From Brunei to Bali: Tales from Real-Life Explorers

December 4, 2012

In the spring of 2013, travel to a world of fascinating cultures, luscious landscapes, and an amazing diversity of tropical flora, fauna, and marine life. A place where orangutans and jellyfish provide fodder for stories that will amaze your friends and family for years to come.

In 2006, Rodica W. joined her first Zegrahm voyage, Brunei to Bali, and learned the true meaning of the phrase, 'Expedition Stop.'

“On the sixth day of the voyage, just as we were settling in for an afternoon at leisure, Mike Messick announced an unplanned Expedition Stop. We stepped ashore on uninhabited Kakaban Island, a tropical paradise fringed by golden sand beaches and backed by gargantuan-leafed plants, palms, and vines. We followed our fearless leader into the magnificent forest and within minutes a lake appeared at the edge of a platform where Mike, with a huge grin and the sweep of an arm, directed us to “just jump in.” Heeding the “because it’s there” voice of our inner adventurer, we did. After millions of years of total isolation, the resident jellyfish of this landlocked lake have evolved into a species both stingless and sightless, needing only the photosynthesizing energy of the sun to sustain them. As we swam out, an incredible scene unfolded before our eyes. At first we encountered hundreds, then thousands of pulsating jellyfish, pink-tinted bubbles ranging in size from thumbnail to fist. We were like atoms in that universe, suspended in an eternal moment of cosmic delight.”

On the same expedition, Andrew A. felt a genuine connection when visiting the orangutans.

“After an early morning docking in Sandakan, we arrived at the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Center. Standing behind a rope barrier, our group was able to spend nearly an hour observing and photographing three young orangutans climbing and learning how to snack on fruit in their forest hospital. While viewing these juveniles, some of us were able to make eye contact with these young orangutans who were just learning to forage for themselves in front of an audience. As quietly as possible, we admired them and snapped photographic memories that will last a lifetime. Our visit took place over six years ago in a remote and specialized rehabilitation center on a corner of the third largest island in the world; it might as well have been yesterday.”

For more information on this enchanting expedition, visit

Great Trip!

November 28, 2012

We had a great trip. It was an eye opening view into the culture of an area most Americans know nothing about. Fascinating culture and thriving economy. It is up to us to understand the culture. Great trip.

Trip: Sands of Time
First Name: Deborah
Last Name: Hull
City: Daufuskie Island
State: SC

Update: Breakfast with Mike Moore

November 6, 2012

Thanks to everyone who joined our ZegrahmLIVE! event, Breakfast with Mike Moore! From spelling out the differences between Faces of Melanesia and Papua New Guinea, Yap & Palau, to extreme detail about the bungee jumping on Pentecost Island, from fire dancing and volcanoes to some of the friendliest people around, Mike really helped describe what you can expect on these expeditions. In case you missed it, you can listen to the conversation right now, and be sure to send any questions to


The Lizards of Madagascar

October 29, 2012

Certainly I enjoyed seeing the lemurs and the beautiful birds....but what captivated me were the amazingly colorful chameleons. Before I visited Madagascar, chameleons, iguanas and lizards were all in the same grouping..."yucky!". But I became enthralled with the Madagascar's endemic chameleons...they are really beautiful. I saw a lot and learned a great always on a Zegrahm Expedition, Thank You!!

Trip: Madagascar: The Eighth Continent
First Name: Celeste
Last Name: Graham
City: Concord
State: CA

A New Look for Zegrahm Expeditions

October 19, 2012

You may have noticed a new look gracing Zegrahm’s website, Facebook page, and fall Traveler’s Guide, among other applications. Several months in the making, we are excited to finally be sharing our new logo with you. Since logos are often “the face” of a company, we thought we’d share with you how we settled on the new look.

When Zegrahm’s six cofounders started the company, they conceived the logo on a napkin over cocktails. The former Z, the world, and E became very well-known, and well-loved, by our loyal traveler community, but often created confusion with new travelers who thought we were called “ZOE.” Dedicated to retaining strong links to the founding of the company, we set out to give the existing world graphic a modern look and feel, plus ensure that our name—Zegrahm Expeditions—was a key element in the design. The end result is a logo that showcases our commitment to endless, in-depth exploration across the globe, while the new blue and green color palette emphasizes our core product offerings of small-ship cruises and overland adventures.

In addition, Zegrahm’s new tagline, “Beyond the Destination,” was generated during a brainstorming session with staff and vetted with several travelers. It speaks to our belief about delivering beyond travelers’ expectations on every single one of our expeditions. As one traveler told us, “Zegrahm always goes above and beyond to provide more adventure, enthusiasm, and especially more fun, beyond what you would expect.”

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