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Pitcairn Islands Expedition: Tahiti Photo Gallery

National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Enric Sala and an international team of marine scientists and filmmakers have made the first stop on our voyage to the remote Pitcairn Islands, inhabited by a few dozen descendants of the legendary mutineers of the Bounty. (Read Enric’s introduction to the expedition, which is being conducted in partnership with the Pew Environment Group’s Global Ocean Legacy project.)

Although we’re traveling with high-tech diving and filming equipment, and taking planes and modern ships and boats, our route is still crossing the wake of the Bounty herself, Captain Cook before that, and even the ancient settlers who navigated the ocean using only their knowledge of the sea, sky, and stars.

For all of those earlier voyages, Tahiti was a welcome respite, with its tall peaks, fertile ground, and stunning scenery all around. For the modern team, it was the same—a beautiful place to connect to these stories, and prepare for our own approaching projects. In the gallery above, follow this part of the journey with Enric and his team.


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Andrew Howley is a longtime contributor to the National Geographic blog, with a particular focus on archaeology and paleoanthropology generally, and ancient rock art in particular. In 2018 he became Communications Director at Adventure Scientists, founded by Nat Geo Explorer Gregg Treinish. Over 11 years at the National Geographic Society, Andrew worked in various ways to share the stories of NG explorers and grantees online. He also produced the Home Page of for several years, and helped manage the Society's Facebook page during its breakout year of 2010. He studied Anthropology with a focus on Archaeology from the College of William & Mary in Virginia. He has covered expeditions with NG Explorers-in-Residence Mike Fay, Enric Sala, and Lee Berger. His personal interests include painting, running, and reading about history. You can follow him on Twitter @anderhowl and on Instagram @andrewjhowley.

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