Desert island survival in French Polynesia

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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Desert island survival in French Polynesia

Environment

for us, time on a desert island is not just about developing survival skills but about taking time out of our busy schedule disconnect from the rat race and become immersed in nature. After their time on the island, we like to think that our clients leave feeling a deeper connection with the natural world and a renewed passion to protect it.

Due to the nature of our expeditions, we have an exceedingly small footprint using next to no electricity, and consuming under 200Ltrs of water. Consumption incomparable to a traditional stay in a french Polynesian hotel, famously steeped in decadence and luxury.

We take very measure to ensure the pristine environments we work in remain that way, only taking what we need to survive and ensuring any rubbish we find during our expeditions is collected.

We only eat fish that are of mature size and of species we know to not be threatened. Due to the fishing techniques we use, there is never any bi-catch.

We never touch local species of shark, ray, turtle or the increasingly vulnerable coconut crab which we recognise as an endangered species in the area.

Community

We work in an area which relies heavily on income from tourism. Therefore we only employ local boat drivers and avoid chain hotels. We are still small, but as we grow we plan on further developing our support of the local community and implement island conservation initiatives because the world is far richer for untouched island paradises.

We are delighted to say that the area we operate in already has excellent conservation efforts and thriving marine and turtle populations.

We are developing our partnership with The environmental group Te Mana o Te Moana promotes environmental awareness for the public, for local populations and especially for children through school programs and communication materials aimed at giving a better understanding of the local natural heritage and its fragile balance. We report to them turtle numbers that we encounter and share with them the location of any nests we find.

We have a great relationship in place with the local communities we work with and we ask all of our guests to show the up most care to ensure this relationship is maintained.

Ethical considerations are also part of our research and development process and we encourage feedback on our practices. Clients are asked to comment and make suggestions on our responsible practices when completing their post-trip questionnaire. In addition to this, as well as visiting destination-based initiatives whilst on their educational trips, our country specialists are encouraged to help continually improve our responsible travel initiatives.

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