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10 Private Islands We Wish We Could Afford


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Tetiaroa, French Polynesia
Actor Marlon Brando fell in love with the 13 islands that make up Tetiaroa in French Polynesia while he was filming "Mutiny on the Bounty."
Actor Marlon Brando fell in love with the 13 islands that make up Tetiaroa in French Polynesia while he was filming "Mutiny on the Bounty."
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Strictly speaking, Tetiaroa isn't just one single island, but rather an atoll of 13 islands surrounded by a coral reef in French Polynesia, about 30 miles (48.2 kilometers) north of Tahiti [source: Pacific Island Travel]. Actor Marlon Brando fell in love with the islands while filming "Mutiny on the Bounty" in and around Tahiti and bought them for about $200,000 in 1965 [source: Maxim].

The reason for his attraction is easy to see: With a total area of about 1,433 acres (580 hectares), the islands are a green oasis in a turquoise blue sea, complete with calm waters, palm trees and (do we even have to say it?) white sand beaches [source: Private Islands]. After Brando's death in 2004, a developer purchased the land for $2 million with plans to open a luxury eco-hotel in late 2011 [source: Private Islands].


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