Four Seasons Tenure
- Since 2008
- First Four Seasons Assignment: current
- Research project including a three-year survey of French Polynesian reef ecosystems and six-year world tour to research anthropogenic impacts on the planet
- Antibes, France
- University of Montpelier, France, DU in Biology; L'École Supérieure de Commerce et Développement 3A, Lyon, France, Masters in Sustainable Development Studies; professional diving certifications qualifications (DPP1/DPP2)
- English, French, Spanish
"Being able to share my passion and knowledge with our guests from around the world is a dream come true. Knowledge is power, and the more we all know about appreciating and preserving our eco-system, the better we can do our respective parts."
A native of Antibes, France, Oliver Martin spent most of his youth in Africa and throughout Asia, where his father worked on aquaculture projects. Inspired by what he saw as a child, Oliver is now a marine biologist by profession, and the driving force behind the marine conservation and education efforts at Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora.
With more than 12 years of professional experience, and a lifetime of practical experience, Oliver Martin joined Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora in 2008 with the goal of learning and sharing more about the delicate marine environment around the Resort. “One of my aims is to communicate the ongoing work with all guests willing to learn more about our incredible Polynesian marine ecology,” says Martin.
After studies in Bangladesh and Australia, Oliver went on to graduate from the University of Montpellier, with a DU in Biology. His graduate studies took him to Lyon, where he earned a Masters degree in Sustainable Development Studies. His work since then has brought him throughout the South Pacific, researching everything from the specific marine ecosystem on the west coast of New Caledonia, to research on human impact on the environment in Nuku’alofa, Tonga, to the census of hawksbill and green turtle breeding grounds in Vanuatu.
Four Seasons has committed to learning more about the changing marine environment, and is working to conserve it. Some of these efforts at Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora involve using part of the Resort’s lagoon as a testing ground, where larvae are captured, coral grafting techniques are explored, fish behavior is studied, and more. Guest education and interaction is a large part of Oliver’s work, all in effort to preserve the delicate environment for generations to come.
Martin lives in Bora Bora with his partner Laurence and their daughter Alyx. They enjoy snow skiing, windsurfing, traveling the world and of course, anything underwater.