Lay of the Land
“The Pacific is inconstant and uncertain like the soul of a man.”~Somerset Maugham
Nearly every visitor will land in Tahiti’s capital, Papeete, an eight-hour flight from Los Angeles. There is also a flight once a week to Oahu, for visitors wanting to combine both tropical island destinations.
Bora Bora is located 160 miles northeast of Tahiti and is a 50-minute flight from Papeete. The popular concept that Tahiti is at the ends of the Earth is a source of frustration to Tahitians. In fact, the island isn’t much farther from the continental United States than Hawaii.
The atolls in French Polynesia were formed from sunken volcanoes and the coral rings that formed around them, creating shallow lagoons. In Bora Bora, most hotels are set on the mini islands called motus along the large barrier reef. Mount Otemanu creates an incredible backdrop for the many resorts that ring the atoll.
The Brando is located on Tetiaroa, an atoll only 25 miles northeast of Tahiti, and a 20-minute flight on a scheduled charter.
Good to Know: November through March is the rainy season in French Polynesia, which means that there may be a chance of light rain on most days, and there is a stretch of heavy rain for two- to three weeks that falls sometime during the season. Like any tropical island, the weather can be quite unpredictable and it is often hot and humid.