Ratua's model of ethical and ecological tourism includes becoming a self-sustained island.
Our houses take advantage of sea breezes and are cooled by large fans in place of air conditioning.
We are proud of our organic kitchen garden, and no one misses television.
Our approach to development has always been to keep the land and people here intact.
The ultimate goal is to be carbon neutral.
We have taken steps to conserve native ecology and implemented a re-vegetation program with the planting of more than 1000 fruit trees.
Ecological building methods include 100 percent wood construction and use of sustainable design and materials.
Our chef uses fresh organic fruit and vegetables from our own garden and we work with local villages to breed beef, chicken and pork for the kitchen.
All seafood is purchased from local anglers who come by the island each morning with their daily catch.
As we progress toward a "zero carbon" footprint, our intent is to have 100 percent renewable energy sources such as solar and wind with no carbon dioxide emissions.