At Sea from Easter Island to Ducie Atoll

Mar 31, 2018 - National Geographic Orion


After two fabulous nights on Easter Island it was time to begin the sea portion of our voyage through Polynesia.  We boarded our new home last night, and set off to the northwest towards the Pitcairn group.  Our journey to our first island, Ducie, will take two full days at sea.

A fiery sunrise started our day.  After a breakfast on the outer deck, it was time to wrap up our times spent on Easter Island and move on to the plans ahead.  We learned about photography, navigation, and Polynesian culture. A few seabirds passed by and flying fish darted off in front of the vessel. But mostly, today was about getting used to the ship, and enjoying the beautiful conditions. Whether out on deck or merely staring out the window, the cobalt blue ocean was mesmerizing.

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Mike Greenfelder

Undersea Specialist

Mike learned early on that the best way to escape Ohio was to become a marine biologist.  During college at Wittenberg University he attended a semester at Duke University's Marine Lab — that time only confirmed his love for all things oceanic and maritime.  After graduation, Mike promptly moved to Catalina Island in California where he taught marine biology to school kids.  Since 1999, Mike has been working and traveling chasing his three loves: marine critters, photography, and birds.

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