Zodiac Cruising in Antarctica

Rich Pagen

Marine Biologist
Rich Pagen

Rich first became enthralled by the wonders of the natural world around the tide pools and forests of his native New York. Since then, he has embarked on a career in conservation biology that has ranged from teaching science and environmental awareness to teenagers from Los Angeles, to traveling the coast and river deltas of Alaska’s North Slope by Zodiac to reach remote wetlands where he monitored loon nests. After such field biology projects as surveys for mammalian carnivores in the mountains of California, bird migration monitoring in Canada, and a study of army-ant-following birds in the Peruvian Amazon, Rich was drawn back to the sea where he taught marine science and island ecology on Catalina Island in California for several years. He has also conducted shipboard surveys for marine mammals and seabirds, as well tagging studies of sea turtles and pelagic sharks.

Rich's Upcoming Expeditions

  • The Fabled Adriatic

    September 1September 14, 2015

    Your Adriatic and Ionian sea odyssey spans the millennia, from Paleothic times to Roman conquest, Byzantine era to Venetian dominance; pause to reflect on the Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque treasures that we’ll discover.

  • 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.

  • India, Sri Lanka & the Maldives

    November 27December 14, 2015

    Cruise through the leisurely backwaters of Cochin on a local houseboat, visit the rubber plantations of Trivandum, commune with elephants in Sri Lanka and snorkel for three days in the immaculate Maldives—it’s all part of this rich India expedition.

  • Cagayan de Oro, Philippines

    Journey through the Philippines with Palawan & Tubbataha

    March 12March 28, 2016

    Explore the Philippine archipelago by land and sea—we’ll snorkel and dive amid colorful coral reefs, hike through rugged mountainscapes, and interact with native cultures and customs through colorful dances and rich folklore.

  • Rainforests & Reefs

    Rainforests & Reefs of Central America: Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Honduras, Belize

    April 12April 26, 2016

    Continents commingle in Central America, with its significant human history and rich biodiversity—we’ll transit the Panama Canal by day, hike to traditional villages in San Blas, and snorkel over colorful reefs teeming with kaleidoscopic marine life.

  • Treasures of Japan

    Treasures of Japan

    April 30May 14, 2016

    Sail Japan’s Inland Sea, marveling at the fabled shrines, incredible castles, and dramatic coastlines of Honshu Island—as an added bonus, we’ll visit Gyeongju, South Korea, a World Heritage Site and ancient capital of the Shilla Dynasty.

  • The Fabled Adriatic

    May 30June 11, 2016

    Your Adriatic and Ionian sea odyssey spans the millennia, from Paleothic times to Roman conquest, Byzantine era to Venetian dominance; pause to reflect on the Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque treasures that we’ll discover.

  • The Untamed North: Iceland to Greenland

    July 27August 11, 2016

    Iceland enchants with its mighty glaciers and geothermal hotspots, while Greenland beckons with its glittering icebergs and wildflower-bedecked tundra—hike, sail by Zodiac, photograph, and commune with seabirds in these ethereal landscapes.

  • 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.

  • Faces of Melanesia

    Faces of Melanesia

    November 17December 3, 2016

    Introducing the extraordinary diversity of Melanesia and its fascinating people, our award-winning journey to these idyllic islands features incredible bird-watching opportunities, elaborate local traditions and ceremonies, snorkeling over pristine coral reefs, and the option to explore Papua New Guinea.

  • Wild Caribbean with the Grenadines

    December 4December 17, 2016

    On our journey through the lesser-known Eastern Caribbean, we’ll venture to ports inaccessible to larger ships, affording you the chance for dazzling snorkeling, hiking, bird-watching—glimpse the St. Vincent parrot—and explorations of historic forts and peaceful colonial plazas.