Ra’iatea and Taha’a

Jul 08, 2018 - National Geographic Orion


The morning began with clear skies and awaiting islands to explore. After breakfast our guests set out to explore Taha’a, where vanilla plantations and snorkel opportunities awaited. Thoroughly, the lesson was delivered on how vanilla was grown and processed on the island. Afterwards, our guests set out to explore the underwater landscape, snorkeling with enthusiasm as a myriad of fish species danced around them. A highlight was two unexpected lionfish, just off the beach. Close enough for guests to simply sit on a sandy slope, stick their head in and witness one of the most beautiful fish within our planet’s salt water ecosystems.

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About the Author

Paul North

Undersea Specialist

Paul North is the founder of the educational nonprofit Meet the Ocean and host of its online podcast. As a polar diver with Lindblad Expeditions/National Geographic, he tours the remote underwater landscapes of Antarctica and other sub-zero destinations to emphasize the importance, diversity, and unexpected color of the invertebrate kingdom.

About the Photographer

Jonathan Irish

National Geographic Photographer

During his eight years on the National Geographic staff, travel and conservation photographer Jonathan Irish launched and directed the National Geographic Adventures program, bringing travelers and photographers around the world on active adventures. 

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