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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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Traditional Kula Outrigger Canoe
June 2, 2015
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Shirley Campbell is a social anthropologist with a special interest in the indigenous peoples of Australia, Melanesia, and the Pacific. After growing up in California, she has widely traveled and experienced firsthand the ways in which communities form and develop distinct, yet interrelated cultures. 

“The islands of love,” as they were known by...

Pitcairn, Pitcairn Islands
May 27, 2015
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Rest assured, any voyage to the South Pacific will be less dramatic than that of the HMS Bounty in the 1700s, the story of the mutinous journey of this small vessel which originally set out for a botanical mission in the Pacific Ocean.

As the story goes, the HMS Bounty—also known as the HM Armed Vessel Bounty—was bought by the Royal Navy and sent out under the command of William Bligh to search for breadfruit plants on the islands of the Pacific, and return them...

Easter Island
May 27, 2015
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Quietly, but surely, some 1,200 years ago, a double-hulled canoe of intrepid seafarers landed on the shores of Easter Island—a Chilean island in the southeastern Pacific Ocean. Here, over the course of several centuries, a whole society was formed, isolated from the rest of the world in spirit, and proximity. Today, Easter Island is renowned for its 887 extant monumental statues, or moai, created by these early Rapa Nui people.

If you’re among those fortunate enough to view...

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...

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...

Snorkeling in Indonesia
July 20, 2009
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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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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...

Bikini Atoll
September 13, 2010
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There are not many places one can travel to these days where one’s heart weeps and sings at the same time. The story of Bikini Atoll is like none other. Our historian, Susan Langley, and anthropologist, Shirley Campbell, brought to life the ineffable devastation caused by all the nuclear testing carried out here by the Americans after WWII. The story of struggle suffered by the displaced islanders is still raw in their hearts.

And yet, under the waves, the fishes and the corals are...

Chatham Islands
December 16, 2009
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It’s not often that the partners of Zegrahm Expeditions visit a place where none of us have ever been. So when the Clipper Odyssey pulled into the Chatham Islands, our final destination on the inaugural Wild Edge of the Pacific trip, the excitement was palpable.

The previous evening, while sailing in from Gisborne (on the “mainland,” as the Chatham Islanders prefer to call the North Island), had given the birders a taste of what lay in store when we’d...

Pearls, Tuamotus, Polynesia
November 18, 2009
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After many hours of travel and some needed rest, we awoke in our rooms at the Intercontinental Resort Tahiti to the magnificent views of Moorea Island across the water. We were finally in French Polynesia! The day was stunning and we enjoyed the soft air on our skin as we embarked on an island tour.

A memorable stop at a black pearl farm proved to be quite educational as we learned about the process of seeding, harvesting, and grading of precious black pearls....

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