Dolphin & Whale Biology/Conservation
in Tropical Asia
Quick Information Guide
Roughly the first week of the course will be spent learning field techniques and conducting surveys in areas with different levels of biodiversity and human activity. We will fly into Taiwan and spend a few days there, then travel to Hong Kong for the remainder of the course. During this time you will also learn about the ecology and human affairs in each area.
About two weeks in the first half of May (consult instructors for specific dates)
Once we get the enrollment, we will be in contact with you about travel arrangements. In short, we will be working with a particular travel agent and recommend that you book your flights through this travel agent to make things easier.
Arriving in Taiwan
Ideally, we will all be on the same flight from
Taiwan to Hong Kong
We MUST all be on the same flight to Hong Kong!!! (No exceptions). We will depart from the Taoyuan International Airport (aka Taipei International Airport aka Chiang-Kai Shek International Airport – airport code TPE). You MUST have a booked/confirmed seat on this flight (no stand-by or other irregular ticket; but a confirmed ticket using loyalty rewards is fine as long as it is treated by the airlines as a normal ticket). The field course travel agent can help you book/purchase this flight as well. The exact flight will be announced soon.
Leaving Hong Kong
In the past, some people have used this field course as a “jumping off point” for visiting other parts of Asia, and you are free to do that before the course begins or after the course ends (and we do encourage you to take advantage of this rare opportunity to go and see more of Taiwan, Hong Kong or other places in Asia).
We will be arranging ONE bus to the HKG airport at about noon on the last day after your final exam to service the majority of the students who will be taking flights back to Toronto (the bus ride is about 30-40 minutes to the airport and will allow for checking-in about 2 hours before departure time, which is very comfortable for the Hong Kong Airport – they are much more efficient than Canadian airports). So if you are planning to take other flights, it may be good to find ones with departure times that are close to the flights back to Toronto or if you don’t mind, you can wait at the HK airport if your flight is later. Otherwise, you will have to take other forms of transportation to the airport at your own cost.
You should be vaccinated for Hepatitis A & B (“Twinrix”), and your tetanus should be up-to-date. Because each person's comfort with different levels of risk varies, vaccinations for other diseases should be discussed with you family physician or a physician at a tropical medicine clinic.