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The Bird Island

Introduction to Tetiaroa


The only atoll of the Windward Islands, Tetiaroa is comprised of 13 motus covered with coconut trees and enclosed by a coral reef.


The diameter of the atoll is 4.5-miles and has no channels. Tetiaroa is the former island retreat of Tahitian Kings and in 1966 was acquired by Marlon Brando. Marlon Brando fell in love with the Islands of Tahiti while scouting locations for his 1962 film, Mutiny on the Bounty. While on location, he also fell in love with Tarita Teriipia, a Tahitian beauty who starred alongside him in the film. Brando dreamed of creating a sustainable habitat for Tetiaroa — one which allowed visitors to enjoy the atoll in its pristine condition. Although Brando passed away in 2004, his dream has finally been realized with the completion of The Brando Resort.

Where is Tetiaroa located?

Tetiaroa is a small secluded atoll located 30 miles north of Tahiti. When your international or domestic flight arrives in Tahiti, you’ll be transferred to Air Tetiaroa’s private terminal for your 20-minute flight to paradise. Although the flight is brief, it will provide you an unforgettable introduction to Tetiaroa. Travel to Tetiaroa is provided exclusively by Air Tetiaroa who operates two eight-passenger Britten Norman aircraft.

Tetiaroa is beautiful beyond my capacity to describe. It is really beyond the capacity of cinematography to translate. One could say that Tetiaroa is the tincture of the South Seas.



What to do in Tetiaroa



Tetiaroa is a pristine locale that invites you to get out and explore nature! Here you’ll find wonderful snorkeling & scuba diving. Organize a private lagoon excursion. Try out the outrigger canoes or Stand-up Paddle Boards and be sure to observe the birds. Frigates, sterns, phaetons (straw tails), brown gannets and other petrels favor this locale for breeding purposes — and all can be observed by discreet visitors.

Map of Tetiaroa

Tetiaroa Hotels



There is only one resort on Tetiaroa — The Brando. This luxury eco-resort is the newest resort in the Islands of Tahiti. It opened the Summer 2014 with 35 luxury villas and at the same time, set a new world standard — The Brando is carbon neutral and close to self-sustaining!

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