At Zegrahm Expeditions, we endeavor to travel outside the box—not always adhering to what the daily itinerary dictates, but capitalizing on any and all opportunities to discover whatever unnamed atoll, unvisited village, or unchartered waters we might happen upon. Indeed, many of our adventures are in areas so remote, they are rarely, if ever, visited so there is much to be discovered. And therein lies the appeal of Zegrahm Expeditions: You travel as an inquisitive, fully-engaged explorer, rather than a casual-observer tourist. To those new to Zegrahm’s expeditionary style of travel, here is a sampling of what you can look forward to on a typical day:
Awake early in the morning to the cheerful chirp of one of our energetic cruise directors. The first call comes for the nature enthusiasts to set off, scurrying away to glimpse the region’s endemic wildlife. After breakfast on board, the remaining guests will disembark, often by Zodiac, in order to get up close and personal with the regional wildlife and/or meet the locals in tiny villages that function just as they did hundreds of years ago.
Your Zodiac ride ashore can often be an excursion in and of itself as your expert leader—who often doubles as your Zodiac driver—points out marine and bird life or gives you a primer on the culture of the villagers you are about to meet. En route, you may hear your guide’s radio come to life as one optimal spot after another for the afternoon’s snorkel or dive reveals itself.
After lunch—perhaps at a local establishment where you can savor the delicacies of the region or a poolside barbeque onboard—enjoy a lecture by one of our renowned specialists as the ship repositions to an earlier-scouted water sports location. Once in place, you’ll have the option to snorkel with a marine biologist who’ll interpret the wonders below the water, scuba dive with a certified dive master, or go for a spin in the glass-bottom boat.
In the early evening, gather in the lounge, enjoying a cocktail or two before dinner, while our esteemed expedition staff and lecturers creatively recap your day. Whether it’s a tutorial (and fashion show) about your newly-procured ikat or a run-down of all the fish seen during the afternoon snorkel session, our expedition team members are the best in their fields and are each eager to share their wealth of knowledge with you as it relates to what was experienced that day.
After dinner prepared by our trained chefs, who often use some of the local ingredients they picked up at the market that day, you can relax with a cocktail enjoying live piano music, read in the library, or watch a movie in your cabin. Just be sure to get some rest—it all starts again tomorrow, bright and early.