Apataki, Tuamotu, French Polynesia

Jun 17, 2018 - National Geographic Orion

National Geographic Orion transited east through the Tuamotus from Rangiroa to Apataki overnight, arriving near our destination at first light and proceeding through the pass into the lagoon before breakfast. It’s always delightful to wake up in a new location, and today was particularly special as the ship has never visited this island before. A low-lying coral atoll, Apataki, is at its maximum four meters above sea level and hosts dense stretches of coconut palms separated by open beaches as well as many shallow channels allowing water to move between the lagoon and the open ocean. We enjoyed a busy, sunny day exploring both ashore and afloat, including natural history and photography walks.

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Deb Goodwin


Passionate about creating opportunities for explorers of all ages to engage with wild and under-studied places, Deb embraces the power of immersive experiences to inspire curiosity and conservation. Extended backcountry expeditions as a teen jumpstarted this commitment and continue to motivate her travels. No matter the location, she observes the natural environment with a detective’s mindset, seeking to understand how local history, geology, weather, and ecological processes together shape the coastal land- and seascape. 

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