After our fantastic afternoon snorkel yesterday at Raroia, we said goodbye to the atolls of the Tuamotus. We spent all day sailing north to the Marquesas Islands. A stunning sunrise with scattered showers began the day, and a fiery sunset ended it. The time between was filled with deep blue ocean and a few exciting wildlife sightings. Mostly, we spent today looking ahead to tomorrow, when we will arrive at the magical Marquesas.
National Geographic Orion
This morning found National Geographic Orion anchored off the southern tip of Ua Huka, one of the many Marquesas Islands. This spot is known for thousands of sooty terns. Even though there was a bit of swell and lots of wind, everyone geared up to explore these small islands by Zodiac. Once in the water, we noticed manta rays feeding at the surface, at first one or two and then at least a dozen! In the afternoon, the ship repositioned, and everyone went ashore in Ua Pou to explore the local village. At sunset, National Geographic Orion sailed off to investigate more of the beautiful Marquesas.