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5 Incredible Islands in French Polynesia That Aren’t Bora Bora

Coastal Living Logo By Kait Hanson of Coastal Living | Slide 1 of 5: 33 miles north of Tahiti sits the Tetiaroa atoll (a ring of islands) with all the allure of Bora Bora and none of the crowds. Once the playground to Tahitian royalty, this sacred spot in the South Pacific is now a haven for birds (one of the largest in all of Tahiti) and vacationers seeking sunshine in solitude. Known as Marlon Brando’s private escape, it is also home to his namesake luxury eco-resort, The Brando, located on the motu (small island) Onetahi, where rates begin at $3,287/night. Affordable private home rentals on other atoll islands with Tetiaroa are aplenty on sites like Airbnb (rates around $60/night). From Moorea or Tahiti, this private atoll is a quick 20-minute plane ride aboard Air Tetiaroa, or longer via private boat charter.

Tetiaroa

33 miles north of Tahiti sits the Tetiaroa atoll (a ring of islands) with all the allure of Bora Bora and none of the crowds. Once the playground to Tahitian royalty, this sacred spot in the South Pacific is now a haven for birds (one of the largest in all of Tahiti) and vacationers seeking sunshine in solitude. Known as Marlon Brando’s private escape, it is also home to his namesake luxury eco-resort, The Brando, located on the motu (small island) Onetahi, where rates begin at $3,287/night. Affordable private home rentals on other atoll islands with Tetiaroa are aplenty on sites like Airbnb (rates around $60/night). From Moorea or Tahiti, this private atoll is a quick 20-minute plane ride aboard Air Tetiaroa, or longer via private boat charter.

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