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Inspiring people to explore and care about the planet, in partnership with National Geographic.
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Join our President & CEO Sven Lindblad for a live Hangout on Wednesday, June 8!
Sven was born in Switzerland and traveled extensively with his father, renowned adventure-travel pioneer Lars-Eric Lindblad. In 1979, Sven launched Special Expeditions (now Lindblad Expeditions), an innovative travel company offering marine-focused expeditions aboard small ships. In 2004, he formed an alliance with National Geographic that combines the strengths of these two pioneers in global exploration with the goal of further inspiring the world through expedition travel. In May 2006, Sven received international recognition for his distinctive and successful model of tourism in a ceremony hosted by HRH, Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg. He also had a newly discovered endemic species of moth in the Galápagos Islands, Undulambia lindbladi, named in honor of his conservation work in the archipelago. The United Nations Environment Programme also recognized Lindblad’s accomplishments, naming him to their Global 500 roll of honor. An avid photographer, Lindblad’s photography has appeared in Smithsonian and National Geographic magazines.

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On February 20th the strongest recorded storm in the Southern Hemisphere, Tropical Cyclone Winston, devastated Fiji. One of the hardest hit areas was Taveuni Island, which we’ve visited many times. Our guests visited Waitabu village on Taveuni in November 2014 and again in October 2015, receiving warm welcomes every time. This village was very hard hit by the cyclone, with many homes and all crops destroyed. Some of our guests have reached out to us to ask what they can do to help. Our local partners on the ground have advised us that The Loloma Foundation is doing active relief work on Taveuni and nearby islands. If you feel inspired to assist, please donate online at http://www.lolomafoundation.org/
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If you find yourself in Maui this February 10-12 we hope you'll visit some of our friends at Whale Tales 2016—including our Director of Expedition Photography Ralph Lee Hopkins, National Geographic Photographer Flip Nicklin, and whale researcher Fred Sharpe. Check out the event lineup (and if you go, be sure to bid on our Galápagos expedition in the auction): http://www.whaletrust.org/what-we-do/marine-education-and-conservation/whale-tales/
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Last night Sven-Olof Lindblad accepted the Legacy in Travel Philanthropy Award from Tourism Cares for 2015—a year he deemed “incredible” in his acceptance speech. “It is as if humanity has come to its senses. About 10% of the world’s land is protected, in one form or another. Last year less than 1% of the ocean was protected—this year 1.5%. And there are a lot of really very good, smart, credible people working to get us to around 10% by 2020, and I’m absolutely convinced now they will succeed.” 
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Light painting photography on Easter Island. Great shot by Mark Zukowski! 

Easter Island Moai
These statues, or moai, were photographed at twilight in the Tahai archaeological zone on Easter Island.  The large statue was illuminated by "light painting" with a flashlight by renowned National Geographic photographer and fellow traveler, Bob Krist.  The more distant moai was light painted by  local photographer and naturalist, Alex Searle.

#EasterIsland #RapaNui #moai #statues #twilight #bluehour #nightphotography #travelphotography #Polynesia #nationalgeographic #island +Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic +BestTopPhotographer 
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One of our guest experts aboard National Geographic Orion, crocodile biologist Adam Britton, is working to save a rare, tiny, toothless croc—and he could use your help!

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Yesterday’s satellite images of the Weddell Sea were better than they had been for the past four years—and a shift in the winds meant iceberg-choked waters inaccessible a week earlier would be navigable. Our captain and expedition leader set course for Snow Hill Island in the Weddell Sea, and this morning our guests awoke to an announcement over the P.A., “Emperors on the ice.” Our captain parked in the sea ice, and we disembarked onto the frozen ocean for a mile-long hike to this group of emperors. A few even came out to meet us and walked (or tobogganed on their bellies) alongside our group as we made our way to the gathering. 
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On #GivingTuesday, thanks to all of our guests who have generously donated to the Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic Fund to preserve the planet's wildest, most interesting places and support communities in regions we explore. If you choose to donate today, we hope you'll consider the LEX-NG Fund: https://donate.nationalgeographic.org/leximpact
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Clear water, vibrant corals, and incredible undersea life—this is the South Pacific. Here National Geographic photographer Jay Dickman shoots the ‘wall of mouths’ in the remote, wild Millennium atoll.
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Protecting the "Amazon of the ocean," and more—an update from the Mission Blue II Expedition held aboard our ship National Geographic Orion last month.
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