Saturday, April 2, 2016

Update: 2017 Betchart Expeditions Trip to Nikumaroro

Nikumaroro is calling! Now's your chance to visit.

We now have a website dedicated to the 2017 Nikumaroro trip with Betchart Expeditions; it’s at Please take a look.

We’re on track for the trip, but need to finalize the ship charter by this June, so need to be reasonably sure we’ll have a critical mass of passengers. So if you want to join us, please get your reservations and deposits in NOW. And please encourage friends and colleagues to do so, too.

Fundraising is underway to support the research part of the trip – without which it won’t be possible to do much more than wave at the island and contemplate what may have happened there to Earhart and Noonan. As you’ll see on the website, one way people can support the research is by “adopting an expert” – or a half or quarter of an expert, a couple of experts, or the whole team. Please consider helping, and encourage others to do this, too.

If Adopt-an-Expert works out, we’re considering doing something similar to support another team visit to Fiji, to pursue the elusive bones and sextant box, see if any leads can be developed on what happened to Gerald Gallagher’s effects, and pursue a couple of other leads. If you’re interested in this, please let me know.

All this is separate from the ongoing effort to raise funds for a deepwater search of Niku’s reef using manned submersibles. For information on that, please visit

Questions, comments, brickbats – please contact me at or 01-240-475-0595.

Thanks -- Tom

"Club Fred," on the lagoon shore of the colonial village at Ritiati