French Polynesia : Moorea

Moorea | Facilities

The Center for Insular Research and Observatory of the Environment (CRIOBE), in Moorea French Polynesia, is an international field station that welcomes researchers from around the globe.

Located on Opanohu Bay on the island of Moorea, it is a centre that is affiliated with the École Pratique des Hautes Études and is part of the French Network of French Maritime Stations of the CNRS and the Observatory Network of the Environment (INSU).

Research conducted at the CRIOBE station in Moorea is primarily focused on the coral reefs of French Polynesia, but also addresses the interface between the land and the sea.

The research station is under the direction of Serge Planes, and day to day management is provided by several permanent staff who ensure the maintenance of buildings and equipment and who welcome visiting researchers and technicians throughout the year.

Moorea Ecostation

The concept for the Ecostation came about in 2005 in collaboration with the University of California at Berkeley’s GUMP station with a goal of regrouping in order to regroup, coordinate and optimize the research and development skills of the GUMP, CRIOBE stations in relation to the COUNTRY in the field of the environment. Ecostation will offer a unique face of research on Moorea. It will provide a platform for the country to develop its research programs for the island of Moorea, the islands of other archipelagos and also internationally. It will include the implementation of a GIS for the dissemination of data and knowledge, the construction of reception buildings (amphitheater, work rooms, demonstration room, offices, housing, etc.), student training Campus) and the relocation of territorial service components and their personnel. This project, which is still under study and for which positive progress has been made in 2006 and 2007, is expected to emerge in the coming years.


The CRIOBE has 8 rooms and dormitories and can accommodate up to 30 people. Visiting researchers have acces to a fully equipped kitchen, a dining room, laundry facilities, and a fare potee, a Polynesian building for outdoor dining or seminars.


The CRIOBE Library contains several thousand books (reports, publications, books) on coral reefs. This room also allows the organisation of conferences and courses and can accommodate up to 30 people. It is equipped with a screen, tables and projection equipment.

Office Space

Room with offices for 20 people, equipped with telephones, printers, scanner, photocopier and storage furniture. This building is also equipped with a cable Internet connection and a WIFI system.

The Laboratories

  • 1 room for 25 people
  • 1 molecular biology laboratory
  • 1 optical laboratory, photographic
  • 1 "wet" laboratory for sea-water experiments


  • 1 reserve of seawater
  • 30 aquaria
  • 3 rampes

Laboratory Equipment

  • Digital and photographic cameras for photographic photography on land and underwater, microscopes and binocular loupes.
  • GPS, depth sounder, portable multi-parameter probe, recording thermographs, laboratory glassware.
  • Scales, thermometers, hygrometer.
  • Underwater drills, lift bags, diving weights, electric fishing equipment.
  • Generator, portable compressor, water pumps, oven, freezer, fridge.

Vehicles and Boats

  • Boats : 4 boats ranging from 12 to 18 feet and 6.6 to 50 hp engines.
  • Diving equipment (30 tanks from 9 to 15l, compressor).
  • Vehicles : 2 sedans and a pick-up.