Sunrise saw us off Tahiti, with dramatic clouds above the stunning landscape. After a series of incredible days in the Marquesas and Tuamotus, we were now reentering the “real world” by tucking into Moorea. Moorea is not really the real world, as the scenery is nothing short of surreal. What a gorgeous ending to our French Polynesian voyage!
National Geographic Orion
Today was the first time National Geographic Orion visited the Anaa atoll, and it turned out to be quite a special place. We had half a day there, most of which was spent as visitors in the main village, which has a population of about 400 people. Everyone we met greeted us with a smile and a warm welcome. We enjoyed music, a demonstration of local competitive sports, fresh coconut water, bike rides, and a dip in a picture-perfect lagoon. Mostly, we cherished the opportunities to interact with adorable local children and make fast friends with members of the community. Based on our wonderful time there, this will surely not be the last time National Geographic Orion visits this lovely little island paradise.