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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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Lanzarote Island, Canary Islands, Spain
August 7, 2017
Blog Post

From lush forests to daunting volcanoes, Canary Islands holidays offer unexpected variety and dramatic, dynamic landscapes.

While their seaside resorts might get the most attention from international travelers, delving deeper into the Canary Islands allows you to discover a fascinating history of both culture...

Sudbury Cay, Great Barrier Reef, Australia
October 29, 2018
Blog Post

Considered one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is our planet’s largest and most vital reef system. It’s comprised of over 2,900 individual reefs and 1,050 islands, which stretch out over 1,400 miles long. Encompassing an expansive 133,000-square mile area, the reef is larger than the United...

Antarctic Sunset
July 25, 2017
Blog Post

On August 21, the moon will pass in front of the sun and the sky will turn completely dark in the middle of the day. Total solar eclipses like this occur approximately once every 18 months, but they’re usually only visible from less than half a percent of the Earth’s surface. This will be the first total solar eclipse visible in the United States since 1979.

Despite the brevity of this phenomenon, its rarity makes it an experience stargazers do not want to miss....

Kenya & Tanzania Under Canvas
July 24, 2017
Blog Post

The traveler who goes on safari in Kenya is a bit like a golfer hitting the links at St. Andrews. Beyond the sheer enjoyment of their experience, there is an ever-present awareness of the history and heritage surrounding them.

Kenya’s vast savannas were, after all, where the African wildlife adventure was veritably born—in fact, safari is a Swahili word for “journey,” adapted from the Arabic safar. Guests joining our ...

Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Center
July 17, 2017
Blog Post

Redheads have a reputation for being deeply sensitive and extremely loyal. They sport the rarest hair color in the world—which, by the way, never turns gray, but rather straight to white. In fact, a research study published in 2011 shows that the genome of redheads differs in a number of ways from their non-auburn counterparts....

Torres del Paine National Park
July 7, 2017
Blog Post

Tom Sharpe is a geologist originally from Glasgow, Scotland, who has spent the last 35 years as a geology curator in the National Museum of Wales. He is a Chartered Geologist, a Fellow of the Geological Society, and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, as well as a member of a dozen other geological and polar societies. Here, Tom shares...

Broome, Australia
June 28, 2017
Field Report

Sunday & Monday, April 16 & 17, 2017 - Broome, Australia / Embark Coral Discoverer

Broome was hot and humid, but a most welcome respite from the unseasonably cold and wet winters most of us have been experiencing. As we settled into the beautiful Cable Beach Club Resort, we acclimatized, rested, and met our fellow travelers. Some of us walked down to the renowned Cable Beach, while others stayed in the resort and...

arctic and antarctic wildlife
January 11, 2019
Blog Post

From Alaska and northern Canada to Greenland and Scandinavia, exploring the Arctic ranks among the world’s greatest adventures. For us, one of the most rewarding aspects was seeing the incredible array of Arctic animals that manage to survive in these harsh landscapes.

As the global threats of climate change increase, the wildlife that calls the...

 Tortuguero Canals, Costa Rica
June 20, 2017
Blog Post

After nearly 20 years of traveling professionally, I’ve found very few countries that I would gladly visit over and over again. Costa Rica is the rare exception, thanks in large part to its friendly people, stunning natural beauty, and impressive biodiversity. And few places represent the best the country has to offer better than Tortuguero National Park, which Zegrahm visits as a...

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...

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