The Sea Turtle Tourism in Vanuatu (Our Place) initiative is the very essence of geotourism: tourism that enhances the unique traditional and indigenous character Vanuatu -its underwater diversity, ancient indigenous customs, cultural heritage, the well-being and social development of its residents and the stewardship of the environment. Our initiative conserves one of the world's most powerful places (Vanuatu literally means ‘our place’), and distinctive species.
Vanuatu Tagging Turtles for Tradition and Tourism at the Nguna-Pele Marine Protected Area gives eco-tourists the opportunity to tag and release wild-caught sea turtles. At the same time it encourages traditional hunters to continue practicing their age-old custom, but for conservation rather than consumption. Visitors interact with village expert turtle hunters and learn about their way of life and local knowledge on sea turtle biology.