Rangiroa and Tuamoto Archipelago

May 16, 2019 - National Geographic Orion


Today, National Geographic Orion arrived in beautiful Rangiroa. Our spirits were full of excitement to experience French Polynesia’s largest atoll and it’s vibrant blue lagoon, which is home to colorful coral, massive gatherings of pelagic fish, roaming sea turtles, and a variety of sharks gliding through the water. This area is well known world-wide as having some of the best opportunities for scuba diving and snorkeling across French Polynesia.

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Christine West

Undersea Specialist

Christine was fortunate to grow up in the Pacific Northwest on the shores of the Puget Sound. After graduating from the University of Washington, she decided to pursue her love of the ocean and exploration. Her passion for marine biology has inspired her through over 4,000 scuba dives around the globe in temperate and cold-water conditions, as well as snorkeling and freediving in extraordinary habitats such as in river beds with spawning salmon, in recently de-glaciated bays and lagoons filled with ice and glacial silt and in deep blue water with large marine animals including humpback whales, hammerhead sharks and pilot whales.

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