Your journey through a South Pacific paradise includes fabled Fiji and Tahiti—of course—while also immersing you in the incredible natural beauty and friendly peoples of the less-often-visited Tokelau, Samoa, Wallis & Futuna, and Cook Islands.
A Chicago native, Mike earned both his B.S. in biology and an M.S. degree in ecology, ethology, and evolution at the University of Illinois. Since then he has spent 10 years conducting research around the Pacific Rim, where he lived in the highlands of New Guinea, logged hundreds of hours beneath its waters working for conservation organizations, and taught field biology courses for the University of PNG. Mike’s research around the world led him to a career as an expedition leader taking travelers from the equatorial forests of New Guinea to Alaska's arctic tundra and many places in between.
Michael's Upcoming Expeditions
Faces of Polynesia: Fiji to TahitiOctober 15 — October 31, 2015
Tahiti to Easter Island: Marquesas, Tuamotus & PitcairnsOctober 29 — November 18, 2015
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.
India, Sri Lanka & the MaldivesNovember 27 — December 14, 2015
Cruise through the leisurely backwaters of Cochin on a local houseboat, visit the rubber plantations of Trivandum, commune with elephants in Sri Lanka and snorkel for three days in the immaculate Maldives—it’s all part of this rich India expedition.
Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland IslandsJanuary 7 — January 28, 2016
Following in Sir Ernest Shackleton’s footsteps, explore the White Continent’s rugged landscape, meeting vast penguin colonies in South Georgia and the South Orkney Islands, greeting albatross in the Falkland Islands, and enjoying every long moment of daylight in the austral summer.
Journey through the Philippines with Palawan & TubbatahaMarch 12 — March 28, 2016
Explore the Philippine archipelago by land and sea—we’ll snorkel and dive amid colorful coral reefs, hike through rugged mountainscapes, and interact with native cultures and customs through colorful dances and rich folklore.
Rainforests & Reefs of Central America: Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Honduras, BelizeApril 12 — April 26, 2016
Continents commingle in Central America, with its significant human history and rich biodiversity—we’ll transit the Panama Canal by day, hike to traditional villages in San Blas, and snorkel over colorful reefs teeming with kaleidoscopic marine life.
Discoveries of Coastal EuropeMay 11 — May 26, 2016
The coast of Western Europe makes for a sweeping journey—soak up the fine food and fantastic art, plus the myriad historical sites, from France’s Mont Saint-Michel, Spain’s Santiago de Compostela, and the French- and British-influenced Channel Islands.
The Fabled AdriaticMay 30 — June 11, 2016
Your Adriatic and Ionian sea odyssey spans the millennia, from Paleothic times to Roman conquest, Byzantine era to Venetian dominance; pause to reflect on the Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque treasures that we’ll discover.
The Untamed North: Iceland to GreenlandJuly 27 — August 11, 2016
Iceland enchants with its mighty glaciers and geothermal hotspots, while Greenland beckons with its glittering icebergs and wildflower-bedecked tundra—hike, sail by Zodiac, photograph, and commune with seabirds in these ethereal landscapes.
Indonesia: Raja Ampat & Asmat VillagesNovember 3 — November 21, 2016
From Bunaken National Marine Park—where you’ll snorkel and dive with rainbow-hued tropical fish—to the Raja Ampat archipelago—home to the world’s richest variety of marine life—this is an incredibly immersive exploration of Indonesia. Venture by Zodiac to remote beaches and visit tucked-away fishing villages.
Faces of MelanesiaNovember 17 — December 3, 2016
Introducing the extraordinary diversity of Melanesia and its fascinating people, our award-winning journey to these idyllic islands features incredible bird-watching opportunities, elaborate local traditions and ceremonies, snorkeling over pristine coral reefs, and the option to explore Papua New Guinea.
Vietnam: Culture & CuisineJanuary 31 — February 15, 2017
Aboard the intimate, 65-guest Coral Discoverer, cruise among the dramatically sculpted limestone islands and islets of stunning Halong Bay; visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of colorful Hoi An and explore the local markets; and savor delectable cuisine.
Discovering the New World: The Pacific OceanApril 4 — April 12, 2017
Meet the Emberá Indians of the remote Darién province; search for myriad birds in Colombia’s Utria National Park, including the rose-faced parrot, great green macaw, and blue-whiskered tanager; and explore Ecuador’s Isla de la Plata, home to blue-footed, red-footed, and Nazca boobies, all on this discovery of the Pacific Ocean along the northern tip of South America.
Discovering the New World: The Caribbean SeaApril 10 — April 19, 2017
Voyage through the Caribbean Sea and explore Cartagena, home to elegant colonial architecture, white-sand beaches, and world-class cuisine; meet the Kuna Indians of the San Blas Archipelago, known for their vibrant molas; and visit the historic sites of Aruba, strolling down cobblestoned streets and enjoying the laidback atmosphere.
Wild AlaskaJuly 6 — July 20, 2017
This expedition takes advantage of the long mid-summer hours of daylight as you trace pristine shores, cross the Arctic Circle, and observe countless numbers of seabirds. You’ll visit remote Bering Sea and Pribilof Island communities, and search for whales, northern fur seals, Arctic foxes, and brown bears.