Fakarava, French Polynesia

May 26, 2019 - National Geographic Orion

Leaving behind this low-pressure system and rainy weather, National Geographic Orion found shelter in the peaceful waters of Fakarava, a coral atoll famous for its protected and thriving shark populations. We were greeted by a sunny morning and had the opportunity to disembark exploring this incredible serene village. We met friendly locals and even friendlier sharks! We discovered the alluring power of the Tahitian black pearls and shopped for the souvenirs of the artisan market. Many of our guests cycled around or simply joined the locals for their Sunday mass. It was a relaxing day while our beautiful ship prepared to set sail to the incredible Marquesas Islands.

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Cristiana Damiano

Cristiana Damiano


Cristiana was born and raised in Brazil.  Being surrounded by natural beauty and diverse culture instilled her desire for exploration at a young age.  Her passion for wilderness, different cultures and inhospitable regions led her to pursue a career in ecology, oceanography and, ultimately, the pursuit of a Ph.D. in environmental sciences and coral reef ecology in Australia.  Her travels have taken her to the Amazon and Borneo jungles, the higher mountains of Southeast Asia, the Great Barrier Reef and Far Northern Reefs, Papua New Guinea villages, volcanoes in Guatemala and the deep seas in many remote islands around the globe. 

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Rodrigo Moterani

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Rodrigo Moterani was born in Brazil, where he still lives. 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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