Discover the South Pacific from Tahiti to Fiji with Zegrahm Expeditions' Expert Naturalists

Discover the South Pacific from Tahiti to Fiji with Zegrahm Expeditions' Expert Naturalists

SEATTLE, Wash.— The South Sea Odyssey is a unique expedition of discovery and education that showcases the remote islands and atolls of Polynesia between Tahiti and Fiji. Explore volcanoes, atolls, azure lagoons and lava shores while interacting with the distinct cultures and traditions of the Polynesian islanders. This collection of exotic islands is explored in the company of expert leaders—naturalists, ornithologists, marine biologists, archaeologists, and historians who enlighten and entertain, and most importantly, share their passion for discovery in this remote corner of the world.

Zegrahm Expeditions is the only expedition cruise company to string together this vast array of island gems. The trip begins at the legendary islands of Tahiti and Bora Bora. From there head to the remote Cook Islands of Atiu, Aitutaki, and Palmerston where each day is spent in search of rare birds, pilot whales, and snorkeling or diving among coral wonderlands. The voyage continues to Niue Island, an uplifted atoll with intriguing geological formations of twisted rock and caves including some of the most extensive and dramatic limestone cave systems in the entire South Pacific. In the Kingdom of Tonga, travelers take the plunge into the ocean, exploring coral reefs teeming with life and possibly snorkel with humpback whales that migrate to these waters. On shore, travelers are greeted by the friendly people of Polynesia as they demonstrate their traditional dances and illustrate cloth and basketry skills. While here, birders will delight in seeing the Niuafo'ou megapode. Continuing the journey to the rarely-visited Wallis and Futuna Islands, discover a volcanic world of crater lakes and lush rain forests. The voyage ends in the paradise of Fiji, with is renowned coral gardens and traditional kava ceremony.

While some travelers are thrilled just to visit another country, others seek a deeper knowledge and appreciation, an experience that expands their understanding of the world. Thus, Zegrahm Expedition brings a comprehensive educational component to all their adventures through lectures, guided excursions, and daily recaps. This together with the constant quest to share new destinations with their travelers sets Zegrahm Expeditions apart and has earned them a loyal following. Past travelers V. & F. Martin sum it up perfectly "Zegrahm manages to get into places nobody else serves. We like the lecturers who are a cut above, the passengers who are well-traveled and well-educated, and still seeking new worlds to explore."

On Zegrahm Expeditions' South Sea Odyssey voyages, travel in the company of destination specialists and lecturers individually selected for their expertise. The impressive list of leaders includes microbiologist and environmentalist - John Yersin (South Sea Odyssey Expedition Leader); archaeologist and anthropologist - Claudio Cristino who has spent most of his adult life in Polynesia; marine biologist - Craig Ward; plus ornithologist and naturalist, Jonathan Rossouw - a director of Zegrahm & Eco Expeditions who leads travelers on expeditions to all seven continents.

Travel is aboard the Clipper Odyssey, a favorite among expedition travelers for its comfort and wide range of amenities including spacious ocean-view cabins, lecture facilities, and gourmet cuisine. Traveling at a speed of 12-14 knots, the ship is equipped with the latest navigational equipment, a glass-bottom boat, and a fleet of Zodiacs which allows for spontaneous explorations.

Join Zegrahm Expeditions on one of their two South Sea Odyssey voyages in 2008. Voyage I from Tahiti to Fiji is September 27 – October 13, 2008 and is October 11 - 27, 2008; 17 Days/16 Nights, priced from $9,380 per person, double occupancy. The trip price includes: Deluxe accommodations, all excursions including scuba diving, all meals and gratuities.

Seattle-based Zegrahm Expeditions Inc., founded in 1990, is a leading adventure travel company specializing in small-ship cruises, tours, and safaris to remote and intriguing destinations around the world. Lead by expert guides and lecturers, Zegrahm itineraries are carefully crafted and all-inclusive, feature deluxe accommodations, and operate in all seven continents.  For more information, please access www.zegrahm.com.

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