Taha’a, French Polynesia

May 12, 2018 - National Geographic Orion


Our first day in French Polynesia introduced us to the rich variety of cultural and natural delights that make these islands so famous. We learned about the special techniques that are used to produce the islands’ renowned vanilla and beautiful black pearls, we enjoyed the beach and the crystal blue water of a small private motu (a coral cay on the barrier reef) and we finished the day with a wonderful performance by a group of musicians from Tahiti.

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David Cothran

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

David has worked for Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic since 1993 on six continents and in over 65 countries. David is interested in many of the natural sciences, particularly ornithology, geology and marine biology; he most enjoys contrasting the broad perspectives provided by world travel with detailed investigations of local ecosystems on land and in the sea.

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