The Vision of Marlon Brando Shared with the World

Inspired by the late Marlon Brando’s vision to preserve sanctuaries for future generations and raise awareness of the fragility of our environment, the Tetiaroa Society emerged through a collaborative venture involving the Marlon Brando Estate and Pacific Beachcomber, the owner of The Brando. United in their efforts, these entities engage deeply with the local populace to ensure the island’s protection and longevity for generations yet to come.

View of the entire Tetiaroa atoll of The Brando resort in Tahiti


Forging paths for humanity to coexist peacefully with the natural world.


Through education, conservation and science, Tetiaroa Society fosters initiatives that allow humankind and nature to peacefully coexist and prosper together.

A tax-exempt 501(c)(3) U.S. nonprofit organization, the Society conducts its work through relationships with leading research institutions from around the world, then applies those learnings in real-world settings on Tetiaroa and beyond.

Science Program and EcoStation

Science trained on global issues and solutions

The Ecostation is a hub where scientists from around the world conduct research into sustainable practices, which are implemented on Tetiaroa and taught globally to improve our relationship with nature.

Other research is broad and varied, yet focuses on some of the most pressing issues of our time from global warming and ocean acidification to mosquito control, which targets one of the most dangerous vectors of disease in the world.

Whale at the surface of the ocean

conservation program

Preserving nature,
wildlife and culture

Tetiaroa Society is dedicated to preserving the precious biodiversity of Tetiaroa. The flagship program Tetiaroa Atoll Restoration Program (TARP) is actively ridding the island of invasive species and tracking the changes as the island ecosystems recover.

Among the species having a detrimental impact on wildlife and flora, rats and yellow crazy ants have already been the subject of several eradication campaigns.

This long-term program includes plans to develop the island as a sanctuary and use it to reintroduce and re-establish endangered native species, such as sea turtles and seabirds, which themselves play a crucial role in the health of coral reefs.

An innovative project, conducted in collaboration with the Louis Mallardé Institute in Tahiti, is also focused on controlling mosquito reproduction, well-known vectors of severe viral diseases, thus ensuring that Onetahi is entirely free from these harmful insects.

A strong cultural heritage program is also actively recording traditional knowledge related to the island and protecting the archaeological sites.

Old woman's hands harvesting from a plant for our Polynesian spa

Culture and Education Program

Sharing Polynesia with Future Generations

Tetiaroa Society conducts a unique and life-changing Education Program on Tetiaroa that teaches school children about the nature and rich culture of the atoll, as well as modern sustainability practices. The program includes online modules for teachers to use in classrooms and field trips to Tetiaroa for experiential learning on the atoll.

Students leave the atoll with new knowledge about Polynesian culture, and a better understanding of nature, how to protect the environment, and the importance of sustainability.

Blue Climate Initiative

Leading a global effort to protect the oceans

The Blue Climate Initiative is a global effort to bring together scientists, community groups, entrepreneurs, investors, philanthropists, and influencers to protect the ocean and accelerate ocean-related strategies to address the climate crisis and other pressing environmental issues.

This major global initiative, sponsored by Tetiaroa Society, harnesses ocean-based strategies to combat some of Earth’s most pressing problems. The Blue Climate Initiative has been selected as one of the first flagship programs of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development.

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Collaboration with the world’s leading organizations and companies

All of the work of the Tetiaroa Society is made possible through close relationships with leading scientific organizations and support from local and global companies.



Learn more and support our efforts

As a non-profit organization, Tetiaroa Society is run entirely on the generosity of its supporters and partners.

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Spa & Wellness

Varua Te Ora Polynesian Spa is a sanctuary nestled in the embrace of the atoll. The entry is a portal to elevated pathways that wind through tropical undergrowth, diverging here and there like the branches of a tree, and leading to secret abodes for relaxation, meditation, contemplation, and healing.

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New culinary experiences unfold as the innovative French chef Jean Imbert brings a signature culinary style to the resort’s dining, a fusion of Polynesian flavors and classical French techniques.

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Spread across the Onetahi motu and set back just off the beach are 33 private villas, each a retreat within this sanctuary called Tetiaroa…

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The Atoll

Tetiaroa Atoll is a unique sanctuary where natural splendor, Polynesian heritage, and refined hospitality converge. Under the vigilant stewardship of the Tetiaroa Society, in partnership with the resort and the Brando Family Trust, there is a collective commitment to maintaining this haven within the vast Pacific, ensuring its legacy for the epochs to come.

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Tetiaroa atoll is brimming with life, a natural wonderland calling to be explored. From kayak excursions to the outer limits of the atoll, to diving expeditions below the surface, or lessons in traditional palm weaving, there’s much to discover and share.

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Flights converge from across the globe at Faa’a International Airport, introducing travelers to Papeete, Tahiti, where Air Tetiaroa awaits to whisk them away on a 20-minute scenic flight to Tetiaroa.

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One of the most visually breathtaking places on the planet, the Southern Pacific seems to abound in endless and effortless beauty…

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The Brando is singularly focused on one mission: zero carbon. Sustainability on the atoll is a partnership—if the Tetiaroa Society is the guardian of the atoll, then The Brando is the vehicle to showcase the work of the Society with the world…

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