The Brando: About the Destination

Located in Tetiaroa, French Polynesia

The Brando is the sole hotel on Tetiaroa, a private atoll of a dozen islets that circle a pristine lagoon 30 miles north of Tahiti. A natural sanctuary for birds and marine life, the atoll is closed to the public save for guests of The Brando. Whether you prefer snorkeling, boating, bird-watching, or just relaxing on the beach, discover the natural scenery and rich cultural history that made Marlon Brando fall in love with the area.

Places of Interest


Take a plane or helicopter ride to Tahiti for a day of exploring. The island offers wildlife drives, scenic helicopter rides, shopping, and more.


After a short flight, spend a day discovering the island of Moorea by quad bike, helicopter, or wildlife drive. Visit a dolphin center, world-class golf course, quaint village, and other attractions.

Wildlife and Natural History

The spectacular coral reef encircling Tetiaroa is home to at least 167 fish species from neon parrotfish to spotted eagle rays. Blacktip sharks and dolphins can often be seen swimming and playing around the reef. Observe the creatures of the deep by snorkeling, diving, or boating.

Bird-watchers find countless tropical birds soaring above the island or strutting along its sandy beaches. Parrots, brown boobies, frigate birds, and red-tailed tropic birds number among Tetiaroa's many avian beauties. And thousands of commuter birds from Tahiti and elsewhere roost each evening free from predators on the island’s natural sanctuary, called Tahuna Iti or “bird island.”

For travelers interested in botany, the island offers 38 indigenous plants from small, delicate flowers to the puatea plant, which grows up to 65 feet tall.  

People and Culture

Settlers from Southeast Asia first came to French Polynesia around 1100 AD. They lived there for many centuries before European settlers arrived in the late 18th century. Today, French Polynesian culture is a blending of its two parts: French and Polynesian. Although many locals speak French, there are other unique languages used by the different indigenous groups. Many ancient Polynesian traditions endure in music, dancing, and craftwork.   

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