Bora Bora, Society Islands

Jul 18, 2018 - National Geographic Orion

The imposing and jagged Mount Otemanu greeted us at sunrise in an almost Lord of the Rings-esque mysterious mountain scene. The spectacular turquoise lagoon of Bora Bora contrasting against the mountains made for a very beautiful day above and under the water. We spent the morning exploring the island on trucks, learning about how pareos (sarongs) are colored and stenciled, as well as visiting the world-famous bar Bloody Mary’s, where the owner mentioned proudly that past U.S. presidents have visited. We spent the afternoon relaxing and snorkeling off a beach on a tiny island with yet more spectacular views, lovely butterflyfish, and even an ice cream surprise from the ship’s crew! Tomorrow, off to Taha’a and Raiatea.

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Lida Teneva


Dr. Lida Teneva grew up in Sofia, Bulgaria, in Eastern Europe, and wanted to be an explorer from an early age. Today, she is a coral reef scientist, marine conservationist, and educator, with 13 years of experience accumulated in Barbados, Dominican Republic, Australia (Great Barrier Reef), French Polynesia, Palau, the Northern Line Islands (Palmyra Atoll), Hawaii, and Fiji. She has worked on ancient and modern coral reefs, reconstructing past climate change and predicting future changes to reefs. 

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Eric Wehrmeister

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Eric began his life on the far western edge of Chicago, where the concrete meets the cornfields.  His inspiration has always drawn from the expansive beauty of the natural world, as well as the endless forms that populate it.

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