On our first full day aboard National Geographic Orion, we found ourselves pulling in through the pass of Rangiroa Atoll. To our delight, we were greeted by a family of six dolphins to guide us into the atoll. What a majestic way to start our French Polynesian voyage.

In the morning, guests were treated to a mind-blowing snorkel at a site aptly named the Aquarium. It was the perfect spot for our guest divers to hop in the water for their first dive of the trip. Guests observed an abundance of fish, coral, and invertebrate life, making it a truly special experience even for avid snorkelers. Rangiroa showcases the diverse marine life of the Tuamotu Archipelago. Most guests snorkeled, and conditions also allowed us to offer a cruise in our glass-bottom Zodiac for those who desired.

After a delicious outdoor buffet for lunch, the afternoon offered a visit to a pearl farm on shore and a dive outside the pass for our guest divers. Those who visited the farm learned about the processes involved with growing and obtaining the famous Tahitian black pearls. Time to shop for jewelry was also a highlight! Divers had an opportunity to play with a resident family of dolphins!