Taking the Worldwide Voyage Underwater in Australia

Lodestone Reef, one of the 2900+ individual reefs that make up the Great Barrier Reef system. (Photo by Daniel Lin)
Lodestone Reef is one of the 2,900+ individual reefs that make up the Great Barrier Reef system. (Photo by Daniel Lin)

It’s been a little over a year since the Polynesian Voyaging Society set sail from Hawai’i to embark on the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage (WWV). Since then, the Hawaiian voyaging canoe, Hōkūle’a, has traveled approximately one quarter of the distance around the world, sailing to places like French Polynesia, the Cook Islands, Samoa, Tonga, and New Zealand, and then making the historic crossing into unfamiliar waters when she arrived Sydney, Australia.

Hōkūle'a arriving in Sydney Harbor last month. (Courtesy of O'iwi TV)
Hōkūle’a arrives in Sydney Harbor. (Courtesy of Polynesian Voyaging Society)

Currently, we are sailing up the eastern coast of Australia paying a visit to the largest structure of living organisms on Earth: the Great Barrier Reef.

The theme of this Worldwide Voyage is Mālama Honua, a Hawaiian term that means “Caring for the Earth.” So much of the well-being of our planet is tied directly to the well-being of our oceans, and as voyagers we are continually reminded of this fact each and every day. Therefore, this particular leg of the WWV is a critical one to our mission and one that all of us have been looking forward to since before we ever left Hawai‘i.

Diving the Great Barrier Reef

For us, the Great Barrier Reef is an amazing classroom that has so many lessons to offer us as individuals, as professionals, and as stewards of our own home communities.

This enormous geological and ecological wonder–spanning more than 1,400 miles and containing close to 3,000 individual reefs–is considered to be one of the best-preserved marine sites on Earth. Naturally, we needed to see this for ourselves. We needed to take the voyage underwater.

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