Tetiaroa: The Birds Island

With its white sand beaches, swaying coconut palms, colorful birds, and sparkling lagoon, Tetiaroa is a dream paradise.  It’s not surprising that Marlon Brando, its owner since 1966, fell under its spell when shooting “Mutiny on the Bounty”. Beyond its breathtaking beauty, Tetiaroa is a place of rare biodiversity and a natural sanctuary for birds and marine life. Preserving and protecting this rare habitat and its plant and animal life is critical.  Among this set of 13 “motu” islets, Tahuna Iti: the birds’ island is considered a natural reserve for sea birds who favor this place for breeding purposes and are observed by discreet visitors.

Tetiaroa has a special place in French Polynesian history and culture.  It was the exclusive and favored retreat of Tahitian royalty for centuries.  Ancient marae (temples) built on the atoll by early Polynesians can still be found there today.  With its rich history and ethereal beauty it will always have a special place in the heart of Polynesians.


Things to See and Do

•             Snorkeling in the coral gardens and entire lagoon

•             Paddle boarding

•             Exploration of the lagoon by kayak or Polynesian outrigger canoe

•             Exploration of Motu Onetahi on a naturalist trail

•             Naturalist guided tours

•             Scuba lessons in the lagoon and open ocean scuba diving outside the reef


•             The Brando Resort, a luxury private resort