to Operation Wallacea cover virtually everything from the start point of the expedition to the finish point of the expedition. This includes all accommodation, food, transfers between sites, all on-site training courses (except optional additional courses), diving, £1 million medical and evacuation insurance, academic supervision, provision of all the support and medical staff and participation in any of the research projects being offered. The whole science programme and subsequent reporting is supported by the expedition costs.
Optional training courses and equipment hire
If you have opted to do the PADI Open Water dive training course the training and diving is included in the expedition costs but you have to bring with you a PADI Open Water Manual with PIC card (this is approximately $75 – $125 depending on the country from which you are obtaining these Manuals and the contents of the packs).
If you are diving and have your own dive equipment bring it with you, but if not there is equipment available to rent; mask and snorkel (£10 per week), fins (£10 per week), BCD (£10 per week) and regulator (£10 per week). This works out at £40 per week for a full set of dive kit hire. Weights, dive belts and full dive tanks are provided free of charge. These rental costs are paid in advance through the on line payment system.
Travel, airport tax and visa costs
You are responsible for your own travel costs to and from the start and finish points of the expedition (see travel advice page).
Money to bring with you
Spending money is an optional extra to cover personal on-site expenditure only. This may include snacks and souvenirs you may wish to purchase from local shops although there is limited access to this. The local currency is the Kuna, and it is a good idea to have this in small dominations. Changing money to Kunas is possible before you leave however you can also change money or withdraw from ATMs at Split airport or Pomena town on Mljet island. Please also consider arranging a contingency fund to cover any emergencies, and check with your bank that your card will work in Croatia if you plan on using it.