Apr 17, 2019 - National Geographic Orion

It was a big day with lots of water activity out here at the Apataki Atoll! There was so much to see and do around this beautiful coral atoll, and the reefs were nothing less than spectacular.

Early in the morning National Geographic Orion ventured into the narrow passage of the lagoon and set anchor. After breakfast most of the Exclusive Resort members set off to the atoll for a morning packed with snorkeling, swimming, stand-up paddleboarding and kayaking. Such a rough life out here on this gorgeous sunny morning in tropical paradise!

Snorkeling lent an especially captivating (and colourful) display of marine life, including parrot fish, numerous butterfly fish species, titan trigger fish, sergeant majors, pipe fish, black-tipped reef sharks, and so much more.

Our activities after lunch included a very exciting drift snorkel. This wild ride was one in which fun, colour, and adventure just kept coming and coming. Stepping off the Zodiac and into the water, the current swiftly ebbs you toward rich corals before slowing to a relatively calm eddy. The coral and fish below were stunning and several sharks were spotted as well.

Those not opting to drift snorkel went for a fascinating guided tour with Tom Richie in glass-bottomed zodiac named after this veteran naturalist.

After such a great day there was an incredible buzz around sunset cocktails as we sailed out of the lagoon. And on the great times went, with another delicious gourmet dinner to follow after.

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Martin Cohen


Martin grew up in Melbourne playing cricket and Australian Rules football. While growing up, and to his parents’ dismay, Martin brought home and kept a menagerie of wildlife including frogs, lizards, turtles, and even poisonous snakes!

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