Zegrahm Expeditions Announces Diving on 2014 Expeditions to the Seychelles and Madagascar

 Zegrahm Expeditions Announces Diving on 2014 Expeditions to the Seychelles and Madagascar

100-Guest, All-Suite Island Sky to be Fully Retrofitted for Scuba Diving Operations

Seattle, WA (June 4, 2014) – Zegrahm Expeditions, the world leader in small-ship cruising and overland adventures, is pleased to announce a new installation on one of its ships—the 100-guest Island Sky will be retrofitted to offer complimentary scuba diving on the upcoming Ultimate Aldabra and Voyage to Madagascar expeditions. Already outfitted with snorkeling equipment, this spacious expedition vessel will now cater to an even more adventurous clientele.

Ultimate Aldabra: A Voyage through the Seychelles, November 16 – December 2, 2014, is a 17-day journey that will explore the remote islands of the Seychelles, and the waters that surround it. With a perimeter of 70 miles, Aldabra is one of the largest atolls in the world, and guests will spend four full days exploring this pristine natural environment. Besides discovering a wealth of rare and endemic species—including giant Indian Ocean tortoises, Aldabra white-throated rails, and Seychelles paradise-flycatchers—guests will snorkel and dive over 150 types of coral, observing some 850 species of rainbow-hued fish, as well as manta rays, spinner dolphins, green and hawksbill turtles, and hundreds of giant clams. Priced from $12,970 per person.

Departing November 28, 2014, the 19-day Voyage to Madagascar with Zanzibar, Comoros, Réunion & Mauritius combines rugged coastlines with pristine coral reefs and a vast variety of wildlife. Guests will spend six days in Madagascar alone, searching for mouse, black, and brown lemurs; 32 species of reptiles; and over 100 species of birds. With the addition of diving, guests will spend time among some of East Africa’s healthiest reefs, teeming with colorful fish, reef sharks, and turtles. Other highlights include visiting Zanzibar’s Stone Town—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—searching the indigenous forest in Mauritius, and exploring the mélange of Arabic and French architecture in the Comoros. Priced from $13,980 per person.

“We are thrilled to announce this additional enhancement aboard the recently-refurbished Island Sky,” says Zegrahm President Edwin Blythe. “This upgrade will allow our guests to fully immerse themselves into the destination—not only will they comprehensively explore the terrestrial environment, they’ll now have the opportunity to delve into the waters below, discovering myriad marine species.”

On each of these voyages, travelers will be joined by an exceptional expedition team of naturalists, divemasters, and marine biologists, along with Zegrahm cofounders Jack Grove, Peter Harrison, and Shirley Metz; plus, Mike Messick on Voyage to Madagascar. For more information about Zegrahm or to make a reservation on an upcoming expedition, please visit www.zegrahm.com or call 1-800-628-8747.

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Celebrating 25 years in expedition travel in 2015, Seattle-based Zegrahm Expeditions Inc. is a leading adventure travel company specializing in small-ship expedition cruises, tours, and safaris to remote and intriguing destinations around the world. Led by expert guides and lecturers, Zegrahm itineraries are carefully crafted and all-inclusive, feature deluxe accommodations, and operate in all seven continents.