MIWA Eco-Tours



MIWA and Holbrook Travel have been partnering for the past few years to create unique eco-tours for our members. These tours are offered to MIWA members for a limited time before opening to the public. Most often our members fill these trip up! For each person who signs up MIWA receives a donation for the MINWR. This is a great way to explore this amazing planet and help support the refuge.

Holbrook Travel offers a wide range of environmentally conscious tours. They have been at the forefront of eco-tourism and responsible travel since the 1970’s. Together with MIWA they have helped support the MINWR refuge for many years.

The MIWA Eco-Tours change from year to year and many different locations are offered. In the past we have been to Costa Rica, the Galapagos Islands and Belize. With recent changes, we are on our way to discovering the many wonders of Cuba (they are home to the world’s smallest bird, the bee hummingbird).

Tours vary so please contact the MIWA office at 321-861-2377 for more information.

Merritt Island Wildlife Association
Merritt Island Wildlife Association
Merritt Island Wildlife Association

Some of our Eco-Tours have included:

Cuba
November 5-16, 2015 - SIGN UP TODAY

MIWA has partnered up with our friends at Holbrook Travel once again to put together a special tour, this time to Cuba! Join us on an adventure exploring places such as Havana, Zapata, Camaguey and Cayo Coco and other locations on this beautiful island. Cuba is full of rich history and culture, it is also home to diverse wildlife and natural aspects. This trip provides a wonderful opportunity to observe a wide variety of Cuba’s nature, culture, and other undiscovered treasures. Experience opportunities to observe a wide variety of Cuba’s birds, butterflies, plants, and reptiles as you discover conservation issues, projects, and policies during meetings with Cuban experts.

Program highlights include:

  • Look for endemic plants, birds, and other species
  • Have encounters with local scientists and naturalists to learn about the island’s coastal ecosystems and to discuss ecotourism, sustainability, and conservation efforts that are in place.
  • Attend a special presentation by the Korimakao Community Project and discuss the program with the artists.
  • Meet Cuban families while dining at their homes, known as paladares.

     The tour is on November 5-16, 2015. The cost is $3,275 (plus airfare) with a portion of the proceeds donated to MIWA. Space is very limited and reservations must be made.

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GALÁPAGOS ISLANDS
July 5-15, 2013

Merritt Island Wildlife Association invites you to experience the enchantment of the Galápagos Islands aboard M/Y Yolita II on this classic 11-day program. This itinerary includes visits to mainland Ecuador’s most significant hotspots as well as a 7-night cruise through the fascinating Galápagos archipelago. Following Darwin’s footsteps, visitors can see firsthand why the Galápagos Islands are considered a refuge for some of the most interesting wildlife in the world, including sea lions, marine iguanas, and Blue-footed Boobies.

Program highlights include:

  • Discover the incredible biodiversity and biogeography of the Galápagos Islands
  • Snorkel with sea lions and other marine life
  • Learn about conservation initiatives and research projects at the Charles Darwin Research Station.
  • Observe unique bird species such as Blue-footed Boobies, Frigatebirds, and Swallow-tailed Gulls.
  • Explore endemic plant life on Floreana Island and leave a postcard at Post Office Bay.
  • Straddle the Equator at the Middle of the World monument.
  • Visit the Bellavista Cloud Forest Reserve.

The tour cost 4,175 with a portion of the proceeds donated to MIWA. The cost does not include gratuities or international airfare estimated at $1,125 from Orlando.


Costa Rica
April 21-27, 2012

Join MIWA on a Costa Rica expedition April 21-27, 2012. Departing from Orlando, the group will experience the tremendous biodiversity this small country has to offer. You can expect to see a wide variety of tropical wildlife and the birds are spectacular. This West Virginia-sized country hosts over 875 bird species! We will focus on conservation, a topic that should appeal to MIWA Members, as over a quarter of their country has been preserved in national parks and preserves.

  • Visit the town of La Fortuna, then take a guided hike at Arenal National Park. 
  • Enjoy the on-site hot springs
  • Great wildlife viewing, including several species of monkeys, uncountable butterflies and hundreds of the 875 bird species that call Costa Rica home!
  • Hike and visit a canopy walkway.
  • Experience a boat ride on the Tarcoles River to see estuarine birds and giant crocodiles. 

The trip cost is $1,417 per person plus airfare with a portion of the proceeds going to MIWA. Register early as the trip is limited to 15 participants!


Costa Rica
March 11 – April 3, 2011

Join the Merritt Island Wildlife Association in Costa Rica, an emerald gem set in the heart of Central America. It is world renowned for its beautiful tropical forests, amazing biological diversity, and dedication to environmental conservation. On this program you will meet with several local conservation organizations to learn about their efforts to help preserve what remains of the once-ubiquitous forests of this small country.

Program highlights include:

  • Search the mist-shrouded realm of the Savegre Cloud Forest Reserve for the elusive Resplendent Quetzal and learn about ongoing research at the Q.E.R.C
  • Great wildlife viewing, including several species of monkeys, uncountable butterflies and hundreds of the 875 bird species that call Costa Rica home!
  • Discover the wonders of tropical rain forest ecology at Selva Verde Rainforest Reserve;
  • Gain a new perspective via an optional canopy tour or rafting trip!
  • Hike at the Organization for Tropical Studies-La Selva Biological Station, a
  • nonprofit consortium of more than 50 universities and educational institutions,
  • One of the longest-studied rain forests in the world.
  • Visit the Tirimbina Rainforest Center and Museum of Indigenous Culture.

Cost is $2212 per person including air from Orlando with a portion of the proceeds donated to MIWA.


Belize
April 20-25, 2011

Program highlights include:
  • Explore the world famous Belize Zoo
  • Discover the fascinating world of tropical birds and butterflies
  • Learn about medicinal rainforest plants and Mayan culture
  • Explore the world famous Mayan ruins of Caracol
  • Learn about the Mayan people - past and present
  • Snorkel the pristine waters of the Glovers Reef Atoll
  • Learn about the Reef Ecology via talks with onsite researchers
  • Stay at the Wildlife Conservation Society Field Station dorms
  • Enjoy the beautiful island and crystal waters of Middle Caye
  • Snorkel off the dock after dark for a peek at the ocean’s nocturnal creatures

Cost: $2,269 from Orlando with a portion of the proceeds donated to MIWA.

Merritt Island Wildlife Association
Merritt Island Wildlife Association
Merritt Island Wildlife Association