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 (approximately $75- $125 (US) depending on the country from which you are obtaining these Manuals). Other additional dive training courses (Advanced, Emergency First Response and Rescue Diver) can be done on site but are charged for as additional optional courses. Dive Master training is included in the expedition costs but is an intensive course requiring 4 weeks of dedicated time on site.
If you are diving and have your own dive equipment you are welcome to bring it with you, but if not, there is equipment available to rent. You will be required to pay for dive equipment rental in advance, which will work out at $14 per day for all kit except a wetsuit and you will be diving and snorkelling for 6 days. If you have some of your own equipment you can deduct the following daily costs: mask and snorkel ($2.50 a day), fins ($2.50 a day), BCD+Regulator ($10 a day). Weights, dive belts and full dive tanks are provided free of charge. If you are snorkeling then you can rent just the mask, snorkel and fins and the total cost is $5 per day
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).
On arrival at the International Airport of Nadi you will receive a Tourist Visa, on receiving this visa on arrival you will be granted to stay up to 4 months.
Money to bring with you
You will need enough spending money to cover personal on-site expenditure including any breakfasts, lunches or dinners before or after the expedition starts and ends on your travel days to and from your home country. If you have not paid in advance then you will need enough to cover payments for the optional extras. Local currency used in Fiji is the Fijian Dollar.
All payments made on site are denominated in US Dollars. Please also note that all costs referred to on this page are also in US Dollars.
Please also consider arranging a contingency fund to cover any emergencies, and check with your bank that your card will work in other countries if you plan on using it.