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Expedition Recon: Looking Back & Moving Forward

Sven-Olof Lindblad is wrapping up his team’s South Pacific reconnaissance trip that has found never-before-offered experiences and ultimate snorkel and dive sites for guests on our five new 2018 South Pacific & French Polynesia expeditions. Here’s a look at just a few expedition highlights.

Photo by Kristin Hettermann

We spent an afternoon at lovely Toau’s North Pass where corals of vibrant colors can be seen in shallow water.

Photo Vincent Truchet

Our team discovered a site in the shallows where we can snorkel with these rays off Moorea. We’ll return here on our Isles, Atolls, and Pristine Corals: Southern Line Islands expedition.

Photo by Kristin Hettermann

Shallow channels move water quickly through an area we found just off Hauhine, where the nutrients feed a variety of life. The best way to explore it is by drifting along in our snorkeling gear, our cameras ever-ready for shots like this. We’ll return here on our French Polynesia: Beyond the Postcard expedition.

Photo by Kristin Hettermann

Shark dives off Fakarava proved to be a highlight. Our CEO Sven Lindblad said, “It’s wonderful to see the change in people who at some point were afraid of sharks and now feel totally comfortable amongst them. That’s evolution.”

A warm welcome on Raiatea, were greeted at sea by ceremony and invited onto the island by hundreds of community members, welcomed with hula, prayer, and some with kava.

Photo by Kristin Hettermann

Going ashore at Fakarava. We look forward to returning to this gem of the Pacific on our Easter Island to Tahiti: Tales of the Pacific expedition.

Photo by Kristin Hettermann

Another dive site at Fakarava’s North Pass proved to offer splendid diving and snorkeling.

Photo by Kristin Hettermann

Our CEO Sven Lindblad sneaks intp a shot of a curious local at Toau North Pass. After diving among enormous coral heads we had lunch on the beach.

Photo by Kristin Hettermann

At Toau’s West Pass this nine-foot manta circled coming within feet of our heads for over 20 minutes. Journalist Chris Jones wrote about his experience.

Photo by Kristin Hettermann

Strolling along the beach of idyllic Rangiroa, which we’ll return to on our French Polynesia: Beyond the Postcard expedition in 2018.

Photo by Kristin Hettermann

Time at sea was spent sorting photos, enjoying some fine meals and companyand of course spectacular sunsets like this one. And so our recon expedition winds to an end. We hope to share some of these incredible places and experiences with you on our 2018 South Pacific & French Polynesia expeditions.