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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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Asmat Villages
October 20, 2006
Blog Post

Leks Santoso, a lifelong resident of Indonesia, and his wife, Linda Hahn Santoso, are Zegrahm's tour partners for expeditions to the western South Pacific. Their in-depth knowledge of the region shines through in this personal look at these islands of diversity and especially the fascinating Asmat culture of West Papua.

The Republic of Indonesia is the fourth largest country in the world and encompasses 13,000 islands. Its history is built on the rich legacy of people from...

Palmerston Island, Cook Islands
October 23, 2008
Blog Post

Little John, our Expedition Leader, had tried to prepare us for our Cook Islands visit…It is one of his favorite places and as we stepped on shore it was clear why. The small atoll, barely seven miles across, is a white sand, blue water, palm tree paradise. We have all heard of paradise described this way before, but the difference here were the wonderful people, 39 of them, living on the island. With such a small population, we pretty much met almost every inhabitant of this remote treasure...

Tikopia
February 16, 2010
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As we crossed the surf line in our Zodiacs on the morning of February 10 at Tikopia, the exceptional nature of the place was immediately apparent. One of the most isolated islands on this itinerary, this Polynesian outlier in Melanesia, is the only location on this trip where the islanders have originated in Polynesia. Only a few huts were visible through the palm trees as we approached in our Zodiacs. A light rain fell during our landing on the reef flat and the clouds, which hung over the...

Rabaul, East New Britain Island
May 17, 2008
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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!...

Rano Island, Vanuatu
April 30, 2008
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After our relaxing day at sea, we were ready to hit the Vanuatu island of Ambrym running! The two incredible volcanoes were what first drew Captain Cook to its shores and our warm welcome was probably much the same. Our visit to the village started off with the traditional pig slaughter and a gift exchange ceremony with Little John, the Captain, and the local leader. We were then treated to the amazing Rom Dance—the performers, covered from the neck down in volumes of dried banana leaves,...

Ewer Village, Agats, Papua
December 14, 2010
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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...

Raft Point
June 3, 2008
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We were all excited by the sunshine and dazzling surroundings here in the remote Kimberley as we headed to Bathhurst Island in the Xplorer, the excursion vessel that can take everyone from our ship to shore together. Local Aboriginal Tiwi guides met us and we began a great day exploring and learning about this fascinating culture. We visited a workshop, Ngaruwanajirri, where traditional artwork is created by disabled Tiwis. In a Quonset-style building massive panels painted with...

Stone Money in Yap
August 31, 2010
Blog Post

We didn’t have to wait long for one of the highlights of this expedition, a visit to Yap. Famous for the social complexities of Yapese life and the valuable stone money used to indicate one’s high status within the community, Yap has been a popular destination for many adventurers and anthropologists.

After a day at sea from our embarkation aboard the Clipper Odyssey, our group was eager to encounter Yapese village life. Even the divers onboard put up a protest when their...

Sumba Island
March 22, 2010
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What a day!!! As a result of strong currents this morning we arrived significantly later than planned to Waikilo, Sumba Island; however, Kim Saunders put together a fascinating lecture on textiles, particularly the icats of the Eastern and Western Sumba, as well as batiks, and other traditional textiles of Indonesia. This worked out well both for us and the locals as we became more interested in the fabulous textiles presented to us later in the day by villages for sale. Many of us purchased...

Ambrym Island
February 12, 2010
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On our New Zealand to New Guinea expedition, our stop at Ambrym Island prepares the stage for our cultural and discovery experiences to follow in the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea. Located in the Vanuatu Island group in the southwestern Pacific Ocean, Ambrym Island is best known as a volcanic hotbed of activity and is sometimes called the “black island” after the expansive ash plain covering the interior. Two active volcanoes, Mt. Marum and Mt. Benbow, have had eruptions serious...

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