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“Tetiaroa is beautiful beyond my capacity to describe.
One could say that Tetiaroa is the tincture of the South Seas.”


The Brando is a unique luxury resort on French Polynesia’s breathtakingly beautiful private island of Tetiaroa – an atoll composed of a dozen small islands surrounding a sparkling lagoon 30 miles northeast of Tahiti. The Brando offers carefree luxury in the midst of pristine nature. With access to the island by private plane, the resort features 35 villas on white-sand beaches frequented by sea turtles, manta rays and exotic birds. The resort was designed to reflect Polynesian lifestyles and culture.

At The Brando, you will find an abundance of activities from bicycling, snorkeling and bird watching to diving and paddle boarding.


Here you are not just observing nature; you are in it. Put on a snorkeling mask and witness underwater life at a coral garden firsthand, encountering such marine life as sea turtles, rays, reef sharks and a dazzling array of tropical fish. Or you can explore the spectacular lagoon or other motus by Polynesian outrigger canoe, kayak, or paddleboard. Or simply swim at Mermaid Bay or relax on the beach or by the pool.


We invite your to visit our Library and Explorer Center, where you can read books about French Polynesia and attend lectures and demonstrations about Polynesian culture, history, and lifestyle. And the onsite research scientists will also be delighted to talk about their research and the amazing birds and marine life found on the atoll.

Outdoor and Sports Activities

  • Snorkeling in the coral gardens and entire lagoon

  • Exploration of the lagoon by kayak, Polynesian outrigger canoe (va’a) or with a stand up paddle board

  • Scuba lessons in the lagoon, and open ocean scuba diving outside the reef. (To be booked as early as possible, as availability is very limited. Scuba lessons are not available during the whale watching season from mid-July to mid-October. Please kindly confirm all scuba diving lessons with our concierge team.

  • Tennis

  • Biking

  • Deep-sea fishing

  • Fitness coaching and fitness classes: aquafitness, circuit training, body sculpt, body dance, body attitude. Private classes available upon request.

Outdoor & Sports Activities

Biologist of the Day Excursions with Naturalist Guides

  • Bird discovery tour

  • Reef quest

  • Exploration of Motu Onetahi on a naturalist trail​

Tetiaroa ultimate tour

  • A unique tour of the atoll on a comfortable roofed boat with a naturalist guide

Research Station

  • Guided tour with researcher

Biology and Day Excursions
Art and Culture

Art and Culture

  • Polynesia dance lessons

  • Polynesian music lessons with ukulele, pahu or toere

  • Polynesian weaving lessons

  • Pareu dyeing and tying

  • Tahitian cuisine demonstrations

Varua Polynesian Spa

  • Modern and Polynesian spa treatments

Lagoon School

  • Especially designed for children from 6 to 12 years old

Whale Watching

Meals / Dinner shows

  • Private romantic dinner on the beach

  • Traditional Tahitian dance shows weekly

After Dinner Entertainment On The Beach

  • Music at Bob’s Bar outdoor lounge on the beach or at Te Manu Bar

  • Naturalist lectures presented by a scientist or one of our naturalist guides (upon request, to order at least 24h in advance)

Day Tour to Tahiti or Moorea

  • Full day tour of either island (upon request, to order at least 24h in advance. Private transportation required.)

Note: Activities are subject to weather conditions and may be changed without notice.

Lagoon School
Meals & Dinner Shows
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