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Zegrahm Expeditions Travel Resources

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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Lake Toya, Japan
June 7, 2017
Blog Post

Each evening between May and October, colorful pyrotechnics illuminate the skies over Lake Toya, as hundreds of fireworks are set off from boats on the still waters. The spectacular event attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors annually to the scenic lake, which lends its name to the surrounding Shikotsu-Toya National Park on Japan’s northernmost main island, Hokkaido.

Yet at numerous points in history, a different kind of fireworks have reflected off Lake Toya...

Miyajima Island, Japan
June 8, 2018
Blog Post

Japan is a timeless travel destination, blending ancient cultural traditions with a love of forward-thinking technology. You would be forgiven for thinking that the nation is one big landmass, but it’s actually a volcanic archipelago made up of 6,852 Japanese islands. Of these, only 420 are inhabited.

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Hokkaido: Japan's Wild Island
October 16, 2018
Blog Post

In the land of major metropolises and futuristic technology, there is still an oasis of calm and nature. Away from overcrowded subways, robot waiters, and neon intersections, Japan’s island of Hokkaido offers respite from the hustle and bustle of the cities.

The island offers mountain ranges and active volcanoes in its center, as well as dense forests, rushing rivers, coastal plains, and dramatic shores. Not only does Hokkaido have the largest reserves of untouched...

Miyajima Island, Japan
August 30, 2016
Video

Zegrahm Cofounder and Expedition Leader, Mike Messick, is thrilled to be joining our upcoming Asia's Subtropical Isles: Philippines, Taiwan & Japan expedition. Along with him for the ride are, marine biologist Brad Climpson, ornithologist Brent Stephenson, naturalist...

Lidth's Jays, Japan
August 24, 2016
Blog Post

Mark Brazil developed his fascination with the natural world, especially birds and mammals, during his boyhood in the landlocked English county of Worcestershire. He pursued academic interests in biology during studies in England and Scotland, while exploring the coasts and mountains of Britain in search of birds. Mark earned his PhD from Stirling University,...

Alofi, Niue
March 21, 2016
Blog Post

Given that Zegrahm guests tend to be some of the most curious and adventurous travelers on the planet, we are constantly challenged with creating ever unique, off-the-beaten path expeditions. Of course, that's a challenge we relish wholeheartedly, as evidenced by the ultra-remote islands we’re exploring across the South Pacific and Southeast Asia in 2017. Here are just a few of the far-flung gems you've probably never heard of—but are sure to tell stories about.

 

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Mangrove near Aldabra Atoll
April 19, 2006
Blog Post

What plant appears to walk out and over water, grows its roots upward to "breathe," has seeds that germinate before they fall, eliminates salt from its pores, and serves as a nursery for baby tropical fish?

Why, the incredible, inter-tidal, flowering mangrove, of course! This tropical and sub-tropical tree boasts a unique adaptability that allows it to make a happy home in the harshest of conditions--a twice-daily immersion in salt water, and heavy, stinky mud without oxygen to...

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