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Welcome to the Zegrahm Expeditions resources page! Here you will find inspiration for your next adventure and information from your last adventure, produced by our field leaders, Seattle office staff, and contributing writers. From blog posts and field reports (daily recaps of a past expeditions with images) to photo galleries and videos, explore your world from our perspective.

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worlds best cultural festivals
May 1, 2018
Blog Post

If you want to get an overview of a destination’s traditions, cultural festivals are often a great place to start.

Whether it’s art, dance, food and wine, music, or religion you’re most interested in, festivals offer a great chance to mingle with the locals and get a taste of the region’s culture in the process. Check out our guide to 10 of the world’s best cultural festivals, from South America and the South Pacific to Africa, Asia, and Europe: 

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Ultimate Galapagos
May 18, 2020
Blog Post

Lately we've heard a lot about the negative impacts mass tourism has had on beloved destinations such as Barcelona, Venice, and Scotland’s Isle of Skye.

So perhaps it’s no surprise that more and more people are looking for intimate, immersive travel experiences that get them away from the crowds...

Tari, Papua New Guinea
March 24, 2016
Blog Post

Michael Moore is an expedition leader and naturalist who has earned a BS in biology and an MS degree in ecology, ethology, and evolution. He spent several years living in the highlands of New Guinea, working for conservation organizations and teaching field biology courses and the University of PNG. Today, he shares with us the history of the stunning birds of...

Santa Ana Island
May 10, 2013
Field Report

Monday, March 25, 2013 - En Route / Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea: We all converged on the city of Port Moresby from distant reaches of the planet for the same reason: to embark on an expedition to experience the culture, wildlife, and landscapes of Melanesia. We gathered at the Airways Hotel, where we met our fellow adventurers at the welcome cocktail party, followed by dinner.

Tuesday, March 26 - Port Moresby / Embark Clipper Odyssey:...

Ewer Village, Agats, Papua
March 25, 2013
Blog Post

Our flotilla of Zodiacs sped upriver in the direction of the small Asmat village of Ewer, on the edge of a huge flooded mangrove forest with little change in elevation for miles and miles. The village seemed quiet, but when we looked with binoculars, it became clear that there were hundreds of people lining the shore watching our approach. 

Then, without warning, wooden longboats shot out from the shore, paddled by men dressed in straw skirts made from sago palm. Their bodies and...
Huli Men, Tari Gap, New Guinea Highlands
January 18, 2011
Blog Post

Leaving the posh comfort of the Clipper Odyssey behind, our intrepid group struck inland into the great interior of Papua New Guinea; an area that has still been only partially explored by outsiders since its high valleys and ancient populations were first happened-upon in the middle of the last century. The scale of the island and of our adventure became almost instantly evident as our small airplane lifted off and all traces of human activity disappeared beneath an unbroken carpet...

Rabaul, East New Britain Island
May 17, 2008
Blog Post

Our day on Rabaul (Papua New Guinea) was an incredible mix of culture and natural phenomena. Once ashore, we set out to visit the World War II Museum, the fascinating Japanese barge tunnels (the island was a Japanese stronghold during the War), and the Tavurvur Volcano hot springs. The volcano had been rumbling and spewing ash plumes for the past few days and while we were visiting, we not only had the chance to observe this, but it started raining and the ash came down mixed with the rain!...

Ewer Village, Agats, Papua
December 14, 2010
Blog Post

The Asmat is an almost indescribable sight to behold. From the the fiercely painted warriors aboard canoes and the smoke-filled men’s house to the grass huts and meandering boardwalks built on stilts and throngs of scantily-clad men, women, and children, everything you see and experience is undoubtedly surreal for the Western traveler. And, this was only our first Indonesian stop on our Papua New Guinea to Bali expedition.

The Asmat people are the indigenous coastal dwellers of...

Baining Fire Dancers
September 19, 2005
Blog Post

A remote tropical jungle, populated by "primitive" peoples, New Guinea is the largest island of Oceania and a place of extremes. Geographically hostile terrain, vast rivers, and scattered islands, this is home to over 800 ethnic-language groups. The country of Papua New Guinea is situated on the eastern portion of New Guinea, while on the other side, West Papua is a province of the Republic of Indonesia.

The hypnotic sounds of the New Britain Baining fire dancers were still...

Outrigger Canoe
March 19, 2005
Blog Post

To me the perfect icon for Oceania's tropical island people would be the common canoe, crafted from a single log and fitted with an outrigger for balance. This ubiquitous little boat typifies not only the craftsmanship of island people, but is a world-class example of environmental sustainability at its very best. The canoe of today, virtually identical to those described by Captain Cook, is still constructed of local natural materials and recycled when its journeys are finished. These boats...

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