Destination Overview

Are you looking for a romantic escape to your own private island in the South Pacific to celebrate your new beginnings? Your Tetiaroa honeymoon will take you to a coral island paradise which is so remote and so exclusive that you can only get there by private airplane. And once you’re there, you’ll have your own private villa and beach to take in the unbelievable beauty of white sandy shores bordering a tropical blue lagoon.

The island is a utopia in more ways than one, and has been developed as an exclusive destination keeping in view the preservation of the natural environment and the wishes of the local community. Your days on the island will take on a luxurious Pacific beachcomber lifestyle. You’ll take cruises around the lagoon and visit Bird Island, walk in the crystal clear waters of the lagoon, and watch the whales close at hand as they pass by the atoll.

Tetiaraoa is a sanctuary for the rich tropical marine and bird life. In fact the birds know they are safe here, and every day thousands of birds migrate to Tahiti and back in the evenings to roost in a predator-free and quiet environment. The green sea turtles come ashore to lay their eggs in the soft sand.

The Tetiaroa Society focuses on conservation, education and scientific research to create a model for a sustainable relationship between humans and the natural environment, especially in fragile ecosystems like the Pacific atolls. It offers tours and trips for visitors to learn about the island’s biodiversity and culture.

There’s only one resort on the island, built to be carbon-neutral and self-sustaining without impacting the environment in any way. Dining options come with lagoon views, and include Polynesian, Japanese, and French cuisines.

When you want a honeymoon in a remote island location, with a strong focus on ecotourism, the Pacific paradise of a Tetiaraoa is the right choice.


About Tetiaroa

At a Glance

  • Tetiaroa is part of the Society Group of islands in French Polynesia, located about 35 miles from Tahiti. It consists of an atoll, or small group of coral islands, completely surrounding a lagoon.
  • The island’s name in the Tahitian language means “at a distance” or “on the horizon”, and it was traditionally used only as a summer retreat for Tahitian royalty, as well as a sanctuary and ritual place. The island was long associated with actor Marlon Brando and has been developed as an exclusive ecotourism destination.
  • Tetiaraoa is also highly valued for its biodiversity. There is a research station that hosts scientists from around the world studying fragile ocean environments. Visitors can attend presentations and guided tours of the flora and fauna of the island.
  • Visit the national reserve and bird sanctuary at nearby Tahuna Iti or Bird Island. It is uninhabited by humans and home to many species of colorful tropical birds, including frigates, phaetons, gannets, petrels and other seabirds.
  • You can see a variety of marine life you around the island including whales, who stop by during their annual migrations, playful dolphins and sea turtles.
  • Go snorkeling among the coral reefs and marvel at the plants and marine life including sea turtles, parrot fish and bonefish.
  • The waters around Tetiaroa are among the best in Tahiti for scuba diving. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, you’ll find appropriate guided tours to show the splendors of the underwater world.
  • Explore the island and lagoon on bicycles and paddle boards.

Honeymoon Hints

  • Ask for a private romantic dinner on the beach.
  • Celebrate your honeymoon with traditional music and dancing.
  • Take a day trip to the nearby islands of Tahiti and Moorea.
  • Learn about Polynesian culture with classes in weaving and other crafts, and cuisine.
  • Swim in the marvelously-named Mermaid Bay, make plans for the future, and rediscover yourselves.

Travel Tips

  • GETTING THERE: You can reach the island with a flight on Air Tetiaroa, from a private terminal at Faa’a International Airport in Tahiti.
  • GETTING AROUND: The island is small enough to get around on foot and by bicycle. Travel by water in boats and Polynesian outrigger canoes known as va’a.
  • WEATHER: Temperatures are an even 70-80 degrees F year-round. The amount of rain varies, with December through March being the rainiest months. The best weather for visitors is from May through October.

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