CETACEAN CONNECTION

For 2019, we're launching a range of unique projects focused on better understanding and protecting cetacean species.

Want to swim with humpback whales in Tonga? How about with orcas in Arctic Norway during the Great Herring Run? Or sperm whales, humpbacks and dolphins in Mauritius? Join us and our expert team of free divers and documentarians for a life-changing experience under the seas.

 
 

UNDERWATER JOURNEYS

 
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WATCH

 

This short film follows freediver and wildlife photographer Karim Iliya on a journey to Islands of Vava'u, Tonga in the South Pacific. Each year, hundreds of southern humpback whales migrate from the cold, nutrient rich waters off Antarctica to the safe, warm shallows of Polynesia to give birth, raise their young, and mate. Karim takes us underwater into his world to document, promote and protect these incredibly sentient animals.


 

PRODUCTION TEAM

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KARIM ILIYA  |  SUBJECT & PRODUCER

Karim is a passionate wildlife photographer and documentarian from Hawaii. He has worked with Inertia on projects from Greenland to Tonga. Karim is leading our Norway: The Herring Run Underwater trip in January.

 
 
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MATT REICHEL |  PRODUCER

Matt is a producer and coordinator from Vancouver, Canada. He is a co-founding member of Inertia and is responsible for travel operations and media production. 


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THEODORE EDWARDS  |  EDITOR

Teddy Edwards is a filmmaker, editor and camera operator from Vancouver, Canada. He's a graduate of Capilano University's Bosa Centre for Film and Animation. 

 
 

WHY TRAVEL TO
“HIGH RISK” COUNTRIES?

While Afghanistan, Yemen, Pakistan and North Korea may not rank high on many people’s destination wish lists, they have shown us some of the most intimate, difficult, beautiful, challenging, and human experiences. Part of our mission is to work with people in politically isolated, post-war, and recovering regions to develop a new way through tourism.

 

“DON’T TELL MOM” TRIPS

 
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CONFLICT, ISOLATION, WAR, TERRORISM AND AUTOCRACY.

These issues are not limited to screens and lecture halls; rather, we are able to engage with them first hand through the people who have and still are experiencing them. There is so much we can learn from the experiences of others, and to meet people first hand, talk with them, hear their stories and share in their culture is tremendous.

It is our belief that honest and authentic engagement tears down walls, increases mutual understanding, and instills a sense of humility and gratefulness. This has the potential to change lives. “High risk” countries should not be excluded from this process. In most cases, while each country presents its own set of challenges, there are safe ways to visit and engage responsibly.

To us, the most difficult and rewarding aspects of tourism involve the willingness to visit countries on the infamous “travel advisory” list. If done carefully, it is not only possible to travel in these countries, but also make a truly memorable experience that can change how you see yourself and others.

 
 
 

GROUP TRIPS

Get unstuck; open your mind; shift your perspective. Our group trips are designed to help you recognize your capacity to connect with others, wildlife, the planet, and yourself through genuine exploration.


UPCOMING ADVENTURES

 
 
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REMOTE FOCUS 

Our mission to work with local fixers and guides, renowned experts, and captivating storytellers to bring sustainable benefit to local communities in some of the most geographically, politically, and ecologically remote parts of our planet. At the same time we work hard to offer unique, authentic, and in-depth experiences to visitors. The economic, environmental, and social benefits of responsible, sustainable tourism go both ways, and we're here to play a part in its growth.

 

 
 
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FEATURE: PAKISTAN

Home to some of the world's highest mountains, including five of the world's fourteen 8,000+ meter peaks, Pakistan is a culturally diverse hikers paradise sandwiched between south and central Asia. Peace has returned to much of the country and it's now ripe for exploration. 

 

NEW LOCATIONS


TONGA

PAKISTAN

TAJIKISTAN 

XINJIANG (CHINA)

BOLIVIA

PERU

RUSSIA

NORTH KOREA

EGYPT

PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES 

JORDAN


LOCAL TRAILBLAZERS

 
 
 

STORIES

Inspiring adventures and pointers to help unleash your inner explorer.

 

 
 

LATEST POSTS

 
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