Makatea, French Polynesia

Aug 15, 2018 - National Geographic Orion

Makatea. What an amazing place to be immersed in for the day. We climbed to her plateau top, we delved into her grotto heart, we looked in awe at her rugged coastline and we finally went swimming in her surrounding waters to discover any natural wonders she still had hiding. I hope these five images depict the wonderful day we had on this amazing island.

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Chris Cook


A self confessed “animal nerd,” Chris falls under many titles: marine biologist, marine interpreter, dive master, science communicator, and naturalist. Chris was lucky enough to grow up on the East Coast of Australia, where there are no shortage of different coastal environments to explore. While growing up, his friends would be surfing while he would be under the waves, snorkel and mask on looking for fish and all the weird and wonderful creatures he couldn’t get enough of. This love of the ocean lead to him completing a Bachelor of Science in 2005.

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