Go on a trip of a lifetime, travelling in the footsteps of Alfred Russel Wallace in the Malay Archipelago.

Travel to some of the most incredible places that Alfred Russel Wallace visited during his epic 8 year expedition to "the Malay Archipelago".

Snorkel on some of the most biodiverse and pristine reefs left on planet Earth and see the incredible corals, fish and other creatures that scuba divers miss.

Watch Birds of Paradise displaying - you will agree with Wallace that they are some of the “…most beautiful and most wonderful of living things”!


The trips listed below raise much needed funds for the A. R. Wallace Correspondence Project, which is unlocking a wealth of new information about Wallace's life and very important scientific work. The Director of the project, Dr George Beccaloni, will be the naturalist guide on these tours, and will lecture on a wide range of subjects related to Wallace and the region's natural history, both terrestrial and marine. George is a zoologist, evolutionary biologist and historian of science, who worked at London’s Natural History Museum for more than 20 years on butterflies and other insects. He is a keen natural history photographer and has visited 'the Malay Archipelago' many times. All of these trips are limited to about 20 guests.

[The photos on this page were taken by George on past trips, and give you an idea of what you might see! Clicking a link below will take you to a page of information about the trip]

2024 TRIPS

In the Footsteps of Wallace in the Malay Archipelago (Borneo, Singapore and Indonesia), a land-based trip with Jon Baines Tours: 20 September - 6 October

In Search of Wallace and his Living Treasures (Ternate Island - Sorong, New Guinea), a cruise with SeaTrek Sailing Adventures: 4 - 15 October

Jewels of Raja Ampat (Sorong, New Guinea - Sorong), a cruise with SeaTrek Sailing Adventures: 18 - 27 October

George with Wallace's Golden Birdwing butterfly on Bacan Island.

ARTICLES ABOUT SOME OF GEORGE'S PREVIOUS TRIPS (A photo of him & Wallace's Golden Birdwing Butterfly is on the left)

In footsteps of great explorers in far-flung Indonesian islands. Stuff (New Zealand), 2024

A blissful, 12-day phone-free sailing trip around the Spice Islands. Irish Times. 2023

A voyage through Indonesia: tropical reefs and fearless free-divers in the eastern islesNational Geographic Traveller. 2020.

In Wallace's footstepsBBC Wildlife Magazine, 2020.

An evolutionary moment discovering the 'Galapagos of the East'The Telegraph, 2019.

An Indonesian adventure in the wake of Alfred Russel WallaceFinancial Times, 2019.

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And the following article about Wallace's trip to the Malay Archipelago, which George published in 2023 in the Natural History Museum, London's, Evolve Magazinehttps://www.researchgate.net/publication/368542671_Alfred_Russel_Wallace_and_the_Malay_Archipelago#fullTextFileContent

Scratchpads developed and conceived by (alphabetical): Ed Baker, Katherine Bouton Alice Heaton Dimitris Koureas, Laurence Livermore, Dave Roberts, Simon Rycroft, Ben Scott, Vince Smith