While shooting Mutiny on the Bounty, Marlon Brando fell in love with French Polynesia (and one of its inhabitants), its white-sand beaches and more specifically Tetiaroa atoll where he then lived for many years. Only reachable by an Air Tetiaroa’s twin-engine plane, The Brando is the ultra green project imagined by the actor, where gorgeous villas have Niau roofs and wooden elements honoring the traditional Polynesian houses. The contemporary furniture softly contrasts with the surrounding nature, giving the place a feeling both exotic and luxurious. In the morning, we wake up hearing the singing of tropical birds, facing the turquoise ocean and are welcomed to our private beach by some sea turtles passing by. The Brando is a paradisiacal cocoon in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, built to respect the environment, till the air conditioning system, imagined by Marlon himself, taking advantage of the naturally cold water stored in depths of the ocean.
Between two sunbathing sessions at the beach, discover the atoll and its lagoon aboard a dugout canoe, a kayak or while paddle boarding (it’s not unusual to cross paths with Marlon’s grand-daughter). The immersion into nature continues on foot through the naturalist path where lots of different species of exotic birds live. Diving is the perfect way to learn more about the marine biodiversity, while from July to October whale watching tours can be organized with a naturalist guide and professional scuba diver. Take in a full dose of Polynesian culture during a dance class or while learning how to play a few songs on a ukulele, pahu or toere.