There are numerous environmentally-friendly tourist activities that allow you to discover our islands with little to no environmental impact: hiking, snorkelling, touring the islands by bicycle, horseback riding, kayaking, excursions in an outrigger canoe, paddleboarding, surfing, etc.
Many service providers have adopted green, environmentally friendly practices. Their efforts deserve recognition. Many diving centres have foregone shark feeding and a number of hotels now recycle their waste and use renewable sources of energy. Eco-labels and environmental certification schemes recognise such efforts (for instance, EarthCheck, which has certified many large Fenua hotels fr.earthcheck.org/news/fenua-environnement-partenaire-earthcheck-en-polynesie.aspx). Ask hotels and service providers about their commitment to the environment.
Polynesian flora is fantastically rich. Botanical gardens and nature trails provide an opportunity to discover Polynesian flora as you relax and stroll. Recently, several government and private initiatives have been striving to create green space where the diversity of our flora is showcased. Botanical gardens and nature trails are flourishing throughout the archipelagos and serve to preserve the natural heritage of our islands and put it on display to our visitors. On many of the islands, nature walk guides specialise in the discovery of Polynesian flora and enthusiastically share their passion with visitors.
See the Parks and Gardens Section.
Sea turtles, dolphins, whales, sharks and rays are protected species. Service providers and associations working to protect these species are always happy to introduce them to you.
Underwater nature trails designed to educate and to protect the environment offer the opportunity of discovering underwater plants and wildlife as you snorkel.