Tenararo Atoll, French Polynesia

Apr 07, 2018 - National Geographic Orion


It was another spectacular day in paradise today in French Polynesia. We were fortunate to have a surprise stop at Tenararo Atoll this morning to enjoy the ocean and everything within it. During breakfast, the expedition team prepared the platform for snorkeling and the glass bottom zodiac for viewing the underwater world from the comforts of a dry and shaded boat. By the time we finished breakfast, everything was ready and the exploration began. Those that were certified to dive ventured off with the various dive masters to get really up close and personal with the fantastic reef that surrounds this atoll.

The rest of the day was spent at sea, enjoying the comforts of the ship as we ventured off to our next destination. The light winds and scattered clouds made for a perfect setting to spend some time on deck getting some sun and enjoying the jacuzzi. We also learned how to better process our photos from our photo instructor and enjoyed a tour of the galley, where all of our delicious food is prepped. It could not be a more idyllic day here in the South Pacific.

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Robert Alexander

Naturalist/Expedition Diver

Robert Alexander has quenched his thirst for exploring the world’s flora and fauna by captaining, interpreting natural history, and conducting research aboard ships.  He particularly developed a passion for the marine life below the water’s surface while attending the University of Oregon and becoming involved with their diving program.  The rich waters of the Pacific Northwest led Robert to change career paths, and locales, as a SCUBA Instructor based primarily out of Maui.  Utilizing any means of floating vessel, from kayaks and catamarans to small passenger boats and Zodiacs, Robert became a captain as he explored the behavioral patterns of the captivating marine megafauna throughout the world.  In between being a captain and naturalist, he strives to conserve and preserve all forms of life- be it our very own species as a firefighter and EMT, assisting in shark-tagging projects for NOAA, or researching hawksbill turtle populations with the Hawaii Wildlife Fund.

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