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.
A Chicago native, Michael 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.
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Indonesia: Raja Ampat & Asmat VillagesNovember 3 — November 21, 2016
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.
Sub-Antarctic Islands of New ZealandJanuary 17 — February 3, 2017
One of the few operators allowed to travel the far-flung isles of the Tasman Sea, join us on a journey through the Sub-Antarctic Islands of New Zealand, as well as Macquarie Island. Observe several albatross species, huge colonies of penguins, and island endemics including melodious bellbirds and red-crowned parakeets.
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.
Asia's Subtropical Isles: Philippines, Taiwan & JapanMarch 11 — March 29, 2017
Leave Asia’s skyscrapers and hectic pace behind for stunning beaches, fantastical caves, and primeval forests. The subtropical islands of the Philippines, Taiwan, and Japan float like jewels upon the Pacific, offering precious treasures for adventurers to discover.
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.
Faces of Polynesia: Fiji to TahitiOctober 22 — November 7, 2017
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 lesser-traveled Tonga, Wallis & Futuna, and Cook Islands.
Tahiti to Easter Island: Marquesas, Tuamotus & PitcairnsNovember 5 — November 24, 2017
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.
Canal to Cuba with Panama, Costa Rica & ColombiaApril 5 — April 20, 2018
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, snorkel over colorful reefs, and end in recently-opened Cuba.
Hokkaido: Japan's Wild IslandMay 19 — June 3, 2018
The Untamed North: Greenland to IcelandJune 24 — July 8, 2018
Greenland beckons with its glittering icebergs and wildflower-bedecked tundra, while Iceland enchants with its mighty glaciers and geothermal hotspots—hike, sail by Zodiac, photograph, and commune with seabirds in these ethereal landscapes.
Alaska's National ParksJuly 16 — July 30, 2018
Wild GuyanaOctober 5 — October 14, 2018
Search Guyana’s rainforest, rivers, and savanna for rare and endangered species, such as giant anteaters, black caiman, harpy eagles, giant river otters, and the elusive jaguar. And, witness the awesome power of Kaieteur Falls, the world’s highest single-drop waterfall.
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.