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Tetiaroa, French Polynesia
Tiny coral ring, Tetiaroa gives a good idea of orginal eden with its white sand beaches and crystalline lagoon. Its not suprising that Marlon Brando, its owner since 1966, fell under its spell when shooting "Mutiny on the Bounty."
Unique atoll of the Windward Islands, Tetiaroa is a 4,5 mile diameter, closed world surrounded by 13 motus (islets) covered with coconut trees, and enclosed by coral reef. The lack of channels keeps the charm and preserved nature of this atoll intact.
Among this wonderful set of islets, Tahuna Iti, the birds' island, far from any human population, can be considered a natrual reserve for sea birds. Frigates, sterns, phaetons (straw tails), brown gannets and other petrels favor this place for breeding purposes and can be observed by discreet visitors.
The legend tells that Tetiaroa ("who stands apart), formerly called Tetuaroa ("the high sea") was once a hide-out for royal treasures. In those days the atoll was a summer residence for Ari'i (chief) of Arue, and most motus were then inhabited by people who took care of coconut trees and taro plantations.
Tetiaroa can be visited from Tahiti during a day-tour proposed by the following charter companies: Tahiti Cruise (private cruise only).