Nuku Hiva

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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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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