Henderson Island

Apr 02, 2019 - National Geographic Orion

What an incredible and adventurous day we experienced here at Henderson Island. This isolated coral atoll ecosystem exhibits remarkable biodiversity for its size. Found halfway between New Zealand and Chile, this pristine and seemingly untouched island is home to four endemic land birds, a large breeding seabird colony, and ten taxa of endemic vascular plants.

Vigorous conditions at sea did not keep us from reaching shore to take in the beauty of this island. Limestone cliffs surrounded by turquoise waters afforded a visually impressive setting for our first water activities. What came out of exploring, snorkeling, and diving around this gem in the middle of the Pacific was a day we will never forget!

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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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Jeff Litton

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Jeff is an environmental filmmaker and adventure cinematographer. His passion for adventure has led him through rural Kenyan villages, atop erupting Guatemalan volcanoes and to the enchanted Galápagos Islands to film Hammerhead Sharks. Being an expedition filmmaker enables Jeff to combine his love for capturing beauty with his drive to protect the environment. In the words of Jacques Cousteau, “people protect what they love.” Inspired, Jeff created UGENA.org, the United Global Environmental News Agency, an online resource to inspire people to care about the environment.

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