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, Tetiaroa Society was founded in partnership with the Marlon Brando Estate, and Pacific Beachcomber, which owns The Brando. These three partners work closely with the local community to protect and preserve the island for future generations.
Through education, conservation and science, Tetiaroa Society works to drive 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.
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.
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.
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.
Spa & Wellness
Varua Te Ora Polynesian Spa is a sanctuary, the central beating heart of Tetiaroa. To enter is to step through a portal onto elevated pathways that wind through tropical…Discover More
Food is one of the main ways Polynesians connect with their culture. With Chef Imbert at the helm, you’ll connect with Polynesia and the bounty it provides in new and unexpected ways…Discover More
Spread across the Onetahi motu and set back just off the beach are 33 private villas, each a retreat within this sanctuary called Tetiaroa…Discover More
The Tetiaroa Atoll is a place unlike any other. Built by volcanoes and preserved by coral, this is a place where nature, Polynesian people and their culture come together to peacefully coexist with a world-class resort…Discover More
This atoll, Tetiaroa, is literally brimming with life. It’s all here, just waiting to be explored. By you. From guided excursions in a kayak to the outer limits of the atoll…Discover More
The Tetiaroa atoll is located in tropical French Polynesia, just 35 miles north of the island of Tahiti…Discover More
One of the most visually breathtaking places on the planet, the Southern Pacific seems to abound in endless and effortless beauty…Discover More
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…Discover More