Ra’iatea, Society Islands, French Polynesia

May 13, 2018 - National Geographic Orion


Dawn’s sunlight cracks across the sky in a fiery blaze as National Geographic Orion departs from its anchorage in Taha’a, heading towards Ra’iatea. Spinner dolphins quite literally leaped for joy welcoming us into the harbor and put on quite the display twirling through the air, riding on the ship’s bow, and darting in the water. The divers went out for a fish-filled dive as others took to a dry landing onshore. We explored the sacred grounds of the Marae Taputapuatea complex, gathering to see the stone structures that united a vast sea of distant islands. In the afternoon, we navigated east, towards our next stop in the Cook Islands.

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Caitlyn Webster

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Caitlyn grew up entranced by the sea. She first became SCUBA certified while in high school in southern California and found her true passion diving and studying marine life. After graduating from Cal Poly State University: San Luis Obispo with a degree in Biological Sciences and a concentration in Marine Science and Fisheries, she began her career in research diving operations and logistics. Through different universities and various opportunities, Caitlyn has been fortunate enough to travel to particularly remote parts of the world, sharing her enthusiasm for exploring the seas and marine conservation.

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