Deposits, Cancellation Policy and Travel Protection
Included in our package: 2 Zodiac tours to View Belugas, 1 narrated Polar Rover Tour as we search for arctic wildlife, 2 Kayaking tours among the Belugas, 1 Paddle board (SUP) tour among the belugas or you may opt to kayak again, 1 Beluga Boarding session with Zodiac support, 1 Dog karting tour with local musher, Prince of Whales Fort Tour, Entrance fees into museums and lectures as described in itinerary. If you choose not to kayak or Sup you may view the Belugas from the Zodiac support boat.
5 Nights accommodations in Churchill, 1 Night accommodation in Winnipeg on August 17th, all breakfasts and lunches in Churchill, All tips for our Canadian Guides, Ground Transportation services while in Churchill.
Airfare to Winnipeg then onward to Churchill & Trip Insurance
Overnight accommodations in Winnipeg on August 11th
Airport transfers while in Winnipeg Tip for your Blue Water Ventures Assistant Guide
Dinners In Churchill, Dinner or other meals while in Winnipeg Alcoholic beverages.
Wetsuit or mask/snorkel rentals
Optional shuttle then tour of the Leatherdale International Polar Bear Conservation Centre in Winnipeg (we highly recommend this!)
$200 reservation fee is due upon registration; if your plans change, please let us know as soon as possible)
$2000 Deposit Due: January 10th (please do not send before the New Year)
$2000 Deposit Due: March 1st $795 Balance due: April 1st
Please send all payments in the form of personal checks to:
Blue Water Ventures, 127 Mason St. Santa Cruz, CA 95060
You may also make a Bank Transfer through Zelle. Registered as Kimberlee Powell and cell phone is: 831 345 2417.
Please email me when you make a bank transfer, email kim at: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to pay a portion of your trip using PayPal,
Please visit our Payment Center
During the complex era of COVID-19, we have reconsidered our cancellation policy, creating a more relaxed policy. We want to travel with you again sharing the natural and cultural wonders of our international destinations. We truly miss traveling with groups as well as supporting our international community of outfitters and friends. Travelers are still encouraged to feel confident when making travel plans by purchasing travel insurance coverage to help protect their program. You may want to consider the Cancel for Any Reason travel insurance coverage, part of a travel protection plan from Travel Insured International, as described below.
Cancellations made more than 121 calendar days prior to the starting date of the program, will be granted a full refund minus a $200 processing fee.
Cancellations made 91 to 120 calendar days prior to the starting date of the program, will be granted a refund minus a $1000 processing fee.
No refunds are given when cancellations are made less than 90 calendar days prior to the starting date.
We can not make any exceptions to our cancellation policy.
Our Churchill program takes us into a remote area of the world where a medical evacuation could be extremely costly. All costs for evacuations and/or medical treatments are the responsibility of each participant, a cost that travel protection should cover. Please travel with a credit card in the event that payments are required for an evacuation or medical treatment
Blue Water Ventures (BWV) directs our clients to travel insurance offered by Travel Insured International. Since some benefits are time sensitive, including the Pre-Existing Condition Waiver and Cancel for Any Reason Coverage, Travel Insured encourages all travelers to purchase a plan at the time of initial deposit.
To include the Pre-Existing Condition Waiver or Cancel for Any Reason, trip protection must be purchased within 21 days when purchasing the World Wide Protector Plan or 14 days when purchasing the World Wide Edge Plan from when your initial trip deposit is received. Additional terms apply. You may still purchase Travel Protection at a later date, but the pre-existing condition waiver or cancel for any reason will not be available.
During the COVID-19 Era, we suggested the Cancel for Any Reason add on feature for Our Canada Program. Please email Kim Powell if you have any questions regarding travel protection and we can set up a phone conversation.
Travel Protection Plans offer a variety of benefits, including coverage for medical evacuations. Plans also include Trip Cancellation coverage for a full refund if you need to cancel your trip for a covered reason, in addition to many other insurance benefits and non-insurance assistance services. Travel Protection helps provide coverage for unexpected circumstances and helps protect you and your travel investment. Please refer to your proposed plan document for complete plan details, exclusions and limitations before purchasing your plan.
We direct our clients to Travel Protection through Travel Insured International
Click on the link below to learn more about policy exclusions, limitations and disclaimers. Upon review, you may purchase a plan or please purchase a plan through another Trip Insurance provider of your choice.
You may purchase a plan online by clicking on the above Box link or by calling Customer Care: 800-243-3174. When calling, please provide our Blue Water Ventures Agent # 53345.
With the COVID-19 episode of 2020, Travel Insured recommends that you purchase the World Wide Trip Protector Plan and consider choosing the Cancel for Any Reason “add on feature”. This add on feature will provide a reimbursement of up to 75% of your prepaid non-refundable trip costs if you cancel 48 hours or longer before your scheduled departure date.
BWV is not responsible for any expenses incurred by participants related to a canceled program or one they participated in, costs such as airline tickets, flight change fees, lost luggage, missed flights, visa fees, transportation, lodging, etc. Blue Water Ventures does not assume responsibility for program changes or trip cancellations due to situations such as those related to weather, local or international events such as but not limited too earthquakes, tsunamis, outbreaks of flu or viruses, political events ( such as, but not limited too war or travel bans) or any other reason. Furthermore, BWV is not responsible for changes in private or governmental sectors, both at the domestic and international level, that may effect this trip.
BWV reserves the right to cancel a trip before it’s departure date for any reason including insufficient participation, travel bans, closed borders or weather related issues. BWV reserves the right to cancel a trip before its departure if local, international or political events prohibit travel. BWV reserves the right to cancel a program for any reason and not refund any portion of your trip.
A Note from the Owner of Blue Water Ventures: In order to provide our rich international programs, Blue Water Ventures sends deposits to outfitters in other countries. In some cases, these deposits are nonrefundable for any reason. Blue Water Ventures has been traveling with groups domestically and internationally since 1996 and the owner, Kim Powell started her career as an international guide 10 years prior in 1986. We have had some truly outstanding adventures with 100’s of incredible people over the decades! Both the travel industry in general and our eco-adventure small business are faced with new challenges. However, we remain committed to our goal of enriching the lives of our clients and our hosts abroad by providing these extraordinary learning vacations.
Mural Artwork of Churchill, Photo by Kim Powell