The Obamas have been on a tropical tour since leaving the White House — here’s where they’ve been so far

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Former president Obama kitesurfed near Necker Island in January.
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The Obamas are making the most of their vacation time. Since leaving the White House in January, they have been hitting some of the most exotic destinations imaginable.

After spending a few days in Palm Springs, Barack and Michelle Obama kicked off their tropical tour with a visit to entrepreneur Richard Branson’s private Necker Island.

The next stop was The Brando, a luxury island resort on the atoll of Tetiaroa in French Polynesia. The resort is so exclusive, it can only be reached by boat or by two-engined Air Tetiaroa planes, according to People magazine. The former president has been there since March 15, while Michelle only joined her husband last week.

Take a look at the incredible places they have visited so far.


After eight years in office, the Obamas headed off for a well-deserved break in January.

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The first stop (after a very brief stint in Palm Springs) was Necker Island.

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This 72-acre island, located in the British Virgin Islands, is owned by British entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson.

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It’s one of the most exclusive places to stay in the world.

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It can sleep a maximum of 34 guests.

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Courtesy of Virgin Limited Edition

An individual room on the island costs from $4,280 a night, for a week minimum.

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Courtesy of Virgin Limited Edition

The entire island can also be rented for $78,000 a day.

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Obama has been enjoying activities since he’s been away. On his blog, Branson shared photos of the former US president kitesurfing off nearby Moskito Island.

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Jack Brockway/Virgin Handout via REUTERS

According to Branson, this is the first time Obama had kitesurfed since his time in office.

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Jack Brockway/Virgin Handout via REUTERS

Branson wrote on his blog that he challenged Obama to a competition to see who could learn how to kitesurf and foil board more quickly.

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Branson admits that Obama won the challenge, managing to kitesurf 100 meters on his board.

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Branson said that inviting the Obamas to his island was “a huge honor,” the AP reported.

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ack Brockway/Virgin Handout via REUTERS

Source: Associated Press


In mid-March, Barack Obama jetted off to The Brando, a resort on Tetiaroa, which is a private island in French Polynesia.

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The AP reported that Obama traveled to the island by private jet from nearby Tahiti.

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Source: Associated Press


The Brando is named after the late Marlon Brando, who bought the island in 1967.

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It was then transformed into a luxury resort in 2014.

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The resort has 35 villas on a white-sand beach. A one-bedroom villa costs north of $2,500 per night in the low season and more than $3,800 in the high season.

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The Brando

The villas have between one and three bedrooms; each has its own plunge pool.

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Activities are a big part of the Polynesian experience, and the Obamas have been taking advantage of this. Local news station TNTV published photos of Michelle Obama paddle boarding Sunday, after she joined her husband in French Polynesia.

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Besides enjoying the water activities, the former president is rumored to have been working on his memoirs during their stay at The Brando, according to the Telegraph.

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Source: The Telegraph


The Obamas then joined Bruce Springsteen, Tom Hanks, and Oprah Winfrey aboard the “Rising Sun” yacht off the Island of Moorea in the South Pacific before leaving French Polynesia after a month’s stay there, according to a photographer who snapped this shot of them.