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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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Jellyfish Lake, Palau
April 5, 2011
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We traveled by speed boat through the verdant, mushroom shaped islets of Palau to get to Jellyfish Lake, named one of the Seven Biological Wonders of the World. The walk through the forest which separates the lake from the sea is like leaving one world and entering another. The melodic calls of the Palauan fantail and fruit doves reverberate through the lush woodland and when we arrived at the shore of the lake, sulfur crested cockatoos were sighted in flight over the glassy waters.


February 16, 2010
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As we crossed the surf line in our Zodiacs on the morning of February 10 at Tikopia, the exceptional nature of the place was immediately apparent. One of the most isolated islands on this itinerary, this Polynesian outlier in Melanesia, is the only location on this trip where the islanders have originated in Polynesia. Only a few huts were visible through the palm trees as we approached in our Zodiacs. A light rain fell during our landing on the reef flat and the clouds, which hung over the...

Snorkeling in the Maldives
August 12, 2009
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As I prepare to lead the 2010 Maldives trips, I am reminded of the distinct beauty of the place. The archipelago is comprised of twenty-two coral atolls including 1,200 separate isles and islets, only 200 of which are inhabited.

This spectacular island group in the Central Indian Ocean is an icon for scuba enthusiasts, a holy grail for snorkelers. For those who love warm tropical seas full of life, it is a breathtaking place. Even the planning and academic preparations are exciting...

Snorkeling in Tonga
April 2, 2010
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Working as a naturalist, expedition leader, and divemaster for Zegrahm Expeditions over the past 20 years, I am often asked by travelers about “my favorite” destination. That is a very hard question—and one that leads me to several follow-up questions. Favorite beach? La Digue Island, Seychelles. Favorite culture? Bali, Indonesia. Favorite archipelago? Galapagos. Favorite manta ray dive? Yap Island, Micronesia. Favorite wall dive? Blue Corner, Palau.

But, when asked to describe my...

Banda Aceh, Sumatra
January 12, 2011
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Of the six days we’ve spent on this first-ever Circumnavigation of Sumatra expedition thus far, it’s extremely challenging to choose a favorite. However, being a glutton for variety, I must choose Monday: Banda Aceh, Sumatra.

We traveled to the city by Zodiac, a dry landing—what a way to travel! Once ashore we were greeted with a beautiful welcome ceremony involving a traditional Indonesian dance performance and speech from the Mayor welcoming us to her city. We then...

Lakshadweep Islands, India
January 3, 2012
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Our second day in the Lakshadweep Islands was another success of expedition style travel. After a poolside breakfast our fabulous Expedition Leader, Lia Opera, announced that we would all be going ashore at Tinnakara Island.

Five Zodiacs full of guests and staff were led by the Tinnkarara tourism ski boat towards the island. Though our more than capable expedition staff could have easily navigated through the island’s tiny reef break, it seemed much more dramatic to be led caravan...

Rabaul, East New Britain Island
May 17, 2008
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Our day on Rabaul (Papua New Guinea) was an incredible mix of culture and natural phenomena. Once ashore, we set out to visit the World War II Museum, the fascinating Japanese barge tunnels (the island was a Japanese stronghold during the War), and the Tavurvur Volcano hot springs. The volcano had been rumbling and spewing ash plumes for the past few days and while we were visiting, we not only had the chance to observe this, but it started raining and the ash came down mixed with the rain!...

Rano Island, Vanuatu
April 30, 2008
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After our relaxing day at sea, we were ready to hit the Vanuatu island of Ambrym running! The two incredible volcanoes were what first drew Captain Cook to its shores and our warm welcome was probably much the same. Our visit to the village started off with the traditional pig slaughter and a gift exchange ceremony with Little John, the Captain, and the local leader. We were then treated to the amazing Rom Dance—the performers, covered from the neck down in volumes of dried banana leaves,...

Half Moon Cay, Belize
January 22, 2008
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Yesterday we woke up to sunshine and blue skies off Belize’s Half Moon Caye, but because of windy conditions and waves that would make snorkeling and diving difficult, we decided to reposition Le Levant to the other side of the island. It was well worth it as it was calm and those who wanted to go ashore could. Half Moon Caye is beautiful with white sand beaches and green palm trees...your typical paradise island! Everyone...

Palau & Yap
May 24, 2008
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Spirits are high and smiles are big after an absolutely tremendous day in Palau! Everyone seems to love this magical place and the gorgeous weather showed it all off beautifully. Thomas and Natalia, back on their old home turf, were just great with arranging spontaneous multiple tours—diving, snorkeling, kayaking, and birding. The multi-colored blue waters have so much to offer here… And these reefs are some of the best in the...


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