Zodiac Cruising in Antarctica

Mike Murphy

Divemaster
Mike Murphy

Mike was born on the Isle of Wight, England, and raised just a stone's throw from the once largest passenger ship terminal in the world. From there, his travels have taken him to most countries around the globe, where he has served as cruise director and expedition staff on both small and large luxury vessels. Mike's recreational scuba diving unintentionally led him to a career as a deep-sea commercial diver. He has dived in almost all of the world's seas. After ten years he left commercial diving to captain his own charter boat along the inland waters of British Columbia. Five years later he returned to cruise directing, sailing from the icy waters of Alaska and Antarctica to the emerald seas of the South Pacific and beyond. When he wasn't working, he sailed his own vessel extensively along the east coast of the United States and traversed the Indian Ocean from north to south. Mike also works as divemaster, taking divers to explore the underwater world of the Arctic and Antarctic, diving beneath ice-caps and icebergs.

Mike's Upcoming Expeditions

  • Discoveries of Coastal Europe

    May 11May 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 Adriatic

    May 30June 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.

  • Indonesia: Raja Ampat & Asmat Villages

    Indonesia: Raja Ampat & Asmat Villages

    November 3November 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 Melanesia

    Faces of Melanesia

    November 17December 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.

  • Napoleon Wrasse

    Ultimate Maldives: A Snorkeling & Diving Adventure

    January 2January 16, 2017

    Cruise through the lesser-visited southern Maldives aboard the luxurious 20-guest diving live-aboard, Orion. With two or three snorkel or dive options daily, you’ll search for whale sharks, hammerhead sharks, manta rays, Napoleon wrasses, and dolphins among the stunning underwater topography.

  • Ultimate Maldives

    Ultimate Maldives: A Snorkeling & Diving Adventure

    January 12January 26, 2017

    Cruise through the lesser-visited southern Maldives aboard the luxurious 20-guest diving live-aboard, Orion. With two or three snorkel or dive options daily, you’ll search for whale sharks, hammerhead sharks, manta rays, Napoleon wrasses, and dolphins among the stunning underwater topography.

  • Taiwan

    Asia's Subtropical Isles: Philippines, Taiwan & Japan

    March 11March 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. 

  • Circumnavigation of Iceland

    Circumnavigation of Iceland

    June 1June 12, 2017

    Iceland—a land of hot springs, glaciers, lava fields, and waterfalls—is a nature lover’s paradise. Explore the country’s fabled Golden Circle—Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss Waterfall, and the Geysir Center—and look for a variety of breeding seabirds, including kittiwakes, guillemots, and puffins.

  • Suwarrow Atoll

    Faces of Polynesia: Fiji to Tahiti

    October 22November 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.

  • Polynesia

    Tahiti to Easter Island: Marquesas, Tuamotus & Pitcairns

    November 5November 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.