Melanesia, Solomon Islands & Vanuatu

Melanesia

30th Anniversary Signature Voyage

September 10, 2020
18 Days
Small-Ship Cruise
100 Guests
From $14,480

Optional Pre-Extension: Papua New Guinea: Cultural Connections

Expedition Team

Especially chosen for this voyage, our team of expert leaders and lecturers serves to bring a comprehensive educational component to your adventure through lectures, guided excursions, and daily recaps.

Mike Messick

| Expedition Leader
Mike Messick

Mike is one of the original cofounders of Zegrahm Expeditions. He was raised in Switzerland and began working in expedition travel during a summer break from college. He received a degree from Skidmore College in bio/psychology where he graduated in 1985. That same year Mike embarked on a full-time career in adventure travel. With nearly 35 year’s experience, Mike is...

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Lisa Wurzrainer

| Cruise Director
Lisa Wurzrainer

After college, Lisa earned a master’s degree in International Studies, and her desire to explore the world brought her to Zegrahm Expeditions in 1993. Since then she has had the opportunity to visit all seven continents numerous times and feels very fortunate to have experienced the world with Zegrahm while helping to deliver unique educational adventures. She has held a...

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Michael Moore

| Assistant Expedition Leader
Mike Moore

A Chicago native, Mike’s love of travel may have been clinched as a kid, when he got to venture off the prairie and accompany his dad on medical aid trips to the Caribbean. After receiving degrees in biology and ecology at the University of Illinois, Mike worked amongst the bears of the Alaskan wilderness. Since then, he has made his way around the world, studying honey...

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Rich Pagen

| Naturalist
Rich Pagen

Rich first became enthralled by the wonders of the natural world around the tide pools and forests of his native New York. Since then, he has embarked on a career in conservation biology that has ranged from teaching science and environmental awareness to teenagers from Los Angeles, to traveling the coast and river deltas of Alaska’s North Slope by Zodiac to reach remote...

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Brad Climpson

| Naturalist
Brad Climpson

Brad was born in Sydney, Australia and has lived for the last 20 years in North Queensland, on the edge of the Great Barrier Reef. In 1996 he earned a Bachelor of Science degree majoring in marine biology and zoology at James Cook University, Townsville. With the Great Barrier Reef serving as both playground and laboratory, Brad has developed an intimate knowledge of how...

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Sacha Guggenheimer

| Zodiac Driver
Sacha Guggenheimer

Sacha was born in Australia and grew up exploring its vast wilderness. Her love for the ocean and animals was apparent from an early age and she dreamed of filming and photographing marine megafauna around the world. With this vision, she went on to become a marine biologist, graduating with honors in seabird foraging ecology.  Her work in research took her to the Centre of...

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Tom EJ Hiney

| Zodiac Driver
Tom Hiney

Tom’s naturalist career was sparked in the countryside of England by Gerald Durrell books, Attenborough documentaries, and an abundance of native wildlife that visited his childhood garden. Upon leaving the UK a decade ago, Tom worked as a scuba and free-diving instructor and gained two advanced degrees in ecology and environmental impacts and aspects. Tom also managed the...

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Mike Murphy

| Divemaster
Mike Murphy

Mike Murphy - Mike (also known as Murph) was born on the Isle of Wight and raised just a stone’s throw from what was once largest passenger ship terminal in the world. After a five-year apprenticeship as a marine engineer, Mike embarked on his first voyage and sailed around the world on five consecutive cruises. He then decided to emigrate to Canada and became scuba certified...

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Jack Grove

| Marine Biologist
Jack Grove

A marine biologist and professional naturalist, Jack has spent much of the past two decades traveling on, and lecturing about, the world's oceans. Cofounder of Zegrahm Expeditions and research associate in the Section of Fishes at the Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History, Jack is a leading authority on the fishes and marine environments of the eastern tropical Pacific...

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Brent Stephenson

| Ornithologist
Brent Stephenson

Brent was born in New Zealand and has been a birder since childhood. In 2005 he completed a goal he had from a young age, with the conclusion of his Ph.D., studying the breeding biology of Australasian gannets in New Zealand. This further heightened his interest in seabirds, and in 2003, along with Sav Saville, he rediscovered the “extinct” New Zealand storm-petrel, a bird...

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Terence Christian

| Historian
Terence Christian

Dr. Terence Christian is an archaeologist and historian specializing in conflict archaeology and military history. Enthralled by historical travel from an early age, his first adventure abroad took him across Scandinavia and through the historic Russian capitals. Since that time, Terence has traveled extensively, visiting most of the world’s continents and oceans both as an...

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Shirley Campbell

| Anthropologist
Shirley Campbell

Dr. Shirley Campbell is a social anthropologist and Research Fellow at the Australian National University, with a special interest in the indigenous peoples of Australia, Melanesia, and the Pacific. More than three decades of academic research and university teaching have led to a sound knowledge and understanding of many cultures around the world and the theoretical...

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Annette Kuhlem

| Archaeologist
Annette Kuhlem

Annette was born in southern Germany, but grew up in the Dominican Republic, Ghana, and the Ivory Coast. At an early age she accompanied her father on geological survey and mapping projects that took her to remote West Africa. It was during this time that her profound interest for different cultures and their history was awakened, as well as her fascination for traveling off...

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