Zodiac Cruising in Antarctica

Mike Messick

Cofounder & Expedition Leader
Mike Messick

Mike was raised in Switzerland and began working in expedition travel during a summer break from college. He graduated in 1985 from Skidmore College with a degree in bio/psychology. One of the best expedition leaders in the business, Mike embarked on a full-time career in adventure travel shortly after graduation and has since visited more than 170 countries around the world. Mike has conducted research at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in its onshore laboratory and aboard one of its research vessels. He is a member of The Explorers Club, holds a U.S. Coast Guard captain's license, and has his scuba instructor certificate from NAUI. In 1990 Mike and six others founded Zegrahm Expeditions.

Mike's Upcoming Expeditions

  • Northwest Passage

    September 4September 23, 2015

    Follow in the footsteps of the great explorers as you transit the Northwest Passage from western Greenland to the Canadian Arctic, observing polar bears, walruses, seals, and seabirds. 

  • Faces of Polynesia: Fiji to Tahiti

    October 15October 31, 2015

    Your journey through a South Pacific paradise includes fabled Fiji and Tahiti—of course—while also immersing you in the incredible natural beauty and friendly peoples of the less-often-visited Tokelau, Samoa, Wallis & Futuna, and Cook Islands.

  • Tahiti to Easter Island: Marquesas, Tuamotus & Pitcairns

    October 29November 18, 2015

    Beyond the typical Polynesian paradise, one may delve deeper, to find aquamarine lagoons affording the world’s most dazzling snorkeling and diving, an intriguing Easter Island tour and the sky-piercing volcanoes of the Marquesas.

  • Chile & Peru: In the Wake of Humboldt & Darwin

    Chile & Peru: In the Wake of Humboldt & Darwin

    March 25April 11, 2016

    Covering 2,500 awe-inspiring miles, our journey along the rugged western coast of South America introduces travelers to huge concentrations of marine life and seabirds, as well as the region’s ancient ruins, mysterious geoglyphs, and colonial towns.

  • Discoveries of Coastal Europe

    May 11May 26, 2016

    The coast of Western Europe makes for a sweeping journey—soak up the fine food and fantastic art, plus the myriad historical sites, from France’s Mont Saint-Michel, Spain’s Santiago de Compostela, and the French- and British-influenced Channel Islands.

  • Indonesia: Raja Ampat & Asmat Villages

    Indonesia: Raja Ampat & Asmat Villages

    November 3November 21, 2016

    From Bunaken National Marine Park—where you’ll snorkel and dive with rainbow-hued tropical fish—to the Raja Ampat archipelago—home to the world’s richest variety of marine life—this is an incredibly immersive exploration of Indonesia. Venture by Zodiac to remote beaches and visit tucked-away fishing villages.