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IODP Staff Travel

This information applies to IODP JRSO staff only.

Port call and shipping information for IODP Expeditions
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Expedition 378: South Pacific Paleogene Climate

Boarding in Lautoka, Fiji
Disembarking in Papeete, Tahiti

PDF General information
PDF Port call reconnaissance

Hotel Information for IODP Staff

Nadi, Fiji—January 2020

Fiji Gateway Hotel
Queens Road
PO Box 9891 Nadi Airport
Fiji Islands
Tel: (679) 673 4755

To guarantee reservation, book through hotel website or call hotel directly. There are no group rates for this expedition. If you choose not to stay at the group hotel, it is our recommendation that for security purposes you choose a four-star or higher hotel.

The Gateway Hotel will be the meeting location for the shuttle transport to the ship.


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Fitness Center
  • Flat screen TV with satellite, Air Conditioning, Refrigerator, Tea & Coffee Facilities, Ensuite Bathrooms

Hotel Transportation: Across the road from Nadi International Airport, 26 km from Lautoka Port. Taxi service from airport hotel to port is ~USD $30.

Check-in/Check-out Time: Check-in is 2 p.m. and checkout is 10 a.m.

Expedition 378S

Boarding in Papeete, Tahiti
Disembarking in Balboa, Panama

Hotel Information for IODP Staff

Panama—February 2020

Wyndham Panama Albrook Mall
Corregimiento de Ancon
Panama City 32401
(507) 307 0300

  • City of Knowledge – 5 minutes
  • Amador – 5 minutes
  • The Causeway – 10 minutes
  • Banking District – 10 minutes
  • Panama Pacifico y Howard – 20 minutes
  • International Airport of Tocumen – 45 minutes
  • Punta Pacifica – 20 minutes
  • Avenida Balboa – 10 minutes
  • Airport Marco Gelabert – adjacent
  • Free Zone, Colon – 60 minutes
  • Parque Metropolitana – 5 minutes


  • Standard room: USD99.00
  • Suite: USD135.00
  • Master Suite: USD175.00
  • Tax: 10%

Rate includes:

  • Complimentary Breakfast buffer at the Canal Bistro Restaurant
  • Internet access of 75MB in the guestroom and public areas
  • Coffee, tea and water in room
  • 24-Hr Fitness center
  • Noise-cancelling windows
  • Access to Rooftop pool with a panoramic view of Panama
  • Courtesy Valet and Self-Parking
  • Self Service washer and dryer machines
  • Ice Machines on every level
  • Digital Safe that fits up to a laptop
  • Coffee, tea and bottled water in the room
  • Bellman Baggage Handling upon Check In

Check In and Check Out: The hotel´s check in policy is at 3:00PM and check out is at 12:00PM. The hotel will allow early arrivals to check- in early if there is availability of rooms and check out with late flight departures as late as 6:00PM upon the hotels availability.

Payment: Payment made by guest upon check-in. Hotel accepts VISA, Master Card and American Express credit cards.

Bars and Restaurants:
  • Canal Bistro Restaurant offering a Breakfast Buffet, Lunch Buffet and a la cart Dinner
  • Café Met a modern concept of a “grab-and-go” offering coffee, sandwiches, pastries, etc.
  • Hasaki Sushi Lounge serves a Peruvian – Asian mix during lunch and dinner
  • Sunset Pool and Bar in the pool area offering cold beverages, salads, and wraps
  • 24 Hour Room Service

USSSP Scientists Travel

Contact USSSP Logistics Coordinator James Spencer to make flight arrangements. Alternatively, travelers can contact Safder Paracha at Ultramar directly.