Groups can join ‘AUSTRALIS’ in the Southern hemisphere or ‘PHILOS’ in the Northern hemisphere in two ways:
1 – Your group (of up to 9 on Australis or 5 on Philos) can charter the entire vessel giving you total freedom to tailor your itinerary and activities to suit your needs. The cost for the vessel will depend on the destination. Each trip has a minimum duration that is outlined on the destinations page. For special trips please contact us and we’ll discuss trip duration and cost.
2 – A small group can combine with another booking to fill a charter. If both groups have a similar time frame this can work well. The groups will need to share the total charter cost.
All these trips can be tailored to suit the requirements of your group & are subject to change by either you or the weather !!!! Trips to other areas can be discussed to suit your needs.
Quoted fees are in AUD$ and include food while on board, fuel, port fees, permits, etc.
Roger and Ben Wallis operate an international charter service with the fully equipped 75′ steel-hulled motor sailor ‘AUSTRALIS’ and the 52′ steel-hulled yacht ‘PHILOS’. Both vessels are purpose built for high latitude expedition sailing.
‘AUSTRALIS’ – based in the Southern hemisphere is set up for both hard working commercial projects & laid-back luxury cruising. She is fully equipped to support expeditions, film crews, scientists, photographers, mountaineers, skiers, snowboarders, artists, bird watchers, divers, sightseers and adventurers of all descriptions. In addition to all the luxuries of a well appointed cruising vessel, she has large storage areas for equipment and a workshop. She carries 9 passengers and the crew.
‘PHILOS’ – based in the Northern hemisphere is set up for both small projects & laid-back cruising. She is a steel-hulled, schooner rigged yacht & carries a comprehensive range of safety, operational and navigational equipment to support expeditions, film crews, scientists, photographers, mountaineers, skiers, snowboarders, artists, bird watchers, divers, sightseers and adventurers of all descriptions. She carries 5 passengers and the crew.
WHERE AND WHEN
Roger and Ben operate year round bouncing between the summer in the southern polar region during October to April and the summer in the northern polar region during July to September.
Roger and Ben are also open to suggestions for trips to other parts of the world !!
IAATO – Keeping Antarctica Pristine.
‘Australis’ was privileged enough to be the first Australian yacht to become a full member of the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO), where the key is to follow responsible environmental policies. All those visiting Antarctica will be advised of minimum impact practices & minimum approach distances to wildlife.
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