Miyajima Island, Japan

Asia's Subtropical Isles: Meet Your Expedition Team!

Zegrahm Contributor|August 30, 2016|Video

Asia's Subtropical Isles: Meet Your Expedition Team!

Zegrahm Cofounder and Expedition Leader, Mike Messick, is thrilled to be joining our upcoming Asia's Subtropical Isles: Philippines, Taiwan & Japan expedition. Along with him for the ride are, marine biologist Brad Climpson, ornithologist Brent Stephenson, naturalist Rich Pagen, and ornithologist Mark Brazil. Find out why everyone is excited in our short video.



Mike Messick, Cofounder / Expedition Leader: My name is Mike Messick, I’m one of the founders of Zegrahm Expeditions. I have been an Expedition Leader for more than 30 years, I have explored all the oceans and most of the seas. On this trip, we’ll be visiting the northern Philippines, Taiwan, and the southern islands of Japan. We’re going to isolated islands, we’re going to national parks, we’re visiting places that people just simply don’t get to; I’m super excited!

Brad Climpson, Marine Biologist: Hi! I’m Brad Climpson, and welcome to the Caledonian Sky. We’re doing a fantastic itinerary next March, starting in Manila and finishing in Japan, we’re going through some of the more remote islands up through Taiwan and up, as I said, finishing in Japan. Nobody does it better than Zegrahm, so if you’d like to come along and join us on that trip, March of 2017, get on board the Caledonian Sky—days like this, in the water, then to culture, every day is a fantastic adventure. Come along, I’d love to meet you all! Cheers!

Brent Stephenson, Ornithologist: Hi, I’m Brent Stephenson, and I’m going to be one of the naturalists on board Asia’s Subtropical Isles. It’s a really diverse trip, we’re going to be doing a lot of different activities: snorkeling, diving, Zodiac cruises, hikes, birdwatching, and photography as well. We’re going to be seeing a lot of very different things, traveling from the tropics in the Philippines, obviously, going through all these various islands up into Japan. So, come join us!

Rich Pagen, Conservation Biologist: Hi, my name is Rich Pagen, and I’m speaking to you from a beautiful garden in Japan. Next year we’re doing a trip from the Philippines up to Japan, two wonderful places. I always love trips that are a transect, meaning going from one place to another and you get to see everything in between. So it’s going to be an ecological transect, we’re going to start out snorkeling and seeing tropical birds and we’ll finish up in this more temperate landscape. Culturally, the Philippines is one of my favorite places to visit because the people are incredibly wonderful and welcoming. I always say, if you find yourself down on humanity, you need to go visit the Philippines. It will be great to start there and Japan is one of those places to me where, everything is completely different from the way I’m used to, but yet it makes sense. I’m very much looking forward to this trip, it’s going to be a great combination of wildlife and culture and underwater things, as well.

Mark Brazil, Ornithologist: I’m Mark Brazil and I’m standing on the island called Miyajima. I’m in front of this wonderful Torii gate; Itsukushima Shrine is one of the great sites to visit in Japan. The shrine, I’m facing in this direction, lies across a shallow bay, and as the tide goes out, it’s possible to walk through the gate—you do that in Shintoism for purification. And the entire area, such atmospheric scenery, beautiful forest, lovely history here. This is one of the great places to visit in Japan.

Mike: I hope you’ll join me on this trip, Asia’s Subtropical Isles. There are many islands I haven’t been to before, and I hope you’ll join me!


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