Huahine, French Polynesia

Jul 22, 2018 - National Geographic Orion

Part of the Society Island Archipelago, Huahine is comprised of two main islands, Huahine Nui (Big Huahine) and Huahine Iti (Little Huahine).  As with most of the islands here, dozens of small islets, or motu, dot the perimeter along with the coral reef apron surrounding the island.  In the morning, we were able to explore this magnificent island paradise by vehicle and on foot.  The afternoon was concentrated on the aquatic world that is so vital and significant to life here.  Snorkeling, stand-up paddleboarding, and kayaking were our means to fulfill this aspect of our experience.

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About the Author

Doug Gualtieri


Doug Gualtieri has worked as a Naturalist interpretive guide for over 20 years, beginning his career in Denali National Park and Preserve at a remote wilderness lodge leading hikes and giving lectures on the ecology and wildlife of that region. Later he began leading Lindblad Expeditions land extensions to Denali in 2002 and has worked with Lindblad in some form or another ever since. With a background in Biology and a lifelong passion for the natural world Doug moved to Talkeetna, Alaska in 1999 from his home state of Michigan, and never looked back.

About the Photographer

Brett Garner

Naturalist/Expedition Diver

Brett is a photographer, marine biologist, and educator from California. He is happiest underwater with camera in hand working to inspire marine conservation. He has worked and traveled extensively throughout the Americas, Asia, Oceania, and the Middle East. His underwater work has taken him under the ice in Alaska and also through some of the world’s warmest seas. 

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