Taha’a, Society Islands, French Polynesia

Jun 07, 2018 - National Geographic Orion


We had spent the night anchored in front of Taha’a, which is a neighboring island of Ra’iatea. As the sun began to rise, a lovely set of mountains, covered with clouds, could easily be seen from National Geographic Orion.

For the morning activities, our guest had the options of visiting vanilla plantation, a pearl farm and diving. Right after breakfast we all geared up and loaded the zodiac. A morning full of activities was waiting for us.

We returned back on board and we were received with a delicious barbecue lunch, prepared by our galley. Right after lunch, we were transferred by zodiac to Motu Mahaea. A “motu”ia a barrier island built up from a fringing reef. Here, a lot of water activities were offered to our guest. Kayaking, stand up paddle boards, snorkeling or just simply to relax at the beach.

It was a great way to conclude our expedition through the South Pacific. Delicious cocktails were offered while we were enchanted with the Tahitian singer Eto.

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Cristian Moreno

Undersea Specialist

Cristian is a Panamanian born in Chile.  He grew up in Panama City until the age of 19 when he returned to Chile to go to college where he received a degree in metallurgic civil engineering. Since 1995 he has been working as a freelance naturalist in Panama.  Specializing in bird watching and ecology, he also has a passion for indigenous cultures, hiking and trekking.  He is a certified scuba diver and is often found exploring coral reefs along the Caribbean coast of Panama.

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