Fakarava and Toau Atolls

Jul 11, 2018 - National Geographic Orion


Just after sunrise, we entered the huge atoll of Fakarava.  We made our way in through the pass and on towards the small town of Rotoava.  Here we explored by bicycle on foot.  For many of us, a certain highlight were the sharks that came to eat the scraps from the fishermen.  Such an incredible experience!

In the afternoon, we repositioned to the neighboring atoll of Toau.  Here, calm conditions were perfect for amazing snorkeling, stand-up paddleboarding, and kayaking.  Many of us spent all afternoon in the warm water experiencing a healthy coral reef.

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Mike Greenfelder

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Mike learned early on that the best way to escape Ohio was to become a marine biologist.  During college at Wittenberg University he attended a semester at Duke University's Marine Lab — that time only confirmed his love for all things oceanic and maritime.  After graduation, Mike promptly moved to Catalina Island in California where he taught marine biology to school kids.  Since 1999, Mike has been working and traveling chasing his three loves: marine critters, photography, and birds.

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