Makatea

Jul 24, 2018 - National Geographic Orion


A place like Makatea is hard to describe. Imagine millions of years of coral forming underneath the waves, and then, due to some extraneous geological activity, what lurked below rose out of the sea. Now a populated island with dense growth digging into the limestone below, the fresh rain water percolates through the porous limestone leftovers to create a magnificent cave that our guests got to explore.

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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.

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