Taveuni Island, Fiji

May 29, 2018 - National Geographic Orion

Today we visited the township of Waitabu on Taveuni Island. This island is known as “The Garden Island of Fiji” because of the abundant pant life found here. It certainly lived up to its name, being such a beautiful place to visit with unbelievably welcoming locals. The island is also famous for its successfully self-managed marine park which will hopefully inspire others to do similar things. The community spirit is alive and well on the island and we were fortunate enough to be welcomed by the local people with a kava ceremony.

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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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