Home to over 100 species of marine life, the Lagoon Sanctuary is an inner lagoon, nestled within the grounds of the Resort and teeming with exotic marine life. More than just a spectacular snorkeling location, it is also a research facility and a place where the marine environment not only thrives but grows, furthering the delicate and wondrous ecosystem in and around the Resort.
Our initiatives are enhanced with the Biorock method of electrical coral reef and marine ecosystem restoration and include:
- Coral grafting adoption – Learn from our marine biologist and join in an interactive cutting of a coral nubbin, which you'll then place onto a dedicated (and GPS-tracked) location on an underwater structure. This structure (a Four Seasons tree) will disperse millions of microscopic larvae, which will eventually grow into a new colony of corals, helping to repopulate the surrounding reefs.
- “Donuts” – Help attach coral to donut-shaped structures in the Resort’s Lagoon Sanctuary, where they will connect 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 – Our Pearl Farm is an educational, interactive experience, designed to teach about how a pearl farm functions. The Resort’s marine biologist guides guests through entire process – from structure to harvesting.
Led by marine biologist Denis Schneider, our Lagoon Sanctuary offers activities for guests of all ages, including snorkeling, coral grafting, discussions on Polynesian ecology, fish feeding and more. The sanctuary is home to octopus, eagle ray, lizardfish, Picasso trumpet fish, soldier fish, fire fish, unicorn fish, spotted puffer fish, parrotfish, peacock damselfish, clownfish and butterfly fish. Sea urchins, anemones and shrimp also call the lagoon home, along with many other native species of marine life. Take a guided snorkeling tour of the lagoon – it's always open for exploration. Denis is always happy to chat with guests wanting to learn about the marine environment, and how they can contribute to preserving this underwater ecosystem.