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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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Top 10 Travel Bucket List for 2018
April 10, 2018
Blog Post

Where will your travel dreams take you in 2018? Here are just a few once-in-a-lifetime experiences Zegrahm can help you check off your bucket list next year.

Meet Nomads of the Sahara

Our new Sea to Sahara itinerary offers the rare opportunity to visit with the nomadic Sahraoui...

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.

Polynesia
April 28, 2018
Blog Post

There are over 10,000 Polynesian islands in the central and southern Pacific Ocean. The region is generally defined by a triangle stretching from Hawaii in the north, to Easter Island in the east and New Zealand in the west. The main groups of Polynesian islands include the Cook Islands, French Polynesia, Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, and various others.

In addition to their geographical location, these islands are tied together by their similar languages, cultures, and belief...

Tahiti, French Polynesia
February 28, 2017
Blog Post

Polynesia draws visitors with the promise of its dazzling beaches, coral coves brimming with tropical fish, rich Tongan heritage, and warm hospitality. Whether you are walking in Gauguin’s footsteps on Tahiti, exploring the underwater world while diving exquisite reefs, or simply getting away from it all beneath a warm South Pacific sun, these books will enrich your journey to the South Sea Islands.

The Happy Isles of Oceania

By Paul Theroux. In this wickedly funny and open...

Polynesian Tattoos | Dan & Micki Kaufman
January 3, 2017
Blog Post

For at least 2,000 years, Polynesians have decorated their bodies with tattoos. Known variously as tatau, moku, patutiki , and uki, tattooing served as a form of communication among peoples across Oceania. The body artwork identified which island group one came from, as well as their genealogy, social status, and individual accomplishments. It was also used to gain protection and strength from the gods....

Faces of Polynesia
December 28, 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. Here, Brad shares his enthusiasm for one of the world's most remote regions,...

Papeete, Tahiti | Michael Moore
December 28, 2016
Blog Post

In 1976, University of Hawaii professor Ben Finney set out in a traditional Polynesian, twin-hulled canoe on the 2,700-mile-long voyage from Hawaii to Tahiti. His goal: to prove that ancient island seafarers—who, by 1200AD, had ventured across the vast Polynesian Triangle that stretched to Easter Island and New Zealand, and even into southeast Asia—were skilled navigators who used an elaborate nautical system based on the stars, wind, migrating birds, and sea swells.

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Australia's Kimberley, Brent Stephenson
October 20, 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,...

King George River, Kimberley
September 20, 2016
Blog Post

In anticipation of our upcoming Australia’s Kimberley: A Voyage to the Outback expedition, our staff members compiled a list of their favorite movies revolving around this remote, otherworldly region of Northwestern Australia. So grab some popcorn, put your feet up, and binge-watch these Outback-themed flicks:

 

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Snorkeling in Indonesia
August 4, 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, underwater photographer, and experienced boat handler, Brad has a passion for interacting with nature and sharing...

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