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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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Ifalik Atoll
November 2, 2020
Blog Post

As Zegrahm Expeditions celebrates 30 years of adventure travel, I look back on the magic of these three decades and reflect on one of the most memorable experiences of my lifetime. It unfolded at Ifalik Atoll, Yap State, Micronesia.

It was a much anticipated day of expeditionary travel, the World Discoverer dropped anchor as the sun was rising. A zodiac was ready to take the scouting party ashore and I had the honor of driving. The night before, the anticipation of sharing with our...

Takahe, Orokonui Gorge
April 2, 2020
Field Report

Saturday, January 18, 2020
Dunedin, New Zealand

Having made our individual journeys to the lovely, southern city of Dunedin, the second largest city in the South Island, we found ourselves comfortably accommodated at the Distinction Dunedin Hotel, located in the center of the ‘old’ city. Though, older settlements were once located here. There are several 14th-century Moa-hunter sites along the Otago Harbor with a permanent site situated under the...

 World’s Least Visited Countries
February 24, 2020
Blog Post

When thinking of dream destinations, most people first consider the most popular tourist attractions in the world.

But while those are the obvious choices, at the same time, nobody likes to visit a place only to discover that it has been overrun by tourists. This can often take away a lot of the charm that made it so famous in the first place.

Luckily, there are plenty of underrated destinations, some of which are located in the least visited countries on the planet...

solo travel
July 17, 2019
Blog Post

Solo travel is a rapidly growing trend nowadays, as more and more people are discovering the joys of traveling alone.

Some solo travelers love going it alone simply to have the freedom of making their own choices, all day, every day. Some like the opportunities for engaging with locals when they travel, and meeting new people on the road. Others (and women especially)...

Best Snorkeling & Diving Destinations
June 3, 2019
Blog Post

Our Top 10 Picks 

In early 2012, while staying at a glamping resort on a private island off the coast of Panama, my wife and I did a one-day scuba training session.

Within a few hours, we were diving in Coiba National Park, a UNESCO-protected marine reserve that forms part of the Tropical Eastern Pacific Marine Corridor. After years of snorkeling, it was an incredible introduction to scuba diving. We saw massive pods of dolphins and tuna en route...

Where to see penguins in the wild
May 14, 2019
Blog Post

The 17 different species of penguins can be found on every continent in the Southern Hemisphere—Africa, Antarctica, Australia, and South America.

While most people associate these funny flightless waterfowl with the cold climate of Antarctica and the sub-Antarctic islands, they’re also seen as far north as the coasts of Namibia, Brazil, and the Galapagos Islands. 

Here’s a look at the broad variety of places around the world where penguins live, as well as...

Baining Fire Dance
April 17, 2019
Field Report

Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea / Rabaul / Embark Caledonian Sky

Today marked the first day of our voyage through Micronesia! We departed the Airways Hotel—where the Vue Restaurant’s delightful breakfast was only surpassed by the panoramic vista of the Owen Stanley Ranges—for Jacksons International Airport and our charter flight to Rabaul. Taking off just after 10:00 AM, we turned northeast...

Melanesia travel guide
March 19, 2019
Blog Post

Stretching from New Guinea to the Arafura Sea and eastward to Fiji, the archipelagos that make up Melanesia are almost unimaginably idyllic. Traveling to the Melanesian Islands offers an endless supply of clear blue waters and palm-fringed beaches, not to mention a diverse Melanesian culture.

Spread across a vast span of Oceania,...

New Zealand Animals
January 21, 2019
Blog Post

New Zealand’s remote location has made its wildlife exceptional. The outlying sub-Antarctic islands are amongst the wildest, least disturbed, places on Earth.  In fact, the collection of archipelagos remained unsettled by humans (and other mammals) for so long that its native animals often have characteristics unlike any others on the planet.

Because New Zealand...

Raja Ampat, Indonesia
May 17, 2018
Infographics

Exploring the underwater world of coral reefs is an extraordinary experience. Snorkeling or scuba diving in places like Australia, the Galápagos Islands, and Polynesia is a must for anyone's travel bucket list! Here are 21 fascinating facts about coral reefs that you might not know, from general information and the benefits of coral reef systems to the world's most impressive sites that are simply must-sees. And, for even more facts about coral reefs, be sure to check out our blog, ...

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