Join Zegrahm Cofounder, Mike Messick, on a brand-new itinerary showcasing far-flung islands and exotic port of call. Discover Cape Verde’s charming Portuguese villages; hike through the volcanic landscapes of the Canary Islands; explore magical Marrakech; and experience the undulating Sahara Desert.
Conservation Biologist / Naturalist
Rich first became enthralled by the wonders of the natural world around the tide pools and forests of his native New York. Since then, he has embarked on a career in conservation biology that has ranged from teaching science and environmental awareness to teenagers from Los Angeles, to traveling the coast and river deltas of Alaska’s North Slope by Zodiac to reach remote wetlands where he monitored loon nests. After such field biology projects as surveys for mammalian carnivores in the mountains of California, bird migration monitoring in Canada, and a study of army-ant-following birds in the Peruvian Amazon, Rich was drawn back to the sea where he taught marine science and island ecology on Catalina Island in California for several years. He has also conducted shipboard surveys for marine mammals and seabirds, as well tagging studies of sea turtles and pelagic sharks.
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Sea to Sahara: Cape Verde, Canary Islands & MoroccoApril 7 — April 22, 2018
Discoveries of Coastal EuropeApril 28 — May 11, 2018
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.
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.
Best of the Great Barrier ReefJuly 10 — July 24, 2018
Join this brand-new 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.
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.
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.
Bay of Bengal: Chennai to YangonJanuary 20 — February 5, 2019
Join a brand-new expedition that offers the perfect mix of India's, Bangladesh's, and Myanmar's cultural and natural treasures. Highlights include spending two full days exploring the UNESCO World Biosphere-designated Sundarbans Reserve Forest, and visiting the stunning Shwedagon Pagoda.
Best of Micronesia: Rabaul to PalauMarch 3 — March 20, 2019
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.
Treasures of Japan with South KoreaApril 12 — April 28, 2019
A classic Zegrahm expedition, not only will you enjoy a thorough Japan tour, you'll also spend a full day in Gyeongju, South Korea. Other highlights include visiting sacred Shinto shrines and ancient Buddhist temples, discovering Hiroshima, and spending time in Matsue.
Australia's Kimberley: A Voyage to the OutbackMay 3 — May 17, 2019
Your adventures in the remote and captivating Kimberley region of Western Australia are highlighted by unusual wildlife in Prince Regent Nature Reserve, the beauty of the Buccaneer Archipelago, and sublime desert-scapes.
Underwater Wonders of Western AustraliaMay 13 — May 27, 2019
Snorkel or dive nearly every day on this brand-new expedition of Western Australia, to discover colorful hard and soft corals, along with healthy populations of tropical fish. You'll explore Ningagloo Reef, home to whale sharks, dolphins, and humpback whales, as well as Little Turtle Island, an important nesting site for flatback turtles.
Best of the BalticJuly 4 — July 18, 2019
Discover the scenic beauty of Bornholm Island; visit Visby, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and once trading center of the Hanseatic League; and tour the historic districts of Gdansk, Riga, and Tallin.
Path of the Vikings: Reykjavik to QuebecAugust 27 — September 12, 2019
Cruise along chiseled fjords packed with icebergs for up-close views of glittering glaciers on our brand-new expedition that explores the Arctic region of Iceland, Greenland, and Canada. You'll search for beluga whales, and seabirds such as razorbills, guillemots, and kittiwakes, and enjoy a hike through Gros Morne National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Papua New GuineaSeptember 20 — October 6, 2019
Highlights of our return to Papua New Guinea include snorkeling or diving among some of the most biodiverse waters in the world; meeting the the friendly Trobriand Islanders; and watching the spectacular fire dances of the Baining tribe.
Tahiti to Easter Island: Marquesas, Tuamotus & PitcairnsOctober 10 — October 29, 2019
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.