When a hotel guest brought back an injured turtle one day, Le Méridien Bora Bora decided to open a centre for turtle protection in 2000. Two endangered marine species live in the lagoon which has become their sanctuary. Some have lost weight because they swallowed plastic, others need stitches. The centre cares for them, and may even rely on client volunteers who help out caretakers for a day: you have to feed recovering turtles, inspect the lagoon in search of the sick, etc. In all, 400 were saved and then released into the ocean.
Visitors can also just watch the turtles through an underwater glass observatory and see the feeding, every morning. The ecology centre, created in 2012, works on preserving their environment and protecting coral reef generation.
Bora Bora Turtle Center
Hôtel Le Méridien
+689 40 60 51 51