The Sea Turtles Clinic

The Sea Turtles Clinic was created in February 2004 with the financial support of the Ministry for the Environment and is part of the sea turtles protection program of French Polynesia. Indeed, although turtles are a protected species, they are still threatened of extinction at a worldwide level, while their future in French Polynesia is presently uncertain.

The InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa has accepted to fit out part of its private lagoon to shelter the turtles because the hotel feels very concerned by their protection. The resort has entrusted the te mana o te moana association to manage the Sea turtles clinic.

435 sea turtles have been sheltered by the clinic since its creation (including 150 aged between 0-6 months, usually baby turtles found agonizing at the bottom of their nest), and 192 of them were successfully released back in the wild.

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The Sea turtles clinic, appointed by the Government Office for Environment, shelters and treats turtles found sick, wounded, mutilated or seized by the authorities.

Two species of sea turtles can be seen at the clinic: the green turtle and the hawkbill turtle.

The Turtles Clinic is located in a dedicated area of the Hotel InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa channel. The park is wire netted on each extremity and is composed of a rehabilitation lagoon and two enclosures called nurseries (one for intensive care, one for juveniles). The park is 50 meters long and 8 meters wide and its depth is of about 2 meters. The strong natural current of the area allows the continuous renewal of fresh water. The quality of the water is checked every month with a bacteriological analysis.

A room dedicated to medical care has been built next to the lagoon. It is used for quarantine, autopsies, intensive care, and also to prepare the daily feedings.

On the beach next to the turtles’ lagoon, two small “fare” provide the visitors with information about ecology, sea turtles’ species, turtles currently present at the Clinic, and other actions of te mana o te moana.

Download the CARE AND MEDICAL PROTOCOL (in French)


Medical care

Trained by specialized veterinarians, a team brings all necessary medical care to the turtles. With each case goes a specific treatment : pills, antibiotics, vitamins distribution, wounds disinfection, rehydration serum injection, and even sometimes X-ray photography or force-feeding with a special gastric catheter…

Our “guests” are fed once or twice a day with fish (sardines, mackerel, squid, or capelin…) and salad.

Health and growth of the turtles is carefully monitored : once a month, turtles are weighted and measured. To facilitate the turtles’ identification, a painless inscription is marked on their carapace.


Download the story of TAHAA, a sea turtle at the Clinic (in French)
Download the story of COSTA LUNA (in French)
Download the story of TORTILLA (in French)
Download the story of MATAPO (in French)
Download the story of LINA (in French)


The Boaders of the moment

 Click here if you would like to get information about the Boarders of the moment


 New Arrivals

June 6th, 2013 – The crossing of Tuffy, from Tikehau to the Clinic
April 17th, 2013 – A Loggerhead turtle welcomed of the Clinic



Each turtle is tagged on the back fin once we are sure that they are ready to survive on their own back in their natural environment (that is: able to swim, dive and move normaly, and able to eat by themselves). Tags are composed of little metal plates displaying the identification number of each turtle. Finally, turtles are transported out to the open ocean and released.

October 3rd, 2013 – Jean Michel Cousteau release “Sammy”
June 21st, 2013 – The release of Lina
May, 2013 – Ariti is going back equipped with 2 satellite transmittors
June 20th, 2013 – the release of Lina, green turtle
June 15th, 2013 – Ariti’s news at 21 days of her release
June 8th, 2012 – 3 turtles released on World Ocean Day
May 11th, 2012 – Costa Luna returns to the ocean… at last!
December 10th, 2011 – Kool and the Gang and the baby turtles
December 6th, 2011 – 20 young sea turtles leave the Clinic
May 12th, 2011 – A turtle released by Richard Didier, Haut-Commissaire
April 16th, 2011 – Jean-François Clervoy releases Atlantis
January 6th, 2011 – Fleur Australe’s crew visit the Clinic
October 28th, 2010 – A green sea turtle released, equipped with a satellite tag
March 9th, 2010 – the Turtle Samantha is returning to the ocean


How can you help protect sea turtles?


If you find a sea turtle

If you come across an ill, injured or dead sea turtle, or if you seek any information concerning sea turtles in French Polynesia, please call:

The sea turtles clinic, Moorea, tel: 56 40 11 or 71 53 44


  • avoid giving medical care yourself
  • do not feed the turtle
  • for transportation (by plane or by car), keep the turtle in a plastic tank
  • put a plastic fence on top of the tank to prevent any ulterior handling of the turtle
  • put a wet towel on the fence so that the turtle can breathe while remaining in a humid environment
  • write address where to send the turtle: Clinique des tortues de MOOREA, Hôtel InterContinental Moorea Resort and Spa / tel : 56.40.11 ou 71.53.44

Transportation cost is paid for by the turtles clinic.


If you wish to donate

>> If you wish to financialy support the Sea Turtles Clinic


Read more about the Turtles’ Clinic

 Sea Turtle Clinic Report : 10 years of actions (2004-2014)
TURTLE’ CLINIC Report from 2004 to 2012 (interactive booklet)
Sea Turtle clinic 8 years Report



Our Supports for 2016 : 

VILEBREQUIN_LOGOVilebrequin renewed its commitment to the ocean in 2016, joining forces with our foundation to protect the future of sea turtles.

From this year, Vilebrequin is helping to the the day-to-day running of the clinic while funding the development of essential educational initiatives for local populations: a two-pronged approach vital to the survival of future generations of sea turtles. More than that, Vilebrequin Studio has released an exclusive father-son Moorea design, of which 10$ dollars will be donated to the association for every swimsuit sold. A message of hope, the limited edition Te mana o te moana print sees the iconic Vilebrequin swimming peacefully through a world map of coral reefs… Click here to get more information about this “Moana” edition. www.vilebrequin.com 

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