Fatu Hiva, Marquesas, French Polynesia

Aug 25, 2018 - National Geographic Orion


Today National Geographic Orion spent the entire day in the Bay of Virgins along the dramatic coastline of Fatu Hiva, the southernmost of the Marquesas Islands. Headlands sculpted from volcanic rocks transported us to another time and dimension. Here we went ashore to explore and meet the local people who greeted us with flowers, fruits, local arts and crafts, and a cultural performance. During the afternoon we enjoyed this remote tropical paradise on the water exploring by Zodiac, kayaks, and on stand-up paddleboards. A dramatic sunset provided a fitting climax to an amazing day.

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Ralph Lee Hopkins

National Geographic Photographer

National Geographic photographer Ralph Lee Hopkins is the founder and director of the Expedition Photography program for the Lindblad-National Geographic alliance. For more than 20 years he has lead expeditions from the Arctic to Antarctica and points in between.

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Sarah Culler

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Sarah was raised on a multi-generational family dairy farm, established circa 1815 in Lucas, Ohio. Consequently, her first paying job was milking cows! Rewarding as it was to get paid for the first time, she found her passion behind the lens of a camera. Growing up on the farm gave her not only a strong work ethic but also the love of nature and being outdoors. 

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