The core team on SC EXPLORER is your captain and mate. Don McIntyre (with over 40 years sailing experience) and Suijuan Zhou are both qualified skippers and whale swim guides who will lead your in water encounters. We also plan to use Tongan skippers who bring a unique perspective to your Tongan experience. Suijuan will accompany all for our Chinese speaking Guests. Occasionally we will offer a themed expedition with a VIP host on-board to make your experience that much more interesting and fulfilling.
“Our Oceans need us now more than ever – on-board the SC EXPLORER we have the power of education, inspiration and motivation at our fingertips”
Jane Zouh (Suijuan Zhou)
Jane was born in 1981 in Guangzhou China and grew up in Doumen , Zhuhai. She now lives with Don on their Island of Nomuka IKI in the Kingdom of Tonga.
She trained at university as a Chinese Civil Aviation, Air Traffic Controller and went on to gain qualifications in Accountancy and English translation. In 2005 she took a position with Sea Horse Yachts in Zhuhai, as English interpreter and boat building project manager. Long-time friends, Jane and Don McIntyre became partners in 2010. They began working fulltime together on various adventures, including the www.bluetreasure.me expeditions in Tonga and consulting on boat building projects in China.
Jane first visited East Antarctica on a 21-day expedition with Don in 2007 where she saw her first Humpback whales and in 2014 worked with the expedition team on-board National Geographic ORION, voyaging in the New Zealand Sub Antarctic. The following summer she spent a month working in the New Zealand sub Antarctic and in 2016 spent two months in Antarctica as hotel manager alongside Don the Expedition leader on the tourist Ice Ship Spirit of Enderby. She is a lover of wild places and an experienced sailor, having sailed over 11,000 miles through the Pacific while living on board their yachts MS ICE and SV EXPLORER. Jane is a qualified SCUBA diver and Zodiac driver with First Aid/CPR qualifications. She looks forward to welcoming you to Tonga.
In 2011 Jane swam with humpbacks for the first time and it changed her life forever. She looks forward to sharing this experience with you.
What Animal Am I?
A Clownfish (Nemo). They are colourful, forever active, like warm water and always make people smile!