Brando's private island to be home to ecoresort

TETIAROA, French Polynesia -- Tetiaroa, the late Marlon Brandos private island here, will be the site of an ecofriendly resort opening in 2008.

The Brando, with 30 deluxe villas, is to be developed by Tahiti Beachcomber SA, which owns several resorts in French Polynesia.

A full-time marine biologist and veterinarian will help guide the project to protect the atolls ecosystems, which include sea-turtle hatching grounds and a seabird sanctuary.

Marlon Brando, who passed away on July 1, 2004, purchased the island in 1965 after encountering it during the filming of Mutiny on the Bounty. Tetiaroa is 26 miles north of Tahiti in the Society Islands.

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