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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...

Jellyfish Lake, Palau
April 5, 2011
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We traveled by speed boat through the verdant, mushroom shaped islets of Palau to get to Jellyfish Lake, named one of the Seven Biological Wonders of the World. The walk through the forest which separates the lake from the sea is like leaving one world and entering another. The melodic calls of the Palauan fantail and fruit doves reverberate through the lush woodland and when we arrived at the shore of the lake, sulfur crested cockatoos were sighted in flight over the glassy waters.

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Tikopia
February 16, 2010
Blog Post

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...

Banda Aceh, Sumatra
January 12, 2011
Blog Post

Of the six days we’ve spent on this first-ever Circumnavigation of Sumatra expedition thus far, it’s extremely challenging to choose a favorite. However, being a glutton for variety, I must choose Monday: Banda Aceh, Sumatra.

We traveled to the city by Zodiac, a dry landing—what a way to travel! Once ashore we were greeted with a beautiful welcome ceremony involving a traditional Indonesian dance performance and speech from the Mayor welcoming us to her city. We then...

Rabaul, East New Britain Island
May 17, 2008
Blog Post

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,...

Brown Bear
December 20, 2004
Blog Post

The annual return of Pacific salmon to the rivers of the north, in numbers beyond calculation, represents a massive delivery of protein and nutrients from the oceans to the land and the forest. The salmon drive that entire coastal ecosystem, and, in particular, they feed the bears.

To be sure, there are grizzly bears that live where the salmon runs don't reach and who never partake of that seasonal abundance. But those bears are smaller and less numerous than their coastal cousins....

Chocolate Hills, Bohol Island
October 20, 1999
Blog Post

Shaped by geological and historical influences, the Philippines of yesterday and today came to life for us in a beautiful tapestry of natural wonders, fascinating people and diverse activities. This island nation is divided into three main geographic regions: Luzon in the north, the central Visayan Islands, and Mindanao in the south. Each region has a distinct character. Luzon is the largest and most developed of the islands. It is home to Manila, the bustling capital of 11 million people,...

Bengal Tiger
September 22, 2010
Blog Post

Since 1997, we have made almost yearly trips to both Bandhavgrah and Kanha National Parks in eastern India to seek out the rare Bengal tiger. And while this elusive creature is the star attraction, there is an abundance of other wildlife within the parks that amazes visitors with their beauty and abundance. Yet, due to the overwhelming demand from Westerners to see the tigers, local guides are typically only versed in tiger ecology and have limited knowledge of the park’s slew of other...

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