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Bungalow one - Brando's World Famous Over Water Bungalow in Bora Bora!

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,450 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

2 Bedroom, 1 bath, sleeps 4

WE HAVE THE ONLY THREE OVER WATER BUNGALOWS WITH FULL AIR CONDITIONING, new appliances and KAYAKS! Extra housekeeping available, as well as special catered in bungalow dining (Must be booked well in advance)! COMPARE OUR RATES TO THE RESORTS... The owners of the Black Pearl Over Water Bungalow are proud to present Marlon Brando's own over water bungalow in Bora Bora. Along with his second Bungalow, Marlon's Over Water Hideaway... A gorgeous covered terrace, overlooking the lagoon and palm covered islands, just a few hundred yards away, is fully furnished with quality outdoor furniture and gas barbecue. Here you can enjoy many wonderful hours, reading a good book, marveling at the beauty of the area, or just doing nothing. If you wish to take a dip in the warm waters, nothing could be simpler. Just go down to your private dock and dive in. Right there you can snorkel for hours, check out the thousands of colorful fish in and around the coral reef, or just lie on the beach under a palm tree, while sipping a Tahitian punch. We can help set up tours for you: Authentic Tahitian Motu picnics, Polynesian weddings, Jet skis, shark and manta ray feed, sunset sailing, scuba diving, island jeep and snorkeling tours, even a tattoo with a Tahitian master!

Additional Information: As the owners of the very popular Black Pearl Over Water Bungalow in Bora Bora, we can't tell you how excited we are to offer, for the first time, Marlon Brando's historic over water bungalow for vacation rentals. We remodeled the bungalow to meet the needs of our sophisticated travelers and it is beautiful. Marlon Brando owned two bungalows, one for him and one for his friends. We have purchased both. Both Brando's Bora Bora Bungalow and Marlon's over water hideaway are the perfect location for snorkeling, walking hiking and swimming. Paradise surrounds you.

If you need help with rental cars, international or domestic flights, we can help with that too. We have many returnees and we are confident that this will be your vacation of a lifetime! Our rates are very affordable, especially if you've checked out the prices of some of the 4 and 5 star hotels on the island. Our home is a true travel bargain.

Please reserve early as high season books up fast.

Car Rental: You will need a car. Other options are carts, bikes, taxi and water taxi (Not always available).

Please note: Contact our manager directly for Car Rentals. Nir's rates for his 'Client cars' are far below the rental car places on the island.

Trip, Airline, Hotel and Car Assistance!!!: We would be pleased and happy to help you with your entire trip to paradise. We can arrange your International Flights to Tahiti on any applicable carrier, as well as your Inter-Island Flights on Air Tahiti. We can also book your Hotel Accommodations and Rentals in Tahiti or on any of the other islands you might care to visit. Please email me for further information. We use Rawhide Travel for this. They have been working with French Polynesia for over thirty five years and can take care of all your travel needs. Toll free number is: 888 222-7594

More Details

Richard and Seiko Holland
Member since: 2008
Speaks english, french, Japanese
Response time
Within a few hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
22 June, 2018


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in French Polynesia

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1450 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • soap
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • local restaurant guide
  • mobile phone
  • Parking
  • Safe
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower enclosure
  • Beautiful, remodeled bathroom with dual sinks, granite counter top native woods, large shower with rain head.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 single bed
  • Air conditioned Large bedroom with queen sized bed (Sleeps two). Looks out over the beautiful lagoon! The guest room also has air conditioning and two twin beds and also looks out at the lagoon...
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Beach Towels
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Veranda / Loggia
  • Tennis ...
  • veranda
  • 2 beach chairs
Onsite Services:
  • car optional
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • luaus
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain climbing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Two lounge chairs on veranda. Car rental can be provided. NOW WITH FREE WIFI! A safe is included. Kayaks now included! Tennis courts are public and available to use, so bring your racket. However, you will need a car to get to them. You can purchase a phone card for overseas calls and our Manager is never further than a telephone call away. We provide a courtesy cell phone for that purpose. Please Note: Contact our manager Nir, directly for Car Rentals. A car is necessary. Great News!!!! Our manager Nir, is now offering special Service Cars. These cars are only for clients of our bungalows. The rates are unbelievable! Way Below Island Prices! Please check above for the rental car rates on Bora Bora and see the difference. Please Note: Nir now has three cars for rent with auto and air. Prices vary accordingly.


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Bungalow one - Brando's World Famous Over Water Bungalow in Bora Bora!
average rating of 4.8 based on 35 reviews

Fantastic Visit to Bora Bora at a Value Bungalow

  • 4 of 5

This review could have easily been 3 stars, but Nir is amazing and went the extra mile to make up for some maintenance and housekeeping issues so we bumped it to 4 stars.

The bungalow is about 15 minutes drive from the main town and has great access to the lagoon with snorkeling right off the deck. We were two couples staying in the bungalow and saw rays, clams, and other reef fish. The AC was a must for us and made the nights cool and easy to fall asleep. Nir picked us up from the Ferry and after dropping him at his place we took his rental car to the bungalow. He provided a cell for our use.

When we arrived, we had several housekeeping issues - no soap, only sheets on the bed with no throws in the house, cobwebs and towels on the floor, no hangers, no garbage liners. After bringing it to Nir's attention, he sent someone right away to fix the issue and informed us the cleaning staff has been changed as it was not the first issue a guest had. When our coffee maker broke - he sent us a replacement (which very well could have been his personal appliance).

The house is a great bargain, but there are a number of maintenance issues - cracked granite countertop, shower door / sliding glass door misalignment, BBQ igniter missing, soft subfloors, fridge shelves broken, deck furniture heavily worn, and exposed subfloor and wiring upstairs. Nir attributed these issues to settling of the foundation and saltwater decay. While there is some truth to the explanation, there is clear deferred maintenance on the bungalow and the upstairs issue could be a hazard to children. Undoubtedly it is expensive to repair and at the rental rate charged, it is a fair expectation to have the maintenance completed. My sense is financial pressure is causing Ownership to defer needed repairs, and also some repairs are difficult to complete timely on the island. Overall the house is dated and is overdue for a refresh. Some of these items Nir mentioned are "on their way."

We debated whether we would come back to this bungalow or spend double on a bungalow at a hotel next time. As two couples, the cost difference was worth roughing it a bit since we were able to split the rent. For just my family, I would probably go the hotel route. Nevertheless, we plan to return and hope the bungalow has been updated for a more enjoyable stay.

  • Review Submitted: 07/05/2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Please let me respond to the issues you indicated. We are constantly maintaining our bungalows and it is difficult to take care of every little detail all at once. The granite counter top has a small crack that occurred when it was installed and was sealed. It certainly doesn't affect usage of the kitchen. Nir should have been contacted if the shower door was mis-aligned as tenants tend to do that occasionally, the barbecue lighter only lasts a short time because of the salt, so matches are used to start it. I will look into the refrigerator shelf... The loft is not for visitors, it never has been. It was part of Brando's original design and isn't meant to use. New deck furniture has been ordered along with a brand new cleaning crew, as we have had complaints in the past. A small fortune was spent on the subfloor, pillars, beams, hardware etc. and you are the first client to complain about that. Those floors are solid and not going anywhere. I also just air-conditioned the entire bungalow, added a sub ceiling and new roof and bamboo accents. Please don't assume that I am differing anything. I am constantly trying to make the bungalow better and I am truly sorry that you can't appreciate the fact that a hotel would charge you 4 to 5 times as much for a two bedroom. Also, Brando's is a complete home, not a bedroom, with a small sitting area and a bathroom. I am sorry your experience was less than expected. We do try our hardest to please.
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Seattle, WA

A Great Way to See the Real Bora Bora

  • 4 of 5

The coolest thing about staying here is that you get to experience Bora Bora like a local. Wake up to the rooster crows, shop in the town's grocery store, hear the neighbor’s ukulele. We split our stay between this bungalow and the Intercontinental Thalasso. Staying on the island before heading off to the isolated resort gave us a much more complete picture of the true Bora Bora.

The bungalow has a real rustic beach cabin vibe. There was lots of space for our family of 3. A family of 4, or 2 couples, would be totally comfortable. Snorkeling off the deck was a huge plus, just jump in and see tons of fish and coral right there. The kitchen has a full-sized fridge, stovetop, microwave, and toaster oven. It was fine for breakfast and lunch, but not necessarily stocked for making a big dinner. We enjoyed dinner at St. James and the Yacht Club which are about 15 minutes down the road.

Be sure to rent a car from the house manager Nir. He makes it really easy, and you will need a car when you stay here.

  • Review Submitted: 18/04/2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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comfortable house with great views and water access

  • 4 of 5

My family of 4 had a nice stay in Brando Bungalow One. The house is comfortable but lacking a few basic items like salt and pepper, enough clothes hangers, light blankets and a safe large enough for a laptop. But the over-water location and views are great. Nir was wonderful in providing a car and advice on activities. Unfortunately our stay was marred by a robbery in the house while we slept. Someone came into the house from the water through the porch door that was left open for air. We never heard the intruder in the living room but lost a number of items and were shaken by the intrusion. These things can happen anywhere and did not ruin our otherwise great visit to Bora Bora. We would rent the house again but would take additional precautions to protect ourselves and belongings.

  • Review Submitted: 27/03/2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so glad you enjoyed your stay in Brando's Overwater Bungalow. We are all sorry that you went through the unpleasant experience of a break-in. Please believe me when I tell you that in over 27 years of owning Bungalows in that complex, we have never had a robbery. The caretaker on site has been made aware and is keeping an extra eye out... We always suggest that you lock your doors at night and store your valuables in the provided safe. We do try to stock staples, like salt and pepper, but our clients use them and don't replace them. I hope that you will visit us again I promise to have salt and pepper when you arrive!
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Belfair, Wa.

Wonderful accommodations!

  • 4 of 5

We loved the accommodations, though the weather affected our water activities. Having a kitchen, barbecue grill, deck, and water toys really helped the situation. If someone wants to stay in over water bungalows, this experience is much less expensive than the 4-star resorts and has much more to offer!!

  • Review Submitted: 03/03/2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nice vacation!

  • 5 of 5

We had a nice vacation, two adults and a 12 year old kid. Plenty of space for us and everything worked out well, including the AC which is a must for spoiled people like us. The bungalow gives you an opportunity to enjoy and connect with the island with everything it has, from the high-end services to the local lifestyle. We went in the low season (January) and had good weather except for 2 days that marked the end of a storm. FYI: there are 13 hours of daylight in Jan and 11 in June. Nir was very helpful and I would recommend renting a boat and driving around, the lagoon is fantastic. Expensive but fantastic. Many thanks to Nir and Richard, we hope to come back someday.

  • Review Submitted: 22/01/2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing what you get for the price!!!

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful home on the water for an amazing price. Car came with the reservation and Nir meets you and sends you off at the boat. Super friendly and professional - he made us feel so welcome - thanks Nir!

Big thanks to Richard Holland - it was the most perfect stay for our family!!

  • Review Submitted: 27/12/2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Jody! We are so happy you enjoyed your stay! It means the world to us. With warm regards, Richard
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Car: necessary

The owners of the Black Pearl are proud to announce the acquisition and remodel of both of Marlon Brando's famous Over water Bungalows with FREE WIFI. Jack Nicholson Owned #3. James Michener called Bora Bora 'The most beautiful island in the world. And it is, it really is. Bora Bora is one of the Society Islands in the South Pacific, Tahiti being the largest. It is only a seven and a half hour flight from Los Angeles, and the same time zone as Hawaii. To get there, you take a direct flight to Tahiti and then a 45 minute island hopper to Bora Bora. You are now officially in paradise. Use your state of the art kitchen to prepare a meal, or dine out at the many fine restaurants on the island. The activities are endless if you wish to keep busy, or just lie down on the veranda, listen to the water and finish that 1000 page book you can't seem to finish. Life takes on new meaning when you are surrounded by the serenity and the beauty of Bora Bora. Come and see for yourself!


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday house around the French Polynesia

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My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit AU$4,065.3
Cleaning per week AU$135.51

2016 Rates; 3 night minimum $475.00 a night
Cleaning fee: $100.00 per week
Breakage Policy: $79.00
Cancellation Policy: I highly recommend travel insurance... Deposit: the deposit paid at time of booking is totally non-refundable.
Rental payment: The balance of rental payment is due no later than 2 months prior to arrival. During that 2 months period, the cancellation is non-refundable, to the following exception: At the guest's request, nights canceled can be re listed as available on our web site. The nights re-booked will be partially refunded. That is all or part of the final payment. Otherwise there are no refunds. I highly recommend getting trip insurance as we are not responsible for weather, travel delays or anything else that may cause your inability to occupy the bungalow for your reserved dates.
You will be sent a release of liability form when I receive your deposit. This must be signed and sent back to me with your final payment.
Please contact owner for more information on property rates. Check in time is 3:00 PM and Check out time is 10:00 AM. This is to allow time for cleaning for incoming guests.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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