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


Following her first wilderness paddling expedition as a teen, Deb recognized the power of immersive experience in motivating individuals to value and protect the natural world. She is passionate about creating opportunities for the inquisitive of all ages to engage with remote places and underexplored marine environments. Over the years, Deb has worked as a sailor, educator, and research scientist in the North and South Pacific, the North and equatorial Atlantic, and the Caribbean.

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