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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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Fairy Terns, Seychelles
March 16, 2016
Blog Post

Brent Stephenson is an ornithologist who spent years studying the breeding biology of Australasian gannets in New Zealand. He co-re-discovered the "extinct" New Zealand storm-petrel in 2003, and has traveled virtually everywhere, from the Arctic to the Antarctic, Australia, the Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, French Polynesia, China, the...

Diving with Whale Sharks
March 9, 2016
Blog Post

Brad Climpson is a marine biologist who spent the last 20 years living on the edge of Australia's Great Barrier Reef. His passion for the underwater realm has taken him to Fiji, Indonesia, Bermuda, and the Maldives. An accomplished scuba diver, Brad shares his enthusiasm for one of the world's most intriguing animals, the whale shark.

As a marine...

March 7, 2016
Blog Post

On April 25, 2015, Nepal was rocked by a 7.9 magnitude earthquake, flattening villages, damaging landmarks, and triggering a major avalanche on Mount Everest. Nearly a year later, even the most adventurous spirits are still leery of heading to the “Roof of the World.”

Since many Zegrahm travelers have expressed their concerns about visiting the Southeast Asian country, we reached out to our local tour operator, Nima Tashi of Last Frontiers Trekking, for insight. His advice: Not...

Cagayan de Oro, Philippines
March 2, 2016
Blog Post

We expected the snorkeling and diving in the Philippines to be good. We knew the birding would be quality but extremely specialized, so we brought in a local ornithologist, Rommel Cruz, to make it work. We knew the logistics would be challenging, so in the year prior to our arrival, expedition leader Mike Moore made numerous visits to each town and island, in some cases literally counting seats on local transportation to tie up loose ends. We tried to be as prepared as possible to launch a...

Kayaking in Antarctica
February 22, 2016
Blog Post

Zegrahm travelers are some of the most adventurous on the planet. Those looking for a spine-tingling, life-changing experience this year will discover it in our new guide, Top 5 Destinations for Adventure in 2016.

We consulted with Zegrahm's team of expert field leaders to find out what's on their radar. Leading the list were perennial favorites...

Mumbai, India
February 9, 2016
Field Report

Saturday & Sunday, November 28 & 29, 2015 - Mumbai, India / Embark Island Sky

Mumbai, the Bollywood capital of India, is a bustling city of 22 million people. We assembled at the Hyatt Regency, conveniently located near the airport, for our overnight stay. After our long journeys, we were able to refresh before an early dinner and much needed sleep....

India, Sri Lanka & the Maldives
August 27, 2015
Blog Post

Exotic figures striking Kathakali poses grace the famous frescoes of Kochi’s Mattancherry Palace, and appear among the stone carvings in Kerala’s many temples, as well. Indeed, colorful Kathakali images adorn everything from travel posters and guidebooks to T-shirts and coffee mugs, and have become the de-factor symbol of this southwest Indian state.

One of the world’s oldest theater forms, Kathakali—which translates to “story-play”—is rooted in Hindu mythology, particularly...

Warm Welcomes in the Philippines
August 21, 2015
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Earlier this year, we embarked on a brand-new journey to the Philippines. It was one of my absolute favorite trips so far and I can’t wait to return in 2016! To get you as excited as I am, here are my top 10 favorite experiences from the Philippines:

  1. Every single thing about Sibuyan Island. From the greeting as we stepped off the ship, to the experience in the rice fields—including planting rice and riding water buffalo!—this island was the...
Esfahan, Iran
July 23, 2015
Blog Post

That question has been on the minds of many intrepid travelers, whose desire to visit this friendly and fascinating country is tempered by concerns over personal safety. Over the past few years in particular, the region surrounding Iran has been a hotbed of political and revolutionary turmoil; graphic images on television and elsewhere do little to quell the concern.

Yet as recent news events have sadly shown, isolated tragedies can happen anywhere. So for those adventurers whose...

Palawan Peacock-Pheasant
July 2, 2015
Blog Post

The words, “It’s more fun in the Philippines!”, echoed in song across the landing beach during our first stop on the 2015 Zegrahm Philippines trip. We came ashore to find a welcome ceremony more intricate and heart-felt that any we could have imagined. And this phrase, which soon became thoroughly embedded in our minds, proved more and more true each day during our two-week-long expedition exploring this wonderful country.

Made up of over 7,000 islands, the Philippines is the...

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