When a guest at the Le Méridien Bora Bora brought back an injured turtle one day in 2000, the hotel decided to open a turtle protection centre. Two endangered marine species – the green turtle and the hawksbill turtle – live in the lagoon, which has become a sanctuary for them as they are both endangered species. Some have lost weight because they swallowed plastic, while others need stitches. The centre cares for them, and even offers guests the chance to volunteer to help out caretakers for a day: from feeding recovering turtles, to checking the lagoon for sick animals and more. In all, the centre has saved and released 400 turtles back into the ocean.
Visitors can also just watch the turtles from an underwater observatory and see them being fed breakfast every morning. In 2012 the hotel went one step further and created an Ecology Centre, which works to protect and regenerate the turtles' natural home: the coral reef.
Bora Bora Turtle Center
Hôtel Le Méridien
+689 40 60 51 19