This magical archipelago keeps bringing us back—2020 will mark our 29th voyage! And it’s not difficult to see why we return again and again, with the Seychelles’ sublime scenery, rare and endemic species, and some of the best snorkeling and diving in the world. You’ll step ashore on remote island paradises that are impossible to reach on your own, including two full days on Aldabra Atoll.
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 in Vancouver, British Columbia, where his recreational scuba diving unintentionally led him onto a career as a deep-sea commercial diver. He spent the next 11 grueling years on oil rigs, platforms, and dive support vessels in the North Sea and Persian Gulf. Mike then purchased a 60-foot charter vessel and began sailing the inland waters of BC. After five years, he returned to the sea as a cruise director and expedition leader and spent many years sailing the icy waters of Alaska and Antarctica to the emerald seas of the South Pacific and beyond. He has dived in almost every sea, including eight years in both the Arctic and Antarctic, and has led dive trips for Zegrahm for the last 12 years.
Mike's Upcoming Expeditions
Ultimate Seychelles with Aldabra AtollFebruary 14 — February 29, 2020
Philippines with Palau & TaiwanFebruary 29 — March 16, 2020
On this exotic Philippines tour, explore mangrove forests and scenic coastlines on numerous Zodiac excursions, while nature hikes and snorkeling and diving excursions reveal the amazing biodiversity of these isolated islands. A special highlight is the opportunity to interact with native cultures whose customs are reflected in their intricate tribal dress, colorful dances, and rich folklore.
Ultimate Maldives: A Snorkeling & Diving AdventureMarch 21 — April 3, 2020
Cruise through the lesser-visited southern Maldives aboard the luxurious 26-guest diving live-aboard, Emperor Serenity. With two snorkel or dive options daily, you’ll search for whale sharks, hammerhead sharks, manta rays, and dolphins among the stunning underwater topography.
Wild & Ancient Britain with IrelandMay 11 — May 26, 2020
Witness some of Europe's largest seabird colonies—puffins, gannets, guillemots, kittiwakes, and more—on our return to the British Isles. Visit Giant’s Causeway, Neolithic monuments, and a variety of architectural wonders.
Best of the Great Barrier ReefJuly 14 — July 28, 2020
Join this exciting expedition that reveals the underwater wonders of the legendary Great Barrier Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, alongside marine biologist and expedition leader, Brad Climpson. Enjoy daily snorkel and dive excursions to explore pristine reefs far from the tourist track, come face-to-face with massive potato groupers at Cod Hole, and with luck, swim with curious minke whales.
Melanesia, Solomon Islands & VanuatuSeptember 10 — September 27, 2020
Stretching from New Guinea to Fiji, Melanesia encompasses thousands of islands and a rich variety of cultures. On this voyage you’ll discover remote island communities where ancient traditions are preserved and visits from outsiders are few and far between. You’ll also explore Melanesia’s marine world—a pristine haven for three-quarters of the world’s coral species and an astounding 3,000 species of fish.