Philippines with Palau & Taiwan

Tubbataha Reef
February 29, 2020
17 Days
Small-Ship Cruise
100 Guests
From $15,980

Expedition Team

Our leaders have visited this area numerous times and will provide valuable insight and commentary on the history, culture, and wildlife of this intriguing region. Fascinating lectures, photo presentations, daily recaps, and informal discussions will enhance your understanding and appreciation of the wonders you will see.

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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Kelsey Simmons

| Cruise Director
Kelsey Simmons

After graduating from the University of Washington with a degree in Art History, Kelsey spent time traveling through Europe and living in various parts of California and Oregon before the lure of the Pacific Northwest brought her back to the Seattle area. Kelsey’s wanderlust then turned her to a career in adventure travel with Zegrahm Expeditions. In her time at Zegrahm,...

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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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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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Brad Climpson

| Naturalist / Zodiac Driver
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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Rommel Cruz

| Ornithologist
Rommel Cruz

Rommel has been guiding birdwatchers from across the world since he was 25 years old. He is one of the founding members of Birdwatch-Palawan Ornithological Society and currently works at the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development. Visual and acoustical identification of birds and mammals are his expertise; Rommel is also a zookeeper and a wildlife conservationist. 

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Stephen Fisher

| Historian
Stephen Fisher

Stephen is an historian and archaeologist from the south of England and, although British, has spent much of his life overseas. Born in Singapore, he spent most of his early childhood in Germany before moving to England. After university, he spent nearly four years teaching in Japan; his travels across Europe and Asia have created a deep interest in history that ultimately...

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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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George Lake

| Zodiac Driver
George Lake

Inspired from a young age by world-traveling grandparents, George developed a love for travel, adventure, and nature - especially pertaining to the sea. He became a certified scuba diver at age 14 and worked many years as a commercial diver, assistant dive instructor, and sailor working on charter vessels. He retired in 2006 from a successful career in computer network...

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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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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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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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