Toau, Tuamotu Archipelago

Aug 11, 2018 - National Geographic Orion

Toau, located in the Tuamotu Archipelago, is an unexplored atoll in French Polynesia. Untouched by tourism and still pristine, it was the perfect scenery for our second expedition day aboard National Geographic Orion. The wide reef lagoon provided the perfect protection against swell and currents, while we safely submerged and explored the healthy and beautiful reef ecosystem. We also had the opportunity to visit a remote family settlement and meet the friendly locals. It was a great occasion to exchange mutual courtesies and we were all captivated by their warm and genuine hospitable welcome. The weather could not dampen the intrepid spirit of our guests!

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Cristiana Damiano

Cristiana Damiano


Cristiana was born and raised in Brazil.  Being surrounded by natural beauty and diverse culture instilled her desire for exploration at a young age.  Her passion for wilderness, different cultures and inhospitable regions led her to pursue a career in ecology, oceanography and, ultimately, the pursuit of a Ph.D. in environmental sciences and coral reef ecology in Australia.  Her travels have taken her to the Amazon and Borneo jungles, the higher mountains of Southeast Asia, the Great Barrier Reef and Far Northern Reefs, Papua New Guinea villages, volcanoes in Guatemala and the deep seas in many remote islands around the globe. 

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Dexter Sear

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Dexter grew up in England where a love for exploring the countryside ignited a lifelong passion for discovering natural history and embarking on adventure. As a teenager, two trips to India sparked a fascination with insects and a desire to share a “hidden” macro world was born. He produced a popular insect website and authored a reader digest about cultural entomology.

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