Happy Earth Day! Since the purpose of today is to celebrate green initiatives around the world, we thought we’d highlight some of the more eco-friendly resorts in French Polynesia. Many are EarthCheck Certified, meaning they are recognized as leaders in environmental sustainability; but some have even gone above and beyond in their effort to go green.
The InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa is home to the Moorea Dolphin Center, a natural refuge that offers the unique opportunity to interact with dolphins through a variety of educational and environmental programs. All proceeds are donated to marine wildlife research and help support the education of local children on the importance of protecting the environment. The resort is also home to the Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Center, which serves as a hospital to sick and injured turtles.
Same with Le Méridien Bora Bora. The resort is home to an impressive Turtle Sanctuary that provides protection and care for endangered sea turtles. They also recently opened a new Ecological Center with an interactive touch pool filled with hermit crabs, sea cucumbers, starfish and clams, as well as an educational museum devoted to the flora and fauna of the island.
The InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa uses a system known as SWAC (Sea Water Air Conditioning) in which they draw seawater from the depths of the ocean to reuse for electricity. Guests can actually visit the resort’s small museum where they showcase the pipes used in the process. It’s pretty spectacular! There is also a marine biologist on staff who works with the resort to brainstorm ways to conserve and protect the environment.
Similarly, the inner lagoon sanctuary at the Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora is where resident marine biologist Oliver Martin grafts his own coral and educates guests about the environment. It’s a great place to snorkel, especially for young children, allowing them to get up close and personal with a variety of marine life.
The Maitai Lapita Village is situated on an ancient archaeological site and is therefore extremely invested in protecting the surrounding environment. The hotel’s solar farm is the largest on the island and produces more than half of its power. The staff also uses non-polluting waste treatments and cleaning products to protect the lake around which it was built.
Finally, there’s the Brando, which aims to be the most luxurious eco-friendly resort on the planet. The property hasn’t opened yet, but the overall vision behind the resort is definitely admirable—as are the steps being taken in the construction. Watch the video below to learn more.