Rangiroa Atoll, Tuamotu Archipelago

Aug 09, 2018 - National Geographic Orion

Spanning over 80 km in length and over 30km at its widest point, the Rangiroa Atoll is the largest in the Tuamotu Archipelago and the 3rd largest in the world.  Comprised of over 100 motu (small low lying coral and sand islands), Rangiroa harbors a dizzying array of marine life and is home to some rare and endemic species of birds.  Today we concluded our week-long expedition in French Polynesia exploring this magnificent island paradise, both from above and below.

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Doug Gualtieri


Doug Gualtieri has worked as a Naturalist interpretive guide for over 20 years, beginning his career in Denali National Park and Preserve at a remote wilderness lodge leading hikes and giving lectures on the ecology and wildlife of that region. Later he began leading Lindblad Expeditions land extensions to Denali in 2002 and has worked with Lindblad in some form or another ever since. With a background in Biology and a lifelong passion for the natural world Doug moved to Talkeetna, Alaska in 1999 from his home state of Michigan, and never looked back.

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