Wallacea Expeditions

With 10 years’ experience in educational and experiential travel, Wallacea Expeditions will take you on an unforgettable journey to remote and captivating locations throughout the Asia Pacific region. All of our expeditions are led by expert staff with extensive experience in the region visited. Consequently, we can directly control the operation and quality of our expeditions whilst providing highly competitive prices. We have been trusted by many international travel agents to operate itineraries in remote and challenging areas for discerning clientele. If you would like us to personally tailor an itinerary, send us an email with your interests and preferred destinations and we will design the best program, suitable to your time frame, expectations and budget.

Mick Fogg

As an award-winning wildlife photographer and adventurer, Mick Fogg has spent the past 17 years leading expeditions and photographing some of the world’s most remote and spectacular destinations from Antarctica to Borneo. Between 2006 and 2014, Mick was an Expedition Leader for Orion Expeditions, leading expeditions through the Sub Antarctic Islands, New Zealand, Australia, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, The Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia and Malaysia. Originally qualified as a Marine Biologist, Mick takes great pleasure in educating and showcasing the myriad of wonders that abound in nature’s richest realms. In more recent times Mick has spent time researching and educating people about the biodiversity hotspots contained within the Old World tropics of Indonesia and Malaysia. Having seen the destruction of the rainforests and the plight of the Orang-Utan first hand, Mick began a journey to empower people to address these issues and bring hope to the future. In 2012 Mick was rewarded for his conservation work in Indonesia by being appointed the first Ambassador of Orangutan Foundation International (Australia). Mick’s passion for Indonesia has seen him recently take up residence in Bali where he conducts specialised small group expeditions through Indonesia with his company Wallacea Expeditions. These expeditions focus primarily on photography and natural history. When not exploring the planet, Mick spends his time with his two greatest loves – his wife, Karina and their son, Harrison.

Darek Figa

Born in Poland and lives in Australia, Darek has had rich exposure to culture, travel and wildlife.  Darek has had over 20 years of animal industry experience having worked in zoos and wildlife sanctuaries, the animal research industry, animal nutrition, wildlife rescue, education, and as an animal welfare officer.As founder of ENRICH – an eco-volunteer organisation, Darek now runs programs to assist injured or displaced animals held across Indonesian rescue centres.  These centres are run by the Masarang Foundation and headed by Dr Willie Smits.  Since 2007 Darek has worked on various projects across Borneo, Sulawesi and Java applying behavioural enrichment techniques to improve animal welfare for sun bears, orang-utans, various birds, snakes, crocodiles, and threatened species of sea turtles in the region.  Darek is also the Animal Welfare Consultant for the Masarang Foundation.
Committed to the protection of species within their natural habitat, Darek is on the Board of Animal Works, where he currently assists with the conservation of snow leopards in Nepal and the protection of elephants in India.  Darek is a Director of 'Orangutan Foundation International Australia' (OFIA), and is working together with the OFIA team to secure Borneo’s forests for existing and future populations of threatened orang-utans.
Darek studied animal behaviour and psychology at Macquarie University, and now teaches Animal Studies at the Sydney Institute of Technology and at Open Universities Australia.  Darek is also is a guest lecturer aboard various Borneo and Sulawesi expedition cruises with Orion Expedition Cruises and Noble Caledonia, and is a guide for associated eco-tours across the region.

Adrian Boyle

Although keen on all wildlife, Adrian's main passion is birds since where he took a keen interest in the at an early age of 12 .Having grown up in the country in South Australia near the costal Victorian border,  before he moved to study migratory birds in the sunny Kimberley town of Broome. 
Adrian's time when not guiding land or sea based tours with a primary focus on wildlife is often spent studying birds in Asia and the pacific. Through detailed field observations he tracks individual birds from their wintering grounds in Australia north to their breeding areas in the Arctic and back, working on behalf of the Global Flyway Network. During these overseas expeditions, Adrian also organises workshops on shorebird identification, banding and monitoring techniques whilst promoting wetland conservation throughout the East-Asian Pacific region.
Adrian also studies cetaceans and reptiles and he is rarely separated from his camera and binoculars. He has been employed to conduct wildlife surveys for consultants and conservation groups throughout Australia and Asia. He also regularly guides on expedition vessels around the globe and particularly likes traveling in East Asia, Russia, Northern Australia and Antarctica.

 

Alex Watson

Dr Alexander Watson is an ecologist who has a special interest in birds and mammals. He has worked in Wallacea as a guide focusing on finding and photographing many of the regions unique birds. He has also worked as consultant for many organisations, most recently for the non-government organisation ‘World Wide Fund for Nature’ (WFF) where he led field trips which surveyed, and found, endangered species including Gouldian Finch and Black-flanked Rock Wallaby in the remote Kimberley region of northern Australia.
Prior to working as a consultant, Alexander has lectured at University in conservation biology and ecology, been the national program manager for the educational organisation ‘Leave No Trace’ and worked for ‘The Wilderness Society’ on the Great Western Woodland project where he brought together key stakeholders to develop a regional plan for managing this extraordinary landscape.
He has published scientific reports on topics including assessing the National Reserve System in Australia, the need for a new approach for managing the large, intact landscapes including the Great Western Woodlands and the Kimberley, the effects of habitat fragmentation on woodland birds, the effects of logging disturbance on forests and impacts of oil spills on biodiversity.
Alexander is a passionate conservation scientist who wishes to utilise his ecology background to natural biodiversity is maintained and, where possible, empower Indigenous peoples.

Mark "Harry" Christensen

Harry is a Marine Biologist by trade, with extensive experience in educating people about the biodiversity of Indo-Pacific Coral Reefs. For over 25 years he has worked within the Tourism Industry providing educational programs to visitors in the Torres Strait, Great Barrier Reef, Melanesia, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, South Pacific, South East Asia and Kimberley regions.
He has also been employed for many years on the exclusive Lizard Island in Queensland, Australia and was responsible for bringing the diversity and fragile nature of the reef to the Island guests’ attention. It was here Harry started producing a series of nature-based newsletters as well compiling educational programs on the Island’s flora.
Harry was called to help establish Poruma Island Resort on Coconut Island, a tiny coral cay in the Torres Strait. This island was seen as the most viable option for creating employment for the Torres Strait Islanders and Harry was responsible for recruiting and training the local Indigenous people to work at the resort.
Harry also has extensive experience in the Kimberley region, where he worked as a guide and as an Expedition Leader for several seasons. 

 

Mark Watson

Mark has been working as a Naturalist and Field guide for more than 20 years, mostly in the remote wilderness regions of Tasmania and the Kimberley. Over the past five years he has spread his talents further afield through the regions of Melanesia, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia and South – East Asia. After 8 years in the armed services Mark decided to swap his gun for a camera and headed off to the Kimberley. Here Mark reaffirmed his love of the great outdoors and the natural environment whilst working on the pearl farms along the Kimberley coast. He secured a traineeship as a ranger on the one million acre wilderness park known as El Questro. Mark worked as a ranger for ten years, refining his naturalist skills whilst conducting bird watching tours on horseback, Barramundi fishing trips by  four wheel drive and helicopter, as well as cruising the many spectacular gorges in search of rare birds, plants, crocodiles and other endemic wildlife. 
After leaving EL Questro Mark travelled down to Tasmania and began leading bushwalking trips through the rugged cradle mountain region and in the winter months headed back up to the Kimberley to a remote lodge at Faraway bay where he took guests to hidden caves and overhangs exploring mysterious rock art that had been lost to the world for hundreds of years.
During the past five years Mark has been an integral member of the expedition team for Orion Expeditions guiding guests through the Kimberley, Papua New Guinea, Melanesia, Indonesia and South East Asia regions. He is passionate about all aspects of the old world tropics, from the biodiversity of the coral triangle to the rainforests that are home to a plethora of endemic bird species and primates.

 

Andy Marshall

Andrew Marshall is the founder of Ocean International, an organisation being established to facilitate marine conservation through education and filmmaking. He works as a Academic Staff Member - Maritime at the Bay of Plenty Polytechnic in NZ when not on expedition.
Andrew’s documentary filmmaking projects are internationally recognised, with his films having featured at several film festivals including the Green Film Festival in South Korea, Ecovision in Italy, and the Tokyo Environmental Film Festival in Japan. He is currently in post-production with his first 3D film "In Search of Zealandia".
Andrew has expedition cruising experience in Greenland, Alaska, Antarctica, the Sub Antarctic Islands of New Zealand and Australia, Polynesia, Micronesia, Melanesia, Indonesia, Borneo, South East Asia and Australia’s Kimberley region. Andrew has also skippered whale watching and dolphin swimming vessels in New Zealand, Australia, Hawaii and British Columbia, and has worked as a dive guide in the Red Sea. 
His qualifications range from a bachelor's degree in zoology and a postgraduate diploma in tourism management and marine science to a postgraduate diploma in natural history filmmaking, and he is in the process of completing a master's in science communication.

Max McGuire

Max McGuire joined his first expedition into the vast Indonesian archipelago in 1993. He has been going to sea ever since and has travelled and photographed his way across every continent and through every ocean. As a qualified ship’s Captain, underwater specialist and SCUBA Dive Master Max has been fortunate to have participated in expeditions and diving operations for both private and government initiatives around the world whilst logging up over 7000 dives and spending valuable time alongside renowned ocean explorers. Max has been one of the most passionate advocates of the expedition experience for the last twenty years and now happily calls Tasmania home. His family base in Hobart is proving to be the perfect platform for exploring the very best of our diminishing natural planet.

Darrin Bennett

Darrin was born in Darwin and has spent over 15 years working in Lands, Parks and Wildlife Management in the Northern Territory. To gain this extensive expertise, Darrin started as a volunteer Ranger whilst still at high school and continued to build his career through posts including Surveillance Officer responsible for protecting and interpreting Aboriginal Art sites at Ubirr Rock. Retelling the stories of the art and the people who created it, to District Ranger in Kakadu National Park for 7 years, where he liaised with the local Aboriginal people and provided guided walk and talks.

Darrin further expanded on his Environmental experience gaining a Diploma in Conservation and Land Management at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.

After finishing his diploma Darrin worked with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) surveying key rainforest areas within the Strezlecki Ranges.

Darrin continued building on his experience while working at the famous El Questro Wilderness Park in Western Australia, for three seasons where he fulfilled the role of Ecotourism Officer and Guide

For the last 10 years he has traversed the globe on Expedition ships working as a key expedition team member for Orion Expedition Cruises. Over this time he has lead groups through out many tropical and temperate regions including New Zealand, the Kimberley, Melanesia and Antarctica.