The Islands of Tahiti promotes sustainable tourism that is respectful of the environment. Part of this engagement concerns the Tuamotu Islands, to the north of Tahiti. Each of these atolls and islands is an unspoiled paradise, and our actions are aimed at preserving this unique environment and developing a sustainable form of tourism.
The Tuamotu Islands have a unique and wondrous ecosystem that could easily be menaced by the impact of tourism. We have put into practice a number of actions designed to protect this natural heritage. The remoteness of these islands is part of their charm: they form the most authentic and least-known archipelago in French Polynesia. The magnificent turquoise waters are home to an incredible variety of marine species, incluing manta rays, sea turtles, myriads of tropical fish, and sharks. The archipelago is in fact a shark sanctuary, and French Polynesia has the largest shark population in the world. Accompanied by professional guides, tourists can have the privilege of swimming in the company of these magnificent creatures in complete safety. Various local associations, such as Tore Tore and Mokarran in Rangiroa, are committed to the protection and preservation of this endangered species. They work in close cooperation with local tourism professionals to ensure that the observation of sharks takes place under structured and respectful conditions.
Ecotourism in the Tuamotu Islands
Among other measures take by The Islands of Tahiti are efforts to increase awareness of the riches of French Polynesia, among the local population and visiting tourists. For example, in the Tuamotu Islands, Kamoko Pearl on the atoll of Ahe, produces pearls of an exceptional quality and is committed to the sustainable development of the atoll. Tourists can visit the farm to learn all the secrets of cultivating these magnificent jewels, and eventually purchase them at very advantageous prices.
Fakarava is one of the most beautiful islands in French Polynesia. In 2016, together with six other atolls (Aratika, Kauehi, Niau, Raraka, Taiaro and Toau), it was classed as a UNESCO biosphere reserve. The lagoon is home to some of the world’s rarest marine species. and a dive or snorkeling session in its crystal clear water gives you the chance to admire sea turtles, manta rays, eagle rays and an host of other sea creatures. A visit to Fakarava is a voyage to the very heart of the incredibly biodiverse Tuamotu Islands.
Ecological initiatives in the Tuamotu Islands
There are many different actions that can be taken to help in the preservation of the unique environment of The Islands of Tahiti. In the Tuamotu Islands, water is a very precious resource and the local communities are actively employing measures that will improve water conservation. These efforts are essential for the continued viability of life in these islands.