Our first stop in the Tuamotu Islands was Makatea. This uplifted coral island is a paradise both above and below water. The snorkeling and diving are spectacular, with swarms of fish and extremely clear water. The island is visually stunning, has a fascinating history, and is home to gorgeous endemic birds. AND, it has a cave system with fresh water that allowed us to swim within the island in cool, clear water with stunning formations.
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.