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Welcome to the Zegrahm Expeditions Blog! 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. You may filter this content by geographic region, by typeincluding blog post, field report (a daily recap of a past expedition with images), photo gallery, or video—or by topic. Explore your world, from our perspective.

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Tari, Papua New Guinea
March 24, 2016
Blog Post

Michael Moore is an expedition leader and naturalist who has earned a BS in biology and an MS degree in ecology, ethology, and evolution. He spent several years living in the highlands of New Guinea, working for conservation organizations and teaching field biology courses and the University of PNG. Today, he shares with us the history of the stunning birds of paradise.

Birds...

Guests on Zodiac
March 24, 2016
Blog Post

Zegrahm guests often ask how they can travel light without leaving something important behind. We reached out to our field staff to see what must-have items they can't live without on an expedition. Here are their pro tips.

Tese Wintz-Neighbor, Expedition Leader
I can’t live without my special journal. I actually learned this from a client—before I leave on a trip, I buy a nice sturdy...

Ushuaia, Argentina
March 23, 2016
Field Report

Friday - Sunday, January 8 - 10, 2016 - Ushuaia, Argentina / Embark Sea Adventurer / Beagle Channel

“Life is short and we never have enough time for gladdening the hearts of those who travel with us. Oh, be swift to love! Make haste to be kind.” ~ Henry Frederic Amiel

Coming from various points on the planet, we all began to...

Alofi, Niue
March 21, 2016
Blog Post

Given that Zegrahm guests tend to be some of the most curious and adventurous travelers on the planet, we are constantly challenged with creating ever unique, off-the-beaten path expeditions. Of course, that's a challenge we relish wholeheartedly, as evidenced by the ultra-remote islands we’re exploring across the South Pacific and Southeast Asia in 2017. Here are just a few of the far-flung gems you've probably never heard of—but are sure to tell stories about.

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Snorkeling in Fiji
March 18, 2016
Blog Post

Tiny islands, deserted atolls, dreamy lagoons, and year-round tropical temps: an expedition to Polynesia, Melanesia, or Indonesia fulfills every diver's fantasies. Here is a short primer to paradise.

Indonesia

What It Is
This southeast Asian nation, comprising an astounding 17,000 islands, is scattered over more than 740,000 square miles between the Indian and Pacific...

Fairy Terns, Seychelles
March 16, 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, the Americas, and Africa....

Diving with Whale Sharks
March 9, 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, Brad shares his enthusiasm for one of the world's most intriguing animals, the whale shark.

As a marine biologist, and really just as a...

March 7, 2016
Blog Post

On April 25, 2015, Nepal was rocked by a 7.9 magnitude earthquake, flattening villages, damaging landmarks, and triggering a major avalanche on Mount Everest. Nearly a year later, even the most adventurous spirits are still leery of heading to the “Roof of the World.”

Since many Zegrahm travelers have expressed their concerns about visiting the Southeast Asian country, we reached out to our local tour operator, Nima Tashi of Last Frontiers Trekking, for insight. His advice: Not...

Cagayan de Oro, Philippines
March 2, 2016
Blog Post

We expected the snorkeling and diving in the Philippines to be good. We knew the birding would be quality but extremely specialized, so we brought in a local ornithologist, Rommel Cruz, to make it work. We knew the logistics would be challenging, so in the year prior to our arrival, expedition leader Mike Moore made numerous visits to each town and island, in some cases literally counting seats on local transportation to tie up loose ends. We tried to be as prepared as possible to launch a...

Cuba
February 29, 2016
Blog Post

Many an American has been practicing the salsa and merengue lately. That's because, for the first time in 50 years, US citizens are once again able to travel to Cuba. And, while they still are not able to visit the island nation on their own, educational, “people-to-people” expeditions—such as those offered by Zegrahm—provide travelers the chance to engage with locals while experiencing the country's distinctive character before it changes.

For those who wish to...

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