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

For over a decade Paul North has been exploring the marine ecosystems of our planet. Whereas most think of diving as a warm water activity, he has chosen the road less traveled–specializing in polar diving. This has provided many rare opportunities to dive and explore from the Arctic to Antarctica and many wondrous places in between.

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