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This is a leisurely half-day land excursion that focuses on the natural history of Moorea and what we know about it through the lenses of traditional Polynesian knowledge and modern science.

Highlights

This is a leisurely half-day land excursion that focuses on the natural history of Moorea and what we know about it through the lenses of traditional Polynesian knowledge and modern science.

Description

Polynesian people settled in French Polynesia almost 2000 years ago and over the centuries have developed a rich knowledge of the natural world of their islands. This knowledge has been passed down through the generations, and much of it still exists today in the minds of elders living in villages scattered around the archipelagos.

In modern times scientists have often used islands as natural laboratories for studying a variety of phenomena. They can be considered model systems for studying problems that can be applied to the world at large. Understanding the complex interactions between humans and their physical and biological surroundings has become a priority in scientific research, and islands are the best place to do this.

On this visit to Moorea you will be introduced to the natural history of this beautiful island, and learn about traditional and modern scientific knowledge of the geology, plants, terrestrial and marine animals. We will also visit UC Berkeley's Richard Gump South Pacific Research Station to talk about research being done here, and see the Atitia Center where traditional Polynesian knowledge and modern science is fused into educational programs for the students and community.

Your tour will be in an air-conditioned bus with stops along the way for pictures and short discussions. Besides visiting the two beautiful bays we will drive up into the interior of Moorea for spectacular views of the surrounding peaks and valleys. There will be plenty of time along the way to ask questions and discuss any issues or topics that have grabbed your interest during your stay in French Polynesia.

Additional Information

Local fruit juice and water will be provided.
All safety precautions have been considered to ensure a safe and fun excursion, and Tahiti Expedition guides are professionally trained in First Aid, CPR, and life saving techniques.
Tahiti Expeditions follows sustainable tourism practices and a percentage of tour proceeds is donated to local NGOs in support of environmental and cultural conservation.
The excursion will take approximately 3 hours.

Cost

Public Price: €62

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