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Sustainable Tourism in the South Pacific

Sustainable tourism in the South Pacific is an issue that is very dear to our hearts at Spacifica Travel. We are dedicated to providing all of our customers with authentic South Pacific travel experiences that leave a positive impact on the communities that they visit – we do this by partnering with organisations, tourism bodies, local communities, accommodation vendors and tour providers to ensure that the local community, economy and environment benefit directly from your tourism.

We’ve listed some details from a few of these partnerships below – for more information regarding any of these programs, or to find out how you can support local communities and sustainability programs when you travel to the South Pacific, please get in touch with us on 1800 800 722.

South Pacific Tourism Organisation

We work closely with the South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) and support them in their commitment to achieving the 17 global Sustainable Development Goals as outlined by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO). These goals cover social issues such as poverty, education, equality and health, as well as economic issues including industry, innovation and infrastructure. Sustainability and environmental issues like clean energy, climate, life below water and responsible consumption are also covered.

Our commitment to these goals means that, where possible, we favour local providers and operators ensuring that any incoming money stays within the countries and communities that we operate within.

Cook Islands: Muri Beach Resort

Since 2011, the Cook Islands have been on a mission to become the first completely ‘green’ island in the South Pacific, with a target to become 100% renewable by 2020. One of our fantastic partners on the island is Muri Beach Resort, who have powered their resort entirely by solar power and recycle all food scraps, either for use as fertiliser or food for their animals. Muri Beach Resort even has its own water treatment site that filters and treats water with ultraviolet rays, providing clean and refreshing drinking water for guests.

Vanuatu: Ratua Private Island

Ratua Private Island in Vanuatu has removed all televisions as well as air-conditioners from their resort to reduce electricity usage. They pair ceiling fans with smart building design to ensure that their guests are still comfortable and encourage you to spend your time outdoors enjoying nature as well as reading or spending time with your loved ones as your main source of entertainment. All their fresh produce is sourced from within a 10km radius of the resort, ensuring that they are giving back to the local farmers and industry.

Tahiti: The Brando Resort in Tetiaroa

Established by Marlon Brando as the world’s first post-carbon resort and a favourite among celebrities including Barack Obama and Oprah Winfrey, The Brando in Tetiaroa will satisfy all your needs, both in terms of spectacular luxury and unreserved commitment to protect the environment.

This island uses a mixture of locally-farmed coconut oil biofuel and solar battery power, as well as a state of the art air-conditioning system that recirculates seawater to keep your room cool. You’ll also marvel at its state of the art water irrigation system, and organic gardens. All these innovative and alternative approaches to energy conservation and independence have helped the Brando achieve a Platinum LEED rating from the U.S. Green Building Council, the highest rating achievable.

Tetiaroa is also home to the Tetiaroa Eco-station. A not-for-profit environmental research centre established by the resort, Tetiaroa Eco-station is run by the Tetiaroa society, and remains at the forefront of environmental science innovation.

Shangri-La Fiji Coral Care Project

The Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort & Spa hosts a Coral Care project for environmentally conscious visitors that would like to make an impact and help preserve marine life in the South Pacific. Guests get to perform diving and coastal clean-ups of debris to maintain existing coral reefs, as well as help rejuvenate the reef by building fish houses.

Fish houses are artificial structures, usually made from concrete or steel and filled with small openings, providing fish and plants with a safe shelter. These artificial reefs provide a hard surface for algae, shells, coral, barnacles and other invertebrates to attach themselves to, which in turn provides food for the fish using it as safe protection from larger predators, and a place to breed.

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