Marlynda Elstgeest - CEO / Owner Waterproof Cruises & Expeditions
She graduated in 'Sustainable Tourism' and her commitment and dedication to sustainable tourism comes to life not only in her travels, but also in her role as a consultant. Such as chairing the Executive Committee of the International Association of Antarctic Tourism (IAATO), of which Waterproof Expeditions is a voting member.
As an advisor on safe and environmentally responsible management of Antarctic tourism, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands has contracted Marlynda and she has been part of the Dutch delegation to the annual Antarctic Treaty Consultations since 2004. During the annual Consultative Meeting the 59 Antarctic Treaty Parties meet to discuss policy and international governance of Antarctica.
Together with filmmaker and National Geographic photographer Göran Ehlmé, head designer of Waterproof diving suits from Sweden, she ran the first commercial diving expeditions to the Polar regions. Ten years later, the idea of Waterproof Expeditions was put into practice to organise unique trips focusing on the natural beauty and diversity of the oceans of our Blue Planet. Above and Underwater!
Marlynda enthusiastically advises you from her own experiences on destinations where she has cruised, dived or snorkeled herself; Antarctica, South Georgia, Argentina, Chile, Peru, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, Belize, Svalbard, Greenland, Franz Josef Land, Norway, Russia, Finland, Tonga, Indonesia, Philippines, South Africa, Tanzania, Zanzibar, New Zealand, Australia.
"The best experiences have never been based purely on cost. It's a passion to create life-enhancing travel experiences which exhilarate, educate and inspire. And sometimes extending your personal boundaries"