French Polynesia’s beauty leaves no one indifferent.
Among many islands that belong to the Windward group of the Society Islands, one particular atoll seems to be attracting the most attention.
Tetiaroa, a coral reef that was once reserved for the holiday enjoyment of royal families, quickly became one of the main tourist attractions in the French Polynesia after the famous actor Marlon Brando purchased it.
The natural paradise of Tetiaroa offers tourists abundance of picturesque sights unspoiled by the hand of modern civilization.
Soft, sandy beaches and crystal-clear lagoon waters are the first things a visitor notices upon arrival, but the island’s charm doesn’t stop there.
The small islets around Tetiaroa are completely intact and still boast the same natural charm they used to have centuries ago.
This place is also famous for many seabird species that come to the island to breed, and visitors are often amazed by the numbers of the local bird population and its graciousness and exotic looks.
Whether you decide to visit this hidden gem of South Pacific by joining a weekend cruise or booking a private plane from Tahiti, the experience will certainly prove to be one of the most memorable and precious moments in your life.
Even a short stay on Tetiaroa will provide you with mesmerizing sights of its pristine environment and sightings of incredible local wildlife, both underwater and on the shore.
If the natural paradise on Tetiaroa isn’t enough to make your head spin, the rich culture preserved by the locals certainly will.
Since the island used to be a resort reserved for royalty entertainment only for centuries, the island still holds the remains of an ancient marae (temples), and visitors can spend their vacation sightseeing and searching for awe-inspiring remnants of the grand Polynesian history and culture.
The Brando Resort
The luxurious and unique Tetiaroa resort opened for general public in 2014.
Thirty-nine villas scattered along the island’s sandy beaches preserve the local ways while providing the visitors with the comfort of modern amenities, and each villa is designed to comply with first-rate environmental safety standards.
The point that makes hotel accommodation and The Brando resort as a whole so unique is the fact that the island is self-sufficient. A desalination plant and solar panels provide a pollution-free supply of fresh water and energy, and the resort is also LEED platinum certified.
Here, tourists can witness local wildlife in all its glory, and marine biologists and vets are in charge of monitoring the island’s bird population, turtles, and other animals.
Open for Tourists
During the filming of “Mutiny on the Bounty” in 1962, Marlon Brando fell in love with the incredible scenery of this Polynesian paradise – and he also fell for Tarita Teriipia, a Tetiaroa’s Belle and his third wife-to-be.
Since 1962, Brando invested efforts in the preservation of the island’s beauty on multiple occasions, and eventually purchased it in 1967.
This marked the beginning of one of the most sought-after tourist resorts in the world.
In one of his interviews, Brando stated: “My mind is always soothed when I imagine myself sitting on my South Sea island at night. If I have my way, Tetiaroa will remain forever a place that reminds Tahitians of what they are and what they were centuries ago.”
Tetiaroa’s nature, scenery, and lifestyle are evocative of fairy tales, which is why even a brief stay on the island will change your grasp on reality.
A place that deserves to be referred to as “Heaven on Earth” hidden in the Pacific Ocean, Tetiaroa will make every tourist believe that there, in fact, is such a thing as magic.