Snorkel or dive nearly every day as you discover the western corner of Micronesia. 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 archaeological site of Nan Madol.
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
Best of Micronesia: Rabaul to PalauMarch 3 — March 20, 2019
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 Ningaloo Reef, home to whale sharks, dolphins, and humpback whales, as well as Little Turtle Island, an important nesting site for flatback turtles.
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 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.
Sub-Antarctic Islands of New ZealandJanuary 16 — February 2, 2020
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 melodious bellbirds and red-crowned parakeets.
Ultimate Seychelles with Aldabra AtollFebruary 14 — February 29, 2020
Enjoy snorkeling and diving in the Seychelles; spend two full days exploring the Aldabra Atoll; and discover the unique flora and fauna of the region.
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 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
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 much more.