Ra’iatea and Tah’a Islands

Apr 30, 2018 - National Geographic Orion

While travelling with Lindblad Expeditions, it goes without saying that we go to beautiful locations and have amazing experiences connecting with our natural world, but one of the greatest parts of any adventure can end up being the people you spend your time with along the way. Ask any staff member the same thing and they’ll say the same thing, they love their co-workers, the world experts that join us and of course our guests. The guests come along on these expeditions bring so much, sometimes I forget who are staff and who are guests. There are some people who stand out as gifts to these likeminded people and hopefully I was able to do them a little a justice in this photography essay.

One of the greatest parts of travelling on these voyages, is certainly having a photography instructor on board. We currently have David Cothran on board who has helped improve our photography drastically. I remember him once saying the best camera is the one you have in your hand. With that in mind, I set myself the challenge of only taking out an obscure looking 24mm lens with my dslr camera and only using it to capture images of our day at Ra’iatea and Tah’a Islands.

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About the Author

Chris Cook


A self confessed “animal nerd,” Chris falls under many titles: marine biologist, marine interpreter, dive master, science communicator, and naturalist. Chris was lucky enough to grow up on the East Coast of Australia, where there are no shortage of different coastal environments to explore. While growing up, his friends would be surfing while he would be under the waves, snorkel and mask on looking for fish and all the weird and wonderful creatures he couldn’t get enough of. This love of the ocean lead to him completing a Bachelor of Science in 2005.

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