Ecostation users: Formalities and application process overview

Information for all who are interested in doing research on Tetiaroa or otherwise using our facilities can be found by following the links below:

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    Get started on Formalities

    Researchers and Professors must complete the necessary application steps before doing research or teaching a class.

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    step 1
    Submit a Project Application

    Select the nature of your project and submit an application through RAMS.

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    step 2
    Ecostation Reservations

    Make a reservation through RAMS once your application has been submitted.

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    step 3
    Convention d’Accueil

    Researchers and professors must complete the French Polynesian government’s research form “convention d’accueil.”

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    entry requirements
    Immigration Requirements

    Researchers and instructors, if non-EU citizens, will need the convention d'accueil. Additional documentation might also be required...

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    upload your docs
    Submit your completed forms

    Download the necessary forms, and upload them when filled in.

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    Rates and Fees

    The fee includes shared use of the Tetiaroa Society boat, which for most users must be driven by a Tetiaroa Society driver.

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    Atoll information

    It is important that researchers who come to work at the Ecostation recognize and respect the cultural, scientific, and educational significance of Tetiaroa.


The owners of The Brando, while they were building the resort, had the vision to build a facility on the island that could be used by scientific researchers. They then donated this to the Tetiaroa Society and it became our Ecostation. The Ecostation serves as a hub for the scientific and conservation work on Tetiaroa. Designed and built to LEED Platinum standards, it has dormitory rooms, a common social/work area, an indoor lab, and an outdoor wet lab. Situated near The Brando staff village, it is integrated into the Onetahi community and a comfortable place to live and work. It allows immediate access to reef environments, archeological sites, brackish lakes and a direct access to deep ocean water at the Ecostation. Visitors have access to boats, kayaks, diving equipment (pre-booking required), seawater tables, aquarium and dry laboratory space, along with housing and meals.



housing facilities

Our comfortable, airy living quarters consist of a common area with a kitchenette and an office/workspace.  The facility has sleeping space  for up to 18 scientists and staff in five air-conditioned bedrooms.  

Meals are provided at The Brando staff cantina, a short walk/pedal from the housing facility.  Bicycles are available, and visitors are encouraged to follow the well-paved bike paths and explore the islet, Motu One.

outside the dorm outside the dorm
common room common room
workspace workspace
common area with kitchen common area with kitchen
room with 2 twin beds room with 2 twin beds
room for 4 people room for 4 people

wet lab

Our wet lab is plumbed with fresh water, surface seawater and deep ocean water and includes an outdoor aquarium.

aquarium in the wet lab aquarium in the wet lab
aquariums aquariums
aquarium aquarium
sea habitat tables sea habitat tables
sea habitat tables sea habitat tables
research-ready research-ready

dry lab

A 40-square-meter air-conditioned dry lab with teaching spaces, workspaces and general lab equipment is available to all researchers.

water samples water samples