Ultimate Seychelles with Aldabra Atoll

Aldabra Atoll, Seychelles

30th Anniversary Signature Voyage

February 14, 2020
16 Days
Small-Ship Cruise
135 Guests
From $11,980

Optional Pre-Extension: Tanzania

Expedition Team

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

Brent Stephenson

| Expedition Leader
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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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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John Yersin

| Assistant Expedition Leader
John Yersin

John is a microbiologist who worked in the industry for 33 years investigating the impact of industrial wastes and products on the environment. The tools of his trade included diving, hovercraft piloting, and powerboat driving. He conducted marine, freshwater, and terrestrial surveys and then reported the results. Since retirement, John has done consultant work, taught...

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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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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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Brad Climpson

| Divemaster
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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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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Pepper Trail

| Ornithologist
Pepper Trail

Pepper grew up in the Finger Lakes region of New York State, on a wonderfully dilapidated 100-acre farm. A family trip to Mexico when he was 12 instilled a lifelong love of travel, which has taken him to all seven continents and across the oceans of the world. He earned his Ph.D. from Cornell University for his field study of the mating behavior of the spectacular Guianan cock...

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Gemma Jessy

| Lecturer
Gemma Jessy

Gemma is a native Seychelloise from the island of Praslin, second largest of the granitic Seychelles. After completing her education she spent time as a teacher and as a nurse before her love of nature led her to a career in tourism. For more than 35 years she has worked as a tour guide and as naturalist, helping visitors discover the natural wonders of her homeland.

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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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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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Chris Stamper

| Naturalist
Chris Stamper

Growing up in South Africa, Chris’ love of the natural world materialized at a very young age, thanks to family explorations of the country’s national parks and preserves. Chris set out to turn his passion for wildlife into a career and has spent the past 17 years working in the African bush progressing from animal tracker to guide, and now professional trainer and private...

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Bolivar Sanchez

| Zodiac Driver
Bolivar Sanchez

Bolivar Sanchez is not only an expert in Earth science, earning degrees in Biology, Geology and Conservation, but he is also a guest favorite! Boli developed a strong interest in wildlife and the outdoors as a child and has been learning as much as possible ever since. For the past two decades, he has worked as a certified naturalist and guide in Galapagos National Park, as...

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