Eco-conscious holiday in Tahiti
The Islands of Tahiti’s untouched beauty is undeniable. Its white sand beaches, thick green vegetation and crystal clear waters are a constant reflection of its postcard-like magnificence. However, this on-going radiance is no coincidence. Locals work hard to preserve the local environments and are actively involved in conservation programs and eco initiatives.
With eco-tourism presently at the forefront of many travellers’ itineraries, you to can make a conscious effort to conserve the natural beauty of The Islands of Tahiti when visiting by minimising your footprint whilst engraining Polynesian culture of environmental stewardship into your trip.
Many resorts within The Islands of Tahiti actively contribute to preserving the natural beauty of the surrounding area. The Intercontinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa, for example, pioneered the world’s first private Sea Water Air Conditioning (SWAC). This cooling systems draws water from the deep ocean to power sustainable air-conditioning technologies. Using this leading technology eliminates the need to use fossil fuels and CO2 emissions.
The Islands of Tahiti are renowned for the fresh, delicious and authentic foods. Whilst large restaurants typically use imported ingredients, Papeete’s markets are a fantastic place to find fresh, locally sourced fruits and vegetables. This option is a terrific eco swap for those using guesthouse style accommodation that provides access to cooking equipment. Alternatively, Le Taha’as Island Resort and Spa makes use of the fish, pork, fruit and vegetables that inhabit the islands rather than contributing to CO2 emissions by importing ingredients.
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Whilst hiring your own vehicle can be considered convenient, making use of public transport when visiting The Islands of Tahiti is not only a great way to reduce your carbon foot-print but can provide interesting insight into all things Tahiti with the knowledge of a local. This can also be an awesome way to see sights and landmarks otherwise missed! It’s always a good idea for those staying in guesthouses or villas to request correct bus information and timetables from their accommodation provider.
Education is key
It has been said that hands-on learning is the best kind of learning and The Islands of Tahiti offer no exception. The Moorea Dolphin Centre allows interactive, educational programs that not only provide a memorable experience but allow attendees to learn about marine mammals through an experience that is accredited by the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums (AMMPA).
It’s no surprise that coral is also in need of desperate attention along with the ocean that it inhabits. The Coral Gardner’s, based on Mo’orea actively work to restore the state of coral by planting healthy coral fragments back into the reef. You can play your part in this initiative by adopting a coral to continue to help sustain and develop a rich ecosystem within The Islands of Tahiti.
Now more than ever, eco-conscious travel needs to be prioritised. Its not only large changes like travel and accommodation options that should be reconsidered but small things that can have an equally as strong impact. Preserving incredible places like The Islands of Tahiti mean future generations can also enjoy this natural wonder of the world.