Tetiaroa will always have a special place in the heart of anyone who visits. This coral island in the heart of the Society Islands is a veritable haven of peace for birdlife, sea turtles and all sorts of marine life. An island paradise for lovers of nature in a stunningly beautiful setting.

What makes it so special

Why Visit Tetiaroa?

An unforgettable atoll © Tahiti Fly Shoot

A magical atoll, so close to Tahiti

Just a few minutes from Papeete by plane, Tetiaroa is one of the jewels of French Polynesia. The atoll is just over 3 square miles and composed of 13 motu.

It is an important bird sanctuary where several species come to lay their eggs and nurture their young. The soft white sandy beaches and crystal clear water in the lagoon rival even the most splendid atolls in the Tuamotu Islands.

Tetiaroa by catamaran
Birdwatching in Tetiaroa © Lei Tao

A haven of peace for birds and a paradise for nature lovers

Soft white sandy beaches, crystal clear water and breathtakingly beautiful natural surroundings, make Tetiaroa the perfect place to unwind and recharge your batteries. The island is also an important reproduction site for birds and sea turtles, which makes it an ideal destination for all lovers of nature.

A luxury hotel on the atoll, The Brando, is engaged in environmental preservation and offers 5-star accommodation in this quiet corner of paradise.

Discover bird island in Tetiaroa

« My mind is always soothed when I imagine myself sitting on my South Sea island at night »

Marlon Brando

Suggested itinerary

Two days in Tetiaroa

The atoll is the ideal place to unwind and get back to nature. If you visit by catamaran, you will probably encounter some humpback whales during the reproductive season. You’ll need to board the catamaran’s dinghy to cross the reef, and once safely ashore, you can take a guided tour of the atoll. You’ll visit bird island, and you’ll learn about the flora and fauna of Tetiaroa and the efforts being made to preserve this unique atoll. Snorkeling, swimming and scuba diving, are the order of the day, as well as a visit to a freshwater lake and a natural bathing pool. In the early evening, you’ll be able to marvel at a truly magnificent sunset.



The historic heritage of Tetiaroa

Culture and history

Tetiaroa is a sacred place for Polynesians because it was once reserved for members of Tahiti’s royal family. Marlon Brando fell for the atoll’s charm while filming “The mutiny on the Bounty” in 1960, and purchased it a few years later. The island has since become a paradise for visitors seeking tranquility and authenticity.

Vue aérienne sur l'atoll de Tetiaroa © Tahiti Tourisme

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A unique experience

The Brando is an eco-responsible luxury hotel on motu Onetahi in Tetiaroa. Inaugurated in 2014, this 5 star establishment is unique, with its 39 villas perfectly integrated in the natural surroundings. Renewable energy is provided by solar panels and a system of air conditioning which uses seawater pumped from a depth of 960 meters. The other motu on the atoll are reserved for the observation and scientific study of the wildlife.

Accommodation in Tetiaroa
Hôtel The brando à Tetiaroa © Jeremy Austiin

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Getting to Tetiaroa © Tahiti Fly Shoot

Getting there and getting around

There are three ways to get to Tetiaroa. A domestic flight with the company Air Tetiaroa, on a sailboat charter for one or two days, or lastly, by helicopter with the company, Tahiti Nui Helicopters. Once on Tetiaroa, you can easily tour the atoll on foot or by bike.

Vue aérienne sur l'atoll de Tetiaroa © Tahiti Tourisme

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