Day at Sea, French Polynesia

Aug 27, 2018 - National Geographic Orion


La Orana Tatou, or greetings from the middle of the Pacific Ocean. It’s a sea day today, a day of rest, a day of reflection, a day to recollect thoughts of a whirlwind visit to the islands of the magical, mystic islands of the Marquesas. I walked around the ship to see what guests were doing. They were lounging around the Jacuzzi, reading books in the lounge, but most were having a much-needed siesta.

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Tua Pittman

Cultural Specialist

Internationally acclaimed as a traditional master navigator, Tua has navigated canoes across the great oceans of our planet from the coastlines of Asia through to the shores of the Americas for more than 30 years, without the use of modern instruments. This Cook Islander, also of New Zealand Maori and Tahitian bloodlines, uses an ancient navigational system based upon careful observation of celestial bodies—sun, moon, and stars—as well as using ocean swells, flight patterns of birds, and other natural markers. 

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