Lee Goldman

Lee Goldman is a certified SCUBA instructor, an avid birdwatcher, and a passionate kayaker, rock climber, and hiker. Lee has been leading WT's popular and ever-expanding collection of snorkeling adventures since 2007. “We bring people to places seldom visited and get to explore the raw natural beauty of the area. In the Solomons, Raja Ampat, and the remote islands of the Philippines, we are exposed to pristine habitats – harder and harder places to find on our crowded planet.” Originally from Philadelphia, Lee got his first taste of the underwater world on a SCUBA trip to Bonaire in the Netherlands Antilles then earned a degree in Marine Biology from Western Washington University and completed Sea Symphony, a documentary on the marine life of the Pacific Northwest. Lee spent the next ten years traveling around the world as a guide and biologist then earned his Master's Degree at the University of Guam in 2002, where he investigated coral interactions and pioneered techniques for culturing corals. He also helped to develop a community-based sea turtle awareness program. Lee makes his home in the Philippines and divides his time between research on coral reproduction, his wife and daughter (a junior naturalist!), and guiding around the globe. Lee is the author of Snorkeler’s Guide to Marine Life of the Philippines, which identifies more than 850 marine species in the Philippine Islands. Asked what he likes about trip leading, Lee states, “The people. Absolutely. WT trip members are well-traveled, caring, and interested. This means a lot to me; I know that I can take them off-the-beaten-path and challenge their sense of travel and that we will all be incredibly rewarded by the experience. WT clients are true adventurers rather than tourists.”

Upcoming Trips:

Visayan Snorkeling Expedition, April 7-19, 2015
Visayan Snorkeling Expedition, May 6-18, 2015
Visayan Snorkeling Expedition, May 21-June 2, 2015
Solomon Islands Snorkeling Expedition, July 18-28, 2015
Komodo Snorkeling Expedition, August 4-14, 2015

Client Testimonials:


Lee is very knowledgeable, pleasant, and easy to get along with. He’s also very passionate about the Palawan area and its wildlife. Scott D., Grass Lake MI Lee is an excellent guide, an enthusiastic and knowledgeable marine biologist. He has great people skills and is thoughtful and considerate to all the people he is responsible for. Bravo! Rosalyn K., Oakland CA Not only was Lee a gem and unbelievably knowledgeable in the area and subject, his enthusiasm is contagious! As a group leader he is exemplary. Scott S., Oakland CA Lee was a wonderful ambassador of Wilderness Travel and lived up to my expectations for a leader of a trip like this. Thomas C., Elkins Park, PA Lee was an excellent leader and his knowledge of the islands and marine life is outstanding. He was very successful at keeping the trip a great experience for everyone. Edward B., Cheltenham PA Lee was a “gem” of a Trip Leader. Huge accolades to the entire support crew. Tom L., Ventura CA Lee is an exceptional person, guide, and instructor. He is patient, passionate about the area and marine life, and caring of all guests. Penny B., Honolulu, HI
Snorkeling and Sea Kayaking in Palawan
Lee is a truly outstanding guide, incredibly knowledgeable, and fun to be around. My husband and I learned so much about the marine life of the Philippines and we were thrilled when Lee was willing to share many of his underwater pictures with us. His enthusiasm for everything we saw was contagious. Jill R., Sacramento, CA
Snorkeling and Sea Kayaking in Palawan
I travel all over the world and I found Lee to be the best guide I have ever had. I highly recommend him for his enthusiasm and knowledge. Gary F., Santa Barbara, CA
Snorkeling and Sea Kayaking in Palawan
Lee was obviously very knowledgable (the man really knows his reef ecology!),and he was capable, generous, and pleasant. Richard R., La Crosse, WI
Snorkeling and Sea Kayaking in Palawan
I enjoyed each and every moment with Lee. His professionalism and passion for his work and the environment is worthy of an extended applause. Robert G., Bellevue, WA
Raja Ampat: The Misool Islands
Lee Goldman is a special man. Smart, passionate, and a born leader. Chuck P., Chicago, IL
Raja Ampat: The Waigeo Islands
Lee was exceptional as a trip leader and very knowledgeable. He really wants to work with the local residents to try to conserve their natural reef resources and these tours are one way of doing this. Jo-Ann L., Kaneohe, HI
Visayan Snorkeling Expedition
Lee is very eager to share his extensive knowledge about marine life. His passion for snorkeling and studying coral reefs and fish was clearly apparent. Really enjoyed his evening talks and slide shows, which deepened our appreciation and enjoyment of the coral reef environment. Darrah H., San Rafael, CA
Visayan Snorkeling Expedition