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Zegrahm Expeditions Travel Resources

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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Ultimate Galapagos
February 16, 2016
Blog Post

Jack Grove, Zegrahm cofounder and renowned marine biologist, recently reached out to us about the 20th anniversary of his book, The Fishes of the Galápagos Islands. Read on to find out more about his passion for the archipelago, and the different jobs he took aboard the Bucanero, while he lived, explored, and discovered in the Islands.

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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! (...

Coron, Philippines
June 24, 2015
Photo Gallery

We visited the Philippines earlier in 2015 and we already can't wait to return in 2016! Enjoy a collection of some of our favorite images from our adventures through the islands, including curious wildlife, stunning landscapes, and the exceptionally friendly Filipinos.

Coral Reef
January 15, 2007
Blog Post

Coral reefs are tropical underwater wonders that have been on earth for millions of years. Not only are they the most complex, productive, and genetically diverse ecosystems on the planet, they are also among the most fragile, and therefore among the most easily degraded or imperiled.

A reef is made up of colonies of tiny coral animals related to jellyfish and sea anemones. The polyps live in extremely large colonies, and their interconnected calcium carbonate skeletons build layer...

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...

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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Napolean Wrasse
April 27, 2012
Blog Post

The weather has been exceptional since we have embarked on the Palau Aggressor II. Each day has been an adventure both above and below the surface of these amazingly diverse tropical seas. The corals appear to have recovered from recent El Nino events, and the protection afforded by the Palau Shark Sanctuary is evident in the increased numbers of sharks.

Our dive yesterday at the fabled Blue Corner was one of the best I have ever experienced. Crystal clear waters with...

Trobriand Islands, Melanesia
October 20, 2003
Blog Post

When asked to name my favorite part of the world, I invariably single out the islands of Melanesia and Micronesia. These archipelagos, spread across a vast span of the western tropical Pacific, captivated me in the early 1980s when I first encountered them during a voyage aboard the Explorer.

Assuming the duties of Zegrahm CEO meant that I had to sharply curtail my activities in the field in order to plan and oversee our programs from the Seattle office. Of course, as CEO I...

Complimentary Diving
June 26, 2009
Blog Post

Receiving your advanced diving certification is a great step to take to make all your scuba diving endeavors fun and safe. With this increased level of training you will be able to dive almost everywhere, and you will feel much more comfortable and relaxed in the water. Now that Zegrahm Expeditions requires this level of training we wanted to give you a few quick tips on how to get your certification.

Most of you probably have scuba diving certification through PADI, NAUI, or another...

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