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.
Expedition Leader & Naturalist
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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Asia's Subtropical Isles: Philippines, Taiwan & JapanMarch 11 — March 29, 2017
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.
Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland IslandsJanuary 4 — January 25, 2018
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.
Across the Antarctic Circle: Voyage to the 7th ContinentJanuary 22 — February 4, 2018
Be one of the very few to cross the Antarctic Circle and witness one of the planet’s last frontiers. In Zodiac cruises, search for humpback, minke, and orca whales, as well as leopard, Weddell, and crabeater seals. And of course, keep your eyes open for gentoo and Adelie penguins.
Best of Micronesia: Rabaul to PalauFebruary 23 — March 12, 2018
Snorkel or dive nearly every day as you discover the western corner of Micronesia—this region boasts more than 1,300 species of fish. 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 island of Pohnpei.
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.
Circumnavigation of CubaApril 17 — April 30, 2018
Immerse yourself in Cuban culture as you meet friendly locals, savor traditional cuisine, and enjoy musical performances, including a visit to the Buena Vista Social Club. Plus, you’ll travel with ease aboard the intimate, 56-guest sailing ship, Hebridean Sky.
Hokkaido: Japan's Wild IslandMay 19 — June 3, 2018
On this brand-new voyage through one of Japan's least-developed islands, you'll be surrounded by wildlife as you search for Japanese pygmy-woodpeckers, white-tailed eagles, Eurasian bullfinches, and iconic red-crowned cranes; and explore spectacular Shikotsu-Toya National Park.
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 17 — July 31, 2018
Join former Alaska resident and expedition leader Mike Moore on an incredible Alaskan adventure—highlights include exploring Denali and Wrangell-St. Elias parks, hiking glaciers, and spotting bald eagles in Prince William Sound.
BorneoAugust 8 — August 23, 2018
Search for a huge variety of charismatic species, including orangutans, Bornean pygmy elephants, proboscis monkeys, clouded leopards, great argus pheasants, eight species of hornbills, and the bizarre Bornean bristlehead on this classic expedition led by naturalists Michael Moore and Rich Pagen.
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.
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.