Underwater Among Acteon Islands

Apr 06, 2019 - National Geographic Orion


The start of our Easter Island voyage brings us to the Acteon Island group. The four islands comprising this part of French Polynesia are subgroup of the Tuamotu Islands located about 1,400 kilometers south of our destination in Tahiti. As the undersea specialist on this journey, my interest was certainly sparked when we were told we’d be snorkeling and diving in waters no one had entered before. Needless to say, the experiences had today were once-in-a-lifetime.

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Chris Cook

Naturalist

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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