Approximately 20 miles north of Papeete, Tetiaroa
is the closest atoll to Tahiti. Once the holiday residence of the Tahitian
royal family, this small wreath of 12 islets enclosing a sparkling lagoon
is today owned by Marlon Brando, who "discovered" the island and
its isolated charm while he was in Tahiti filming 'Mutiny on the Bounty'.
Although there is no pass
into the lagoon, there is now an airstrip in the coconut groves served by
private charter or by Air Moorea. Your plane taxies right up to the
reception desk, where you'll find a small and very basic hotel with 14
palm thatched "fares".
Activities include swimming, snorkeling,
windsurfing and an excursion by boat across the lagoon to the bird
sanctuary. Visits to Tetiaroa for the day or for stays of two or more
nights can be arranged from either Tahiti or Moorea. All meals are
included during your stay on Tetiaroa.
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