Snorkeling is what we do. It’s what we have done throughout most of the Indo-Pacific for over two decades, or the better part of our adult lives. It has been an important part of our careers in science, our success at work, and our personal pleasure. Early in our careers as guides in the Rock Islands of Palau, we dreamed of spending the rest of our days exploring the world’s best reefs with like-minded snorkelers. We began Coral Triangle Adventures with the focus on being able to organize and lead luxurious snorkeling trips for dedicated marine enthusiasts to visit some of the world’s most magnificent reefs…
Approaching our 20th anniversary from those days in Palau, our dream has been realized. We hope you find our selection of special snorkeling journeys exciting and inspiring, and that you will join us for a snorkeling trip of a lifetime!
Lee Goldman grew up in Philadelphia and got his first taste of the underwater world on a SCUBA diving trip to the island of Bonaire, Netherland Antilles. A year after his return from the warm Caribbean waters he left to pursue his dream of working as a marine biologist for the beautiful but much colder waters of the Pacific Northwest. There he earned a degree in Marine Biology from Western
Washington University. After graduating and upon completion
of an underwater video called Sea Symphony a video he
produced and filmed to showcase some of the beautiful
marine life in the Pacific Northwest, he spent the next 10
years traveling around the world as a guide and biologist
working in places such as the Florida Keys, Belize,
Vancouver Island B.C., Palau, Guam, and the Philippines.
In 2002 he left Palau to earn a Master’s Degree at the
University of Guam where he investigated coral interactions
and pioneered new techniques for culturing corals. During
his time on Guam, he also was the principal investigator for
the Department of Fisheries’ Sea Turtle Monitoring Project
and helped develop a community-based sea turtle awareness program. Lee is a certified SCUBA Instructor, an avid birdwatcher, and conservationist. After living in the Philippines for ten years, he now makes his home in Las Vegas, USA where he has to travel just a but farther to get to his favorite snorkeling destinations throughout Southeast Asia, Philippines, Micronesia, Melanesia, and Indonesia. His has written two books, Snorkeler’s Guide to Marine Life of the Philippines, published in 2012, and his latest book written with Ethan Daniels, Marine Life and Natural History of the Coral Triangle. Both books are available through booksellers or can be purchased on Amazon.com. They can also be order directly from our website (click the title for more information).
Ethan Daniels is a photojournalist and
dive guide currently based in El Cerrito, California. Annual
travels take him all over the planet, from the rich, temperate
waters of the northern Atlantic and the eastern Pacific,
to the warm, diverse Coral Triangle, Andaman Sea, and
Caribbean. Having spent his youth on the shores of New
England, Ethan became fascinated with the bizarre marine
life that thrives beneath the water line. He studied biology at Bucknell University and completed his graduate work at the
University of Guam Marine Laboratory in 1999. His thesis focused on
the chemical imprinting of anemonefishes. Ethan spent nine years living in Micronesia, exploring the
region’s unique marine habitats, flora, and fauna. Favoring
parts of the world that are off-the-beaten-track, he currently combines his passions for natural history and photography
to guide, write, and promote the security of the world’s
marine ecosystems. Ethan’s work can be found in Alert Diver, Asian Diver, Asian Geographic, EZ Dive Magazine, Fifty Fathoms, Ocean Geographic,
Diving, Sport Diver, Scuba Diver Australasia, Tauchen, Unterwasser, and other publications. His latest imagery found at OceanStockImages.com and his first book, Under Cape Cod Waters, published in 2010 by Union Park Press, is on bookshelves and available online. Coral Triangle Seascapes, published in 2012 is now out of print but a few, rare copies still float around. His most recent book, written with Lee Goldman, titled Marine Life and Natural History of the Coral Triangle is available on Amazon.com or click the titles to order directly from our website.
David Burdick currently works as a Research Associate at the University of Guam Marine Laboratory, where he coordinates Guam’s Long-term Coral Reef Monitoring Program and serves as Biorepository Manager for a multi-year NSF EPSCoR-funded project. Originally from Conneaut, Ohio, David graduated from Hiram College in 1999 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biology and College of Charleston in South Carolina in 2006 with a Master’s Degree in Environmental Studies. He moved to Guam in 2004 as part of NOAA’s Pacific Islands Technical Assistantship program, through which he provided training in Geographic Information Systems and developed a benthic habitat atlas for the island’s nearshore waters. David has since been involved in various aspects coral reef management, research, and monitoring on Guam, such as marine protected areas, recreational misuse and overuse, military dredging, coral bleaching response, and restoration. In 2013 he contributed to the book, Environments of Guam, edited by Danko Taborosi, and is currently working on a comprehensive account of the hard corals of the Mariana Islands with Richard Randall and a guide to the echinoderms of the Mariana Islands with Dr. Alex Kerr and Dr. Gustav Paulay. An avid amateur underwater photographer and naturalist, David has also developed the website, www.Guamreeflife.com, that aims to raise awareness of Guam’s rich marine biodiversity and document the beauty of Guam’s marine life. Photos David captured on visits to coral reefs around the world can be found at dburdick.smugmug.com.
Brent Tibbatts grew up in Washington State where he spent much of his young life fishing and snorkeling around the cool waters of Puget Sound. His interests intensified when, in 1993, he moved to the island of Guam, Micronesia and was exposed to the diversity and pageantry of the tropical coral reef. Between his snorkeling and SCUBA diving activities, he completed a degree in biology from the University of Guam. As a student of the marine lab, he spent many hours cataloguing fish species found around Guam as well as aiding faculty and students with research and reef management projects. In 1998 he began working as a freshwater and marine biologist for the Guam’s Department of Aquatic and Wildlife Resources. During his over 20 years of service he was responsible for dozens of environmental projects that represented potential impacts to marine, freshwater, and terrestrial habitats. He also managed an annual portfolio of grants totaling $250,000, and is Guam’s representative at fisheries meetings in Hawaii, American Samoa, New Caledonia, and the CNMI. He is a co-author on five papers relating to aquatic issues on Guam and in Micronesia and is a frequent speaker for high school, university, military, and educational groups, discussing fish identification and fisheries issues on Guam and in the Micronesian region.
Brian Magnier currently resides in the Tampa Bay, but grew up in Massachusetts where he spent much of his youth exploring the local natural environs and developing a life-long fascination for birds. As a candidate for a Bachelor’s of Science in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Cornell University, he studied birds in Borneo, mammals in Alaska, and published a paper on scorpionfly behavior. After graduating in 2015, he worked as a field assistant in Papua New Guinea studying wrens, but freely admits that it was the lure of tropical reefs that captured his attention. During his time along the wild coastline of PNG, he spent all of his spare time snorkeling the rich reefs that lay just offshore and identifying all of the amazing marine life. With his passion towards the natural world now focused on marine environments he has studied invasive lionfish and surveyed nesting leatherback turtles on St. Kitts. He furthered his academic career with a Master’s degree from the University of Miami and currently divides his time between working as a professional naturalist, an environmental educator, and a photojournalist.