This botanical garden, created in 1974 and stretching over 17 hectares, is the only vegetative sanctuary in the world. It is located just a few kilometres from Vaipee and contains a collection of citrus fruits that is considered to be the largest in the world. It was established in 1974 by the former mayor, Léon Litchlé. It is managed by the Department of Rural Development (“SDR”) of French Polynesia. It is both a nursery for a variety of fruit and forestry saplings and a conservatory of citrus fruit genetic resources, including a hundred citrus species from Corsica. There is also a plantation where mango, Marquesan sandalwood, New Caledonian sandalwood, big-leaf mahogany (Swietenia Macrophylla), mahogany, Senegal mahogany (Khaya Senegalensis), Spanish cedar (Cedrela Odorata) and other plants and trees are grown.
Admission is free. Open Monday to Friday: 6.30 a.m to Noon, 2.30 p.m.- 4.30 p.m. Open on public holidays, Saturdays and Sundays upon request.