The 2017 trip was an extraordinary success. Will post a full report shortly!
(2015 Expedition - A Rousing Success!)
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In 2017, we invite you to explore
one of the greatest mysteries of
the 20th Century on this Voyage
in Search of Amelia Earhart!
This will be our second voyage to
Nikumaroro. Our voyage in 2015
was a resounding success and we
hope you can join us in 2017!
We developed this trip in
association with TIGHAR, an
organization which has been
searching for Amelia Earhart for
the last 25 years.
The 2017 trip will be a first opportunity
for you and other new team
members to explore Nikumaroro. It will
also be an opportunity for 2015 travelers to
return with us and continue to investigate
the mysteries in the Colonial Village, the
Camp Zero site, the Seven Site, and more!
Our 2017 trip will again begin with flights
from Los Angeles to Fiji where we will have a
hearty welcome and introduction to the trip.
The next day, we will board our ship and
head to Rotuma Island, a cultural jewel just
a day’s sail north of Fiji. We relish the
opportunity to meet our friends on Rotuma
We’ll then continue our 1,000 mile journey
to Nikumaroro (formerly Gardner Island)
where TIGHAR believes Amelia Earhart’s
plane landed (see the brief summary of
evidence in this brochure).
We’ll be traveling to one of the most remote
parts of the Pacific Ocean—the Phoenix Islands
Protected Area (PIPA) where Nikumaroro is
found. It is the largest marine sanctuary in
the world and has untouched coral reefs.
We’ll have lectures on what we know about
Amelia Earhart’s disappearance, and what
TIGHAR’s research suggests has happened.
We will also learn about Pacific Ocean coral
reefs, oceanography, island ecology, and the
cultural heritage of the people of Melanesia
At Nikumaroro, we will divide into teams
(with TIGHAR and Betchart leaders) to explore
the island, lagoon, and reef edge. There will
be opportunities for swimming, snorkeling,
kayaking, and scuba diving at Niku.
Teams will boat and walk to the main sites
identified on past TIGHAR research expeditions.
One focus will be exploring a location
at the Seven Site where our 2015 fieldwork,
combined with TIGHAR’s previous research,
suggests might be the spot where Amelia
The voyage will give you amazing insights
into the vast amount of work TIGHAR and
our travelers in 2015 have done In Search
of Amelia Earhart. And who knows, we may
find missing pieces of the puzzle about
Amelia Earhart’s disappearance!
We hope you will join us!
Margaret M. Betchart
President, Betchart Expeditions Inc.
For AAAS Travels, Sigma Xi Expeditions,
TIGHAR & The Planetary Society
From $8,995 plus air.
Brochure (Requires an Adobe pdf reader to view)
M/V Reef Endeavour Deck Plan (Requires an Adobe pdf reader to view)