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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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Misool Island, Raja Ampat
May 1, 2013
Field Report

Monday, March 11, 2013 - Manado, Sulawesi / Embark Clipper Odyssey: Those of us who had just arrived in Indonesia began our time here with a relaxing lunch, before we had time to wander the aisles of a local market, which sold everything from fresh produce to shampoo.

Those who were continuing on from the previous voyage embarked on a full-day excursion that began with a stop at the very colorful Tomohon Market. From there we visited Woloan Village to see...

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:...

Tahiti, French Polynesia
December 1, 2014
Field Report

Tuesday & Wednesday, September 30 & October 1, 2014 - Papeete, Tahiti / Embark Caledonian Sky / Rangiroa, Tuamotu Islands: After long flights over the Pacific, we took day rooms at the InterContinental Resort Tahiti for some much-needed rest. Once up, we relished views of the saw-toothed silhouette of the island of Moorea. In Polynesian, the name "Moorea" refers to a yellow lizard found on the island. After brunch, we boarded buses and began our tour of...

Tahiti to Easter Island
November 27, 2010
Field Report

Monday, October 4, 2010 - Tahiti, Society Islands, French Polynesia: Samuel Wallis, an English mariner, is credited as the first westerner to see Tahiti, in 1767. The following year the French arrived, led by Louis-Antoine de Bougainville, on his circumnavigation of the globe. Bougainville, in addition to having one of the most popular tropical flowers named after him, wrote extensively about Tahiti and its people. He described a utopian paradise and innocent, beautiful...

Taveuni, Fiji
November 16, 2014
Field Report

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - Nadi, Viti Levu, Fiji / Lautoka / Embark Caledonian Sky: After a long flight across the Pacific, we arrived in Fiji. We enjoyed a morning at leisure, sleeping, strolling, or swimming at our hotel on the beach, the Westin Denarau Island Resort & Spa. Red-faced parrotbills were quite tame near the pool, hopping in the lawn and eating grass seeds, showing off their emerald and scarlet plumage. After lunch, we set out in buses to...

Nares Point, Talbot Bay
November 3, 2013
Field Report

Sunday, September 15, 2013 - Broome, Australia / Embark Caledonian Sky: We converged on the far-away outpost of Broome from distant reaches of the planet for the same reason—to embark on an expedition to experience the culture, wildlife, and landscapes of Australia’s Kimberley region. Following breakfast at the hotel, our birdwatching group headed out for an introduction to the birds of the region. The shorelines around Broome are of international importance for the...

March 13, 2013
Blog Post
Under glorious sunshine, we headed out to explore the reef fringing tiny Dondola Island. The white sand flats between the reef and the island glowed a most inviting and brilliant blue color, and the outside of the reef dropped off as a steep wall encrusted with massive brown pipe sponges. Some of us observed the reef from the glass-bottom boat, others with a mask and snorkel, and some with SCUBA tanks. But whatever the method, the goal was the same: to conduct the first ever Zegrahm...
Rangiroa, Tuamotu Islands
October 24, 2009
Blog Post

We have just spent a superb week in the Tuamotu Archipelago of French Polynesia. The Clipper Odyssey sailed amongst the many atolls with enchanting names – Fakarava, Tahanea, Motu Tunga, Raroia, Napuka – under clear blue skies, with an occasional cumulus cloud bringing a welcome moment of shade, and the reliable south-easterly trade winds kindly cooling the atmosphere. Wherever we went ashore we were greeted in the Polynesian tradition, with lei, singing and dancing, and magnificent...

Tarsier, Indonesia
March 15, 2010
Blog Post

The day started with a scout to the small island of Lehaga, located off the northern tip of Sulawesi in the Gangga Island group. It was the firm belief of our expedition leader, Mike Messick, that this is pronounced “Ganja,” and that we needed to explore this region further. As it turned out, we spent a very mellow morning on Lehaga, where we met a most friendly and hospitable Indonesian host named Heri who oriented us to the best snorkeling spots and led a walk across the island. The...

Snorkeling in Indonesia
July 20, 2009
Blog Post

Between 1854 and 1862 a meticulous young naturalist named Alfred Russel Wallace made an epic journey through the islands of the Malay Archipelago gathering specimens and recording observations. Upon his return to England he published his findings in a book entitled The Malay Archipelago. The geographical line that runs between Borneo/Sulawesi, Bali/Lombok, and the Sunda and the Sahul oceanic shelves marks a remarkable division of biodiversity that bears his name, the “Wallace Line.”

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