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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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April 25, 2015
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This year, we're celebrating our 25th anniversary in expedition travel! Since 1990, we have been committed to crafting innovative and industry-leading itineraries for curious explorers. To that end, we are pleased to be offering two very special, signature expeditions to celebrate this exciting milestone in our history, hosted by Zegrahm cofounders Mike Messick, Jack Grove, Peter Harrison, and Shirley Metz. 

The Azores & Canary Islands
The dramatic volcanic...

Ankara, Turkey
April 25, 2015
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Distinctive Turkey, 2008

Our time in Turkey is flying... In Ankara, The Museum of Anatolian Civilizations was fantastic; the exhibits are so well done and transport you through the different time periods and cultures. We had a wonderful lunch at an old Ottoman home within the ancient Citadel in the heart of the city, then had a rare chance to visit rooms not usually open to the public in the Mausoleum of Ataturk, thanks to our great guide, Yasar.

In addition...

Coral Reef
January 15, 2007
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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...

Esfahan, Iran
April 25, 2015
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We in the West have heard a lot about the culture of Iran over the years. We've heard about extravagant kings and radical clerics. We've had the images of Persian carpets and exotic trade goods from all over the Orient, but perhaps the most glaring omission in our understanding turns out to be one of the pillars of Iranian culture. It was also our most common experience as we traveled though the heart of the country—Persian hospitality. It was inescapable.

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March 13, 2013
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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...
Ewer Village, Agats, Papua
March 25, 2013
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Our flotilla of Zodiacs sped upriver in the direction of the small Asmat village of Ewer, on the edge of a huge flooded mangrove forest with little change in elevation for miles and miles. The village seemed quiet, but when we looked with binoculars, it became clear that there were hundreds of people lining the shore watching our approach. 

Then, without warning, wooden longboats shot out from the shore, paddled by men dressed in straw skirts made from sago palm. Their bodies and...
Pentecost Island
April 15, 2013
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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...
Rabaul, Papua New Guinea
April 11, 2009
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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
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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...

Taveuni, Fiji
December 2, 2009
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Beginning our voyage in Tahiti, we have sailed toward the sunset across the vast Pacific Ocean to find ourselves, on this last day aboard the Clipper Odyssey, anchored off the island of Taveuni, Fiji.

During our voyage across the Pacific we have observed various features of Polynesian culture. Some commonalities include social systems articulated by royal lineages, nobles and commoners, a remarkably similar pantheon of gods, as well as reverence for ancestors, and an...

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