One of the few operators allowed to travel the far-flung isles of the Southern Ocean, 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 the Macquarie Island cormorant and Campbell Island snipe.
Tom EJ Hiney
Tom’s naturalist career was sparked in the countryside of England by Gerald Durrell books, Attenborough documentaries, and an abundance of native wildlife that visited his childhood garden. Upon leaving the UK a decade ago, Tom worked as a scuba and free-diving instructor and gained two advanced degrees in ecology and environmental impacts and aspects. Tom also managed the Cousin Island Special Reserve, a world-renowned conservation island in the Seychelles. For two years, he helped restore coral reefs, conducted population dynamics and monitored the breeding success of seabirds, tagged sea turtles, ringed critically endangered land birds, and chased giant land tortoises to measure their growth rates. Now based in Australia, Tom spends his time co-organizing an annual environmental and plastic reduction festival in Melbourne, and making Ocean Safe, natural sunscreen in between surf, ski, and wildlife trips. An ornithologist, marine biologist, and conservationist; Tom "loves anything that moves... plus a few plants."
Tom 's Upcoming Expeditions
Sub-Antarctic Islands of New ZealandJanuary 16 — February 2, 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.
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.