Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Australian explorer Ben Cropp to join the Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic team



A chance for guests to travel with renowned filmmaker and explorer along the Pacific Equator

Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic has announced that Australian explorer Ben Cropp will be joining its Global Perspectives Speakers Program in October for the Palau to Solomon Islands: Along the Pacific Equator expedition.

Cropp has produced some 150 marine and wildlife adventure documentaries that have been televised throughout the world. He has discovered more than 100 shipwrecks, including the 1977 discovery of HMS Pandora, the prominent Australian shipwreck.

Ben Cropp’s Shipwreck Museum was opened in 1980
on the Council’s old sugar wharf in Port Douglas
His career has seen him win the coveted underwater Photographer of the Year, in 1964 following in the footsteps of Hans Hass and Jacques Cousteau. In 1999 he was awarded an Order of Australia AM for his marine and coastal conservation work and promotion and awareness of the Australian marine environment as a documentary filmmaker. In 2000 he was inducted into the International Scuba Divers Hall of Fame.

Guests on this voyage will be able to listen to Cropp's presentations, as well as enjoy daily expeditions in his company. This voyage combines ocean passage and island exploration, journeying through some of the most remote places in the Pacific. Activities include attending a performance of the unique fire dances of the Baining tribe in Rabaul, Papua New Guinea, snorkeling and scuba diving the World War II wrecks of Chuuk (Truk) Lagoon and visiting a village in Marovo Lagoon. This voyage starts at $19,320 for a double occupancy in a category one cabin, departing 1 October 2015.

Cropp will join an incredible line up of speakers for 2015, including Dr. Lawrence Blair, Dr. Biruté Galdikas and Sir. James Mancham. The wide range of expeditions offers guests the chance to explore and personally interact with these world-renowned researchers and explorers. It allows Lindblad Expeditions' guests to travel with individuals known for discovering new species, diving to uncharted depths, leading primate research, and altering the course of scientific history.

To order the Explorations brochure, obtain additional information on Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic or to book, visit au.expeditions.com, call 1300 361 012 or see your travel agent.