Rangiroa, Tuamotu, French Polynesia

Jun 14, 2018 - National Geographic Orion


At 7:00 a.m. National Geographic Orion entered the lagoon of the second largest atoll in the world, Rangiroa, which means “wide sky” in the local language. 

In the morning, most guests visited a pearl farm where the owner shared his knowledge of how to farm the unique Tahiti pearls. 

In the afternoon the snorkeling platform was anchored at a part of the lagoon where no fishing has been practiced for many years and a great variety of fish find a safe haven. Despite the occasional heavy shower, guests didn’t want to miss this last occasion for an amazing snorkeling adventure.

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Isa Weber

Cultural Specialist

Born with the travel bug in a small German town, Isa escaped provincial monotony at the age of 20—working for five years on cargo ships allowed her to travel off the beaten path. After several stays in Indonesia she became a secretary at the Foreign Office in Germany and was posted to Kobe, Japan. During a vacation to the islands of Tahiti Isa felt that this was the place where she wanted to drop anchor and moved to Tahiti in 1982.

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Chris Cook

Naturalist

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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