Makatea, Tuamotu, French Polynesia

Jun 20, 2018 - National Geographic Orion

As the sun rose, National Geographic Orion navigated around the spectacular sun kissed cliffs of Makatea towards the old harbor. This derelict harbor was once thriving with industry associated with the phosphate mines, which cover the island. The day’s activities all included a trip to the lookout point which allowed us to view these uplifted coral cliffs from above. From here, guests ventured down to the freshwater grotto whilst keeping their eyes peeled for the endemic birds unique to the Tuamoto’s. The grottos were a highlight for all as most opted for a dip in the rejuvenating waters with masks and underwater flashlights allowing us to take in the stalactites and stalagmites that line the caves interior.

After a well-earned lunch we headed out once again in order to enjoy the Tuamoto’s crystal clear waters one last time before navigating back towards the Society Islands.

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