Rangiroa Atoll, Tuamotu Archipelago

May 25, 2019 - National Geographic Orion


The first day of our expedition through French Polynesia brought us north from Tahiti and the Society Islands into the great archipelago of atolls known as the Tuamotus. Along the way we cruised past Makatea, an unusual uplifted coral island, where a large swell breaking on the steep coast and a ferocious squall blackening the skies encouraged us to continue on our way to the large atoll of Rangiroa. In the blue waters of Rangiroa’s lagoon we found much more clement conditions and plunged in for our first encounters with the beautiful coral reefs of the tropical Pacific.

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David Cothran

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David has worked for Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic since 1993 on six continents and in over 65 countries. David is interested in many of the natural sciences, particularly ornithology, geology and marine biology; he most enjoys contrasting the broad perspectives provided by world travel with detailed investigations of local ecosystems on land and in the sea.

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