As soon as you leave the city limits of Papeete, you enter into the untamed and preserved natural environment of The Islands of Tahiti. When you visit Moorea, Bora Bora, the Marquesas Islands or any of the 118 islands that make up French Polynesia, you’ll marvel at the splendour and beauty of the unique environment. From turquoise lagoons to verdant forests, every corner of these archipelagos offers breathtaking natural beauty. Here are some of the ways that the local population is working to ensure that our islands will remain a paradise on earth.
A united community
The role of traditional practices in a sustainable lifestyle
For centuries, Tahitians have had a special relationship with their environment. They respect and venerate their natural surroundings. The mana is the sacred force in these islands that is present in every living thing, past and present. The local population is well aware of the fragility of the environment in which they live, which is why the traditional practices that respect nature continue to be observed. An example of this can be seen in the management of marine species to ensure the preservation of the biodiversity and the continuing abundance of fish in the lagoons.
The efforts made by local communities for the conservation of natural resources
The Islands of Tahiti is committed to the protection and preservation of its natural resources. Various measures have been adopted by the local communities with the support of the government of French Polynesia. They include: the creation of nature reserves, the implementation of strict regulations concerning fishing and hunting, public awareness and educational programs about the preservation of the environment, the promotion of organic farming, and the adoption of ecological tourism practices. Concrete examples of the sustainable measures put in place are the reintroduction of the ancestral practice of rahui and the classification of Fakarava as a biosphere reserve.
Efforts to protect endangered species
The Islands of Tahiti is committed to the preservation of endangered species, and has adopted measures such as the creation of nature reserves and protected zones to preserve their natural habitats. In the Marquesas Islands, an awareness program aimed at protecting sea turtles from fishing nets and boat propellers has been initiated. In Huahine, the local community contributes to the protection of sharks by developing protection plans. The marine life of the Tuamotu Islands includes many endangered species, such as manta rays, sea turtles and napoleon fish. To help protect and preserve them, fishermen are encouraged to adopt sustainable fishing practices, and educational programs have been created to increase awareness among the local community and tourists.
Diving and underwater sports
There is a wide choice of ecotourism activities in The Islands of Tahiti, including scuba diving and snorkeling with sea turtles in the Tuamotu Islands, exploring the deserted beaches of Moorea, and visiting the estuary of the Faaroa river in Raiatea.
Bora Bora, Moorea, Tahiti
Bora Bora, Fakarava, Rangiroa, Tahiti
Moorea, Rangiroa, Tahiti
Not to be missed
Tahiti is known worldwide as an island paradise, and in order to keep it that way we need to change our ways of travel and tourism. By adopting a more sustainable tourism, the rich cultural heritage and traditions of The Islands of Tahiti will be protected, and its unique natural environment will be preserved. Visitors will thus be able to enjoy a more authentic experience, at one with nature.
You’ll also enjoy
Explore The Islands of Tahiti on the superb hiking trails in the interior of the islands. Discover some of the many endemic species and enjoy truly magnificent panoramic views. Climb volcanic peaks, such as Mount Teurafaatiu in Maupiti or Mount Tapu in Huahine. Hike along the valley of Faaroa in Raiatea, next to the only navigable river in French Polynesia. You’ll find hiking trails suitable for all levels in most of the islands.
The crystal clear waters of French Polynesia are perfect for snorkeling and scuba diving. From the beautiful coral formations in Bora Bora, to the clear water pools of Huahine, you can discover some of the most spectacular underwater scenery in the world. As with hiking on the land, snorkeling and scuba diving enable you to connect with the magnificent natural environment of The Islands of Tahiti.