Philip Beale

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Philip Beale FRGS, Director


Philip has been passionate about adventure travel since his early school days which culminated in him winning a place on Operation Drake where he sailed on the Eye of the Wind and visited Fiji, the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea. He then read Politics at Hull University and joined the Royal Navy to pursue his interest in maritime exploration. He has led and organised three major “Kon Tiki” type expeditions, the Borobudur Ship Expedition, the Phoenicia Ship Expedition and more recently in 2019, the Phoenicians before Columbus Expedition. This expedition sailed a replica Phoenician ship from Carthage in Tunisia across the Atlantic to the Americas. More details can be found here:


Following the Borobudur Ship Expedition, Philip was awarded a state medal for Services to Indonesian Culture by President Megawati of the Republic of Indonesia. Philip is our Indonesia expert. He has authored two books: Sailing Close to the Wind and Atlantic BC details of which can be found at


Philip is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a member of the Scientific Exploration Society and sits on their Honorary Advisory Board.

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