Swim and snorkel with humpback whales, on this brand-new expedition through Samoa and Tonga. Led be marine biologist Brad Climpson, you'll also meet with locals to learn about their traditions of song and dance, and search for rare island endemics such as the Samoan fantail, Samoan whistler, Samoan starling, and Tongan whistler.
Expedition Leader / Marine Biologist
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 complex reef systems work. Brad began his career aboard expedition ships as marine biologist in northern Australia in the late 1990s and since then, his passion for the underwater world has taken him to a wide range of exotic destinations such as Fiji, the Maldives, Indonesia, Bermuda, and Hawaii. He also has a strong interest in terrestrial fauna and his experience with Aboriginal cultures of northern Australia has provided meaningful insights into how indigenous cultures interact with their natural environment. An accomplished scuba diver, underwater photographer, and experienced boat handler, Brad has a passion for interacting with nature and sharing his knowledge with travelers.
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Brad's Upcoming Expeditions
Samoa & Tonga: Swimming with HumpbacksAugust 27 — September 8, 2018
Seychelles & Madagascar with Aldabra AtollOctober 20 — November 6, 2018
Expedition Leader, Michael Moore will be leading this journey through the Indian Ocean. Enjoy snorkeling and diving in the Seychelles; spend two full days exploring the Aldabra Atoll; and discover the unique flora and fauna of Madagascar.
Hidden Gems of the CaribbeanNovember 25 — December 6, 2018
On our journey through the lesser-known Eastern Caribbean, we’ll venture to ports inaccessible to larger ships, affording you the chance for dazzling snorkeling, hiking, bird-watching—glimpse the St. Vincent parrot—and explorations of historic forts and peaceful colonial plazas.
Bay of Bengal: Chennai to YangonJanuary 20 — February 5, 2019
Join a brand-new expedition that offers the perfect mix of India's, Bangladesh's, and Myanmar's cultural and natural treasures. Highlights include spending two full days exploring the UNESCO World Biosphere-designated Sundarbans Reserve Forest, and visiting the stunning Shwedagon Pagoda.
Best of Micronesia: Rabaul to PalauMarch 3 — March 20, 2019
Snorkel or dive nearly every day as you discover the western corner of Micronesia. You'll also meet friendly locals, who will greet you with traditional dances; search for island endemics and a multitude of seabirds; and tour the archaeological site of Nan Madol.
Australia's Kimberley: A Voyage to the OutbackMay 3 — May 17, 2019
Your adventures in the remote and captivating Kimberley region of Western Australia are highlighted by unusual wildlife in Prince Regent Nature Reserve, the beauty of the Buccaneer Archipelago, and sublime desert-scapes.
Underwater Wonders of Western AustraliaMay 13 — May 27, 2019
Snorkel or dive nearly every day on this brand-new expedition of Western Australia, to discover colorful hard and soft corals, along with healthy populations of tropical fish. You'll explore Ningagloo Reef, home to whale sharks, dolphins, and humpback whales, as well as Little Turtle Island, an important nesting site for flatback turtles.
Papua New GuineaSeptember 20 — October 6, 2019
Highlights of our return to Papua New Guinea include snorkeling or diving among some of the most biodiverse waters in the world; meeting friendly Trobriand Islanders; and watching the spectacular fire dances of the Baining tribe.
Tahiti to Easter Island: Marquesas, Tuamotus & PitcairnsOctober 10 — October 29, 2019
Beyond the typical Polynesian paradise, one may delve deeper, to find aquamarine lagoons affording the world’s most dazzling snorkeling and diving, an intriguing Easter Island tour and the sky-piercing volcanoes of the Marquesas.