May 30, 2019 - National Geographic Orion
Last on our list for voyaging at the Marquesas was Nuku Hiva. This island has a reputation for dramatic landscape, significant archeological sites, and fierce warriors. We were greeted by powerful drums and locals who gifted us with lovely lei seed necklaces. Our guests explored this beautiful scenery learning about birds and maraes, culminating with an energetic dance performance. In the afternoon, we had the opportunity to snorkel one last time, looking for megafauna. Mantas, eagle, and marble rays were sighted, and a school of scallop hammerheads was encountered in these deep, nutrient-rich waters.
Unfortunately, we had to say goodbye to this amazing archipelago. With eyes now facing the horizon, National Geographic Orion departed “duskward,” heading north across the equator where new adventures await us in the famous islands of Hawaii.
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