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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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Melanesia travel guide
March 19, 2019
Blog Post

Stretching from New Guinea to the Arafura Sea and eastward to Fiji, the archipelagos that make up Melanesia are almost unimaginably idyllic. Traveling to the Melanesian Islands offers an endless supply of clear blue waters and palm-fringed beaches, not to mention a diverse Melanesian culture.

Spread across a vast span of Oceania,...

Polynesia
February 28, 2017
Video

Scattered across the largest ocean basin on earth, the islands of the South Pacific have wooed adventurers and explorers for centuries. And it’s no wonder why—these remote paradises offer unparalleled beauty; a bounty of exotic flora, birds, and wildlife; some of the world’s most pristine marine environments; and communities where time-honored traditions remain unchanged. Join us as we discover the South Pacific.

The Best Cultural Dive Sites in the World
November 18, 2015
Blog Post

Long-time Zegrahm leader, Susan Langley, is the State Underwater Archaeologist for the Maryland Historic Trust. She is a dive safety officer for the state of Maryland and is a master scuba diver trainer through PADI. Susan teaches classes and seminars on marine archaeology, and recently had a project recognized by President Obama! (...

Megapode
June 4, 2014
Blog Post

The island and people of Tsoi Lik have always held a special place in the hearts of Zegrahm’s cofounders and travelers.

It all began on a visit over 25 years ago. While exploring the island, Zegrahm cofounder, Werner Zehnder, and fellow travelers were fascinated by the population of indigenous megapodes—chicken-like, incubator birds with small heads and large feet. Unfortunately, the megapodes were severely threatened at the time so the team organized a sizable contribution to be...

Pentecost Island
April 15, 2013
Blog Post

A lively band with a single-string bass was playing as we walked up the soft black sand beach from the landing on Pentecost Island in Vanuatu. As we continued on a footpath up the hill, a ramshackle tower of sticks and vines came into view, looking like some strange South Pacific modern art sculpture. We found ourselves a place to sit in the shade a short distance from the base of the mysterious tower, and the show began.

Within minutes, scantily-clad men began climbing around the...
Champagne Beach, Vanuatu
May 6, 2013
Blog Post
During a series of voyages led by Zegrahm directors Peter Harrison and Jonathan Rossouw, Zegrahm travelers have once again been enjoying some exciting birding in the southwest Pacific. The Zegrahm team, traveling aboard the Clipper Odyssey, recently visited Papua New Guinea as well as the Solomon and Vanuatu islands.
 
Past Zegrahm travelers will be well aware of the region’s commoner seabirds: brown and red-footed boobies, plus the hoards of...
Rabaul, Papua New Guinea
April 11, 2009
Blog Post

Our day began with everyone out on deck enjoying grand views of Mt. Tavurvur, which has been angrily spewing black dust and white ash since 1994. Some say that the locals treat Tavurvur like a member of the family, talking quietly to it, shouting at it, encouraging it to go to sleep, and assessing its mood each day.

Arriving in the magnificent caldera harbor by 11AM, we had a fabulous day with a variety of excursions to choose from. Options included the volcano’s hot springs viewing...

Luganville, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu
May 6, 2008
Blog Post

Our visits this past week to Rano Island, Vanuatu, and Utupua and Santa Ana in the Solomon Islands were truly memorable, both for the incredible array of colorful sights, and for the warmth of our welcome by the villagers. Here are some brief excerpts from emails we’ve received from our staff on our Faces of Melanesia voyage:

...One thing that stands out—and everyone has commented about it—is just how amazing it is that each island is still so different. The dances...

Tikopia
February 18, 2010
Blog Post

Leslie Kim is a representative from Stanford Travel/Study, one of our travel partners, and kindly offered to write a blog post about our time in Santa Ana Island.

We finally awoke to sunshine and blue skies in this idyllic pearl of the Solomon Islands. As occurred in Utupua, each Zodiac that arrived at the beach landing was greeted by a fierce “welcoming committee” composed of local men dressed in warrior costumes and brandishing spears and machetes (although today’s adult...

Huli Men, Tari Gap, New Guinea Highlands
January 18, 2011
Blog Post

Leaving the posh comfort of the Clipper Odyssey behind, our intrepid group struck inland into the great interior of Papua New Guinea; an area that has still been only partially explored by outsiders since its high valleys and ancient populations were first happened-upon in the middle of the last century. The scale of the island and of our adventure became almost instantly evident as our small airplane lifted off and all traces of human activity disappeared beneath an unbroken carpet...

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