The opening of the Ecological Center in the hotel in 2012 was the culmination of an ambitious conservation project initiated in 2000 with the creation of the Bora Bora Turtles Center.
Caring for turtles
The project began when the hotel has collected 1 and 2 turtles injured and decided to open a shelter, provided cares and finally developed a nursery in the feeding channel of the inner lagoon of the hotel. It is in this protected area that visitors can attend every day at 10:30 am the Turtles Feeding. A panoramic window was installed last year in order to show case the marine life. This is an opportunity for biologists to describe the central mission of protection and describe the characteristics of the two different turtles species present in our lagoons.
In its efforts to promote the preservation of the environment, the hotel has also opened a nursery where corals are raised in a natural environment with a view to repopulate some affected areas of the lagoon.
The Ecological Center, a learning path
Located near the Turtles Center, the Center has an original architecture in the shape of tortoise shell with wooden structures are from recycled materials. Visit it with a Marine Biologist in our opening hour from 08:00 to 12:00 and 13:00 to 16:00.
The touch pool: located outside, in front of the entrance of the center, it can be observed and especially touched: shells, corals, sea cucumbers, sea urchins "pencils" and starfish under the supervision of the crew. A fun time that will delight kids and parents.
The museum: it host various exhibitions such as paintings, marine species posters photos, rare shells and a giant turtle unveiling its organs and skeleton model. A short documentary about the missions of the center is shown on request.
Educational aquariums: Discover different thematic aquariums highlighted by a specific adequate lighting, fish larvae, invertebrates, colorful corals ... The Ecological Center rounds out the Turtles Sanctuary and the inner lagoon of the hotel is populated by many fish and registering Le Méridien Bora Bora as the preferred protection of marine turtles in French Polynesia.