Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora Enhances Its Ruahatu Lagoon Sanctuary

Photo courtesy of Four Seasons Bora Bora

Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora has introduced a series of enhancements to its "Ruahatu Lagoon Sanctuary."

Said to be home to more than 100 species of marine life, the Lagoon Sanctuary is an inner lagoon, located within the grounds of the resort in Bora Bora. Besides being a popular snorkeling location, it is also a research facility.

New initiatives include coral grafting adoption, “donuts” and a pearl farm exhibit, all enhanced with the Biorock method of electrical coral reef and marine ecosystem restoration.

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Coral Grafting Adoption

Something all guests can participate in, this experience includes an educational overview with the marine biologist, and an interactive cutting of a coral nubbin, which guests then place onto a dedicated (and GPS-tracked) location on an underwater structure. 


Guests participate in the attaching of coral to donut-shaped structures in the resort’s Lagoon Sanctuary, where they will attach to each other and mature. 

When mature, these “donuts” will be placed around the resort’s lagoons and between the overwater bungalow suites, increasing the distribution of marine life. GPS-tracking allows guests to know where their coral structure is located. 

Educational Pearl Farm

An upcoming interactive exhibit, the resort’s Pearl Farm will be an educational experience that is designed to allow guests to learn and see how a pearl farm functions. 

The resort’s marine biologist will guide guests through entire process, from structure to harvesting. 

Led by marine biologist Denis Schneider, the Lagoon Sanctuary offers activities for guests of all ages, including snorkeling, coral grafting, discussions on Polynesian ecology and fish feeding.


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