Fa’aite and Fakarava South Pass

May 19, 2019 - National Geographic Orion


Wow! Today brought us two absolutely incredible experiences but about as opposite as possible. In the morning, we visited Fa’aite where they were celebrating the 170th anniversary of the introduction of Christianity to the island. In the afternoon, we explored the undersea world of one of the greatest places on the planet, the South Pass of Fakarava. Both were experiences we will never forget.

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Mike Greenfelder

Undersea Specialist

Mike learned early on that the best way to escape Ohio was to become a marine biologist.  During college at Wittenberg University he attended a semester at Duke University's Marine Lab — that time only confirmed his love for all things oceanic and maritime.  After graduation, Mike promptly moved to Catalina Island in California where he taught marine biology to school kids.  Since 1999, Mike has been working and traveling chasing his three loves: marine critters, photography, and birds.

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Rodrigo Moterani

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Rodrigo Moterani was born in Brazil in 1976. After spending his teen years playing with camcorders and VCRs, Rodrigo ended up working in the field of television journalism and video production in his home country. He graduated with a degree in communications in 1997.

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