Fakarava, Tuamotu, French Polynesia

Jun 18, 2018 - National Geographic Orion

At daybreak National Geographic Orion entered the lagoon of Fakarava, the second largest atoll in French Polynesia.  We spent the morning cycling or strolling in the small town of Rotoava, and the afternoon was devoted to snorkeling, diving, or visiting a traditional Polynesian sacred site called a marae.  At dinner we enjoyed a festive and very delicious Polynesian barbecue on deck.  We finished off our full and rewarding day with stargazing; after we gathered on the ship’s bow, the lights were turned off, and we had fantastic views of planets, stars, and constellations in these southern skies.

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Berit Solstad


Berit grew up on the rocky shores of Marblehead, Massachusetts. In the tidal cove behind her family’s home she found horseshoe crabs, eels, and feeding frenzies of fishes and birds. Low tides exposed clam flats, crabs, mussels, and snails. She explored this marine environment through changing tides and seasons, nurturing a love of natural history and marine biology.

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