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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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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, ...

Vinales Valley, Cuba
January 15, 2018
Blog Post

Born in Cape Town, South Africa, Nadia Eckhardt has been one of Zegrahm’s most popular expedition leaders since she started working for the company in 1992.

Her outdoor adventures have taken her all around the world, from Africa and Antarctica to Australia and Indonesia. But Cuba has had a special place in her heart ever since her first...

San Blas Archipelago, Panama
September 1, 2017
Blog Post

Snorkeling and scuba diving rank among the world’s most popular travel activities, particularly in tropical regions such as Central America and the Caribbean. But as mass tourism increases and global warming impacts our oceans, it’s becoming harder to...

Canal to Cuba with Panama, Costa Rica & Colombia
July 21, 2017
Blog Post

We’ve been traveling to Central America—including Panama, Costa Rica, and Cuba—for nearly two decades; in that time, we’ve honed an incredible itinerary, filled with stunning sights both above and below the waterline. Even our expedition staff is eager to return! Find out why, below:

 

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Havana, Cuba
June 13, 2017
Field Report

Wednesday & Thursday, March 29 & 30, 2017 - Depart Home / Miami / Havana, Cuba

Hot sun moderated by soft breeze greeted us in Miami, a preview for conditions on the two-week voyage awaiting us. Many of us were already acquainted from previous Zegrahm trips, and Expedition Leader Nadia Eckhardt soon began introductions and a briefing.

The next morning, our flight path followed the fragile low-lying...

Cuban Emerald, Cuba
September 28, 2016
Blog Post

It is a condition found among many birdwatchers: the seemingly uncontrollable need to twitch. We’re not speaking here of the sudden, jerking motion—although the term is believed to have originated in the 1950s with a British birdwatcher known for his nervous demeanor. Rather, for serious birders, the act of twitching (also called chasing) is the willingness to travel vast distances for the chance to spot rare and elusive avian species, along with the bragging rights such sightings...

Cuba
September 28, 2016
Blog Post

With a diverse culture that includes African, Spanish, French, and Asian influences, Cuba has left its mark on everything from world music and literature to major league sports. Here is just a short list of famous Cubans:

 

Desi Arnaz

Best known for his role as Ricky Ricardo on the TV series I Love Lucy, in which he starred opposite real-life wife Lucille Ball, Arnaz—who hailed from Santiago de Cuba—was also an...

Havana, Cuba
September 28, 2016
Blog Post

For an island smaller in size than the state of Pennsylvania, Cuba looms large on the world heritage stage with nine UNESCO-designated sites—more than Egypt, Vietnam, or all of Indonesia. Fortunately for Zegrahm travelers, we visit more than half of them on upcoming excursions to the Caribbean nation.

 

Old Havana

The city’s entire old center, as well as its fortifications, was named to the list for its mix of Baroque and neoclassical...

Cuba Under Sail
September 27, 2016
Video

Our conversation with Expedition Leaders Nadia Eckhardt and Rich Pagen continues! Watch as they describe some of the activities you'll be able to participate in during our expeditions to Cuba, including snorkeling and diving, and visits to local museums. And, be sure to stay tuned for Part 3: Cuba's Natural History & Inviting Accommodations....

Gibara, Cuba
September 27, 2016
Blog Post

Since the United States and Cuba restored diplomatic relations in 2015, it seems just about everyone is clamoring to escort Americans around the enigmatic Caribbean island; even mega cruise lines have gotten on the act. Yet while others might offer the chance to sample tasty Torticas de Moron (Cuban sugar cookies), you’ll never get a cookie-cutter itinerary traveling with us.

Consider our upcoming...

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