Jun 21, 2018 - National Geographic Orion

Moorea is considered to be one of the most beautiful islands of French Polynesia. The mountainous landscape is dotted by sacred peaks reaching far into the skies, and numerous jagged ridges adorn this remarkable island. Tahiti’s sister is pristine and secluded, surrounded by colorful fringing reefs, evoking a feeling of an ancient time. Mo’orea still retains an authentic island feel, with many traditional villages, beaches, archaeological sites and lookouts to be discovered. Our Lindblad/National Geographic expedition day catered for all, from an island knowledge tour to hiking, 4-wheel driving, Zodiac exploration and stand up paddles. Unfortunately, it was time to say our farewells as National Geographic Orion sailed to Papeete, Tahiti. Moorea is so breathtaking that we could not ask for a better place to end our incredible Polynesian adventure!

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Cristiana Damiano

Cristiana Damiano


Cristiana was born and raised in Brazil.  Being surrounded by natural beauty and diverse culture instilled her desire for exploration at a young age.  Her passion for wilderness, different cultures and inhospitable regions led her to pursue a career in ecology, oceanography and, ultimately, the pursuit of a Ph.D. in environmental sciences and coral reef ecology in Australia.  Her travels have taken her to the Amazon and Borneo jungles, the higher mountains of Southeast Asia, the Great Barrier Reef and Far Northern Reefs, Papua New Guinea villages, volcanoes in Guatemala and the deep seas in many remote islands around the globe. 

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