Huahine, French Polynesia

Jul 22, 2018 - National Geographic Orion

Part of the Society Island Archipelago, Huahine is comprised of two main islands, Huahine Nui (Big Huahine) and Huahine Iti (Little Huahine).  As with most of the islands here, dozens of small islets, or motu, dot the perimeter along with the coral reef apron surrounding the island.  In the morning, we were able to explore this magnificent island paradise by vehicle and on foot.  The afternoon was concentrated on the aquatic world that is so vital and significant to life here.  Snorkeling, stand-up paddleboarding, and kayaking were our means to fulfill this aspect of our experience.

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About the Author

Doug Gualtieri


Doug’s passion for the natural world started at an early age in his home state of Michigan. He received two biology degrees from Central Michigan University, and later went on to get a master’s degree in conservation biology. His education led him to study a diverse range of natural sciences, with an emphasis on ecology, animal behavior, and migratory birds. Shortly after leaving the academic world, Doug migrated north to Alaska with his trusty Siberian husky, Koda. He began working as a naturalist in Denali National Park in 1999. For over seven years he has shared his love of Alaska and Denali’s six million acres with Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic guests, as trip leader for the Denali Land Extension based at the North Face Lodge deep within the park.

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Brett Garner

Naturalist/Expedition Diver

Brett is a photographer, marine biologist, and educator from California. He is happiest underwater with camera in hand working to inspire marine conservation. He has worked and traveled extensively throughout the Americas, Asia, Oceania, and the Middle East. His underwater work has taken him under the ice in Alaska and also through some of the world’s warmest seas. 

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