Futuna and Alofi Islands, Wallis and Futuna

May 30, 2018 - National Geographic Orion


After leaving the islands of Fiji in her wake, National Geographic Orion now ventures into the French overseas collectivity of Wallis and Futuna. Just after breakfast our group landed on Vele Beach in the town of Poi on the island of Futuna. Local musicians welcomed us ashore as we boarded local transports for our morning explorations of this very remote island.

Our afternoon was filled with water activities on Alofi Island, as we took full advantage of sunny skies and calm seas to enjoy the water in every possible way! Some chose to snorkel over these pristine reefs. Others chose to enjoy the underwater view while comfortably sitting in the glass bottom Zodiac. Still others chose to kayak or use the standup paddleboards to view the stunning reef here from water level.

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Michael Nolan

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Michael Nolan was born in Bitburg, Germany to an Air Force family stationed there. His first experience of the ocean came at age 12, when he learned to snorkel in the Italian Mediterranean. At age 17 he moved to Tucson, Arizona and became a PADI SCUBA instructor, before starting a SCUBA diving business that specialized in diving trips to the Sea of Cortez.

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