Today, National Geographic Orion pulled into a bay on the northside of Hive-Oa of the Marquesas Islands. We had an opportunity that many have been waiting for since day one of the trip; some people have been waiting a lifetime for it. For here, we had the opportunity to snorkel in the warm, nutrient-rich waters, where it is possible to glimpse the majestic manta ray. Guests swam alongside these gentle giants as the rays banked, soared, and feasted on plankton too small for us to see. It was an incredible experience and a nice cap to our time here in the Marquesas.
National Geographic Orion
National Geographic Orion spent the day at sea, sailing for Tahiti. The seas were flat and the sky was blue. We all enjoyed some time to relax. We watched presentations from the naturalists and spent time on the bow. Seabirds were all around. Some curious ones even came in for a closer look. The sun began to set as the ship pulled into the harbor at Papeete.