Rainforests & Reefs

Our Founders & Field Directors Share Their Favorite 2014 Expeditions

Zegrahm Contributor|January 2, 2014|Blog Post

Happy New Year! Whether we traveled with you on our recent West Coast of South America or Tasmania to New Zealand journeys, are about to see you in Antarctica, or perhaps haven’t had the pleasure to travel with you lately, we always reflect fondly on our fellow Zegrahm travelers at this time of year. As you ring in 2014, here’s an update on what voyages we’re excited about leading in the coming year:

Rain Forests & Reefs
February 7 – 21, 2014 | Aboard the Island Sky
“In February, I’m thrilled to join one of my favorite adventure-packed expeditions in Central America. The snorkeling opportunities in both the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean foster myriad discoveries of marine life. Plus, we get to explore one of the most diverse ecosystems on earth—the tropical rain forest.” ~ Jack Grove

Lapland: Home of the Sami People
March 15 – 29, 2014 | Overland Adventure 
“Visiting Lapland in winter is a magical experience, and this itinerary is just plain fun. It will get you well off-the-beaten-path and offers some fairly strenuous physical activity—operating your own snowmobile and dog sled and exploring by snowshoe, for example. It is not an easy trip, but the rewards are, in my opinion, amazing.” ~ Kevin Clement

Across the Arctic Circle: Iceland & Svalbard
June 24 – July 13, 2014 | Aboard the Island Sky
“After countless trips to the Arctic, I still look forward to each and every visit. Not only is the scenery spectacular, searching for polar bears, walrus, and other wildlife always proves to be exciting!” ~ Mike Messick

Faces of Polynesia: Fiji to Tahiti
September 15 – October 1, 2014 | Aboard the Caledonian Sky
“The South Pacific has been one of my favorite destinations since 1984, and I can’t wait to return to Bora Bora, Wallis and Futuna, and Samoa. These isolated islands present the rare opportunity to see a host of endemic birds found nowhere else on the planet, including orange doves, blue lorikeets, and purple-capped fruit doves. Add to that some of the best snorkeling ever, and it all adds up to a South Seas adventure not to be missed!” ~ Peter Harrison

“Many of the islands we visit were given their name by explorers such as Captain James Cook and Samuel Wallis, and their explorations live on in books and adventure stories. Every day will be like turning the pages of one of their historic tomes—verdant-sloped volcanoes, vast internal lagoons, reefs teeming with brilliant-colored fish, glistening-white sandy beaches, and ancient Polynesian rituals. My only problem is that I just don’t know if I can wait for September!” ~ Shirley Metz

Ultimate Aldabra: A Voyage through the Seychelles
November 16 – December 2, 2014 | Aboard the Island Sky
"Of all the Indian Ocean archipelagos, none is as renowned for sheer, picture postcard perfection as the Seychelles: sculpted granite boulders and snowy coral sands washed by aquamarine waters… the stuff of dreams. Having operated Seychelles expeditions for years, we wondered how we could do it even better; for 2014 we have added extra days in the remote Aldabra group. This will allow us time to snorkel the wall at Astove—which Jacques Cousteau called the 'Best Wall in the Indian Ocean'—and, best of all, have a full four days to soak in the glory of Aldabra, the 'holy grail' of the Indian Ocean. That's what excites me about the Seychelles expedition!" ~ Jonathan Rossouw

There is still space available on all of these voyages, so please, join us in 2014!

All our very best to you and your family in the new year,
Jack, Kevin, Mike, Peter, Shirley, and Jonathan

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