Polynesian turtle tattoos are a sign of fertility and wellness in Polynesian culture. The tattoos can also be used to mean unity or the importance of family.
There are many design variations of the Polynesian turtle tattoo, ranging from abstract designs to tribal images of turtles. The tattoo is also seen as a symbol for "the navigator," so people who want to go in a certain direction in life are often drawn to the tattoo. Turtles are also animals that can function on both sea and land. Since Polynesians view the sea as their food source and believe the sea is their final resting place in death, they believe that turtles carry them to their final destination.