Fakarava

Fakarava is in French Polynesia.

Get in

There are only limited flights in on certain days of the week. You will connect through Rangiroa or Manihi. See Air Tahiti for specific flights.

See

As Fakarava has only 855 inhabitants (and it seems like less), solitude is the key word here. Although the atoll might seem like a desert at first, plunge your head underwater or watch the coconut crabs crawl around, and think again!

Do

Diving

NOTE: Sharks are without danger when correctly approached. When diving with a professional dive center, there are no risks.

It goes without saying as Fakarava is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and whether you snorkel or scuba dive, you will see innumerable wonders and want to show them to all of your friends. To name just a few: Camouflage Grouper (Epinephelus polyphekadion), Spotted Eagle Ray (Aetobis narinari), Blacktip Reef Shark (Carcharhinus melanopterus), Gray Reef Shark (Carcharhinus amblyrhynchos), Titan Triggerfish (Balistoides viridescens), Humphead Wrasse (Cheilinus undulatus), known locally as the 'Napoléon fish'... The southern pass of Fakarava claims to have the largest concentration of Gray Reef Sharks in the world and hundreds can be seen at one time.

There are a few dive shops available of which: Top Dive (in the north and south of Fakarava) and Tetamanu Diving Center by Eleuthera (in the south) both of which are professional and extremely knowledgeable.

Eat

You will be limited in choices to where you stay due to the few people on the island.

Sleep

Connect

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