Tetiaroa is the only atoll in the Windward Islands. It is part of the Society Islands and is managed by the City Hall of Arue on the island of Tahiti. It is a small atoll without a pass and a total area of 33km2, hosting 13 motu (islets) covered with coconut trees. It is the perfect image for a tropical post card: long and deserted bright white sand beaches lined with coconut trees, turquoise waters and an absolute quietness. The royal Pōmare Family made it their resort home. Marlon Brandon fell in love not only with his Tahitian partner of “The Mutiny of the Bounty” but also with this coral gem, which he bought in 1966.
With limited ways to get to this island, the best way is to join a weekend cruise departing from Papeete or charter a boat. Tetiaroa hosts a pristine environment and the atoll is part of natural reserve. Apart from the amazing beaches, you will encounter incredible wildlife both under the water and in the air.
Tetiaroa shelters one of the largest colony of birds in The Islands of Tahiti where white terns, brown boobies, frigate birds, red-tailed tropic birds and above all the amazing great crested birds, their colony is the only one in the Windward Islands. Birds come to breed in this uninhabited haven. They are not shy and happy to let visitors admire them.
On the motu Onetahi, an exceptional luxury resort, The Brando Resort. Practically invisible from the sea, the thirty-five villas each have a sandy beach and a swimming pool. The hotel is energetically autonomous thanks to solar panels and was designed in its majority with natural materials. A marine biologist and a veterinarian watch over the island, a nesting site for sea turtles and an ornithological sanctuary. Drinking water is provided by a desalination station, while air conditioning is provided by the exploitation of cold sea water at 800 meters depth. As for the other motu of the atoll, a point of honor is made to the respect of their own environment by preserving them in the state, desert and under surveillance.
The resort, with its architecture and decoration, was designed to reflect the traditional way of life and Polynesian culture.
"The beauty of Tetiaora surpasses all my words.
It can be said that the island bears the imprint of the South Seas "
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